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Nicola Papps

General technique and getting started

I took Photography as a GCSE when I was at school but this is getting on for 10 years ago now. I still dabble occasionally and have access to a temporary darkroom to develop in black and white. I am however really dissatisfied with the quality of what I produce. Can anyone recommend a good online course that might suit to improve my basic knowlegde?

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6/1/2001 7:44:12 AM

Jeff S. Kennedy   Is there a certain type of photography you are interested in? There are sites like this one with a lot of good basic info. There are sites like that has good info on portraiture and wedding photography. The New York Institute of Photography seems to have a good correspondence program. This guy is a photography tutor I ran across online And of course there are a lot of good books out there. And along with any of these things you have to just shoot a lot. It helps to take notes as you shoot to see what worked and what didn't.

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6/1/2001 11:50:16 AM

John A. Lind
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/27/2001
  If you're into B/W:
In addition to the courses Jeff mentions, the classic trilogy by Ansel Adams (The Camera, The Negative, and The Print) are excellent technical references. Even if you don't buy in to his Zone System; the underlying philosophy of tight control over every step of the process is sound.

-- John

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6/3/2001 9:26:51 PM

Nicola Papps   Cheers for your input.
As to types of photography, I am one of those people who sees other peoples work and thinks- I want to take photos like that. My subjects usually are friends and family and I often see things and think that would make a great shot but usually don't have my camera!!!!!!!!
With regards to making notes when taking shots- what kind of things should I be noting down?
John- are the Ansel Adams references books?
Thanks again guys- it is good to have poeple to refer to when you are as inexperienced as I am!!

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6/8/2001 6:27:31 AM

Jeff S. Kennedy   Well, you should start carrying your camera with you all the time. As far as notes go, The least you should record is a brief description of the subject so you know what the note refers to and then exposure data. Beyond that I write down anything I think may be pertinent later. Direction of light, temperature, film used, and anything unusual. Yes, the Ansel Adams references are books. If you read them just before going to bed you should have no trouble sleeping at night.

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6/8/2001 11:49:20 AM

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