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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
114 (38.5%)
Point & Shoot - advanced (Canon S100 or G Style)
42 (14.2%)
Mirrorless
23 (7.8%)
DSLR - consumer (Up to a Nikon D5200 or Canon Rebel)
67 (22.6%)
DSLR - prosumer or pro (Nikon D7000 or Canon 60D and up)
25 (8.4%)
P&S, but I plan on getting an SLR or Mirrorless in the near future
25 (8.4%)

Total Members Voted: 243

Author Topic: Learn Photography Master Thread  (Read 148701 times)

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #150 on: July 14, 2013, 04:43:29 AM »
How's Alaska?  You available for a course over succos. Or before it after?
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #151 on: July 14, 2013, 07:26:09 AM »
How's Alaska?  You available for a course over succos. Or before it after?

Course DO?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #152 on: July 14, 2013, 09:55:03 AM »
Life isn't about checking the boxes. Nobody cares.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #153 on: July 14, 2013, 01:31:06 PM »
How's Alaska?

Awesome. TR in the works.

You available for a course over succos. Or before it after?
Course DO?

Interesting idea. It's a bit far out, but it may just work.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #154 on: July 14, 2013, 01:31:39 PM »
http://www.buydig.com/mobile/product.aspx?sdtid=6148866&sku=tm18200xrdieos&omid=200&ref=cj

Is this 1. A good deal? 2. Compatible with lumix gx1

1. Not really (it's a cr***y lens).
2. No (it's for Canon).

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #155 on: July 14, 2013, 01:36:26 PM »
Awesome. TR in the works.

Interesting idea. It's a bit far out, but it may just work.
so happy about alaska!

also im game for a small DO/ lesson!
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #156 on: July 16, 2013, 03:05:05 PM »
I think the only real reason for someone like you to get the 6 is for the viewfinder. It's extremely useful for outdoor shooting, but I don't think it's reason enough to go with the 6 over the 5r. And hey, Sony'll happily sell you a viewfinder for $240 if you're that desperate ;D.

As far as new ones coming out, the only NEX really due for an upgrade is the 7, so I don't think we'll see a 5r/6 update in the near future.
Tried out the Nex-6.  It is pocketable with the power zoom lens if you're wearing khakis, so that's a big difference for me.
It's also on sale on Amazon now for $798 with the lens, so $200 price difference (instead of the $300 difference from yesterday) for the viewfinder+internal flash+smaller size but losing the touchscreen.  The startup difference between the 2 to start taking pictures was less than half a second.

If they put the touchscreen on the 6 this would be an easy decision :P

The telephoto lens is $100 off with the 5 or 6 at the time of purchase.
But I am ever going to use it?

Time for a camera lesson DO!
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #157 on: July 16, 2013, 03:09:06 PM »
Tried out the Nex-6.  It is pocketable with the power zoom lens if you're wearing khakis, so that's a big difference for me.
It's also on sale on Amazon now for $798 with the lens, so $200 price difference (instead of the $300 difference from yesterday) for the viewfinder+internal flash+smaller size but losing the touchscreen.  The startup difference between the 2 to start taking pictures was less than half a second.

If they put the touchscreen on the 6 this would be an easy decision :P

The telephoto lens is $100 off with the 5 or 6 at the time of purchase.
But I am ever going to use it?

Time for a camera lesson DO!

One of the benefits of the mirrorless camera and buying the Sony Nex is having tutorials and tips built right into the camera. Plus it has the ease of point and shoot features as well.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #158 on: July 16, 2013, 03:15:02 PM »

Time for a camera lesson DO!
they have camera classes all the time on groupon. its definitely worthwhile to attend one or two

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #159 on: July 16, 2013, 07:52:46 PM »
they have camera classes all the time on groupon. its definitely worthwhile to attend one or two
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #161 on: August 23, 2013, 12:35:55 AM »
Idk how to work this from phone.....but....
I took this pic in san juan,PR @sunrise using Samsung galaxy s2
Thoughts?

 http://imageshack.us/photo/photo/541/4hxi.jpg/
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #162 on: August 23, 2013, 12:54:01 AM »
Idk how to work this from phone.....but....
I took this pic in san juan,PR @sunrise using Samsung galaxy s2
Thoughts?

 http://imageshack.us/photo/photo/541/4hxi.jpg/

Here's the shot, embedded:



I like it. I like the color, the mood, and the fact that I'd much rather be there than here right now. Silhouettes are much harder to pull off properly than most people think, but this one works extremely well.

