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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
122 (36.9%)
Point & Shoot - advanced (Canon S100 or G Style)
52 (15.7%)
Mirrorless
26 (7.9%)
DSLR - consumer (Up to a Nikon D5200 or Canon Rebel)
74 (22.4%)
DSLR - prosumer or pro (Nikon D7000 or Canon 60D and up)
29 (8.8%)
P&S, but I plan on getting an SLR or Mirrorless in the near future
28 (8.5%)

Total Members Voted: 275

Author Topic: Learn Photography Master Thread  (Read 369473 times)

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1420 on: April 24, 2017, 11:47:44 PM »
How do I see how much used & available memory card space in a a6000 ?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1421 on: April 24, 2017, 11:54:23 PM »
How do I see how much used & available memory card space in a a6000 ?

There's an available frame counter on the display.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1422 on: April 25, 2017, 12:04:32 AM »
There's an available frame counter on the display.
What's it look like or say ?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1423 on: April 25, 2017, 01:18:51 AM »
What's it look like or say ?

See the "731" in the upper left-hand corner:

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1424 on: April 25, 2017, 01:55:00 AM »
See the "731" in the upper left-hand corner:


Am I supposed to click on that number for more info ?
P&S cameras had in settings a format that shows "5.2GB used out of 29.8GB". Anything like that here ?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1425 on: April 25, 2017, 08:59:00 AM »
Am I supposed to click on that number for more info ?
P&S cameras had in settings a format that shows "5.2GB used out of 29.8GB". Anything like that here ?

Should be in the format menu.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1426 on: April 25, 2017, 09:05:20 AM »
I can't seem to find it. I forgot what it's called.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1427 on: April 25, 2017, 09:08:44 AM »
I can't seem to find it. I forgot what it's called.

Tools > memory card > format or something like that.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1428 on: April 28, 2017, 03:00:55 AM »
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1429 on: April 28, 2017, 09:08:05 AM »
SIGN UP FOR A COMPLIMENTARY BEST BUY® DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

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didnt you already post this last week? Plus, its really not helpful for 99% of the people on this thread

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1430 on: April 28, 2017, 03:11:51 PM »
didnt you already post this last week? Did I? Where?
Plus, its really not helpful for 99% of the people on this thread I see the other 1%  ;)
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1431 on: June 09, 2017, 12:46:50 AM »
not sure if this is the correct thread but, I need  a simple camera, that can take good pictures of my kids, and scenery (for trips like to glacier NP in a month) and has a good zoom for eruv checking purposes and is relatively cheap,  can anyone make a recommendation of a camera? TIA

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1432 on: June 09, 2017, 10:23:10 AM »
not sure if this is the correct thread but, I need  a simple camera, that can take good pictures of my kids, and scenery (for trips like to glacier NP in a month) and has a good zoom for eruv checking purposes and is relatively cheap,  can anyone make a recommendation of a camera? TIA
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1434 on: June 29, 2017, 09:48:18 AM »
My Sony A6000 says "cannot recognize lens, Attach it properly." It is attached and was not removed.
Anyone have this issue?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1435 on: June 29, 2017, 12:33:06 PM »
My Sony A6000 says "cannot recognize lens, Attach it properly." It is attached and was not removed.
Anyone have this issue?

Remove, clean contacts on both the camera and lens, and remount. Solves the issue 99% of the time.

Use a q-tip dipped in alcohol and be gentle.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1436 on: June 29, 2017, 12:41:27 PM »
Remove, clean contacts on both the camera and lens, and remount. Solves the issue 99% of the time.

Use a q-tip dipped in alcohol and be gentle.
Tried cleaning it already but didn't work.
What's the best way to clean it on the road, without q-tips or rubbing alcohol?

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« Reply #1437 on: June 29, 2017, 12:42:51 PM »
Tried cleaning it already but didn't work.
What's the best way to clean it on the road, without q-tips or rubbing alcohol?

Spit and your finger :P?
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1438 on: June 29, 2017, 05:14:52 PM »
Remove, clean contacts on both the camera and lens, and remount. Solves the issue 99% of the time.

Use a q-tip dipped in alcohol and be gentle.
Spit and your finger :P?
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1439 on: June 29, 2017, 06:15:51 PM »
Are you back, or paradise for you means answering photography questions?

Was waiting to takeoff from TGU at the time.
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