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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 (38.5%)
Point & Shoot - advanced (Canon S100 or G Style)
41 (14.3%)
Mirrorless
22 (7.7%)
DSLR - consumer (Up to a Nikon D5200 or Canon Rebel)
65 (22.7%)
DSLR - prosumer or pro (Nikon D7000 or Canon 60D and up)
24 (8.4%)
P&S, but I plan on getting an SLR or Mirrorless in the near future
24 (8.4%)

Total Members Voted: 234

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1500 on: April 09, 2018, 11:10:51 PM »
Did you try focusing on a cloud?

What's your aperture?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1501 on: April 09, 2018, 11:11:28 PM »
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.

The ocean horizon is not a smooth line. Combine that with glare and atmospheric distortion and the horizon will often not be perfectly sharp.

Post a picture and let's see how bad it is.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1502 on: April 09, 2018, 11:12:42 PM »
Did you try focusing on a cloud?

What's your aperture?
No pronounced clouds.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1504 on: April 09, 2018, 11:22:21 PM »
No pronounced clouds.
The ocean horizon is not a smooth line. Combine that with glare and atmospheric distortion and the horizon will often not be perfectly sharp.
ooh, I thought he was saying the sky itself is not so clear...

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1505 on: April 09, 2018, 11:24:23 PM »


I highly doubt that
Lol. I don't know, it's probably still on whatever it came set to.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1506 on: April 09, 2018, 11:34:22 PM »
it's probably still on whatever it came set to.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1507 on: April 09, 2018, 11:38:50 PM »
<<I'm trying to think of the appropriate meme to put here but I'm drawing a blank, I'll have to leave it to @Something Fishy >>

I think this covers more than one situation:


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« Reply #1508 on: April 09, 2018, 11:51:07 PM »
I think this covers more than one situation:
lol, I was thinking to add that

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1509 on: April 10, 2018, 02:20:00 AM »
The ocean horizon is not a smooth line. Combine that with glare and atmospheric distortion and the horizon will often not be perfectly sharp.

Post a picture and let's see how bad it is.
He's 2
All criticism accepted.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1510 on: April 10, 2018, 07:41:06 AM »
Both pictures are relatively unsharp (probably low resolution, but difficult to check that on my phone).

Both are in perfect focus though.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1511 on: April 10, 2018, 10:54:37 AM »
Both pictures are relatively unsharp (probably low resolution, but difficult to check that on my phone).

Both are in perfect focus though.
Thanks.
I think  the resolution is OK, just it didn't upload so well.
And basically everything is on auto but focus.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1512 on: April 10, 2018, 10:58:50 AM »
Both are in perfect focus though.
check the second picture on a pc, I'm not so sure about that.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1513 on: April 12, 2018, 09:49:05 PM »
Does anyone on the forums know how to colorize photos well?
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« Reply #1514 on: April 12, 2018, 09:51:23 PM »
Does anyone on the forums know how to colorize photos well?

From a black and white? I've done a few projects, but they're typically a pretty serious undertaking, especially if you want to be as factual as possible.

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