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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
116 (38.5%)
Point & Shoot - advanced (Canon S100 or G Style)
43 (14.3%)
Mirrorless
23 (7.6%)
DSLR - consumer (Up to a Nikon D5200 or Canon Rebel)
67 (22.3%)
DSLR - prosumer or pro (Nikon D7000 or Canon 60D and up)
26 (8.6%)
P&S, but I plan on getting an SLR or Mirrorless in the near future
26 (8.6%)

Total Members Voted: 247

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #165 on: September 04, 2013, 08:35:44 AM »
em, can we move on to the next lesson? Please?

Is this a good Lighting set?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160972138510

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #166 on: September 04, 2013, 08:47:30 AM »
em, can we move on to the next lesson? Please?

After the yumim tovim iy"h.

Is this a good Lighting set?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160972138510

What'll you be shooting with it?
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #167 on: September 04, 2013, 10:23:03 AM »
rebel XSi

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #168 on: September 04, 2013, 10:41:06 AM »
rebel XSi

I meant what's your subject - portraits, items for eBay, something else?
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #169 on: September 04, 2013, 11:16:17 AM »
Both

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« Reply #170 on: September 04, 2013, 12:10:00 PM »
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Not a good choice then. For occasional ebay work with fairly small items you could get away with it for a bit. It won't work for portraits at all though (far too weak, bad color, etc.etc.).

In any case, it's a piece of junk quality wise. It'll break after a short while (the stud on the lightstands for example will break off very quickly). A kit of this size should cost $120-$150 at least if it's decent quality.
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« Reply #171 on: September 04, 2013, 12:21:37 PM »
And for the record - this is what I do for a living. I'm a product designer/developer making studio and portable lighting. I've made many variations of this kind of kit (example and example), so I know a thing or two about 'em :P.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #172 on: September 04, 2013, 12:36:46 PM »
And for the record - this is what I do for a living. I'm a product designer/developer making studio and portable lighting. I've made many variations of this kind of kit (example and example), so I know a thing or two about 'em :P.
Better money in that than being a professional photographer?
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #173 on: September 04, 2013, 01:24:31 PM »
For sure. For one, it's a highly specialized job vs. a market where everyone and their mother becomes a "professional photographer". Photography has become a very tough market in the last in the last few years - the supply of photographers has skyrocketed, while the perceived value if their work has plummeted. It's simply not worth it for me to go full-time pro at this point of time.
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« Reply #174 on: September 04, 2013, 02:00:27 PM »
True, though the good ones still command (and get) a small fortune.
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« Reply #175 on: September 04, 2013, 02:22:09 PM »
Of course, but until you get to that point...
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« Reply #176 on: September 04, 2013, 02:29:12 PM »
Based on your pics I doubt it would take you too long!

I'd have hired you for my wedding in a blink of an eye, most of our pictures are mediocre.
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« Reply #177 on: September 04, 2013, 05:37:32 PM »
Based on your pics I doubt it would take you too long!

I'd have hired you for my wedding in a blink of an eye, most of our pictures are mediocre.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #178 on: September 04, 2013, 05:47:42 PM »
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.

Just purchased and on its way. Going to play around with it after RH. My budget for my first foray into the non-P&S world was $700 so I'm definitely happy I was able to stay well below that. Thanks Fishy for all the advice and keep it coming!

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« Reply #179 on: September 04, 2013, 05:56:21 PM »
Just purchased and on its way. Going to play around with it after RH. My budget for my first foray into the non-P&S world was $700 so I'm definitely happy I was able to stay well below that. Thanks Fishy for all the advice and keep it coming!
Looks like a good deal, but the 6 was a lifesaver.

Would not have gotten half the pictures we had in Banff when it was sunny out without the amazing digital viewfinder that the 6 has.
And unlike the 5 it was able to fit into my pocket.
Plus indoor pics of food need the flash which is conveniently built in on the 6.

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