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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
114 (38.5%)
Point & Shoot - advanced (Canon S100 or G Style)
42 (14.2%)
Mirrorless
23 (7.8%)
DSLR - consumer (Up to a Nikon D5200 or Canon Rebel)
67 (22.6%)
DSLR - prosumer or pro (Nikon D7000 or Canon 60D and up)
25 (8.4%)
P&S, but I plan on getting an SLR or Mirrorless in the near future
25 (8.4%)

Total Members Voted: 243

Author Topic: Learn Photography Master Thread  (Read 150577 times)

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #375 on: January 02, 2014, 07:19:38 PM »
Looks perfectly real to me. This was taken with a fisheye lens, which means that things a couple feet in front of the camera seem like they're much further away. That would account for the fairly good visibility in such murky water, since the whale is actually quite close.
so you agree that its not under the boat

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #376 on: January 02, 2014, 07:46:22 PM »
so you agree that its not under the boat

Yes. It's close, but I don't think it's under.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #377 on: January 02, 2014, 08:04:13 PM »
By keeping part of the camera in the water and part of it out.

Not all photography techniques are overly complicated ;) .
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I think the reason i thought it might not be real is because I (incorrectly) extrapolated from what I read  here years ago that you can't get such a picture...
(or it may have been something else I read somewhere, but there was definitely something I read somewhere that made me think it would be a problem)

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #378 on: January 07, 2014, 05:46:21 PM »
I'm trying to get some shots of my boy, I'm outside, quite cloudy, I'm on AV (about 2.8) ios 100 and his face has no color, which part of the triangle should I start playing with?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #379 on: January 07, 2014, 06:29:34 PM »
I'm trying to get some shots of my boy, I'm outside, quite cloudy, I'm on AV (about 2.8) ios 100 and his face has no color, which part of the triangle should I start playing with?

If the brightness is ok, exposure is not the issue. Sounds more like a white balance thing to me. Check if it's set to something weird like tungsten, then try manual or cloudy.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #380 on: January 07, 2014, 06:55:36 PM »
If the brightness is ok, exposure is not the issue. Sounds more like a white balance thing to me. Check if it's set to something weird like tungsten, then try manual or cloudy.
White Balance is something that can also be corrected after the fact in lightroom or photoshop, correct?
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #381 on: January 07, 2014, 07:03:07 PM »
If the brightness is ok, exposure is not the issue. Sounds more like a white balance thing to me. Check if it's set to something weird like tungsten, then try manual or cloudy.
Here you go, the brightness was to the brighter, I hope this was the problem, a pity all those nice shots  :-[

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #382 on: January 07, 2014, 07:37:43 PM »
White Balance is something that can also be corrected after the fact in lightroom or photoshop, correct?

If you shoot in RAW, then yes, 100%. Otherwise, it could only be tweaked a bit warmer or cooler before it starts messing up the picture.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #383 on: January 07, 2014, 09:05:12 PM »
Will you agree that SOOC a jpeg is better than a RAW image?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #384 on: January 07, 2014, 10:01:32 PM »
Will you agree that SOOC a jpeg is better than a RAW image?

Sure, the same way a steak bought at the supermarket's take out counter is better than a frozen one from the meat department. You could eat it right now and it may even taste good, but does it compare to what a chef could do to a frozen one?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #385 on: January 07, 2014, 10:23:42 PM »
Sure, the same way a steak bought at the supermarket's take out counter is better than a frozen one from the meat department. You could eat it right now and it may even taste good, but does it compare to what a chef could do to a frozen one?

Nice analogy!

So if you continue the metaphor- what would a fresh cut of meat in the chef's hands translate to?
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #386 on: January 07, 2014, 10:27:44 PM »
Sure, the same way a steak bought at the supermarket's take out counter is better than a frozen one from the meat department. You could eat it right now and it may even taste good, but does it compare to what a chef could do to a frozen one?

So unless you're planning to post-process (ex. family snapshots) it's better to shoot jpeg?
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #387 on: January 07, 2014, 10:34:51 PM »
Nice analogy!

So if you continue the metaphor- what would a fresh cut of meat in the chef's hands translate to?

This ;D:


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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #388 on: January 07, 2014, 10:37:54 PM »
So unless you're planning to post-process (ex. family snapshots) it's better to shoot jpeg?

It basically comes down to two main points - one is what you said, if you're not planing on post processing you should shoot JPEG. The second one is if you're in a very challenging situation - say, tough lighting. With RAW you could coax out at least another 2 stops of exposure from both the highlights and shadows without a problem, while if you shot in JPEG there's nothing you can do afterwards.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #389 on: January 07, 2014, 10:48:41 PM »
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