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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
115 (38.5%)
Point & Shoot - advanced (Canon S100 or G Style)
42 (14%)
Mirrorless
23 (7.7%)
DSLR - consumer (Up to a Nikon D5200 or Canon Rebel)
67 (22.4%)
DSLR - prosumer or pro (Nikon D7000 or Canon 60D and up)
26 (8.7%)
P&S, but I plan on getting an SLR or Mirrorless in the near future
26 (8.7%)

Total Members Voted: 245

Author Topic: Learn Photography Master Thread  (Read 158758 times)

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #195 on: September 08, 2013, 03:57:48 AM »
alternatively, gary fong makes a diffuser for slr built in flash

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.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #196 on: September 08, 2013, 03:58:56 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.
is there a problem with color correction?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #197 on: September 08, 2013, 04:03:29 AM »
is there a problem with color correction?

Not if you use a white napkin.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #198 on: September 08, 2013, 04:10:03 AM »
Not if you use a white napkin.
how is that different than using a ping pong ball (which is a problem)

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #199 on: September 08, 2013, 04:11:50 AM »
how is that different than using a ping pong ball (which is a problem)

Why would a ping pong ball be a problem?
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #200 on: September 08, 2013, 04:14:51 AM »
Why would a ping pong ball be a problem?
not color corrected

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #201 on: September 08, 2013, 04:20:29 AM »
not color corrected

If you're using a cut-up ping pong ball instead of a $10 accessory and are worried about minuscule color correction issues you're doing it wrong :P.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #202 on: September 08, 2013, 07:01:36 AM »
If you're using a cut-up ping pong ball instead of a $10 accessory and are worried about minuscule color correction issues you're doing it wrong :P.
i was taking a photo class and someone suggested using a ping pong ball cut in half but the instructor told him not to since its not color corrected. i instead bought this

http://www.amazon.com/Gary-Fong-Diffuser-OLYMPUS-excluding/dp/B0011000R6/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1378637999&sr=8-4&keywords=gary+fong+diffuser

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #203 on: September 08, 2013, 08:39:22 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.
That was my question, thanks.
If you're using a cut-up ping pong ball instead of a $10 accessory and are worried about minuscule color correction issues you're doing it wrong :P.
Couldn't you just set custom WB with a grey card to fix that?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #204 on: September 08, 2013, 12:06:11 PM »
i was taking a photo class and someone suggested using a ping pong ball cut in half but the instructor told him not to since its not color corrected.

The instructor was covering his butt, he probably didn't want to run the chance of people complaining on the off chance that it'll have a color cast. I think people on this forum are smart enough to figure out that if they suddenly have greenish pictures after using a ping pong ball that the ball is to blame, and use something else.

Couldn't you just set custom WB with a grey card to fix that?

Sometimes, yes. But only when the flash is the only light in the picture, and only when the color cast is on the blue/yellow (cool/warm) axis. As soon as there is any other light in the scene, or if the cast is on the green/magenta axis, it becomes quite complicated.

But again, if you use a white ping pong ball or napkin the chance of introducing a color cast is nearly nil.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #205 on: September 08, 2013, 12:22:20 PM »
The instructor was covering his butt, he probably didn't want to run the chance of people complaining on the off chance that it'll have a color cast. I think people on this forum are smart enough to figure out that if they suddenly have greenish pictures after using a ping pong ball that the ball is to blame, and use something else.

but they might not notice a small color distortion while taking the pictures, and the moment will be long gone by the time they realize

better to stay away

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #206 on: October 25, 2013, 02:30:46 AM »
Bump. Any chance of reviving this thread at some point?
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« Reply #207 on: October 25, 2013, 02:32:57 AM »
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Bump. Any chance of reviving this thread at some point?

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