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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

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1460 on: July 17, 2017, 03:01:58 PM »
$125 to repair the $170 lens.

That's nuts.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1461 on: July 27, 2017, 07:41:25 AM »
Will the GoPro Karma grip work with all GoPro type cameras? Meaning even the knockoffs?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1462 on: October 16, 2017, 09:21:39 AM »
Sorry if the wrong thread - my family is having an event and i'm looking either to rent like 5/10 GoPros or hire someone with it to run them - for about an hour or 2. Google wasnt that much of help. Anyone here?

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« Reply #1463 on: October 16, 2017, 09:25:38 AM »
Sorry if the wrong thread - my family is having an event and i'm looking either to rent like 5/10 GoPros or hire someone with it to run them - for about an hour or 2. Google wasnt that much of help. Anyone here?

Lens Rentals should be kinda reasonable.

Or you could buy the knockoffs on Amazon, a fraction of the price and nearly the same quality and features. That may even be cheaper than renting.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1464 on: October 16, 2017, 09:31:08 AM »
Lens Rentals should be kinda reasonable.

Or you could buy the knockoffs on Amazon, a fraction of the price and nearly the same quality and features. That may even be cheaper than renting.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1465 on: October 16, 2017, 09:37:42 AM »
Lens Rentals should be kinda reasonable.

Or you could buy the knockoffs on Amazon, a fraction of the price and nearly the same quality and features. That may even be cheaper than renting.
I've bought a bunch of these and they are incredible for the price.
 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XFM62GB

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« Reply #1466 on: October 16, 2017, 09:41:05 AM »
I've bought a bunch of these and they are incredible for the price.
 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XFM62GB

Never even heard of that brand, but they're all the same Chinese stuff. The reviews look fantastic, so I'd be comfortable with it.

No wonder GoPro is hemorrhaging.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1467 on: October 16, 2017, 09:58:33 AM »
I've bought a bunch of these and they are incredible for the price.
 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XFM62GB

It could even be the same factory

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1468 on: October 16, 2017, 06:28:32 PM »
Looking for a lens to capture entire room from 20x20 all the way down to 7x7. I have a Canon T6, which wide angel would be ideal for me?
Price range under $200 Cheaper is better...
If i can't get for this price to capture such small rooms i would consider getting something at least for a 10◊10 room.
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« Reply #1469 on: October 22, 2017, 12:13:31 AM »
I've bought a bunch of these and they are incredible for the price.
 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XFM62GB

accessories are interchange-able with GoPros?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1470 on: October 22, 2017, 01:09:19 AM »
accessories are interchange-able with GoPros?
Yes

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1471 on: October 22, 2017, 01:11:04 AM »
Yes

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If it's in the included housing, GoPro mounts are compatible. Once out of the housing, nothing is.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1472 on: October 22, 2017, 01:14:30 AM »
+.5

If it's in the included housing, GoPro mounts are compatible. Once out of the housing, nothing is.
Correct. Realized that as soon as I typed that and was about to edit it.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1473 on: October 25, 2017, 10:00:00 PM »
When everyone is taking the same picture of an incredible sunset, turn 180į and get blown away by the colors instead.

Taken a few minutes ago:


Did you get anything today ? What a beauty!!

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« Reply #1474 on: October 25, 2017, 10:06:21 PM »
Did you get anything today ? What a beauty!!

Just some lousy cellphone shots. I am not proud :P.



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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1475 on: October 25, 2017, 10:15:19 PM »
Just some lousy cellphone shots. I am not proud :P.




Get one of those cellphones that take color photos. :)
 Youíre missing the pink, purple, red & orange. Was epic

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1476 on: October 26, 2017, 10:20:27 AM »

There's a lot of construction going on in your neighborhood.

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« Reply #1477 on: October 26, 2017, 10:24:20 AM »
There's a lot of construction going on in your neighborhood.

A lot is an understatement - it's the largest private real estate development in the history of the US.
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« Reply #1478 on: October 26, 2017, 10:26:55 AM »
A lot is an understatement - it's the largest private real estate development in the history of the US.
And here I thought it was a coincidence that the buildings all seem to look the same.
I think I need to get out more.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1479 on: December 31, 2017, 10:51:23 AM »
almost done reading through this thread- AMAZING! more coming...??

Also, has anyone taken any course on creativelive.com? Any of them specifically worthwhile?
Thanks