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Quick tips on random subjects that come up in between classes (will add as we go along):

Food photography tips
Newborn photography tips

Table of Contents (I'll change each line to a link as we go along.)

Introduction

1) Choosing a camera: Point and Shoot vs. Mirrorless vs. DSLR
2) Camera specs: What do they mean, and which ones matter to me?
3) Exposure Basics Part 1 - the shutter speed/aperture/ISO triangle
4) Exposure Basics Part 2 - getting to know your mode dial, and other exposure controls
5) All about memory cards
6) Using ultra-wide lenses





Lenses 101 - technology, terminology, and specs, zooms vs. primes, basic/advanced/unique lenses

Lighting 101 - focusing specifically on easy to afford and easy to use setups
Small flash - on camera, off camera, modifiers and accessories
Studio strobes
Continuous lighting - fluorescent, LED, and halogen
Basic light modifiers - umbrellas, softboxes, gels, reflectors
Basic supports - lightstands, umbrella brackets, backgrounds, etc.

All about accessories - memory cards, tripods, bags, filters, remotes, adapters, grips, geotaggers, and more)


So I bought all my stuff - now what?

What makes a compelling photograph?
Depth of field
Composition basics - rule of thirds, perspective, framing
Advanced composition - negative space, inclusion and exclusion, compression
Light - natural, golden hour, basic flash usage.

Let's start shooting...

Kids:
In the park
Playing sports
At home

Landscapes and wildlife:
"Grand" landscapes
"Intimate" landscapes
Seascapes
Waterfalls
Cityscapes
Wildlife
Birds in flight
Shooting in bad weather

Portraits:
Babies and newborns
Single person - indoors
Single person - outdoors
Families/siblings/groups
Natural light
Artificial light - simple
Artificial light - complex
Mixed light

Others:
Close up and macro
Product photography

How do I...? (Some specific scenarios/techniques - Basic)
Shoot out of a plane window?
Shoot underwater?
Shoot compelling black-and-white?

How do I...? (Some specific scenarios/techniques - Advanced)
HDR
Long exposures
Light painting
Twilight landscapes
Milky Way
Star trails

Basic editing concepts:
Exposure
Contrast
Clarity/sharpening
Color
Layers and masking

Poll

What type of camera do shoot with?

Point & Shoot - basic (Canon Elph style) or Smartphone
122 (36.9%)
Point & Shoot - advanced (Canon S100 or G Style)
52 (15.7%)
Mirrorless
26 (7.9%)
DSLR - consumer (Up to a Nikon D5200 or Canon Rebel)
74 (22.4%)
DSLR - prosumer or pro (Nikon D7000 or Canon 60D and up)
29 (8.8%)
P&S, but I plan on getting an SLR or Mirrorless in the near future
28 (8.5%)

Total Members Voted: 275

Author Topic: Learn Photography Master Thread  (Read 352933 times)

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1280 on: February 29, 2016, 03:12:52 PM »
Any recommendations on a compact SLR affordable tripod? doesn't have to be to high. TIA

Budget? w/ kit or larger lens?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1281 on: March 01, 2016, 01:02:24 PM »
Budget? w/ kit or larger lens?
Under $100. mostly kit lens.

But on second thoughts i am not sure if i should use a tripod when traveling - after reading this http://kimolsonphoto.com/blog/why-i-dont-use-tripods/ and this is where i am planning to go for summer vacation http://kimolsonphoto.com/topics/travel-destinations/europe/italy/dolomites/ http://kimolsonphoto.com/blog/sass-pordoi-hike-cable-car-dolomites-italy/

Being that i already have 2 larger tripods and now that i see that you can in fact get decent shots without Schlepping one on your trips i can't decide if i should invest in a new compact tripod.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1282 on: March 01, 2016, 02:13:12 PM »
Under $100. mostly kit lens.

