Three weeks of learning photography - what would you do?

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WryCuda Veteran Member • Posts: 8,663
Re: Three weeks of learning photography - what would you do?

j_eldritch wrote:

NikonNature wrote:

You don't say what gear you have, but assuming you have a zoom lens, a good exercise is to shoot the same scene or subject at different focal lengths. This will teach you that moving your feet is the only thing that changes perspective. That includes back, forward, left, right, up, or down. You will also learn that sometimes moving back in zooming in yields a better result. Other times, moving closer and zooming out does. Learning to see this and anticipate it is a very valuable skill.

Whatever reading or research you do, make sure to include shooting. The best way to make the lessons stick is to practice.

Thanks, I do have a zoom lens so I'll have a go at this exercise, it sounds interesting.

Don't worry, I am planning on concentrating mostly on shooting, and whenever I read something I plan on practicing it by shooting!

You still haven't mentioned what camera you have. Some will say that this is unimportant, but you might find some relevant information on the appropriate sections of DPReview.

Most user manuals that come with cameras are not "a short course in photography", and you may even have trouble understanding what some of the controls and parameters are all all about.

Some sources will axaggerate the complexity of setting the parameters (aperture, shutter speed, ISO), but remember that there are only 3 parameters (2 if you can leave ISO at base level), so it can't really be that hard, can it? I've sometimes compared the process with getting things right when putting some food in the microwave oven. Nobody stresses over that.

I'm always amused by the horror that some express about the possibility of getting "wrong" information from sites like CiC, and the necessity of unlearning it all. -As if any other subject was immune from a range of opinions.

Don't forget to get an image editor (even a free one will do), so that you can examine your images and see what you are doing. Most editors will show you what settings you used, and you can learn from this and adjust accordingly. See the "EXIF" data when you mouse over the lower left of DPReview images...

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