Where to learn photography fundamentals?

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  1. lumines

    lumines TPF Noob!

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    Hi, where can I go to learn everything about camera specs, photography techniques and everything related? Is there a FAQ sheet or guide somewhere? I want to get into photography so I want to learn all i can.

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    Your local library and bookstore i swhere you can get that, or enroll in classes.
     
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    mrodgers No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    As a start, I first recommend this....

    ThePhotoForum search page

    Because I've posted three times in similar threads in the last 2 days.

    Second, two links that I found hugely helpful when I bought my camera and was wondering about photography as opposed to snapshooting are as follows. They give a very good overview of the functions of a camera and the various modes and settings...

    ShortCourses
    Digicam Help

    It is important to get a bit of a grasp of what all the A, S, M, P, auto modes are, whitebalance, metering, etc right off the bat.

    Third, Understanding Exposure has already been suggested. I just wanted to point out that I started with the links I posted above and was playing with shutter or aperture priority modes. Then I read the first 3 chapters of Understanding Exposure and only the first 3 chapters so far. Just in those first 3 chapters, the info was enough for me to start getting more of a grasp of exposure and allowed me to easily move to using full manual mode on my camera.

    Good luck. Check out those 2 links and the recommended book which is recommended nearly 4 times a day here :D and it won't take you long to begin understanding. I only bought my camera right before Christmas. Previous to Christmas, I had a 7 year old 2 mp full auto (nothing manual) camera and was only taking horrible snapshots. That doesn't mean my photos are any better now, just that I'm capable of putting more thought into what I shoot with a camera over the standard random snapshooting I was doing previous.
     
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    you didn't HAVE to
     
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    The links provided by previous posters suffice. The next thing is testing it if it is true.

    In today's digital era we don't worry about the number of films we use for shooting. We shoot, we check right away.

    We are told that small aperture create depth of field. Let's give it a try, is it true?.

    We are told the fully opened aperture will create bokeh effect. Let's try it, is it true?

    We are told that using high ISO setting produced noise or grainy like photos. Let's try it, is it true?

    I found it that ISO 400 does not produce grainy photos. Therefore - I say ISO 400 is not high ISO, regardless what other people say.

    All knowledges will stick once we experience it first hand.
     
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    Absolutely. :thumbup:

    Read read read but don't forget to shoot shoot shoot! Practice with trial and error is the only way.
     

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