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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
120 (37.6%)
Point & Shoot - advanced (Canon S100 or G Style)
48 (15%)
Mirrorless
24 (7.5%)
DSLR - consumer (Up to a Nikon D5200 or Canon Rebel)
70 (21.9%)
DSLR - prosumer or pro (Nikon D7000 or Canon 60D and up)
29 (9.1%)
P&S, but I plan on getting an SLR or Mirrorless in the near future
28 (8.8%)

Total Members Voted: 264

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1665 on: March 11, 2021, 12:04:49 AM »
Many people do, in all types of types and price ranges. Most of those work great (I've tested most of them and own a good 4-5 different types). And of course they're more convenient than a napkin :D.

But for some cameras (like the Nex 6), there's nothing commercial available, hence the napkin.
were you serious with this one?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1666 on: March 11, 2021, 12:07:52 AM »
Phones screens are made to be used in broad daylight.  My Nex screen was not really usable in broad daylight. 
I've never used a viewfinder before, but the digital version on the 6 is just stunning.  Has to be used to believe.

And the lens of the 5 is significantly longer as it doesn't retract.  I can fit the 6 in my BR khakis pocket.  There's no possible way to do that with the 5.
Though SF will say that's an advantage as you don't have to wait the extra second for it to open.  Though when I tested them side by side it's at most a split second difference from power on to shooting time.

And it's not a matter of thinking.  I bought both the 5 and 6 from the local gmach for a couple weeks before concluding which made the most sense for me ;)
where can I find such a gmach? gmach for cameras?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1667 on: March 11, 2021, 12:09:04 AM »
were you serious with this one?

As far as which point?
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1668 on: March 11, 2021, 12:16:56 AM »
As far as which point?
using a napkin as a diffuser

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1669 on: March 11, 2021, 12:22:50 AM »
using a napkin as a diffuser

Sure. Works great.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1670 on: March 11, 2021, 12:27:09 AM »
Sure. Works great.
Reminds me of my first SLR (a Rebel T3), I made a slip on bounce flash for the built in flash with a smiley face in front ;)

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« Reply #1671 on: March 11, 2021, 12:37:09 AM »
Reminds me of my first SLR (a Rebel T3), I made a slip on bounce flash for the built in flash with a smiley face in front ;)

I was involved in creating this diffuser and suggested, to general acclaim, to call it the Hangover.

In what was surely my bitterest moment at B&H, upper management shot it down and gave it the uber-exciting name of Folding Pop-Up Flash Diffuser. (And if that was my worst moment at work in more than a decade, I guess I did pretty well ;D.)

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1672 on: March 11, 2021, 12:38:46 AM »
I was involved in creating this diffuser and suggested, to general acclaim, to call it the Hangover.

In what was surely my bitterest moment at B&H, upper management shot it down and gave it the uber-exciting name of Folding Pop-Up Flash Diffuser. (And if that was my worst moment at work in more than a decade, I guess I did pretty well ;D.)


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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1673 on: May 03, 2021, 03:21:26 PM »
anyone selling a sony e mount 55-210 lens?

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« Reply #1674 on: May 03, 2021, 07:41:42 PM »
anyone selling a sony e mount 55-210 lens?
Just sold mine for $250