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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
122 (36.7%)
Point & Shoot - advanced (Canon S100 or G Style)
52 (15.7%)
Mirrorless
27 (8.1%)
DSLR - consumer (Up to a Nikon D5200 or Canon Rebel)
74 (22.3%)
DSLR - prosumer or pro (Nikon D7000 or Canon 60D and up)
29 (8.7%)
P&S, but I plan on getting an SLR or Mirrorless in the near future
28 (8.4%)

Total Members Voted: 276

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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)?
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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?
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« 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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« 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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« 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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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1650 on: July 20, 2020, 06:24:33 PM »
If it has a button, it is not supposed to turn without it.
Yup, it was only a few days old. I just swapped it in for a new one.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1651 on: August 27, 2020, 08:03:47 PM »
Canon just added support for Google photos in their image.canon app.
The problem is that A. You gotta have a Google one account and B. You gotta upload everything first to canon and then again to Google photos. I believe in the old system they had an option to upload directly to Google drive and even youtube, is their still anyway to do that?
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1652 on: October 30, 2020, 02:01:21 PM »
Best/cheapest place to get your photos professionally edited?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1654 on: January 10, 2021, 11:08:46 PM »
Am I missing something?

How does the tiny lens of an iPhone SE have an aperture of f1.8?

1.8 on a camera lens is a pretty big opening, clearly way bigger than the lens on the iPhone.

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« Reply #1655 on: January 10, 2021, 11:30:01 PM »
Am I missing something?

How does the tiny lens of an iPhone SE have an aperture of f1.8?

1.8 on a camera lens is a pretty big opening, clearly way bigger than the lens on the iPhone.
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« Reply #1656 on: January 10, 2021, 11:39:34 PM »
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Thanks.

I didn't realize that f stops are relative to the focal length.


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« Reply #1657 on: January 10, 2021, 11:42:21 PM »
Thanks.

I Didn't realize  that f stops is relative to the focal length.
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« Reply #1658 on: January 13, 2021, 04:18:20 AM »
Thanks.

I didn't realize that f stops are relative to the focal length.

Hence why it's written as f/1.8, not f1.8. It's a fraction.

Also why smaller number = bigger opening.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1659 on: February 27, 2021, 10:54:53 PM »
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