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Jeffininer's picture
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Questions!

I need to get back on my game!! I'm not posting much any more but plan on changing that. I've been in a real rut since I got pregnant. But, I'm feeling great these days!!! Plus, I've had some really cool opportunities to get out and shoot. So, with that inspiration I've finally found my bug again and will get out more.

Thought instead of having a picture thread, like most are these days, I'd try something different. I made up all of these questions, so I know they're not great. Add your own question is there is something you'd like to know Smile

1) What are your top tip to someone new to photography?

2) What is your top tip for anything having to do with photography?

3) Natural light or studio?

4) Have you noticed your taste change in photography since you became 'seriously' interested in the subject?

5) What kind of images do you gravitate towards?

6) What is one 'trend' in photography you could do without?

Jeffininer's picture
Joined: 11/07/07
Posts: 1796

1) What are your top tip to someone new to photography? You don't need the nicest, most expensive camera you can find. You need practice. The more you get out and shoot, the better you will become. Just a fact and everyone has to go through the learning curve. And yes, the curve can go up AND down and back up again Wink

2) What is your top tip for anything having to do with photography? Light is VERY imporant. Bad light produces bad pictures (for the most part).

3) Natural light or studio? I prefer natural light, but want to learn studio

4) Have you noticed your taste change in photography since you became 'seriously' interested in the subject? I thought I liked all those cutsie props and set-up shots, but I've learned I just like plain and simple. Nothing fancy and over staged.

5) What kind of images do you gravitate towards? I seem to like the lighter more ventage style photos. Not a huge fan of color pops and deep color processing. Also noticed I don't like the grunge/urban stuff. I'd prefer natural and organic.

6) What is one 'trend' in photography you could do without? Any newborn photo that includes odd objects. Most recent one that I cringed for was a baby in a glass vase filled with gumballs...

Joined: 03/15/09
Posts: 576

Great idea Jennifer!

1) What are your top tip to someone new to photography?
Shoot in MANUAL, its the best way to learn.

2) What is your top tip for anything having to do with photography?
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE! And then practice some more! Smile

3) Natural light or studio?
TOTALLY prefer natural light, but recently pushing in studio because of the lack of light in my new home!

4) Have you noticed your taste change in photography since you became 'seriously' interested in the subject?
Yes, used to just take pics of people...now I also love nature photography if I can find the time to get out and do it!

5) What kind of images do you gravitate towards?
Clean processing.

6) What is one 'trend' in photography you could do without?
Over eye-popping.

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Joined: 06/09/05
Posts: 6166

1) What are your top tip to someone new to photography? Don't give up. Manual mode and PRACTICE!

2) What is your top tip for anything having to do with photography? Be patient. It might take you a bit to start getting better photos, but keep practicing!

3) Natural light or studio? Natural

4) Have you noticed your taste change in photography since you became 'seriously' interested in the subject? Yes, I was big into different edits, but am working on a nice clean edit.

5) What kind of images do you gravitate towards? Lifestyle family photos

6) What is one 'trend' in photography you could do without? Can't think of any right now.

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Joined: 11/02/07
Posts: 1306

1) What are your top tip to someone new to photography? Just keep practicing, you hit hills, but you get over them.

2) What is your top tip for anything having to do with photography? Do your own thing!!! Ugh, I am dealing with a copy-cat (in my town) at the moment and it's driving me crazy. If you must do something, be respectful or ask. (Sorry, this is probably because it's on my mind.)

3) Natural light or studio? Natural light for me Smile

4) Have you noticed your taste change in photography since you became 'seriously' interested in the subject? Yes. I love a clean edit and classic crops.

5) What kind of images do you gravitate towards? Larger scenery. I most the time I am not a fan of close crops, unless it's emotion, or black & white for some reason.

6) What is one 'trend' in photography you could do without? Totally agree on the eye-popping. I can't stand it.

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Joined: 06/22/02
Posts: 1315

1) What are your top tip to someone new to photography?

Start in Manual! Work on your basic in-camera stuff such as focus, exposure and composition before other things like editing, conversions, actions etc Also don't give up, no matter how dejected you get. It DOES get easier!

2) What is your top tip for anything having to do with photography?

LIGHT. It's all about the light whether studio or natural make sure you have the light you need for the shot you want to get. Learn the basics of your camera and read Understanding Exposure more than once!!!

3) Natural light or studio?

Natural

4) Have you noticed your taste change in photography since you became 'seriously' interested in the subject?

Yes. It started with nature, animals, wildlife and plants and graduated to people..... children especially!

5) What kind of images do you gravitate towards?

For me.... it's the unposed stuff. Tears, laughter, pouting and temper tantrums and the minute seconds between the 'posed' shots When a newborn pees in his Daddy's face and he laughs about it or sisters dance to imaginary music. Thats what I love doing. What I love seeing of others is the beautiful location shots that I can only dream of, beaches, fields of flowers etc

6) What is one 'trend' in photography you could do without?

