Learning Photographing – Part 6

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I try to learn something new every day; learning makes me happy! Lately, I’ve spent a lot of time on some websites and I learned a lot from them. Today I want to share these wonderful web sites with you.

Noise

Remember I complained about some of my photos are quite grainy and it turned out auto-ISO has set ISO very high like 3200, or even 6400? Since I discovered that, I have set maximum ISO for auto-ISO to 200. To my surprise, even with ISO 200, I still get several grainy photos. What have I done wrong? It’s quite upsetting, let me tell you. Then, I read “Photo Noise Reduction Tutorial”.

This article helps me because: (1) it explains “noise” very well and explains in a way that I can understand. I was particularly glad that having gains on my pictures may not be my fault! (2) It discusses several ways to reduce noise. I tried one of them on my photos. Magic! I am happy.

Street Photographing

I don’t remember how I discovered Melbourne-Street-Photography (from one of you, but I don’t remember who). Anyway, on Oct. 2, he wrote about Eric Kim’s “Free Open Source Street Photography Course”. What a great course!

Yes, I followed the link because it was free. But after reading it for a while, I didn’t think I would mind paying for it. 😉 (Don’t take my words too seriously, Eric.) Not all free stuffs are good stuffs, but Eric’s course is definitely worth checking out. After watching a couple of Eric’s videos, I gained a deeper understanding of street photographing. It’s not just walking down the street and point and shoot. (I know. I know. Several of you have told me that already. I guess the difference is that Eric shows me what kind of things make street photograph interesting, so I have better ideas what I want to look for. I am as smart as I want to be.)

Thanks you, Melbourne-Street-Photography!

Speaking of Melbourne-Street-Photography, I have also spent a lot of time there and learned a lot. It has several posts titled “Vivian Maier – Composition Tips”. They are so interesting that I can’t stop reading. It used to be I know what I like or dislike. After taking Otto’s workshop, I know what I like or dislike and why (in general), but I am still not sure if I have missed any points. These posts really help me.

Photo Essay/Project

At Otto’s e-workshop, Finding Your Photographic Voice, he talked about photo essay. I asked him if he has any good example, and one of the links he gave me is Bodies-of-Work.

After reading it, I understood what makes a good project. Thanks, Otto.

So, I was busy reading – that’s why I didn’t participate a lot of photo challenges recently. Learning makes me happy. I am happy.

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About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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32 Responses to Learning Photographing – Part 6

  1. Amy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing, Helen! I really need to go to these links to learn so I can make some necessary improvement, instead of keeping shooting 🙂

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  2. I have been reading Eric Kim’s blog for a few years. lots of great info there. It’s definitely a learning thing, street shooting

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    • Helen C says:

      Hello, Lynne, I wish I have been reading Eric’s blog for a few years. Now I feel that I have so much to catch up. Still, it’s better late than never. 😉
      How are you doing with the photos you have collected? Hope your project goes (went?)well. You are an inspiring person! Helen

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  3. Great info!
    Glad you are happy 🙂

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Dawn. There are so many good blogs online, but we have so little time ;-( I am amazed at how many writing challenges you have participated. If only if I can be as efficient as you are… 😉 Helen

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  4. loisajay says:

    Thank you for these tips, Helen. I can still learn even with my small camera. There is so much to learn from so many different people. I love it!

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  5. Cee Neuner says:

    I might have to check out all these links. Thanks for the great stuff. I like your shot of the photographer. 🙂

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    • Helen C says:

      Good evening, Cee. You probably know all of these already. Come to think of it, as a beginner, I have some advantage. For me, everything is new and everything is fun to learn. Ha. Helen

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  6. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Helen, I’m glad you are learning and sharing with us, so I’m learning too! Thanks!

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  7. A great post, Helen. I checked out the first link concerning noise reduction and it was definitely informative. I use Lightroom but have found it lacking some times. Now I’ll have to check out all the links he gives for software and the other links you’ve added in your post. There will be a lot of reading in my future, I see. All thanks to you!

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  8. Helen C says:

    Thank you, Emilio. Since most bloggers (including you) have more experiences than I do, I wasn’t sure how many people would benefit from this post. I am so glad you like it! Sharing makes me happy too. 😉 Helen

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  9. Lignum Draco says:

    Sounds like you’re on the way to being a pro. 🙂 There’s so much to read that’s free. But remember practice and experimentation is what is truly important.

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    • Helen C says:

      That is an excellent advice! Thank you. I am “almost” ready to start my 365 project – (at least) one photo a day. I have a couple more things I want to learn first.
      My goal is to be able to take some good photos to make myself and my subject happy. I like candid photos, and I like giving photo to whoever in the picture. So far, I was able to give away 8 and people seemed appreciating 😉 One day I will be half as good as you are. I hope. 😉 Helen

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      • Lignum Draco says:

        Thank you very much. 🙂
        And good luck with the 365 project. They can be notoriously difficult to do. Don’t let the urge to post daily overrule your desire to improve your photography.

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        • Helen C says:

          Another excellent advice. Thank you! I don’t think I will post daily 😉 I think it may work better for me to have a partner and exchange photos weekly. At least that’s what I am thinking now. Thank you so much. I hope you will continue visiting and commenting. You are a great mentor. Helen

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  10. treerabold says:

    Thank you so much Helen for sharing the information you are learning about photography. I’ve started reading through the information about noise and plan to follow your other suggestions!

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  11. pambrittain says:

    I’m so glad you’re happy.

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  12. joannesisco says:

    Thanks for the links and suggested reading. I’m also trying to figure out how to take better photos. I appreciate you sharing the information!

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  13. Helen, I LOVE this post! I plan on visiting every link you suggested. Thanks so much for sharing. Learning makes me happy too 😀

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  14. carol1945 says:

    I am going through your old blogs, and I want to read your process in your experience learning photography. Thank you for organizing your blog so that your past essays are easy to find.

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    • Helen C says:

      Carol, Thanks for your kind words. I, actually, think I didn’t do a good job organizing them. I hope I will have time to learn that soon and for sure I will share with everyone what I find out, if I do find out. Ha. Helen

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