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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
119 (37.9%)
Point & Shoot - advanced (Canon S100 or G Style)
46 (14.6%)
Mirrorless
24 (7.6%)
DSLR - consumer (Up to a Nikon D5200 or Canon Rebel)
68 (21.7%)
DSLR - prosumer or pro (Nikon D7000 or Canon 60D and up)
29 (9.2%)
P&S, but I plan on getting an SLR or Mirrorless in the near future
28 (8.9%)

Total Members Voted: 259

Author Topic: Learn Photography Master Thread  (Read 186965 times)

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1635 on: April 02, 2020, 12:11:42 PM »
Not sure if this is the right thread.
Iím looking for a wrap for a Sony RX1R II. Debating between Domke, Tenba, and Ruggard. Is any of these better or are they all the same? How big does it need to be?

Are you talking about that square thingy with Velcro? All brands are pretty much the same exact thing, go with the cheapest.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1636 on: May 04, 2020, 09:14:29 PM »
Firstly, pick up your camera and shoot. Don't waste your time with watching videos of what other people shoot.
I'm not sure if you are trying to make money off your photos, but if you are, find out what the going price in your area is (it varies a lot) and start doing events.
Never work for free. It harms your chance and the chance of others of making money.
If you are trying to improve your skill set, get out and travel a bit. Either across the world, or down the street. Either way, you'll be in a new place where you can get your skills out that you haven't used before.
Most of all. Have fun!

I'm a hobbyist who only shoots for free :-) I don't want to make money off my photography, just become a better photographer.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1637 on: May 04, 2020, 10:34:24 PM »
I'm a hobbyist who only shoots for free :-) I don't want to make money off my photography, just become a better photographer.
Doesn't make sense to me, if people would gladly pay money, why refuse it (and ruin it for someone else)?
I'm afraid its more of a self confidence issue.....

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1638 on: May 05, 2020, 06:25:48 AM »
Doesn't make sense to me, if people would gladly pay money, why refuse it (and ruin it for someone else)?
I'm afraid its more of a self confidence issue.....

I have a full time job, a serious illness and 4 of my own kids to shoot pictures of.  Plus all the landscapes and natural beauty around me. I'll gladly snap a few shots for my friends because we all have different ways to contribute (like my friend who checks my kids for lice before school starts).  I don't need to make money off my family and friends and they aren't running to get professional photographs instead, they would just have cell phone pictures.

There are plenty of professional photographers in my area who get a lot of work. I don't think I'm taking away their business . I always tell my friends that they get what they pay for and that free means you get free quality. I am NOT a professional.  I use the time to practice my skills and learn from the experience.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1639 on: May 05, 2020, 10:32:07 AM »
I have a full time job, a serious illness and 4 of my own kids to shoot pictures of.  Plus all the landscapes and natural beauty around me. I'll gladly snap a few shots for my friends because we all have different ways to contribute (like my friend who checks my kids for lice before school starts).  I don't need to make money off my family and friends and they aren't running to get professional photographs instead, they would just have cell phone pictures.

There are plenty of professional photographers in my area who get a lot of work. I don't think I'm taking away their business . I always tell my friends that they get what they pay for and that free means you get free quality. I am NOT a professional.  I use the time to practice my skills and learn from the experience.
Sorry for judging you.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1640 on: May 06, 2020, 04:35:19 PM »
Where is the best place to learn lighting?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1641 on: May 06, 2020, 04:44:44 PM »
Where is the best place to learn lighting?
Why bother?
If you can just charge without knowing what you're doing anyways?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1642 on: May 06, 2020, 04:46:14 PM »
Why bother?
If you can just charge without knowing what you're doing anyways?
Not following, sorry.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1643 on: May 06, 2020, 06:53:39 PM »
(and ruin it for someone else)?
?
Why is the business owners potential money any greener than the customers actual money?

Or from a different perspective why is the photographers potential money any greener than the next business owners money that it will go to?
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1644 on: May 06, 2020, 07:50:11 PM »
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Why is the business owners potential money any greener than the customers actual money?

Or from a different perspective why is the photographers potential money any greener than the next business owners money that it will go to?
The costumer is gladly willing to pay (talking about usual circumstances), why do it for free?
Imagine a competitor to your business decides to start selling his merchandise at loss, would you say "so nice of him saving people money"? Of course not, he's just causing you and others to lose money.

If you want to improve your skills, there are many many opportunities that dose not include you working for free.
And of course I'm not talking about a friend or family member asking for some shots.
But if someone calls you, that he needs you for just 45 Min. for his daughters "Vort" or his sons "Upshern", Do not do it for free, its unfair to other people (and yourself).

And besides, as a general rule it's never good to be working for free, it ruins your image.
It is basically promoting that your work is not worth paying for.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1645 on: May 25, 2020, 02:56:39 PM »
Is there any way to record a video with a smartphone remote for the sony a6000?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1646 on: June 28, 2020, 01:04:23 PM »
Is the mode dial on Nikon cameras supposed to turn without pressing the button? Someone who used my camera started turning the dial without pressing the button by applying a little more pressure. I feel like the button is now a little loose.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1647 on: July 19, 2020, 11:00:41 PM »
What are lens filters for? Should I be using them? If so, which?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1648 on: July 20, 2020, 05:00:14 PM »
What are lens filters for? Should I be using them? If so, which?
UV filter to protect your camera lens according to some

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1649 on: July 20, 2020, 06:04:38 PM »
Is the mode dial on Nikon cameras supposed to turn without pressing the button? Someone who used my camera started turning the dial without pressing the button by applying a little more pressure. I feel like the button is now a little loose.

If it has a button, it is not supposed to turn without it.
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