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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 156991 times)

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #450 on: February 11, 2014, 08:37:30 PM »
Thanks ;D


But for everyday enhancements (color, contrast, exposure, etc.), LR is perfect. And it gets better all the time - local adjustments are now very powerful, and your could even do basic layer work through the free Perfect Layers plugin from OnOne.

where can you get Perfect Layers plugin from OnOne for free?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #451 on: February 11, 2014, 09:41:03 PM »
where can you get Perfect Layers plugin from OnOne for free?
Been meaning to ask SF, what this plug in does in particular? Been watching some YouTube tutorials on Lightroom (which I find not bad however I do wish they would explain more about the "science" behind it and not just what buttons do what) and haven't yet come across this one...

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #452 on: February 11, 2014, 11:15:08 PM »
where can you get Perfect Layers plugin from OnOne for free?

Dang it. Looks like they integrated it into their suite in the last update and it's no longer free.

Sorry :'(
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #453 on: February 11, 2014, 11:16:36 PM »
Been meaning to ask SF, what this plug in does in particular? Been watching some YouTube tutorials on Lightroom (which I find not bad however I do wish they would explain more about the "science" behind it and not just what buttons do what) and haven't yet come across this one...

Cambridge In Color has some phenomenal articles digging into the science behind all this. Check out some of the articles on this page.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #454 on: February 11, 2014, 11:21:57 PM »
argh, so apparently Photoshop CS3 doesn't support the t3i raw files.   >:( >:(

Should I just use the Adobe DNG converter or should I try getting a hold of CS5 (or 6) or lightroom?

You don't lose anything by using the DNG converter, except that you have to add a step to your workflow.

Adobe also has a CC photographer's bundle going on now which gives you Photoshop CC and LR for $10/mo (for both). Not a bad deal I think - I use it myself.


ETA linky.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #455 on: February 12, 2014, 01:28:34 AM »
Hi

I just got back from Hawaii and would like to share a few pics.
Lemme know what you think.
(taken from my awesome camera. My LG G2 phone)













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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #456 on: February 12, 2014, 01:48:29 AM »
You don't lose anything by using the DNG converter, except that you have to add a step to your workflow.

Adobe also has a CC photographer's bundle going on now which gives you Photoshop CC and LR for $10/mo (for both). Not a bad deal I think - I use it myself.


ETA linky.
I actually tried installing the lightroom 5 trial earlier today but apparently it's not compatible with xp...

I need to think about that $10/month, I'm not too crazy about the idea of paying for a subscription rather than the service...

 

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #457 on: February 12, 2014, 03:25:48 AM »
Hi

I just got back from Hawaii and would like to share a few pics.
Lemme know what you think.
(taken from my awesome camera. My LG G2 phone)














it takes really small images...

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« Reply #458 on: February 12, 2014, 04:36:59 AM »
it takes really small images...
no, I must have put it in wrong.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #459 on: February 12, 2014, 08:30:49 AM »
I actually tried installing the lightroom 5 trial earlier today but apparently it's not compatible with xp...

I need to think about that $10/month, I'm not too crazy about the idea of paying for a subscription rather than the service...

Nothing to think about then - Adobe CC requires Win7 or newer.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #460 on: February 13, 2014, 01:41:38 AM »
just read some of your articles, they are great! thanks a million!

on the topic of memory cards and their brands, i was always under the impression that Lexar is a low end company, after loosing connection abilities (can't connect to pc) of a Lexar USB stick some time ago, and hearing horror stories from others too. also price is usually way lower than Sandisk.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #461 on: February 13, 2014, 01:49:25 AM »
just read some of your articles, they are great! thanks a million!

on the topic of memory cards and their brands, i was always under the impression that Lexar is a low end company, after loosing connection abilities (can't connect to pc) of a Lexar USB stick some time ago, and hearing horror stories from others too. also price is usually way lower than Sandisk.

My pleasure ;).

Re. Lexar, my article was about memory cards and the actual chips, which Lexar is tops at. The issue with USB sticks is something physical with the USB plug, so it has no bearing on the quality of their memory cards. Also, their memory cards are priced just about the same as Sandisk.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #462 on: February 13, 2014, 01:51:58 AM »
that was fast!
looks like you're a night owl

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #463 on: February 13, 2014, 01:54:05 AM »
Hi

I just got back from Hawaii and would like to share a few pics.
Lemme know what you think.
(taken from my awesome camera. My LG G2 phone)

Not bad for a phone!

I like the sunset ones a lot:





I can't decide between the two; both are nice in a different way. I'm leaning a bit toward the second one, I love the simple and mysterious black and white color scheme in the foreground and the clouds beneath the mountain.

Now about the others - here's the deal: they're nice snapshots. Meaning that all of them capture a 'moment' - the pool one captures the awesomeness of the hotel, the field captures the feeling of serenity (in fact the Windows background you mention is called "Bliss"), and the splash captures the action of the ocean in a great way.

From a photographic standpoint, they're not amazing. The light is harsh and flat on most of them (the wave does have some nicer light - looks like late afternoon?). The composition could also be better. For example the handrail in the pool shot is very distracting, and moving a bit to the left would have revealed more of the waterfall in the center:



I also wish that you had left a bit more space on the bottom of the wave shot, so that I could see more of the foreground rocks, instead of just getting a hint of them:



Imaging this field in the late afternoon - the grass and fence would have been glowing in beautiful sunset light. Moving a bit closer would have made the fence more prominent in the frame, and would have minimized the relatively boring sky. It would have been a completely different picture:



So overall, the sunset pictures are quite nice - I like them both a lot. The others are great snapshots - they encapsulate your memory of the time and place very well. A bit more fineness in the composition and some better light would have taken them to the next level, though.

Reminder: I'm not trying to criticize - only critique. There's a big difference ;) :D.
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« Reply #464 on: February 13, 2014, 01:55:31 AM »
Not bad for a phone!

I like the sunset ones a lot:





I can't decide between the two; both are nice in a different way. I'm leaning a bit toward the second one, I love the simple and mysterious black and white color scheme in the foreground and the clouds beneath the mountain.

Now about the others - here's the deal: they're nice snapshots. Meaning that all of them capture a 'moment' - the pool one captures the awesomeness of the hotel, the field captures the feeling of serenity (in fact the Windows background you mention is called "Bliss"), and the splash captures the action of the ocean in a great way.

From a photographic standpoint, they're not amazing. The light is harsh and flat on most of them (the wave does have some nicer light - looks like late afternoon?). The composition could also be better. For example the handrail in the pool shot is very distracting, and moving a bit to the left would have revealed more of the waterfall in the center:



I also wish that you had left a bit more space on the bottom of the wave shot, so that I could see more of the foreground rocks, instead of just getting a hint of them:



Imaging this field in the late afternoon - the grass and fence would have been glowing in beautiful sunset light. Moving a bit closer would have made the fence more prominent in the frame, and would have minimized the relatively boring sky. It would have been a completely different picture:



So overall, the sunset pictures are quite nice - I like them both a lot. The others are great snapshots - they encapsulate your memory of the time and place very well. A bit more fineness in the composition and some better light would have taken them to the next level, though.

Reminder: I'm not trying to criticize - only critique. There's a big difference ;) :D.
ah, thanks  :)
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