But on second thoughts i am not sure if i should use a tripod when traveling - after reading this http://kimolsonphoto.com/blog/why-i-dont-use-tripods/ and this is where i am planning to go for summer vacation http://kimolsonphoto.com/topics/travel-destinations/europe/italy/dolomites/ http://kimolsonphoto.com/blog/sass-pordoi-hike-cable-car-dolomites-italy/

Being that i already have 2 larger tripods and now that i see that you can in fact get decent shots without Schlepping one on your trips i can't decide if i should invest in a new compact tripod.
Maybe get a monopod?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1283 on: March 01, 2016, 04:59:43 PM »
Maybe get a monopod?
Thanks for your advise, good idea.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1284 on: March 17, 2016, 09:32:44 AM »
Any good A6000 tutorials to recommend?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1285 on: March 17, 2016, 12:54:41 PM »
David Busch has a book on the a6000 that I found very helpful

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1286 on: March 17, 2016, 02:10:54 PM »
David Busch has a book on the a6000 that I found very helpful
I dont do books, need visual.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1287 on: March 17, 2016, 02:30:23 PM »
I'm not quite sure exactly what you're trying to say, but when you have a site dealing with proprietary content you always need to find a balance between protecting your content and making your site user friendly / not driving your users crazy.

I think this is the real key. You cannot protect 1000% against piracy - videos will always be accessible in one form or another, if if your computer (or more importantly mobile) can play it, someone can take it.

That being said website security for these kinds of videos should be enough to deter the average person-easiest way is by making your content reasonably affordable that it's not worth the trouble.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1288 on: March 18, 2016, 11:23:05 AM »
I dont do books, need visual.

Gary fong has some video tutorials

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1289 on: March 18, 2016, 11:29:53 AM »
Gary fong has some video tutorials
Not my pace .

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1290 on: March 25, 2016, 10:35:53 AM »
Google is now giving away their Nik Collection for free!

http://www.dpreview.com/news/8401470303/google-offers-nik-collection-photo-editing-applications-for-free

I use this for HDR as a plug in for Photoshop.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1291 on: April 09, 2016, 01:50:14 PM »
Google is now giving away their Nik Collection for free!

http://www.dpreview.com/news/8401470303/google-offers-nik-collection-photo-editing-applications-for-free

I use this for HDR as a plug in for Photoshop.

Just saw this also- crazy - they have some really incredible plugins

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1292 on: April 18, 2016, 02:39:00 PM »
Costco has a new travel tripod - looks much better than the Dolica piece of junk they had before:
http://www.costco.com/Manfrotto-190GO!-Aluminum-Tripod-with-Ball-Head.product.100287360.html

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1293 on: April 18, 2016, 06:03:12 PM »
Dolica piece of junk
I'm going to have to disagree with that statement.

While it's no RRS, I've been quite happy with mine and certainly wouldn't call it a piece of junk. My only real complaint with it is that it uses a proprietary "arca-style" quick release plate rather than an actual arca compatible one.

It's also worth noting that the Dolica folds up 5" smaller than this Manfrotto.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1294 on: April 18, 2016, 06:20:28 PM »
I'm going to have to disagree with that statement.

While it's no RRS, I've been quite happy with mine and certainly wouldn't call it a piece of junk. My only real complaint with it is that it uses a proprietary "arca-style" quick release plate rather than an actual arca compatible one.

It's also worth noting that the Dolica folds up 5" smaller than this Manfrotto.

So far I've had multiple plastic pieces break off the Dolica- the rubber around the rings moves, the legs don't extend smoothly- maybe I just got a bad one but I hate it.

Don't know anything about the manfrotto personally- I was just excited to see another option.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1295 on: April 18, 2016, 08:27:02 PM »
So far I've had multiple plastic pieces break off the Dolica- the rubber around the rings moves, the legs don't extend smoothly- maybe I just got a bad one but I hate it.
hmmm, maybe the quality has gone down since I got mine?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1296 on: May 01, 2016, 02:00:00 PM »
What's a decent write speed for a SD card nowadays?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1297 on: May 04, 2016, 02:45:21 PM »
i have a few thousand pics that i would like to print an i want it should be delivered to me in the order it was taken. any company that does that? in the past i have gotten a pretty big mumble jumble
(i didnt know where to post this so i decided the thread where the people print most ;))
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1298 on: May 04, 2016, 03:11:13 PM »
What's a decent write speed for a SD card nowadays?

TY
I find that adoramapix.com generally sends it in the order you send it
i have a few thousand pics that i would like to print an i want it should be delivered to me in the order it was taken. any company that does that? in the past i have gotten a pretty big mumble jumble
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1299 on: May 04, 2016, 03:12:29 PM »
I find that adoramapix.com generally sends it in the order you send it
that helps generally, not when its needed to sort 8,000 pics ;) but thanks
#TYH