Orquid "Phoenix"

Orquid "Phoenix"

by ceinmart

submit your photo


Hall of Fame
View past winners from this year

Please participate in Meta
and help us grow.

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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

54
votes
18answers
2k views

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 ...
53
votes
27answers
2k views

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 ...
41
votes
24answers
3k views

What are good photography projects?

I am currently in the middle of a year long photo a day project, and am beginning to think about what I will do once this is done. What types of photography projects have you done? Please keep ...
29
votes
9answers
4k views

What are the best online photo classes?

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 ...
23
votes
9answers
558 views

Recommended photography magazines

What are some internationally available magazines on photography that you would recommend to a photographer who's mastered the basics and is interested in widening his horizons, in terms of ...
19
votes
6answers
3k views

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 ...
18
votes
8answers
15k views

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 ...
17
votes
3answers
1k views

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 ...
17
votes
7answers
792 views

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 ...
15
votes
6answers
3k views

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 ...
15
votes
6answers
19k views

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 ...
15
votes
8answers
2k views

How to start learning photography?

How to start learning photography?
15
votes
9answers
247 views

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).
14
votes
10answers
2k views

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 ...
13
votes
12answers
17k views

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 ...
13
votes
5answers
2k views

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 ...
13
votes
0answers
642 views

Good books to learn photographic composition from?

One of the tough things to learn in photographie is composition. What good books (or other sources) can you recommend to learn and hone your compositional skills?
12
votes
5answers
583 views

Is an SLR camera a must when learning?

I'm starting to learn how to shoot. Up until now I've only used point-and-shoot cameras mostly on automatic settings. My view is there are basically three classes of cameras sold by the major ...
12
votes
5answers
640 views

Where could I find a detailed reference on all composition rules?

I am looking for a good advanced reference about photographic/cinematographic composition rules. I have already checked this post: Good books to learn photographic composition from? but it doesn't ...
12
votes
3answers
296 views

Is there any site with photos of photography masters?

Is there some online collection of really great photos of great photographers, maybe with some comments giving hints on the reason of their greatness?
11
votes
12answers
604 views

Is buying a camera and trying things yourself the best way to learn?

I love photos and every thing related to them. I want to begin in this field as a hobby, then become a professional in time. Some people have advised me that the best way to learn photography is to ...
11
votes
3answers
1k views

How to start the basics of photography, which is the best entry level SLR camera?

Am an Painting Artist, I would like to start photography. But I don't know the basics of photography, and I need to purchase a good entry level SLR Camera. So Please help me to findout a good beginner ...
10
votes
6answers
450 views

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 ...
10
votes
1answer
408 views

How do I design a conceptual lens schematic?

I would like to attempt to create a schematic for a simple or small compound lens, but the process seems very daunting. I have thoroughly read 'Science for the Curious Photographer: An Introduction to ...
10
votes
2answers
246 views

What can a photographer learn from art history?

I normally wouldn't consider this a question of photography, except for the fact that several answers on this question made note that art history was something important to the education they received ...
10
votes
0answers
532 views

What are some good books to learn SLR photography? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the first few photography books someone should read? I am interested in portraits and landscapes.
9
votes
5answers
757 views

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?
9
votes
8answers
401 views

I have a new dSLR and am terrified — any advice for a totally new photographer?

I have been wanting this camera for a while. And mostly to just take pictures of my children. I have no clue how to use it, even though I have read the booklet. I mostly use it in Auto mode, and ...
9
votes
3answers
344 views

What resources would help me when I'm getting back into photography?

The last time I did photography I was in high school, shooting black and white photos on film with an old, fully manual Nikkormat, and developing and enlarging them by hand. The world of photography ...
8
votes
7answers
654 views

I know the basic technical stuff, what now?

I know the basic concepts: aperture, shutter speed, iso focal length and DOF I know what the rule of thirds is I have made some little jobs using Photoshop (most of them by intuition). I want to ...
8
votes
4answers
364 views

What exercises can I do with a fully automatic compact camera to help me learn?

I own a Nikon Coolpix L120 camera. It's fully automatic. I am really interested in photography. Can anyone suggest me some exercises or experiments to do with this camera so that I can make a good use ...
8
votes
2answers
229 views

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 ...
7
votes
8answers
1k views

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 ...
7
votes
4answers
222 views

When experimenting just isn't enough?

As a fairly new photographer who is interested in learning more about the advanced settings on my Canon 7D, and less about Green / CA modes, can you share the areas of photography which forced you to ...
6
votes
1answer
714 views

How do I reverse engineer a portrait photo?

A part of the photography learning process is to look at pictures and try to reverse engineer them. I want to learn how to reverse engineer portrait images. Reverse engineering the light in portrait ...
5
votes
5answers
553 views

What should a photography beginner focus on?

I have no experience whatsoever with photography, but it's a subject that has interested me for quite some time. As a beginner, what should I be focusing on? What camera should I get? Any other ...
5
votes
2answers
292 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
254 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
148 views

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?
4
votes
2answers
234 views

What is a good place for people who recently decided to get serious in photography to get started learning? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to start learning photography? I recently bought a ILC, and it has prompted me to scour the internet for resources that help me use the camera better, take better ...
4
votes
3answers
536 views

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
433 views

How to identify my good pictures?

I am a learner. Taking out the camera and taking photos has been easier than choosing the good ones after coming back home. I usually go out and take pictures and when I come back I find it ...
4
votes
2answers
241 views

What can I do in Photokina?

I plan to go to Photokina 2010 but a little bit unsure about what to expect. Beside exhibition, what exactly can I do in Photokina? I've heard that you can try any camera you want, is that correct? ...
3
votes
8answers
773 views

Canon Starter Level Lenses

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
155 views

What are some good photography related DVDs?

I can recommend David Noton's Chasing The Light.
2
votes
6answers
5k views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
147 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
141 views

Learning about photography algorithms [closed]

I'm very interested in learning about algorithms in photography (in particular processing photos). In addition to algorithms, I'm interested in learning about photo formats (probably RAW and jpeg the ...
2
votes
2answers
654 views

What are the recommended photography magazines from the digital newsstand?

The Kindles, iPad, Nooks and other tablets are popularizing the digital medium for reading magazines. To this end, I wanted to extend the general question on recommended photography magazines to the ...
1
vote
6answers
192 views

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 ...