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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 make changes at the time of shooting. As far as color vs. B/W is concerned, you can make changes in post with color filtering to understand how different color ...


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Generally speaking, you've hit the nail on the head. How do you know what good sushi is? You go taste lots of sushi that is reported to be good! How do you know what good photography is? You go study and look at photography that is reported to be good (and that you enjoy)! If you're trying to photograph something without having a well defined sense ...


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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 correct lenses and support gear and learning the proper techniques for the type of wildlife you want to shoot is going to be important, the one skill you absolutely ...


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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 your film developed and finally seeing your print. By that time your memory was not a reliable source of information. You can google up "Ansel Adams Exposure ...


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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 in a world where colour comes at no cost. If you are shooting film and doing your own darkroom work, then there is a distinct price advantage to shooting in ...


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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, One Camera, One Year, suggested by longtime prime-lens enthusiast Michael Johnston (also see his The Case Against Zooms). A Method The original suggestion was ...


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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 what you wanted with what image you get at the end. In practical terms, for example, it might mean recording what you wanted to be exposed properly (more ...


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Start by going outside without your camera and just looking at things. But with a different look: try to pay attention to small details instead of all the rush. You can't do that while you're walking: you'll have to stop for a while, seat in some park, cafe, shopping. And stop looking at the general movement and begin to look/follow those details: a mother ...


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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 take great photography, you already have all of the gear you need to do that. I would recommend putting yourself in an environment full of friends/forums that don'...


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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 beginner camera and lens and learn basic photography, click pictures of birds, pets and what not. If you find that photography is to your liking then invest in a ...


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This may seem like a too-broad, unanswerable question, but it's really not. There are two possible answers. I can't tell you which will be right for you, but once I tell you them, I think you'll know which it is. The possibilities are: Even if you don't know what you are doing, go out every day and take at least a dozen photographs. Review your results, ...


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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't upgrade from a family sedan with an automatic transmission to a high end exotic sports car with a non-synchronized manual transmission without getting someone ...


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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 aperture, the shutter speed, the lighting, she won't be picking the angles and dictating the composition. She'll be sitting there while he does all of that. It'...


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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 techniques and light modifiers. Everything had to be quite portable, but as everything i used was DIY i could deal with it and not be afraid of having it damaged. ...


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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 not? Depending on some conditions, that is... Is the photographer good? Is he experienced, does he know how to communicate with and direct models? Does he know ...


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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 shoot - ducks and trees in the local park, your own house, your friends etc. Consult the manual and quote possibly a tutorial for beginners. Aim to spend an hour ...


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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 build compact and light lenses. Even super zoom telephoto lenses are rather compact. The downside is that getting "beautiful pictures with a fast prime lens" ...


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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 possibilities with detachable lenses. You can push limits that you never could with your point and shoots. Your DSLR will let you shoot good quality pictures for ...


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I come from a technical background and when I started photography (for real, not just bring one when I go to conferences around the world), I saw it as a technical feat, to tame the DLSR. Then at some point I realized that I had nothing to take photos of. and what would it be? That's the hard part of photography. what makes a good photo, what is a good ...


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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 that there is one. You've already taken that step. I like the photos you posted a lot, but I can also see why you might feel like your photography is ...


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If you were teaching someone new to photography the full stop scales, is there a better way then flat out memorizing these values? (1, 1.4, 2, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22, 32, 45, 64 ...) Note that all results have 2 significant digits only. Remember 1 and 1.4 as the first two entries. From then on it's interleaved doubling (with never more than 2 ...


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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 suburban area, may provide some benefit and improvement for your next visit to an airshow or motoring event. Skateboarders, Roller skaters and Roller bladers ...


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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 you can think of. I would take it further than fernando's suggestion of "moving cars" or "dogs" and spend time with a single subject. A flower or a dog. Vary ...


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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. Often this is restricting choice of lens or subject, but there's no reason that you couldn't do it for orientation as well. There's no subject matter which ...


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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 already a lengthy process (as compared to run-and-gun street or sports photography), the overhead it takes to jot down which filters were used is minimal. ...


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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 DLSR. You will be happy that you did. Here's why: Although you may not be able to afford extra lenses yet, DLSR's offer a wider range of possibilities with ...


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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 you're not actually holding the phone as the picture is taken. If there is nothing suitable to rest the phone on find a wall/fence/tree to lean against. Keep ...


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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 a camera instead of a phone is a narrower field of view, but I have tunnel vision. For others it is depth of field control. The phone does pretty well in low ...


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There isn't a class you can take. newspapers are the primary (and almost only) customers for this kind of photography - and currently the entire newspaper industry is dieing. Newspapers are scaling down and firing good, experienced photographers - those are the people you are competing against when looking for a job. So you either have to be considerable ...


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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 to begin learning what you can do with flash. A lot of folks will urge you to go straight for off-camera and Strobist setups, and that's a great way to "...


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