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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:08 am    Post subject: Photography Tips for new Photographers Reply with quote

For those people who don't like to read a lot, here are my 'Top Ten Tips'. Most of these tips appear elsewhere, in the tutorials. But here they are, all in one place.

1. Selection: Select only the best of your pictures to show to others and leave the rest in the drawer. Showing someone every picture you have taken dilutes the effect of the best pictures and gets very boring. You may want to show twenty pictures of little Johnny at the park because they are all quite good and you can't decide which are the best but, trust me, you will be better off making that decision and showing only the few good ones. - go to Selecting Photos

2. Turn the Camera on it's Side: At first it feels awkward holding the camera on it's side, but it is worth getting used to. If the shape of your subject, a person or a building, fits into an upright rectangle, you waste so much picture space if you shoot in landscape. You paid for all those millions of pixels, don't waste them. - go to Cropping and Framing

3. Framing: One of the easiest ways to improve your photography is with careful attention to framing. Look into the corners of the viewfinder to see what is there. Do you need all that background? Can you get closer to your subject or zoom in? - go to Cropping and Framing

4 Direction of Lighting: Photography is all about light, the direction of the light falling on your subject is most important, you must look at your subject carefully and see how the shadows fall.

If you are able to choose the time of day to shoot your pictures, try to pick a time when the sun is low in the sky, either shoot in the early morning or late afternoon. Shooting pictures of people with the sun too high in the sky, tends to mean the subject's eyes will be in shadow and/or your subject will be squinting in the strong light, both of which tend to look horrible. A nice side effect of shooting in the early morning or late afternoon is that the color of the light is 'warmer', reds and yellows are stronger which generally gives a more pleasing effect.

If you are photographing in sunlight, try to position yourself so that the sun hits your subject from the side, this will give you nice 'modeling' and help create a 3D effect in the picture.

Sunlight behind the subject can give a very pleasing 'backlight' effect but be careful that you are not getting 'flare' in the lens, which degrades the contrast of the image. - go to Photography in Sunlight

5. Direction of Lighting (2): The very worst kind of lighting is provided by the little flash fitted into all modern cameras. Not only does it give your subjects the dreaded red eyes, but also flattens all faces into shadowless featureless blobs. Use the in camera flashlight only in an emergency, when there is no other choice.

6. In Camera Flash: When you have to use the in camera flash, keep your subject(s) away from walls, especially light colored ones, if at all possible, and avoid that ugly black shadow which looks like an outline. This will not show up against a dark background.

7. Exposure: Using auto exposure to your advantage.

If you have a modern camera, the chances are that the default metering system is 'center weighted average', which means that, although it takes an average reading of the whole scene, it takes more notice of what is in the middle of the frame. Which is good news for us. The other good news is that it takes this reading at the time when you take 'first pressure' on the button to take your picture. When you push it halfway down and it beeps at you, not only is the focus now set (on an auto focus camera) but the exposure reading is taken and the aperture and shutter speed are set. So, if your main point of interest is not in the 'center of the frame, it's a good idea to put it there temporarily while you focus and take your light reading, then move the camera whilst still holding the button halfway down and compose the picture the way you want it to be. A common use for this technique is when you are taking a close up shot of two people and there is space between their heads, if you're not careful the camera will focus on the wall or trees behind them. If the background is very dark or very light this can alter the exposure significantly and result in faces that are too dark or too light. - go to Exposure

8. Shutter Speeds: When the shutter speed is important as with moving objects, it's a good idea to set the camera to 'Shutter Speed Priority' mode. This is where you select the shutter speed and the camera selects the appropriate aperture according to the light reading. - go to Shutter Speeds and Apertures

9. Apertures: If depth of field is important to either make sure everything is in focus or to throw some things out of focus, select the 'Aperture Priority' mode on your camera. In this mode you select the aperture and the camera selects the shutter speed according to the available light. - go to Shutter Speeds and Apertures

10. Neutral Density Filters: If you are shooting in bright light and want to restrict the depth of field, use a neutral density filter in front of the lens to reduce the light entering the lens. These are available in different densities, 2x, 4x, 8x etc. each one cutting the light in half, quarter, eighth etc. In extreme circumstances you can screw a couple of them together. Although they are 'neutral density' filters and should not effect the color balance, if you use two or more together you might need a little color correction at the printing stage. - go to Shutter Speeds and Apertures.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think this is called the "pro" photo forums partly out of an assumption that anyone contributing here will not need this kind of primer, and a hope to elevate the discussion as a result.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice first spam, I mean post... Rolling Eyes

Seriously "viewbug" maybe you should make at least one or two posts here and get some clue about the experience level of members before trying to drive traffic to your blog for beginning photographers...
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm.... What to do with this, what to do?

My first instinct was to replace every word with the word, spam... Too much work. Second was to just delete the whole thing...

What say you, my professional members?!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The funny part is the first sentence, followed by what is probably the longest post ever written on these forums ever. LOL
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brooks Ayola wrote:
The funny part is the first sentence, followed by what is probably the longest post ever written on these forums ever. LOL


Well it was his Top Ten Tips!

Might as well leave it up, but I dont think he'll be back, I'd guess he just did a hit ad run on every single photo related forum he could find.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike wrote:
Brooks Ayola wrote:
The funny part is the first sentence, followed by what is probably the longest post ever written on these forums ever. LOL


Well it was his Top Ten Tips!

Might as well leave it up, but I dont think he'll be back, I'd guess he just did a hit ad run on every single photo related forum he could find.


Well, I did doctor all the links so they're useless as spam, so there's that. :-)
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sad that spam generates a more lively discussion than other topics Sad
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:23 am    Post subject: Hello All Reply with quote

Hi,

First of all i'm not a spammer. If you think that my post is against your rules and regulation then you can remove my signature in my post. I was just tried to make some tips for the beginners.Please remove my post..
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know if your first post is against the rules around here but the thing that bugged me about your post was that you didnt seem to take any time to see what this place is about. There are alot of people doing a lot of really good jobs/photos around here and to be given a tip to "turn the camera on it's side" is a little like telling a group of NASCAR divers to "floor it and turn left"...tell me something I don't know.
While your top ten tips are great for the first day of photo class it is not anything 95% of the forum members arent already are aware of.

And IMO it's spam when someone makes multiple references and links back to their own blog.

Feel free to participate in the discussions that sometimes happen here and get to know us. FWIW your post is one of the longest I have seen here and it did stir up a little activity Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anything that pisses me off, may be deemed against the rules. It's pretty hard to piss me off, although I am annoyed regularly.

Dude. We're not stupid. You posted this drivel in a pro photographer's forum linking to your site...

YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS HAS "SEO" IN IT!! I mean, I changed that, but that's what it was.

The fact that you think we're stupid pisses me off more than anything else.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:14 pm    Post subject: Huh? Reply with quote

Wait. My camera turns on it's side? I thought all the pixels would fall out if I did that!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My camera doesn't have the ability to rotate it's display like my iphone, turning it makes it impossible to read the menus.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 5:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I certainly appreciate all the help. Once I digest all of this, I'd appreciate a discourse on usage, licensing, copyright, etc. I heard you can charge more if you shoot some of the images while turning the camera on it's side.

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