Become a better photographer

10 years 6 months ago #225017 by Jeffster
Let's put together a thread for those getting started in photography with tips and suggestions for getting started.

So leave a tip!

I'll start:

As much as you can, keep the camera in manual mode to learn the process of taking a correct exposure.


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10 years 6 months ago #225018 by Baydream
Remove lens cap :toocrazy: It happens.

Shoot, learn and share. It will make you a better photographer.
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10 years 6 months ago #225030 by Vladimir
Never leave the house with out spare battery


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10 years 6 months ago #225031 by Jeffster
Always have a camera with you (P&S, DSLR or iPhone... have something with you).


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10 years 6 months ago #225032 by GmaC
Exposure is killing me! :owned:

I have a newbie tip I learned today.....Don't be afraid! My daughter was hesitant for me to pull up in someones driveway so I could get a picture of a brand new colt in their pasture. But I coaxed her and she did it. Don't be afraid! LoL

Thanks for the tips. :thumbsup:

~Capture Life~
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10 years 6 months ago #225042 by Dori

Baydream wrote: Remove lens cap :toocrazy: It happens.

Really? I never knew that!!! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Don't pi$$ me off, I am running out of room to store the bodies...

Resident Texasotan...

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10 years 6 months ago #225043 by KCook

Canon 50D, Olympus PL2
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10 years 6 months ago #225126 by Henry Peach
Personal testing is almost always more valuable than internet "wisdom".

Practice negative space exercises to learn to see the 3D world in 2D.

It really is a lot more about the light than the camera price.

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10 years 6 months ago - 10 years 6 months ago #225262 by Henry Peach
Go to your local library, and check out a good book on photography. I just got done reading an article on one of the many "photography school" websites about depth of field. It was supposedly written by a professional photographer (although he looked like a teenager in his picture). It was full of inaccuracy and old wives' tales that I often see repeated on the internet. I don't understand why these myths get repeated, as actual operation of a camera should disprove them to the photographer, but they do.

The book that I've seen most commonly used in Photography 101 college classes is plainly called "Photography". There are many editions over the years, but look for authors' names such as Upton, London, and Stone (Upton and London got married, and maybe divorced?, because sometimes it's by Upton & Upton, and sometimes by Upton & London). Older editions only cover film photography, but the fundamentals of how cameras work remain the same. They can be found in libraries and used book stores much cheaper than the new price.

www.amazon.com/Photography-10th-Edition-...London/dp/0205711499
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10 years 6 months ago #225272 by Stealthy Ninja
Don't HDR unless you really, really, really need to.

Learn to use layers (and layer masks) in photoshop.

Shoot raw and learn how to process it.

Selective colour hardly ever looks good... but it'll impress your friends probably.

Learn how a histogram works.

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10 years 6 months ago #225279 by rmeyer7
One for the true beginner: direct mid-day sunlight is *NOT* ideal lighting.


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10 years 6 months ago - 10 years 6 months ago #225301 by Scotty
Stickied.

Practice on composition A LOT. Composition and lighting will make or break your photos.

When the last candle has been blown out
and the last glass of champagne has been drunk
All that you are left with are the memories and the images-David Cooke.

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10 years 6 months ago #225453 by KA | Photography
Get to know your camera, how it works, and the lens that came with it. Dont just give up on one lens, always practice with what you have and challenge yourself!

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10 years 6 months ago #226901 by cndoke

rmeyer7 wrote: One for the true beginner: direct mid-day sunlight is *NOT* ideal lighting.

Try to keep the sun at a right angle as much as possible.


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10 years 6 months ago #226924 by CWphotos
Be aware that your camera's meter does not 'see' the same range of light/stops that your eye does...if your subject is back-lit, use a flash, or spot meter on your subject.

Train yourself to look at more than your main subject within the frame...it's much easier to side-step for a different angle to get that pole out from behind your subject's head, than to clone it out later!

What you are is so loud, I can't hear a word you say!

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