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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
116 (38.5%)
Point & Shoot - advanced (Canon S100 or G Style)
43 (14.3%)
Mirrorless
23 (7.6%)
DSLR - consumer (Up to a Nikon D5200 or Canon Rebel)
67 (22.3%)
DSLR - prosumer or pro (Nikon D7000 or Canon 60D and up)
26 (8.6%)
P&S, but I plan on getting an SLR or Mirrorless in the near future
26 (8.6%)

Total Members Voted: 247

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #300 on: December 15, 2013, 06:32:51 PM »
@ Centro & Achas Veachas - the latest lesson is dedicated to you ;D ;).
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« Reply #301 on: December 15, 2013, 08:01:01 PM »
@ Centro & Achas Veachas - the latest lesson is dedicated to you ;D ;).
;D I do appreciate it!

Didn't get yet to read it, but I'll put it on חזקה that I'll definitely enjoy it!

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« Reply #302 on: December 15, 2013, 08:11:11 PM »
Thank's a MILLION!!! Keep going.

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« Reply #303 on: December 15, 2013, 08:19:50 PM »
Great job Something Fishy, thanks!


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« Reply #304 on: December 15, 2013, 08:45:49 PM »
@ Centro & Achas Veachas - the latest lesson is dedicated to you ;D ;).

I'm so touched lol as always a great lesson!
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #305 on: December 16, 2013, 01:55:00 PM »
Great lessons!!
Now that I have my nex I can actually understand somewhat what your talking about and try to aply...
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« Reply #306 on: December 16, 2013, 09:19:56 PM »
Great lessons!!
Now that I have my nex I can actually understand somewhat what your talking about and try to aply...
Thank you!

Pleasure.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #307 on: December 17, 2013, 11:16:07 AM »
Pleasure.

Make sure to post some pics of your newborn!
:)
First I took weren't that great,
And then he's been pretty cranky these days for me to get a good "photo session" with him (each pic takes me time while figuring out the camera),
And your first rule was "make sure he's in a good mood"
But I didn't give up yet!
He's just starting to smile, so hoping for some good shots when I get the chance...

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« Reply #308 on: December 17, 2013, 11:22:13 AM »
:)
First I took weren't that great,
And then he's been pretty cranky these days for me to get a good "photo session" with him (each pic takes me time while figuring out the camera),
And your first rule was "make sure he's in a good mood"
But I didn't give up yet!
He's just starting to smile, so hoping for some good shots when I get the chance...

Don't figure out the camera and lighting while he's waiting. Use a large teddy bear instead and only bring him in when you're ready.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #309 on: December 17, 2013, 12:52:50 PM »
ok took something,
how to I upload it onto here?
too big i think..

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Host elsewhere and link to it.
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« Reply #311 on: December 17, 2013, 01:00:41 PM »
Host elsewhere and link to it.
Thanks,
You know of a good place to do this offhand?

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« Reply #312 on: December 17, 2013, 01:02:43 PM »
Thanks,
You know of a good place to do this offhand?

Flickr, Image Shack, Imgur...
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« Reply #313 on: December 17, 2013, 01:03:07 PM »
Thanks,
You know of a good place to do this offhand?
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #314 on: December 17, 2013, 01:21:14 PM »
Great, thanks!
This is what I was able to get for first time at night with the bad lighting in my apartment,

please give feedback and pointers for improvement ...

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