Learning Photography

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  • To start off with, what can I read or do?

    Everything I ever take is shit

  • You want to learn with film. the old fashioned way, or just digital? If you learn with film you can use the same skills effectively for digital, but not the other way around. You would learn exposure properly, and composition, but obviously not Photoshop.

    There is a thread called Non-digital film photography, and you can ask any film photography questions there. Pretty much all the users on there know their onions when it comes to f-stops and whatnot.

    If you want to go the digital route only, there is a thread with the copycat title, Non-film digital photography.

    But a part-time college course might be what suits you, or maybe joining a local photography enterprise.

  • Everything I ever take is shit

    T-shirt.

  • I own an LX3 intending to have something that can do a bit of manual controls. I dont have any money to go down the film route right now so I think I will read the thread on digital..

  • Put it on auto, learn to compose interesting photos. If you see an expose you particularly like then check out the exif (aperture, iso, shutter) info and make a mental note of it. Continue until you feel happy you can compose then move it onto A and start playing with it as above, selecting apertures you think will make an image more interesting. Again make a mental note of the iso and shutter speed it's calculated on the good ones. Then shift into S and do the opposite. Then finally (at least a year later) shift into manual or find a camera with proper manual controls!

  • ^ this is what I did and gained 'some' success as an amature.

  • I own an LX3 intending to have something that can do a bit of manual controls. I dont have any money to go down the film route right now so I think I will read the thread on digital..

    Film photography is cheaper than you think. You also really learn about exposure, as a wrong exposure will be very obvious in a print, and that itself will teach you what didn't work. Its only a suggestion, but if you get the opportunity, at least consider a cheap film camera that has full 35mm manual operation. Film can be cheap, and so can d+p (developing and processing packages) - examples below.

    Film and d+p
    http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_­info.php?cPath=777_1&products_id=5741
    http://www.club35.co.uk/35mmcolourdandp.­html

    Cheap 35mm cameras
    http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/vintag­e-fujica-stx-1-35mm-film-slr-camera/8441­6525
    http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/nikon-­f50-35mm-film-camera-with-nikkor-35-80-a­f-zoom/81736185
    http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/nikon-­f65-35mm-slr-film-camera-w-af-nikkor-28-­80mm-lens/84698865

    Its harder to grasp digital exposure, as the camera will inevitably make corrections for you. With a manual film camera, the print will tell you how well or badly you did. Improvements can be made from roll to roll, and soon you would understand over-exposure and under-exposure perfectly.

    Of course I am biased towards film photography, but I do believe that someone that learns exposure using film cameras, understands it better than someone who has learnt via the digital route only.

    Otherwise, there are online courses that may be helpful to you.

  • Agree with ^ but argue that, unless you're developing yourself, developers will also make adjustments.

  • I own an LX3 intending to have something that can do a bit of manual controls. I dont have any money to go down the film route right now so I think I will read the thread on digital..

    Put it in aperture priority mode, and set the aperture to f3.6/f4, and adjust the ISO to whatever the conditions are: 100 - daylight, 400 - dusk, 800 - night, etc.

    Do you have a RAW converter? If so, you'll get the best from shooting in RAW then playing about with the files - which you'll have to do, otherwise the files will be a bit flat. Or just stick it in JPEG.

    Raw Developer works well with LX3 RAW files.

  • To start off with, what can I read or do?

    Everything I ever take is shit

    To start you can watch these if you like .youtube.com/user/DigitalRevCom?feature=­chclk It teaches you a hell of a lot about photography, camera, lens and what not.

    As in for what pictures you can take, when I first got my camera I literally just walked around everywhere with my camera and just kept taking pictures, and soon enough I got a feel of the camera and also what kind of photos I like to take.

    So you should do the same as well, like asking people what photos you should take is like for example, asking people what kind of girls you should date, that is something you have to find out on your own. So yeah, just go out and take pictures and you'll soon get a feel for what kind of pictures you like to take.

    Here are the kind of pictures I take, nothing special, but I just like taking pictures.
    365london.tumblr.com/

  • Film can be cheap, and so can d+p (developing and processing packages) - examples below.

    The cheapest has to be Jessops - £6.50 D&P and they give you a replacement roll of Fujicolour.

    There are loads of film SLRs at car boot sales. I got my Zenit-E for £6 and it works fine. I often see Pentax Sportmatics etc for £10-15.

  • Repped for adding to my knowledge base, and being damned useful!

  • Anyone tried Shae Academy, can get a free course so was thinking of doing the below

    https://www.shawacademy.com/courses/phot­ography/learn-photography-online

  • I'd be happy to grab a coffee with someone and teach them creative controls, exposure, manual mode etc if anyone was just interested in learning how to control their camera.

  • Couldn't see an appropriate thread to ask, excuse me whilst I hijack / dredge this one.

    Anyone know any good 'tubers that teach how to pose people for photos? Helpful cues to give, angles to avoid... I'm absolutely shit at photographing people, especially if they have little self confidence and feel like I turn everyone I point a camera at into a sack of potatoes.

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