As far as composition, it's pretty good, with my only real issue being the bottom - a good quarter of the picture is taken up by black nothingness. I think cropping most of it away would help a lot - the picture will be wider, adding to the feeling of space and freedom. This will also move the horizon line down to the lower third of the picture, making it far more engaging. A wider crop will also accentuate the beautiful curve of the water - the viewer's eye would start at the lower left, travel along the beach to the right, and then follow the far beach all the way back to the left. This is called a leading line, and is something with you pulled off perfectly here.

I'd also clone out the person all the way on the right, as well as the two white lines next to him. Both are distracting and only take away from the image.

Here's a two minute edit I made, incorporating some of those changes:



Overall I'd say this is a lovely, well executed shot.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #163 on: September 04, 2013, 06:16:02 AM »
While the 5r doesn't have a built-in flash, it does include an external flash. It folds down and hardly takes up any space; I keep mine on the camera all the time and I never even notice it. Mind you once you'll see the image quality of that camera in low light you'll never use the flash anyway. I've taken thousands upon thousands of pictures with my 5n and maybe 50 of those with flash.


As far as the lens, the 16-50 isn't quite as pocketable as you'd expect; mounted on the camera the thickness is 2.16". I don't see how this'll fit in a pocket. There are also some issues with this lens that you have to keep in mind - the quality isn't as good as the 18-55, and there is lots of distortion on the 16mm end. Also, since it's a power lens, every time you turn on or wake up the camera the lens has to extend; this means that for about 2 seconds the camera is inoperable, making you potentially miss the shot.

The 18-55 on the other hand, being mechanical, has no startup issues. From when I wake up my camera (I always keep it on, so a tap on the shutter is all I need for it to get going), till I could take a picture is about a quarter of a second, if that. It's also sharper and has no distortion. Also, since it's mechanical, I could zoom much faster just by giving the lens a twist. And size-wise, it's only 1.18" bigger than the 16-50. Not so much I think, especially like I said the 16-50 doesn't really fit in a pocket either.

The touchscreen is absolutely amazing and IMO one of the best features of the cameras. Just tap a face for example and the camera will track it in all directions so that it's always in focus, no matter how wild the kid is ;). This is also amazing for video.

I think the only real reason for someone like you to get the 6 is for the viewfinder. It's extremely useful for outdoor shooting, but I don't think it's reason enough to go with the 6 over the 5r. And hey, Sony'll happily sell you a viewfinder for $240 if you're that desperate ;D.

As far as new ones coming out, the only NEX really due for an upgrade is the 7, so I don't think we'll see a 5r/6 update in the near future.

I believe there is a new version of the 5r coming out september 8th labeled the NEX-5TL. Any opinions on the new one Fishy?

Also, the 5r can now be had for $450 on amazon and best buy with the 18-55mm lens. I am assuming thats a good deal but would love a second opinion on that.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #164 on: September 04, 2013, 07:59:35 AM »
I believe there is a new version of the 5r coming out september 8th labeled the NEX-5TL. Any opinions on the new one Fishy?

Also, the 5r can now be had for $450 on amazon and best buy with the 18-55mm lens. I am assuming thats a good deal but would love a second opinion on that.

So far everything we know about the new one is from rumors, but it seems like it'll be a pretty minor upgrade, so the old is is probably the better deal.

The 5r and lens for $450 is a steal, go for it.