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Learning questions ask directly about the process of learning — questions about schooling or about educational resources, for example. This tag should not be used to indicate that one would like to learn the answer to a particular question.

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What makes this Eggleston picture great?

What makes this Eggleston picture great? I'm being a little provocative here, I actually like the picture, but... It is just a rusty toy; you can find one like it almost everywhere. Ok, the ...
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How to get started with Wildlife Photography?

I am 18 years old and looking to become a wildlife photographer, but am unsure where to start. I am confused due to the many courses, colleges, etc. available. Should I take a course? What will I need?...
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Are there any photographic qualifications that are worth getting?

Ive been looking at Photographic courses recently, a lot of them seem to be aimed at the complete beginner, or they are a completely un-affordable (By anyone) £20k full time degree. Im looking to ...
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Is working as a model a good way to learn photography?

I have a dilemma. My girlfriend is in to photography and wants to understand it more. She came in contact with a photographer who likes photographing woman either dressed or undressed. He said to help ...
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How to take professional photo's [closed]

i want to learn to make professional photo's, but i dont know where to begin, and where to get my inspiration from. Like when and where it is best to photograph. Any idea's? Thanks
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How do I stop taking the same kind of photo?

Whenever I take a photo I seem to so it exactly the same: small depth of field, very close up, from an angle. Whilst I really like this technique and is (in my opinion) quite easy to pull off and have ...
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Instructions for beginner [duplicate]

I know this question would have been asked time and time again, I'm new to this blog so i haven't seen it yet. I'm a beginner with great interest to learn photography. I don't have any desire to pick ...
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What is an easy way to remember the full stop scale?

If you were teaching someone new to photography the full stop scales, is there a better way then flat out memorizing these values? Does anyone have an easy way that they remember the scale? Would it ...
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Where can I get free RAW files online for practicing with Lightroom?

I've downloaded Adobe Lightroom in order to learn RAW image processing. I want to practise on some photos that covers basic subjects (Histograms, HDR etc). Is there a good, free source of RAW images ...
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What photography magazines exist for professionals? [closed]

I am searching photography magazines (without judging which one is better/worse) which: Target professionals (no or very little of "beginner tips") Are not oriented towards post-processing (no or ...
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In learning how to be a better photographer is there a better/optimal way?

Context I've been watching Youtube videos of people talking about photography and topics related to it, reading articles/reviews as well as how-to pages, viewing other peoples' images, and of course ...
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Where can I practice panning shots?

Context I live in the suburbs and don't have a great place to catch vehicles going fast (20-30mph fast for a short distance but until they stop), due to the amount of nearby stop signs. There is no ...
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Canon Starter Level Lenses [duplicate]

I would like to get into photography, and I'm thinking about buying a starter D-SLR camera (450D, 500D). Which Canon lenses do think fit to my purposes as considering I'm a beginner and my budget is ...
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Finding a mentor [duplicate]

I'm beginning photography and sometimes I find it very difficult to rate my own work or to find answers to common basic problems... Is there any websites/forums that allow people to get rating and ...
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Was photography school worth it? [duplicate]

This question may not apply to most people on Photo.SE, but my question is directed towards those who have an undergraduate degree in photography or a closely related field: What experience as part ...
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Video tutorial about how lenses work [closed]

Is there a video tutorial explaining how camera lenses work and how they generate different visual effects?
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How can I find my own style? [closed]

A bit of a deeper question, but the question struck me during my photography course. In my year of shooting so far, I've jumped from deep, moody, monochrome pictures, to bright and vibrant coastal ...
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Ideas for Daily Exercises to Improve Photography Technique

I'd like to start improving my photography - and I think that one way to do this would be to introduce some formal structure to the way I practice photography. One idea I have is to only focus on one ...
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How can I get started with a first flash gun?

I just got myself a flash gun for my dSLR. I realise that I don't quite know what to do with it. What should I do to get used to it, and to learn about how to get the most out of it? I'm interested ...
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What can I use instead of a human to practice shooting with flash?

Most flash photography videos that I am watching use a model, telling her to turn left, chin up, etc. But I don't have a family or friend around to practice on, and because one of my main goals is to ...
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Should I upgrade my body or lens first?

I have an entry-level Nikon DSLR, and I cant decide if I should upgrade my camera body or upgrade from a AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm to whatever else might be recommended?
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Steps towards becoming an amazing creative model photographer?

How do I become this guy someday - http://vonwong.com/ ? Specifically, I'd like to one day be able to make photos that exude creativity using a full set of studio equipment, special effects and ...
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Is Nikon D3200 optimal for my situation? [duplicate]

I am considering buying my first DLSR and found the D3200. It appeals to me because of the high MP count, 1080p video shooting and low price. It also seems to do very well on this site: http://...
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What are good online or DVD tutorials for my new DSLR?

I recently purchased Nikon D7000 and would like to learn how to use it properly and want to learn photography using it. Can anyone suggest good online tutorials which I can look at or any DVDs which I ...
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How can I best record and improve my pre-shoot planning process?

