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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
119 (37.9%)
Point & Shoot - advanced (Canon S100 or G Style)
46 (14.6%)
Mirrorless
24 (7.6%)
DSLR - consumer (Up to a Nikon D5200 or Canon Rebel)
68 (21.7%)
DSLR - prosumer or pro (Nikon D7000 or Canon 60D and up)
29 (9.2%)
P&S, but I plan on getting an SLR or Mirrorless in the near future
28 (8.9%)

Total Members Voted: 259

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1156 on: December 20, 2015, 12:23:41 AM »
I remember reading somewhere on ddf regarding professional printing. Can anyone guide me to that post or just give me some info regarding where to print.  TIA

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« Reply #1157 on: December 20, 2015, 12:44:00 AM »
I remember reading somewhere on ddf regarding professional printing. Can anyone guide me to that post or just give me some info regarding where to print.  TIA

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1158 on: December 23, 2015, 05:48:41 PM »
I'm putting together a group to buy a http://kelbyone.com/ subscription. Training on photography, Lightroom, Photoshop, and all kinds of related subjects. My cost is $139/yr. The more people we get, the cheaper it'll be for everyone. Multiple people could be logged in and watch videos at once; I've done it last year already.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1159 on: December 23, 2015, 05:50:13 PM »
I'm putting together a group to buy a http://kelbyone.com/ subscription. Training on photography, Lightroom, Photoshop, and all kinds of related subjects. My cost is $139/yr. The more people we get, the cheaper it'll be for everyone. Multiple people could be logged in and watch videos at once; I've done it last year already.

Anyone want to join?
I'm in!

I've heard of them. How do you compare it to lynda.com?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1160 on: December 23, 2015, 06:00:40 PM »


Anyone want to join?
Hmm, Maybe...

How does it compare to Lynda? (I have free access to that via my local library)

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1161 on: December 23, 2015, 06:08:32 PM »
Hmm, Maybe...

How does it compare to Lynda? (I have free access to that via my local library)

Lynda is training on all sorts of stuff, while Kelby is only about photography and related topics, so their more focused. Their quality and variety of classes blows Lynda out of the water. They have a huge number of world-class photographers teaching there, and not just in a studio. Many videos are out on location and the like.

I've used both and there's simply no comparing the two.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1162 on: December 23, 2015, 06:13:02 PM »
I'm putting together a group to buy a http://kelbyone.com/ subscription. Training on photography, Lightroom, Photoshop, and all kinds of related subjects. My cost is $139/yr. The more people we get, the cheaper it'll be for everyone. Multiple people could be logged in and watch videos at once; I've done it last year already.

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Does the subscription include all of the courses on their site?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1163 on: December 23, 2015, 06:15:18 PM »
Lynda is training on all sorts of stuff, while Kelby is only about photography and related topics, so their more focused. Their quality and variety of classes blows Lynda out of the water. They have a huge number of world-class photographers teaching there, and not just in a studio. Many videos are out on location and the like.

I've used both and there's simply no comparing the two.
Sounds very interesting, this membership that you're talking about is watch as many courses as you want for a year? If yes, I'm in (as an aside, does it work on mobile?)

ETA: They Android and iOs apps :)
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« Reply #1164 on: December 23, 2015, 06:20:41 PM »
Does the subscription include all of the courses on their site?

Sounds very interesting, this membership that you're talking about is watch as many courses as you want for a year? If yes, I'm in (as an aside, does it work on mobile?)

ETA: They Android and iOs apps :)

Yes, yes, and yes ;D
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« Reply #1165 on: December 23, 2015, 06:22:06 PM »
Yes, yes, and yes ;D
Awesome! Count me in.

One last question, is there a max amount of people logged in at once?
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« Reply #1166 on: December 23, 2015, 06:23:36 PM »
Awesome! Count me in.

One last question, is there a max amount of people logged in at once?

I've never run into issues. I can't guarantee anything of course, but so far so good.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1167 on: December 23, 2015, 06:26:15 PM »
I'm putting together a group to buy a http://kelbyone.com/ subscription. Training on photography, Lightroom, Photoshop, and all kinds of related subjects. My cost is $139/yr. The more people we get, the cheaper it'll be for everyone. Multiple people could be logged in and watch videos at once; I've done it last year already.

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Am I tied down to CC? Cuz all I have is CS6.

Also, do they offer courses in indesign, I do quite a bit of work there too.

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« Reply #1168 on: December 23, 2015, 06:33:31 PM »
Am I tied down to CC? Cuz all I have is CS6.

Also, do they offer courses in indesign, I do quite a bit of work there too.

They have classes on everything, not just CC.
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« Reply #1169 on: December 23, 2015, 06:45:21 PM »
Yes, yes, and yes ;D
The android app has horrible reviews... Is there a way to watch the videos offline or is this an online only course?
They have classes on everything, not just CC.