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Any photography learning suggestion recommendation?

Discussion in 'Instagram' started by Xjin2, Nov 1, 2015.

  1. Xjin2

    Xjin2 Regular Member

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    I am planning to learn photograph and then create fashion related content myself at IG. Do you guys have any suggestions about this? or if you know any learning resources? I appreciate your help. Thanks.
     
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    What are you wanting to do? How to take pro photos?
     
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    Lynda .com has some good courses.
     
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    I am preparing my fashion e commerce site. With limited budget, I need to generate content myself...
     
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    duceduc Supreme Member

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    mid range dlsr camera (pro kit lens is fine to start)
    Adobe Lightroom (touch up of images)

    There are lots of free basic how to blog posts on how to use lightroom software.
     
  6. prisonsoap

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    I'm a professional photographer. It's not as much about camera as about having the knowledge. The iphone's an amazing camera. No need for you to buy new gear (dslr, lightroom, etc.) just get better at composition and training your eye to understand light. Best thing is to look at a ton of good photography on IG or Flickr and start trying to copy those photos. Your taste will become elevated and you'll eventually figure out how to shoot that kind of stuff and then create your own original photos.
     
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    Photographing with a shallow depth of field (so that the background is blurred and only the main subject remains sharp) plus some understanding of light will instantly make you one of the top 10% photographers on instagram.

    I wouldnt watch too many tutorials, Photography is really learning by doing.
    Either go for a photography smartphone (I personally love Lumia 930) but best would be you get yourself a cheap dslr (eg. an old Nikon D100) and a simple lens for 50-100 bucks. You dont need high end equipment if you shoot for instagram.
     
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    seekingnumbers Registered Member

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    The best way to learn photography:

    Some basic understanding through free YouTube videos about light, aperture, depth of field, exposure.
    Take photos, take photos, take photos, take photos.
    Know your camera
     
  9. Stizerg

    Stizerg Power Member

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    You won't learn photography using smartphone, that is worst advice ever.
    Get any camera that will allow you to set full manual mode, all those "point and shot" cameras won't help you at all.
    Youtube has a lot of learning materials for beginners and even more for those who believe they're "profy".

    Start with "Understanding exposure" on youtube, I like Mark Wallace courses, but there's much more useful videos to see.
    I agree that experience is everything, but keep in mind that sometimes one 30-minutes video can save you days of "self learning".
     
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    Agree with this.
    I think best option is practice and learning online.
    get out and take as many photos as you can as well - practice makes perfect after all.
     
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    Of course you wont learn real photography with a smartphone, but you can still learn how to compose good looking images, deal with light and work with depth of field at least.
    OP is going to shoot photos for instagram and for this purpose a decent smartphone will do, too.
     
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    Google 'strobist' and lighting 101. Their blog taught me everything about light.

    They teach you how to recognize/understand various types of light.

    Even if you don't go down the route of using off camera flash the knowledge can be used to control any kind of light.

    A lot of the fashion I shoot just uses a reflector so don't get too caught up on the kit. Its the knowledge that is key.

    Also check out 'Model Mayhem' for local models who will be willing to work with you for experience/images for their portfolio.
     
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    If i were you, i'd probably find a place where i can get cheap or free images and change the composition, the post them on gram/blog site,
    while at the same time working on my fashion site, plus learning all i can about photography.
    Make sure you give credits where you have to.
    Try to be more specific on what type of fashion photography do your site want to look like, what kind of people you want to attract, and focus on that at first.
    There are plenty of fashion accounts/pages/blogs on instagram, so the more specific you are the better for your site.
    Using your smartphone its a good choice. You can get into malls with your friends and you can shoot anything related to your site.
    You can also talk with the managers of every store, try to arrange some sort of a deal with them.
    If they allow you to shoot some of their dresses/shoes/whatever, they will get a free expose/shoutout on instagram. Everyone loves free exposure, even the store owners.
    Photography is also a chick magnet, so every time you find a good looking girl, don't hesitate to ask her for a few photos.
    Tell her that you are an aspiring fashion photographer, and you are interested in shooting her( but always give them credit and give them your work in return:) )
    Get on the most popular fashion zines and blogs on the web. Pay attention on their photos. Take ideas, and try to recreate them. Its okay to steal ideas, everyone does this.
    Also look at some popular fashion instagram accounts.

    Plenty of tutorials on the web as well, on how to shoot with a camera or a smartphone.
    Try to learn how to streamline the entire process, from a concept(e.g. coffee shop shooting), to actual take the photos on set,
    then to cc(Color Correction) , and finally to post on instagram and then your blog.
    There are a few gadgets you can invest into if you want to, but don't go too crazy about it. You better keep your money.
    You better get something that will stick with you no matter how many smartphones or cameras you change, like a lighting equipment, or a lens.

    -D
     
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    watermark photos if they are your OWN , this way you might also gain followers if accounts repost your pics!

    good luck :)
     
  15. prisonsoap

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    photography is about the eye not the camera. of course you can learn photography on anything that takes an image. anyone who tells you that you can't learn photography with a smartphone knows nothing about photography. the most important part about photography is understanding composition. you could be the geekiest dude who has lighting memorized inside and out, but if your composition sucks your photos will suck too. of course, photography is a combination of composition (eye) and understanding light. but don't be fooled by anyone who says you have to buy expensive stuff. some of the greatest photographers learned on point and shoots (which is what a smart phone is). you learn and once you outgrow your gear, you buy new gear. but it's not necessary to have an slr to shoot. anyone who tells you so, is a fool. just go out and shoot a ton of photos, find good role models to copy and your photos will get better.
     
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