When planning a photo shoot, I often find myself making lighting/posing diagrams on scratch paper, but they end up in the trash after the shoot. After most shoots, I try to document each shoot in One-...
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Is it better for a beginner to start with black and white photography?

I'm quite a beginner in photography with no real experience in visual art. I became interested in it about 10 months ago. I inferred from the literature to avoid color photography for 2 to 3 years, ...
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What is something you learned recently about your gear that you wish you discovered earlier?

I'm playing with my old XTi with a new travel lens, Tamron 18-270mm and I'm reading the instruction sheet for the Tamron and read a section about Manual focusing and got to the small print. Even in ...
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Getting inspired with street photography

I've been an amateur photographer for a while and just moved to a large South American city. I'd really like to be able to walk around and take photos of life here, but I honestly have the worst time ...
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What do you recommend as a first step for hands-on learning about flash?

So far, I am enjoying my new Speedlight (Nikon SB-700), but any good results I have gotten have been mostly luck. I'd really like to understand how to use it so that I can make intentional technical ...
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How do you develop 'creative taste' in order to take a good photo?

As someone who's more technically minded than creative I find it hard to know what constitutes a good photo. To me it almost seems like some type of voodoo trying to figure this out and my only ...
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What features are important in a good camera for an aspiring young photographer?

My daughter is in 6th grade and wants a more professional camera than her current cheapo Kodak $99 camera. Should I get her an SLR? What features should I look for? Manual focus and aperture ...
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What are your easiest photography beginner tips?

Over time, I've found there are a handful of really simple things that anyone can do to take better pictures. What are your favorites? Understand the basics of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. ...
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What are the best online photo classes? [closed]

I bought an entry-level DSLR at Christmas time (Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses) and have been figuring my way around the camera. I know the very basics, but want to take a class and can'...
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What are some good photography podcasts?

What are some good podcasts that deal with photography? Please answer with one podcast/link/description per answer (so that members can then vote based on their opinions of that podcast).
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What resources can help a new photographer with terminology and concepts?

Dad has been a professional photographer, so photography comes in the heredity. although I live far away from him so i can't be taught by him. I enjoy photography and want to start with serious ...
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What classes should I attend to start professional reportage photography?

I want to be a master of street and reportage photography in the near future. But most classes are teaching fashion photography and similar.
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what are some online Simulators for Photographic equipments?

What are some online simulators for equipments like camera, lens, etc? I have been asking this question a few times and searched about it and found a few things. I present it in Q&A format so that ...
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How to start learning photography Online for free? [duplicate]

I have a Nikon D5100 camera. I want to learn all its functions. I can't find any videos though - I have searched many online training sites for learning photography: Lynda.com, YouTube etc. Please ...
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What are the first few photography books someone should read?

The books that helped me most initially were the Bryan Peterson books and more recently the Joe McNally books. Both of these working photographers give a lot of honest and helpful examples. These ...
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Intermediate Learning [duplicate]

I got a DSLR camera a while ago, and I took a photography course, but I really haven't learned much about how to take great photographs. I know about shutter speed, aperture, manual mode, ISO, and ...
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Do paid online photography classes have advantages over free online tutorials for a beginner?

I am looking to getting started with the "SLR-Photography". I just purchased an SLR camera (D5100) but I feel I'm taking pretty poor photographs. Now I think the fault lies in the fact that I lack ...
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What are the basics of Photography? [closed]

I am new to this site and extremely interested in photography. I want to know what are the basics one should know while capturing a picture, and what are the prerequisites required to learn?
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How to become a professional photographer

I have a great passion for photography. I own a normal Canon digital camera of 10 megapixel. I would like to learn more about the various techniques, tips for taking great pictures so that I an ...
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Good books or web sites to learn (basic, $100) Point & Shoot and phone photography for a beginner? [closed]

Most similar topics deal with how to learn SLR photography or at least how to make photos with a similarly priced, more expensive enthusiast compact. But I especially want to learn how to make photos ...
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Where to start with photography?

I am new to photography, and need a little advice. I currently have a Samsung L83t. To get rolling, where do I go from here? Does the camera matter? Is this camera enough to start with?
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Have you found “From Portfolio to Profit Engine” helpful?

This is not a pitch and I am in no way affiliated with the author of the e-book/training package, From Portfolio to Profit Engine. My difficulty is that I cannot find any online reviews of it other ...
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Did I make a mistake buying a D5100 to get started with photography?

So I decided to start photography. My aim is simple: take photos of my future travels around the world. I want to take good photos. Well, I made the mistake of buying the gears before even learning ...
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Which lens serves best as the only lens on a cropped body for a beginner: the 40mm f2.8 or 50mm f1.8?

I'm planning on giving my college age daughter my Canon 40D sometime soon. (Not Christmas, but the Christmas sales are getting me thinking). She has a point and shoot and turn out pretty amazing work ...