Best site to learn photography

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by phas3, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. phas3 macrumors 65816

    Oct 5, 2008
    I am currently in the Marine Corps so I can't take a class since my schedule is always full because of training purposes. I was wondering what sites are good for beginners and professionals.
  2. pit29 macrumors 6502a


    May 23, 2006
    The Golden State
    The best site is out-side! You can read and read and read, but in the end you have to take pictures, all the time, many. Look at them and see what you like and what not, look at the metadata to see how you did that, take the same shot with every setting of your camera. Practice!
  3. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601


    Feb 10, 2004
    #3 and are both good resoucres. has some decent tips and whatnot, too.
  4. odinsride macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2007
  5. CrackedButter macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2003
    51st State of America
    My blogroll has loads of helpful links for those interested in learning photography for beginners and professionals. I link to big photo agencies and a few informative photographers to see how they do it and to general resource websites such as some which provide lighting or camera guides.
  6. tonie macrumors 6502

    Mar 29, 2008
    Just look a lot of pictures and go out there and take some yourself.
  7. mojohanna macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2004
    I have to post. I read the title of your thread and for a split second I read it as "Best site to learn pornography". Luckily a quick double take fixed me. My mind must be in the gutter tonight. :D
  8. phas3 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Oct 5, 2008
  9. JSF macrumors member


    Mar 14, 2008
    Edmond, OK
    Hey phas3, I have an extra copy of the field guide for the D40. If you want it I can mail it to you.
  10. H2Ockey macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2008
    ^^^^ yeah that, but one more step. Show your pictures to established artsy types and photographers. Posting here and asking for critique is really good. So often people take literally thousand of pictures trying and trying and are just never happy with how they turn out, and without someone telling you what you could do a little differently you may never know. Once you have a little feedback on WHY something is or is not appealing you will better be able to judge your own work and eventually just pick up the camera look at a scene and snap something wonderful no editing required.
  11. kkat69 macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    Your not the only one.. I thought the same thing! :eek: and I do have a permanenent residence in the gutter.
  12. compuwar macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2006
    Northern/Central VA
    First of all, thank you for your service.

    Depending on where you're stationed, you may want to check for classes anyway. One of the things I wish I'd done more of when I was in the Army was take advantage of the local college classes and rec center resources.

    These days there are a lot of online college resources- and getting credit for promotion boards and potential job skills is always a good investment. Don't discount it- because it could be worth the hassle, and some units will give you a little more slack for doing college study than not. Heck, talk to whoever your local education person is, they may come up with resources that we wouldn't- I know the Army had a whole correspondence course thing for several career fields, and the MOS 4641 probably has a raft of interesting training materials, so it's worth seeing if they're available via mail.

    If you've got a Public Affairs office nearby, you may also want to see if they've got a friendly photographer, or if there's a chance to do it for your unit. When I was in Germany, (right down the street from the Schneider Optics factory dammit!) one of my friends was the "official" unit photographer (and half a dozen other things) for our command- even though he was officially a medic- you end up doing a lot of grip and grins, but it may give you access to a wide range of equipment you couldn't otherwise get to play with.
  13. HomeingPigeon macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2007

    I used that website and it has done amazing things for me.
    Give it shot.
  14. mlemonds macrumors 6502a


    Apr 9, 2008
    Lexington, KY

    weekly photography challenges that have a theme to them. good support forums and it is a great way to et more face time with your camera.
  15. wheelhot macrumors 68020

    Nov 23, 2007
    thanks for those sites, really useful :D, now I know what is the purpose of a histogram. Darn, I hope I can get my own DSLR ASAP. :(
  16. Nikon Shooter macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2008
    Look Down

    The best site??

    Look're standing in it. Live and breath light 24/7.
    Post production is vital in learning what light is all about.

  17. audioteknika macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2008
    If you intend to do any flash/studio work, vist

    The article "Lightning 101" is as good as Understand aperture by Brian Peterson..

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