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Should I shoot color or black and white 35mm film to learn photography fundamentals?

If your goal is to practice composition and work with shadows and lighting cheaply and efficiently, then you should shoot digital, not film. You will get more immediate results, and the ability to ...
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How to get started with Wildlife Photography?

If you're going to take courses, I'd suggest you take them in zoology, wildlife preservation and management, or related fields about wildlife. While learning to master your camera and getting the ...
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Notes while taking photos

In the good old days of film photography, when there was no exif, taking extensive notes was the only way of learning from your mistakes - considerable time passed between taking the picture, having ...
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Is it better for a beginner to start with black and white photography?

Traditionally a price factor, but not anymore. The idea that you should shoot only black and white as a beginning "serious" photographer is both highly subjective and highly restrictive, especially ...
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Any tricks to escape the zoom lens trap?

I think this is a great exercise and can really help you with your photography — even if you end up using zoom lenses in the future. And, there is a commonly-used "trick" here — it's called One Lens, ...
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Notes while taking photos

As far as I understand photography, your main concern is to record or remember what exactly you wanted to achieve before pressing shutter release. That is, have something that helps you to compare ...
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Should I upgrade my body or lens first?

I wouldn't spend any money, unless it is on books, training, or time! If you must spend money, I typically recommend first buying a wide aperture prime lens, but it isn't going to teach you how to ...
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How to get started with Wildlife Photography?

You don't become a surgeon without first becoming a doctor. Similarly wildlife photography is a specialization of our hobby that you get into later. I would recommend that you first buy a cheap ...
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Should I buy a new DSLR or spend the money on a photography course with my point & shoot?

Take the course. You can only get the most out of any tool if you know how to use it. That is especially true of a tool as complex as a camera used to do a task that is considered an art. You wouldn'...
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Is working as a model a good way to learn photography?

I don't think modeling is a good way to learn photography at all. It's a decent way to learn how to plan and perform a shoot but it has very very little with photography. She won't be controlling the ...
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What can I use instead of a human to practice shooting with flash?

Tethered selfies are easy to setup, or you could give a try to an "Hair Styling Head" even though that could feel creepy. My solution to this was to do party photography at a local bar to try new ...
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Is working as a model a good way to learn photography?

Is working as a model a good way to learn photography? It can be, sure. Rather, if the question were more specifically, "is working as a model a good way to learn portrait photography?", sure, why ...
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Should I buy a new DSLR or spend the money on a photography course with my point & shoot?

Here's the other side of the argument. This assumes you've got a little bit of time before you go. Buy the SLR and immediately get some practice on local versions of the type of things you want to ...
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Any tricks to escape the zoom lens trap?

I wondered if it is a common knowledge how to "jump off" the zoom lens hook I don't think this is necessarily a good idea. The problem is basically sensor size. With a 1/1.7" sensor, it is easy to ...
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Should I buy a new DSLR or spend the money on a photography course with my point & shoot?

I agree, kind of...While I agree that the photographer is more important then the equipment, I would rather shoot with my DSLR any day over a point and click or cell phone, The DSLR opens so many ...
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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. As Jeff Daniels' says in The Newsroom, the first step in solving a problem is recognizing ...
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Where can I practice panning shots?

I used to live in a large city suburb and over time found some very interesting subjects to practice panning. I appreciate that these subjects are not high speed planes, but with the challenges of a ...
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Is it better for a beginner to start with black and white photography?

I think the opposite question could also be posed: should a beginner start with color photography? B&W requires knowledge and experience of how differently colors will render in gray. Reds, for ...
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How do I stop taking the same kind of photo?

If you have a habit of approaching each new subject with the same type of shot, then my advice would be to restrict yourself to a single subject and spend a lengthy amount of time trying every angle ...
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How to improve photography in portrait orientation?

The answer to this is the same method you would use to improve your landscape orientation photography - take more photos. It's quite common for photographers to practice by restricting their choices. ...
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Notes while taking photos

One of my photographic passions is landscapes and nature photos. A lot of what I choose to shoot involves using ND and ND grad filters, sometimes in combination. Because shooting with filters is ...
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Should I buy a new DSLR or spend the money on a photography course with my point & shoot?

I was in your shoes a couple of years ago, however my situation was for a road trip across the USA, not Thailand, but the same principle applies and here is what I think you should do: 100% buy the ...
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How can I improve this amateur shot of sunrise?

In low light on a phone camera with little in the way of user-adjustment, your primary objective is to keep the camera still. Find a wall you can rest it on, & if possible use a delay timer, so ...
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Should I shoot color or black and white 35mm film to learn photography fundamentals?

Composition and lighting can be practiced with your phone, making it by far the least expensive option. The phone or GIMP gives you editing as well for free. To me the killer app that makes you get ...
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Where can I get free RAW files online for practicing with Lightroom?

http://rawsamples.ch has 230 files from various camera manufactures. Please add to the collection if your camera isn't represented.
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How can I get started with a first flash gun?

TL;DR: Put it on the camera and start playing with it. If you got yourself an OEM hotshoe flash, such as a Nikon SB-600/700 or a Canon 430EX/430EXII as your starter, this is going to be the best place ...
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Is working as a model a good way to learn photography?

Being a model helps understand portrait photography and model photography yes, at a limited extent, the relation on clear indications vs the result, you can have a little idea on the position of the ...
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Any tricks to escape the zoom lens trap?

I used to use zoom lenses but now only use primes, which taught me how to frame better and to move to get the right shot. If you are using a full frame camera you can always use the crop feature to ...
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What considerations should be made for choosing a manual film SLR for photography classes?

When many photography courses require a "fully manual' film camera, that can mean one of two different things: A film camera capable of being operated manually, even if the camera can also be used in ...
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What are good sites to get software recommendations for photo management?

Really, it is Google. These things change so fast and are so individualized (you have a very specific list of requirements) that it's unlikely anyone but you can do the research. That's why the ...

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