Okay I admit, I was an eye pop freak but I'm over it now. I prefer to get the eye pop naturally with light. I like newborn props but am not keen on the weird props that I am starting to see people use.
The biggest ones for me are the shopping centre photography booths that use really bad props, fake flowers, pearls and plastic hair covers and bath tubs etc

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Joined: 11/29/02
Posts: 1160

1) What are your top tip to someone new to photography? It's not the camera, it's what you do with it so get out there and practice, practice, practice!

2) What is your top tip for anything having to do with photography? Exposure & light is hugely important, get it wrong and the shot is ruined.

3) Natural light or studio? I prefer natural light but do have some studio lights

4) Have you noticed your taste change in photography since you became 'seriously' interested in the subject? Yes, I am not hugely fond of props, and I have also found that I enjoy many genres of photography from portraits, wildlife, macros and landscapes, it depends on my mood!

5) What kind of images do you gravitate towards? I like light and airy, sometimes dreamy/vintage. I do like a good texture when done correctly too.

6) What is one 'trend' in photography you could do without? Too many to mention. Crazy eyepopping (lol, who hasn't been there?), hanging babies, silly props. I prefer to see babies as they are, small, sweet, sleepy. Why ruin it by balancing them precariously on a guitar... for example.

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Joined: 09/19/11
Posts: 320

1) What are your top tip to someone new to photography?
Practice practice practice. And that photography is a skill and talent. Not everyone with an expensive camera can do it but with practice you can get better if you truly have the desire.

2) What is your top tip for anything having to do with photography?
Don't over-pricess

3) Natural light or studio?
natural, but mostly because it is what is outside and usually makes people most comfortable. Children seem to be more at ease in natural surroundings

4) Have you noticed your taste change in photography since you became 'seriously' interested in the subject?
OH YEAH. I used to over process just to make a photo stand out, or at least I thought so. Now I try to do as much as possible before i press the shutter. I also used to prefer black an white before i figured out how to capture good colors

5) What kind of images do you gravitate towards?
un-posed life as it happens photography. And vintage looking shots rock my world

6) What is one 'trend' in photography you could do without?
selective coloring. Ugh....can't stand it

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Joined: 08/23/07
Posts: 2378

1) What are your top tip to someone new to photography? study and practice! it doesn't matter what camera you have.

2) What is your top tip for anything having to do with photography? learn to use natural light. Also, learn about good crops and using thirds.

3) Natural light or studio? natural

4) Have you noticed your taste change in photography since you became 'seriously' interested in the subject? I've pretty much always known what I like, but now I can appreciate so much more about other people's photography now that I know so much more about it. For some reason I don't like the phrase "clean edit" but I know what it means and I appreciate that too.

5) What kind of images do you gravitate towards? wildlife mostly, and beautiful rich portraits in natural settings

6) What is one 'trend' in photography you could do without? SO many to mention!! my top peeves are babies hanging in nets, overly-posed babies with (or without) their butts in the air, HUGE headpieces on little kids & babies, etc. etc.

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Joined: 08/14/06
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I'm enjoying reading this thread from a beginner's perspective; thanks, everyone!

Joined: 10/26/01
Posts: 3377

This is GREAT, Jennifer! Thanks for kicking it off!

1) What are your top tip to someone new to photography?
like many, all I can say is practice, practice, practice!

2) What is your top tip for anything having to do with photography?
find the good light and avoid the kit lens with a new dSLR

3) Natural light or studio?
I prefer natural, but a lot of the photos I take (judo, etc) require indoor lighting so I am learning more about studio lights right now.

4) Have you noticed your taste change in photography since you became 'seriously' interested in the subject?
not really, though I have discovered just how much I truly love action photography.

5) What kind of images do you gravitate towards?
action, especially sports/martial arts

6) What is one 'trend' in photography you could do without?
over done HDR. when it is done right, it makes a photo really pop. when it is done wrong (like it is most of the time, it seems), it just looks fake and over worked (imho).

GiGi

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Joined: 06/21/06
Posts: 2971

1) What are your top tip to someone new to photography?
Work on getting your exposure right first thing. Don't worry about anything else (comp, props, editing). And practice practice practice!

2) What is your top tip for anything having to do with photography?
Learn to read the light. It makes all the difference in the world.

3) Natural light or studio?
Natural light. I doubt I'll get into studio lighting, but never say never Wink

4) Have you noticed your taste change in photography since you became 'seriously' interested in the subject?
Not really. I've always loved outdoor, natural light photography, and I'm still drawn to it.

5) What kind of images do you gravitate towards?
I love the images where there's a real connection with the camera. Also images with a nice clean edit.

6) What is one 'trend' in photography you could do without?
I don't really like heavy processing. Also, I don't know if it's because I haven't tried it myself, but I don't like textures either. Unless it's on something that would have a texture to begin with, I don't like it. A texture in the sky or on water just doesn't do it for me.

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