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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

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #390 on: January 07, 2014, 10:57:57 PM »
This ;D:

Seriously though, here are a couple of screenshots of SOOC vs. edited RAW. The adjustments on these were nothing fancy; usually just basic exposure/contrast/color:




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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #391 on: January 07, 2014, 11:39:22 PM »
But that is unrelated. Of course, edited (as long as it's done well) will be better than unedited.

Although those travel photos are magnificent!
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #392 on: January 08, 2014, 02:19:38 PM »
Taking pictures of my 11 month old son is difficult since by"h he's always moving. My camera is a cannon s110. Is there any reason not to shoot with high shutter speeds in RAW format so I can fix the brightness which is affected  by the high shutter speeds.
thanks in advance

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #393 on: January 08, 2014, 02:33:08 PM »
Taking pictures of my 11 month old son is difficult since by"h he's always moving. My camera is a cannon s110. Is there any reason not to shoot with high shutter speeds in RAW format so I can fix the brightness which is affected  by the high shutter speeds.
thanks in advance

Yes, that should work.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #394 on: January 08, 2014, 02:44:10 PM »
thanks for the fast reply
Is it worth getting adobe lightroom or just use the cannon software that came with my camera for working on my pictures

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #395 on: January 08, 2014, 02:46:55 PM »
thanks for the fast reply
Is it worth getting adobe lightroom or just use the cannon software that came with my camera for working on my pictures

There's a 30 day LR trial, download that and try it out. I think you'll be hooked.

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« Reply #396 on: January 08, 2014, 03:22:39 PM »
Any major benefits of Lightroom over Photoshop?
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #397 on: January 08, 2014, 04:26:48 PM »
Any major benefits of Lightroom over Photoshop?
from the little I know lightroom has a simpler and more user friendly interface
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #398 on: January 08, 2014, 06:04:33 PM »
Any major benefits of Lightroom over Photoshop?

- Photoshop: Full, extremely powerful program. Photography is just a part of it; there's also 3D, video, and many many other applications.
- Elements: Pared-down version of Photoshop. More geared toward consumer photography. Chances are it'll do everything you'd ever need.
- Lightroom: This is complimentary to Photoshop, but could easily be used without it. This is more of an organizational tool, with most of its power lying in the Library module. The Develop module is where you'd edit pictures, and is identical to ACR, which is part of Photoshop.
- Aperture: Basically the Apple take on Loghtroom.

So - if you have crazy numbers of photos to edit (i.e. you shoot in RAW, and often, Lightroom is probably best. You'd only use Photoshop (or elements) when you need some heavy editing on a picture here and there.

Also note that Photoshop includes Bridge, which is sorta kinda like Lightroom organization-wise, but not as fast or powerful.

You could get a Photoshop and Lightroom package at $10 a month now, which is a great deal.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #399 on: January 08, 2014, 06:11:09 PM »
I have a problem with postprocessing- I never know when I'm done. Doesn't it feel like there is always something to tweak?
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #400 on: January 08, 2014, 10:43:29 PM »
these lessons are great!are there any books/websites on photography you could recommend?thanks
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #401 on: January 09, 2014, 11:59:22 AM »
Any recommendations on what would be a good forum to join, that's friendly to beginners and has a large knowledgeable membership?
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #402 on: January 09, 2014, 01:34:21 PM »
Only one I've been on is the photography community on G+. Dunno if it still exists or if it's as good- left G+ a year ago. Be nice, comment on others photos- and there you've got a whole network of people to comment, critique and explain. I started following somebody who is huge there like Trey Ratcliffe (even though his photography is totally not my style) and through the commenters I found the photographers who were most similar to my style.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #403 on: January 09, 2014, 08:03:22 PM »
Taking pictures of my 11 month old son is difficult since by"h he's always moving. My camera is a cannon s110. Is there any reason not to shoot with high shutter speeds in RAW format so I can fix the brightness which is affected  by the high shutter speeds.
thanks in advance
Yes, that should work.
I've noticed that when shooting with high shutter speed that I get a lot of noise.  My ISO has not been over 800. Is there any way to avoid this while shooting with high shutter speeds indoors?
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #404 on: January 09, 2014, 08:06:40 PM »
Taking pictures of my 11 month old son is difficult since by"h he's always moving. My camera is a cannon s110. Is there any reason not to shoot with high shutter speeds in RAW format so I can fix the brightness which is affected  by the high shutter speeds.
thanks in advanceI've noticed that when shooting with high shutter speed that I get a lot of noise. Is there any way to avoid this while shooting with high shutter speeds indoors?

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