learning basics

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by AppleHater, Jan 23, 2015.

  1. AppleHater macrumors 6502a

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    Photography is my hobby and I want to learn more about fundamentals like colors and lights. What would be the best way to get started without taking class?
     
  2. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    What do you mean by basics? Getting out of auto or using flash?

    I've been shooting less than 2 years and I have learnt nearly everything from books or tutorial videos on photography websites.

    For flash tutorials, check out http://strobist.blogspot.co.uk

    For colour do you mean colour management? Buy an i1 Display Pro for your monitor and a colour checker passport for capturing colours accurately.

    Most important is to shoot regularly, try things out and post your work for critique etc.

    Other sites I use a lot are

    froknowsphoto.com

    dpreview.com

    digitalcameraworld.com
     
  3. AppleHater thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What I meant is more artistic aspects than photographic basics. How to balance colors, lights, tonality, and so on. Since I haven't had any training on those, it's been based on my guess, and I want to teach myself more systematically.
     
  4. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    I read Learning to see Creatively by Bryan Peterson not long after I started. Found it pretty helpful.

    Another resource which is okay, is creative live. Watch the live streams though, rather than purchase the videos. Saves you a bomb.

    On a side note, should Apple fanboy be offering AppleHater advice?:D
     
  5. Command macrumors regular

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    ^Nice.
     
  6. AppleHater thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Love prevails hate
     
  7. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    Lynda.com offers some great photography courses. You can get a free trial.
     
  8. psou macrumors newbie

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    1. Set your camera to shoot raw
    2. Don't worry about white balance, just leave it to auto
    3. Switch to manual
    4. Experiment with different settings (aperture, shutter speed and iso)
    5. Try to shoot a slightly moving subject with various shutter speeds and try to keep the same brightness in all pictures
    6. Read about techniques
    7. Study other peoples work
    8. Try to find your own personal style
    9.Try to evolve it!
    10. Before you buy more gear use 100% of what you already have
    11. Do research!
    12. Forget everything i wrote, now you can decide on your own

    Welcome to the photographers realm!
     
  9. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    Sounds like good advice.
     
  10. JamesMike macrumors demi-god

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    When I worked in Africa, I met a very good photographer named Peter Beard, and his advice was shot, shot and shot some more, of course this was back in the day of 35 mm.
     

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