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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
110 (38.2%)
Point & Shoot - advanced (Canon S100 or G Style)
41 (14.2%)
Mirrorless
22 (7.6%)
DSLR - consumer (Up to a Nikon D5200 or Canon Rebel)
65 (22.6%)
DSLR - prosumer or pro (Nikon D7000 or Canon 60D and up)
25 (8.7%)
P&S, but I plan on getting an SLR or Mirrorless in the near future
25 (8.7%)

Total Members Voted: 236

Author Topic: Learn Photography Master Thread  (Read 128169 times)

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1485 on: February 07, 2018, 02:48:52 PM »
I don't think I've ever eaten my words this quickly :P.
keep on eating...

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1486 on: February 07, 2018, 02:51:19 PM »
Thanks, great write up. Question - can you explain the math of why an f2 would allow 3x more light vs f3.5?

Overly simplistic answer is that each stop of aperture allows in twice as much light as the one below it. f/2 is approximately 2.5 stops larger than f/3.5, ergo it allows about 3x the light.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1487 on: February 08, 2018, 12:20:27 PM »
So what would you do differently to improve those first 2 pathetic pictures?
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1488 on: February 11, 2018, 05:08:53 PM »
So what would you do differently to improve those first 2 pathetic pictures?
Read the rest of the post...
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1489 on: February 11, 2018, 10:08:31 PM »
Read the rest of the post...

I did. It just says what to use the lense for, not what lense to use for the first 2 pictures.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1490 on: February 11, 2018, 10:14:32 PM »
I did. It just says what to use the lense for, not what lense to use for the first 2 pictures.
Use a longer lens
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1491 on: February 14, 2018, 05:42:34 PM »

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1493 on: February 26, 2018, 10:57:21 AM »
Does adoramapix offer the option to cut the photos so that they fit 16:9 ration, instead of cropping off a little bit from each image? I can't seem to find it.
Workflowy. You won't know what you're missing until you try it.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1494 on: February 27, 2018, 03:19:06 PM »

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1495 on: April 09, 2018, 07:41:18 PM »
I'm having struggles figuring out how to focus on a sunset, AF isn't helping either, any tips?
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1496 on: April 09, 2018, 10:55:20 PM »
what exactly are you trying to focus on?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1497 on: April 09, 2018, 10:59:15 PM »
what exactly are you trying to focus on?
That's really the question, what should I be focusing on? I was just trying to get a good picture of a nice sunset.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1498 on: April 09, 2018, 11:00:23 PM »
Try focusing on any point way off in the distance and you should be fine

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1499 on: April 09, 2018, 11:03:17 PM »
Try focusing on any point way off in the distance and you should be fine
I did that and it was OK. But there is a fine line between the ocean and the sky that I feel the sky can be clearer.
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