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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 (37%)
Point & Shoot - advanced (Canon S100 or G Style)
52 (15.8%)
Mirrorless
25 (7.6%)
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: 274

Author Topic: Learn Photography Master Thread  (Read 333261 times)

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1440 on: June 29, 2017, 06:18:22 PM »
Was waiting to take off from TGU at the time.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1441 on: June 29, 2017, 07:43:25 PM »
Was waiting to takeoff from TGU at the time.
Was this vacation or a photography thing?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1442 on: June 29, 2017, 08:20:07 PM »
Was this vacation or a photography thing?
My guess is he would say: " vacation"
but his wife would say: " photography thing"

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1443 on: June 29, 2017, 08:43:06 PM »
My guess is he would say: " vacation"
but his wife would say: " photography thing"

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1444 on: June 30, 2017, 01:49:17 AM »
My guess is he would say: " vacation"
but his wife would say: " photography thing"

Happens to be I hardly took pictures on this trip. I only set up my tripod once, for example.

(Of course "hardly any pictures" means something very different for me than for normal people, but still :)).)
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1445 on: June 30, 2017, 11:54:15 AM »
Happens to be I hardly took pictures on this trip. I only set up my tripod once, for example.

(Of course "hardly any pictures" means something very different for me than for normal people, but still :)).)

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1446 on: July 11, 2017, 03:46:02 PM »
Remove, clean contacts on both the camera and lens, and remount. Solves the issue 99% of the time.

Use a q-tip dipped in alcohol and be gentle.
Still no worky.
Now that this lens doesn't work, what do you recommend I purchase as a good all around lens while still having money left over for gas?
This is the A6000.

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« Reply #1447 on: July 11, 2017, 04:04:24 PM »
Still no worky.
Now that this lens doesn't work, what do you recommend I purchase as a good all around lens while still having money left over for gas?
This is the A6000.

Sorry to hear. I'd send it into Sony before I buy a new lens. Even if they charge you for the repair, it should still be reasonable.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1448 on: July 11, 2017, 04:06:12 PM »
Sorry to hear. I'd send it into Sony before I buy a new lens. Even if they charge you for the repair, it should still be reasonable.
Any idea how long that takes? I don't have any other lens at all and would still like to use the camera.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1449 on: July 11, 2017, 04:08:25 PM »
Any idea how long that takes? I don't have any other lens at all and would still like to use the camera.

It could be a while... A couple of weeks at least.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1450 on: July 11, 2017, 04:12:26 PM »
It could be a while... A couple of weeks at least.
Aha, long time. I guess I'll do that also.
Assuming I decide to upgrade a little a get a different one, preferably one with some more zoom, what would our recommend.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1451 on: July 11, 2017, 07:16:22 PM »
A bit off topic but my wife has a food Instagram account and takes pictures with her iPhone 7 Plus and is obsessed with the photography of food...what would be a good cheap gift to get her for this hobby? Example: props, book about food photography...
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1452 on: July 11, 2017, 08:26:41 PM »
A bit off topic but my wife has a food Instagram account and takes pictures with her iPhone 7 Plus and is obsessed with the photography of food...what would be a good cheap gift to get her for this hobby? Example: props, book about food photography...

Aukey clip-on wide angle and macro lens for mobile photography.

https://www.amazon.com/AUKEY-iPhone-Samsung-Android-Smartphones/dp/B01AYY840Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1499819157&sr=8-1&keywords=aukey+clip+on+lens
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« Reply #1453 on: July 11, 2017, 08:36:52 PM »
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1454 on: July 11, 2017, 09:09:24 PM »
A bit off topic but my wife has a food Instagram account and takes pictures with her iPhone 7 Plus and is obsessed with the photography of food...what would be a good cheap gift to get her for this hobby? Example: props, book about food photography...

sounds like a good idea

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« Reply #1455 on: July 11, 2017, 09:18:29 PM »
sounds like a good idea
any recommendations? (I know nothing about photography)
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1456 on: July 11, 2017, 09:36:41 PM »
any recommendations? (I know nothing about photography)

At the risk of sounding snarky, then how would you know that-

not realy helpful for food photography
?

Macro lenses actually make for really interesting food photos.
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« Reply #1457 on: July 11, 2017, 09:48:57 PM »
At the risk of sounding snarky, then how would you know that-
?

Macro lenses actually make for really interesting food photos.
I guess then it may be a good idea
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1458 on: July 16, 2017, 01:16:21 PM »
Recs for a smartphone tripod?
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1459 on: July 17, 2017, 02:54:44 PM »
Sorry to hear. I'd send it into Sony before I buy a new lens. Even if they charge you for the repair, it should still be reasonable.
$125 to repair the $170 lens.