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Nov 19, 2021 14:16:08   #
luvmypets Loc: Fayetteville, NC
 
There are so many posts about equipment and in almost every one the subject of technique over equipment has come up.

If a fellow photographer came up to you and asked what would be your best piece of advice or best learning technique to improve their photography, what information would you offer them? We all know "read the manual", "practice, practice, practice" but how would you suggest they start and how should they build on that?

Dodie

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Nov 19, 2021 14:19:42   #
BebuLamar
 
Use any forms of automation you want but don't use any unless you can do it manually. That is never use any form of automation because you can't do it manually but. But then what do I know? I shouldn't offer any advice.

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Nov 19, 2021 14:23:54   #
wide2tele Loc: Australia
 
Learn the basic rules of photography and stick to them.

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Nov 19, 2021 14:24:22   #
quixdraw Loc: American Free States -- Montana
 
Such a broad spectrum question - first, to provide useful input, you'd need to know the photographer, their work, and something about the challenges and frustrations they face.

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Nov 19, 2021 14:26:30   #
Soul Dr. Loc: Beautiful Shenandoah Valley
 
There are plenty of self-help photography videos on youtube that I would reccomend.
Suggest finding a mentor or offer to help if you have the time and desire to.
What helped me a lot in my photography, is experimenting with different settings, different lighting, and other various parameters.

will

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Nov 19, 2021 14:38:39   #
Bill_de Loc: US
 
Stay clear of UHH.


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Nov 19, 2021 14:41:29   #
olddutch Loc: Beloit, Wisconsin
 
YOUR CAMERA. Don’t leave home without it.

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Nov 19, 2021 14:42:48   #
Just Fred Loc: Darwin's Waiting Room
 
"Prepare to be disappointed." Even the best professional photographers take stinkers. The late Frank Lee Ruggles once told me that for every "good" photo he took, there were about 100 that didn't make the cut. Ansel Adams once commented that, “There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.”

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Nov 19, 2021 14:52:21   #
Ysarex Loc: St. Louis
 
luvmypets wrote:
There are so many posts about equipment and in almost every one the subject of technique over equipment has come up.

If a fellow photographer came up to you and asked what would be your best piece of advice or best learning technique to improve their photography, what information would you offer them? We all know "read the manual", "practice, practice, practice" but how would you suggest they start and how should they build on that?

Dodie


Amateurs look through their cameras and see the subject they are photographing, photographers see how that subject is lit.

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Nov 19, 2021 15:02:32   #
Shutterbugger2 Loc: Chicago
 
Separate the subject from the background using:
Focus (subject in focus & background out of focus. Or the opposite.)
Texture (Eg. an egg against gravel)
Tone (Subject a different tone from background. Highlights project, shadows recede.
Color (Subject a different color from background. Cool color for background & warm color for subject.)

Create depth with overlapping planes & receding lines (like RR tracks).

Photography is communication & tells a story.

Be aware of distracting shadows, backgrounds & unwanted elements.

Usually, (Not always) the subject fills the frame.

There is a lot more that we don't have space for. Google photo composition. Have fun!

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Nov 19, 2021 15:03:16   #
rmorrison1116 Loc: Southeast, Southcentral PA
 
There are two photographer/authors who's books I would recommend as must read, neither of which, to the best of my knowledge, are posters on UHH. If one follows their books, then learning photography should be quite easy. Being good at it is something different. Both authors are big proponents of, practice, practice, practice, and learn your camera.

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Nov 19, 2021 15:11:14   #
wdross Loc: Castle Rock, Colorado
 
luvmypets wrote:
There are so many posts about equipment and in almost every one the subject of technique over equipment has come up.

If a fellow photographer came up to you and asked what would be your best piece of advice or best learning technique to improve their photography, what information would you offer them? We all know "read the manual", "practice, practice, practice" but how would you suggest they start and how should they build on that?

Dodie


Photo clubs (a good one with members that share), workshops / seminars, and books / articles.

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Nov 19, 2021 15:15:12   #
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Leave your camera at home much more often, more often than bringing it, so as to liberate your vision from your device.

With no camera, watch for subjects and scenes anyway. Don’t merely look and identify likely scenes. Mentally work the images to completion, camerawork AND post. It’s easier to learn to see without the distraction of operating the camera, and without intentions of pleasing any critics other than yourself.

You have no filters, no bokeh lens. You just mentally play the hand you’re dealt.

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Nov 19, 2021 15:52:11   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
No one has as much luck with their camera as those who practice their craft.

Here's a helpful post based on technique: How to obtain sharp images in digital photography

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Nov 19, 2021 16:11:55   #
luvmypets Loc: Fayetteville, NC
 
BebuLamar wrote:
Use any forms of automation you want but don't use any unless you can do it manually. That is never use any form of automation because you can't do it manually but. But then what do I know? I shouldn't offer any advice.


I think that is very good advice, BebuLamar. If automation fails you have no alternate way to achieve but if you are unsure how to proceed manually automation can step in to save the day.

Thank you!

Dodie

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