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Derek Winchester

My Level

I was wondering if anyone could take a look at my gallery and give me an estimate about what level I would be at according to the course numbers? I will post a photo so that it is easy to get to my gallery

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11/3/2005 11:25:44 PM

Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  Derek I would have to say advanced-am. You understand lighting (the window portraits). You understand the speed needed to capture moments (the dancers w/ black background). You understand composition - rule of thirds and when it's acceptable to break it. You understand DOF with the pots and marching band. I'd say you have a decent understanding of the majority of the basics in photography: exposure, compostion, selective focus, etc... I'm not sure as to what classes here to take (I never look at them as prices are high) but I'd say get into some "creative thinking" classes, maybe some advanced lighting classes, portrature posing classes. You can take basic classes if you want to hone your skills. Good luck in photography, you're doing quite well.

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11/4/2005 5:04:35 AM

Kerry Drager
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4-Week Short Course: Creative Close-ups
  Hi Derek,
Thanks for your interest in BetterPhoto's online courses! Excellent thoughts from Justin. You may have checked it out already, but if not, here's the link to our "Guide to Skill Levels" page:

Hope that helps, Derek. Let me know if you have any further questions!

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11/4/2005 8:54:14 AM

Derek Winchester   thanks both of you to responding. I am still up in the air about if I should take a course.

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11/5/2005 2:09:29 PM

  Just try and answer these questions.

1. Where is the aperture adjustment ring located on my camera/lens?

2. How can I adjust my shutter speed to freeze motion and/or allow for it?

3. What is red eye and how can it be prevented?

4. When using extension tubes in tandem with a magnifier, which should be placed against the camera body for best effect?

5. What is the color latitude of the film that I am using? How can I use this information to chose which exposure zone to place a portion of the subject on so that my subject is exposed as closely as it can be to the way I see it through the viewfinder?

If you can answer 1 only you are a beginner. 2, a budding amateur. 3, a serious amateur looking to move up. 4, maybe time to make the plunge. 5, technichally superior and a serious artist.

If you want a good source for information on photographic technique and how to that can be as light or heavy reading as you wish it to be then seriously look into Ansel Adams' series of three books, The Camera, The Negative and The Print.

Walrath Photographic Imaging

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11/5/2005 5:33:12 PM

Janet L. Skinner
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/31/2004
  Hi Derek,
We can never stop learning. Look at the classes and decide which one interests you. Don't worry about the level.....challenge is the best. I liked your gallery. You use dof very effectively.

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11/14/2005 5:10:03 PM

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