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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

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1530 on: May 31, 2018, 02:34:47 PM »

I didnt get half of what he was saying but that seems really cool

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« Reply #1535 on: June 05, 2018, 10:39:28 AM »


Between the ice and the methane, bad choice of emoji ;D

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« Reply #1538 on: June 10, 2018, 12:46:11 PM »
A freind of mine was telling me that a micro sd card should not be used in a dslr camera as the video and pictures are effected, meaning video stops in middle and pictures don't come out good, any truth to this or was it his specific camera or sd card?

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« Reply #1539 on: July 31, 2018, 11:24:51 PM »
Any suggestions for a decent lens for portraits for my Sony a6000? Nothing too expensive. Am i just looking for a 50mm prime with a low (number) aperture?
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« Reply #1540 on: August 02, 2018, 11:11:57 PM »
Any suggestions for a decent lens for portraits for my Sony a6000? Nothing too expensive. Am i just looking for a 50mm prime with a low (number) aperture?
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1541 on: August 06, 2018, 01:10:05 AM »
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If you are only focused on portraits, then generally the longer the focal length, the better (assuming you will shoot with enough space to back up)

Some reasons I can think of:
1. As your focal length grows, the same aperture will have a more blurred background (f/2 on a 50mm is not as blurred as f/2 on a 100mm).
2. As the focal length grows, there is better separation of the foreground and background, even when keeping it all in focus.
3. There is much less barrel distortion at linger focal lengths, giving heads better looks. (50mm approx matches your eye's view, but longer can look even better many times)

The reason for this (and the downside) is that you will need to stand further back to fit the same subject in the frame.

Some others here can probably explain this far better then I, but this is a start.

Google visual examples of all of these and it'll be much clearer.


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« Reply #1542 on: August 06, 2018, 01:12:23 AM »
Any suggestions for a decent lens for portraits for my Sony a6000? Nothing too expensive. Am i just looking for a 50mm prime with a low (number) aperture?
If you are on a low budget and take good care of your gear, consider buying a used lens on eBay or MPB.
 I've always been happy buying used lenses, and used premium primes hold their resale value incredibly well.

If you are on a really tight budget, consider using a manual lens?
There are some amazing manual lenses for very cheap.
Only recommend that if you are shooting adults...

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1543 on: August 06, 2018, 07:28:25 AM »
I need some recommendations on how to shoot pictures where there's a bright spot (like a light fixture in middle of the scene). I have not been able to get my settings right to capture normal looking photographs. They either come out washed out or way too yellowed and dark.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1544 on: August 06, 2018, 02:23:29 PM »
If you are only focused on portraits, then generally the longer the focal length, the better (assuming you will shoot with enough space to back up)

Some reasons I can think of:
1. As your focal length grows, the same aperture will have a more blurred background (f/2 on a 50mm is not as blurred as f/2 on a 100mm).
2. As the focal length grows, there is better separation of the foreground and background, even when keeping it all in focus.
3. There is much less barrel distortion at linger focal lengths, giving heads better looks. (50mm approx matches your eye's view, but longer can look even better many times)

The reason for this (and the downside) is that you will need to stand further back to fit the same subject in the frame.

Some others here can probably explain this far better then I, but this is a start.

Google visual examples of all of these and it'll be much clearer.
would this be something you would recommend?
https://www.amazon.com/Sigma-60mm-F2-8-Black-Sony/dp/B00CMRTXVQ