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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

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #210 on: October 25, 2013, 01:29:49 PM »
Don't give up on me just yet ;). There's lots more good stuff coming...

I've been crazy busy these last couple of months, I couldn't find enough time to devote to this. During the winter is always quieter, so expect frequent updates to commence very soon.
Awesome. Looking forward. Happy with the camera I bought, especially since amex paid for it. But would love to use it to it's fullest
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #211 on: October 25, 2013, 03:07:15 PM »
Happy with the camera I bought, especially since amex paid for it.

Return protection or 2'nd year warranty?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #212 on: October 25, 2013, 04:10:41 PM »
I thought this might be a more appropiate place to post, rather than in in 'Deal Requests'...anyone know where I can find an inexpensive prime lense for a Pentax?

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« Reply #213 on: October 25, 2013, 04:28:28 PM »
Well, with Something Fishy's help, I've decided on the Nex 5r.

Bring on the next lesson!

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #214 on: October 25, 2013, 04:30:36 PM »
I found the stunning digital viewfinder in the 6 to be worth every penny and then some. Would have missed many shots in Banff without it.

The much more compact lens and built in flash are big pluses in my book too.

I know SF disagrees though Lenticular is on my side :)
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« Reply #215 on: October 25, 2013, 04:43:28 PM »
I can't imagine having to ever use the optical viewfinder. I almost never have an issue using my phone in broad daylight; I can't imagine this would be much different, if at all.

I also don't ever tend to use the flash. And even if I did, is it worth $2-300 extra for those things? Meh. (For that money I can basically buy myself a telephoto lens, too!)

And, despite what you may think, the 5r body is smaller.

111 x 59 x 39 mm (4.37 x 2.32 x 1.54″) (5r)
vs
120 x 67 x 43 mm (4.72 x 2.64 x 1.69″) (6)

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #216 on: October 25, 2013, 04:46:43 PM »
I can't imagine having to ever use the optical viewfinder. I almost never have an issue using my phone in broad daylight; I can't imagine this would be much different, if at all.

I also don't ever tend to use the flash. And even if I did, is it worth $2-300 extra for those things? Meh. (For that money I can basically buy myself a telephoto lens, too!)

And, despite what you may think, the 5r body is smaller.

111 x 59 x 39 mm (4.37 x 2.32 x 1.54″) (5r)
vs
120 x 67 x 43 mm (4.72 x 2.64 x 1.69″) (6)

For me, it was the right choice.

They're both excellent choices :)
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #217 on: October 25, 2013, 04:47:11 PM »
I can't imagine having to use the optical viewfinder. I personally almost never have an issue using my phone in broad daylight; I can't imagine this would be much different, if at all.

I also don't ever tend to use the flash. And, despite what you may think, the 5r is smaller.

For me, it was the right choice.
I am just the opposite.  I almost never use the LCD (except video).  If nothing else, it helps me stabilize the camera.  Also the shutter response is much better (at least on my camera) with the viewfinder.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #218 on: October 25, 2013, 04:50:02 PM »
I can't imagine having to use the optical viewfinder. I personally almost never have an issue using my phone in broad daylight; I can't imagine this would be much different, if at all.

I also don't ever tend to use the flash. And, despite what you may think, the 5r is smaller.

For me, it was the right choice.
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 ;)
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« Reply #219 on: October 25, 2013, 04:52:10 PM »
If nothing else, it helps me stabilize the camera.  Also the shutter response is much better (at least on my camera) with the viewfinder.
Agreed.
Never used it on previous digital cameras, but there's something about it on the Nex that makes it awesome for pics.
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« Reply #220 on: October 25, 2013, 05:16:00 PM »
It may be the world's greatest viewfinder... But I'm not paying $2-300 for it.

... Even if it helps stabilize my shot :)


Like I said,  I'd rather have a telephoto lens and a freakin' tripod for that price!
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« Reply #221 on: October 25, 2013, 05:17:36 PM »
It may be the world's greatest viewfinder... But I'm not paying $2-300 for it.

... Even if it helps stabilize my shot :)
Lol. You'll definitely enjoy the 5 :)
Though the difference for me was less than that.

The compact lens size was what probably sealed my decision for the 6. But the combo of the 3 items (flash, size, viewfinder) made it worth the extra money once I was spending that much on my first pro camera anyway.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #222 on: October 25, 2013, 05:29:23 PM »
Lol. You'll definitely enjoy the 5 :)
Though the difference for me was less than that.

The compact lens size was what probably sealed my decision for the 6. But the combo of the 3 items (flash, size, viewfinder) made it worth the extra money once I was spending that much on my first pro camera anyway.
To my call myself even an amateaur  photographer would be generous.  But is there really a difference in quality between these and a Pentax? I've had a K-X for more than 4 years.  It's great.  (again, see my disclaimer)I

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« Reply #223 on: October 25, 2013, 05:31:00 PM »
Lol. You'll definitely enjoy the 5 :)
Though the difference for me was less than that.

The compact lens size was what probably sealed my decision for the 6. But the combo of the 3 items (flash, size, viewfinder) made it worth the extra money once I was spending that much on my first pro camera anyway.

Have you been using it for shots of the kids now?
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« Reply #224 on: October 25, 2013, 05:32:52 PM »
Have you been using it for shots of the kids now?
Yup, it's incredible.
Well worth the money.
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