photography tips

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Lindsay Benoit, May 25, 2004.

  1. I am designing a website for beginner photographers are part of a
    requirement for one of my university courses. I was wondering if I could
    get some input on what would be your number one tip for a beginning
    photographer, or what is your favorite/most used accessory for your camera
    system. Thanks a lot.
     
    Lindsay Benoit, May 25, 2004
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  2. Lindsay Benoit

    David Guest

    1) a good lens
    2) a powerful (not the cheapest) strobe
    3) a monopod
     
    David, May 26, 2004
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  3. Lindsay Benoit

    SkyPilot Guest

    Well, does it have to be only one tip??

    1) Know the "Rule of Thirds."

    2) Know how to use depth of field.

    3) Learn to use your camera's features. Don't always rely on "Auto," or
    "Program." Know how to use aperture and shutter priority.

    Equip

    1) Lens pen

    2) Manual air blower

    3) Extra batteries for everything

    4) Note pad

    5) Foldable reflector


    Good luck

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    SkyPilot, May 26, 2004
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  4. Lindsay Benoit

    Fitpix Guest

    My pet peeve: Don't expect the camera to take a picture for you! Learn
    composition and the workings of your camera. Don't get mad if the $1000 plus
    you put into a camera system gives you $1.95 photos when you have not
    bothered to even try to understand it!

    ok ok I will stop
     
    Fitpix, May 26, 2004
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    D.R. Guest

    The only really important filter is a circular polarizer
    and maybe perhaps a graduated grey. Others are just gravy.
    ;-)
     
    D.R., May 26, 2004
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    Chris Guest

    Let me get this straight.

    You're doing some work for your university course, and you don't know what
    to put on the page, and are asking for outside help? ;-)

    Just about any beginner book or magazine for photographers should be
    helpful. It'd seem to me to be too much like cheating, if I gave you all
    the answers.
     
    Chris, May 26, 2004
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  7. Lindsay Benoit

    Chris Guest

    Favorite accessories....

    Tripod, mini-tripod, monopod.
    Hotshoe flash (with swivel head for bounce).
    Powerful zoom lens with a fixed max aperture.
    Motor drive.

    That's for film cameras. For digital, everything except the motor drive.
     
    Chris, May 26, 2004
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  8. Test strip printer
    Sepia. Green, Titanum, blue, copper etc Tonners
    Light metter
    Tripod
    Carrying cases



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    ChronosThetis, May 26, 2004
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  9. Actually the course I'm taking is a course on internet communication the
    website we design can be on whatever topic we choose. One of the
    assignments is to subscribe to Listervs and Usenet newsgroups....hence I ask
    you my question.
     
    Lindsay Benoit, May 27, 2004
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  10. Lindsay Benoit

    Hunt Guest

    [SNIP]

    Lindsay,

    Probably far too late to offer any help on your project, but it appears you
    didn't get much, when you posted.

    The first thing that I urge beginning photographers to do is to shoot
    everything. Save it into some form (old days a ring binder of contact sheets
    worked well), then to review every exposure. I urge them to go back every
    quarter and do that review again! It's amazing how images that struck a chord
    early on, reflect a lot of poor photograhic decisons with experience. The
    photographer must do this themselves to learn.

    Second, find a good critic. Show everything you think is worthwile to them.
    Don't choose a family member, unless they are a well-trained photo critic and
    immune from familial pressures. A professor, or teacher is a good place to
    start. Years ago, I took the same class, because the prof was a great critic.
    I ended up doing separate assignments from the rest of these classes, and
    appreciated the input.

    Third, take as many fine-arts courses as they can. Regardless of the genre of
    photography they may persue, fine-arts is a basis. Even photojournalism will
    benefit from this exposure. I went toward the sciences and mechanics, and
    missed a lot of great info from fine-arts. I wish that I had it to do, all
    over again.

    Hope some of this helps - maybe not this semester, but sometimes...

    Hunt
     
    Hunt, Jul 26, 2004
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