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05/02/2006 10:36:47 PM · #1
It's always stated that DPC is a learning site, so let's find out what people want help on. What would YOU like to learn?

BTW, if you can help anyone with what they want to learn, feel free to help them out.

Me: personally, I'm hare to ease my transition to digital from 35mm, learn better post-processing and to hand out what I know about photography.
05/02/2006 10:38:00 PM · #2
ONE MILLION DOLLARS!!! muahahahahaahahah!

Oh, what do I want to LEARN... that's a harder question. ;-)
05/02/2006 10:39:58 PM · #3
For me, the list is long of what I need to learn about photography and post processing. I consider myself very inexperienced with my camera and near to complete beginner w/ Photoshop.

I have been going through Bear Music's Landscape learning thread as I have time and it is incredible. I have learned a ton about many things. I'm trying to go through various tutorials as well, but I'm always limited by time to sit, read, and experiment.
05/02/2006 10:40:29 PM · #4
I think I'm ok on the tech stuff, for the most part, that is, using my camera more or less effectively, and post processing. What I really want to learn is how to find excellent subjects, or create wow-factor setups. I need an imagination injection please. :)
05/02/2006 10:40:44 PM · #5
More ribbons!

Seriously though I just like to see how other people interpret challenges. I enjoy seeing how differently we all execute an "assignment" while being limited to what we have around us.

bazz.
05/02/2006 10:42:00 PM · #6
I think the learning comes from the challenges you need to enter the challenges to learn more about how your preceived idea is received by the other members.

The other thing that I want I already get and that is "the challenge" that is the idea and reason to go out and shoot otherwise shooting for the fun of it gets boring.
05/02/2006 10:43:51 PM · #7
Competition, and keeping the creative juices flowing. I've taken photo's of subjects I probably never would have considered had I not stumbled onto this website. It's all a learning experience, and fun too! ;^)
05/02/2006 10:51:12 PM · #8
Originally posted by glad2badad:

Competition, and keeping the creative juices flowing. I've taken photo's of subjects I probably never would have considered had I not stumbled onto this website. It's all a learning experience, and fun too! ;^)


Ditto on that.

I will take a million dollars, though. :-)

Message edited by author 2006-05-02 22:51:53.
05/02/2006 10:52:32 PM · #9
I want to learn the TAO of kiwiness! :-P
05/02/2006 10:56:49 PM · #10
I'd love to get better with portraits. More and more I find myself leaning towards them. I love nature photography too .. but portraits I find a bit more challenging and I am getting many requests from people to do theirs or their children .. and got asked to do my 2nd wedding!! So .. I'm here to learn and to have a bit of fun in the challenges. Critiques on my portrait work are very welcome. Especially my most recent uploads :) Leroy has already helped me lots and I truly appreciate it :)
Edit to add.. I do not use NeatImage (have it) and I try not to do lots of post processing, I try to get it right in the camera.

Message edited by author 2006-05-02 22:58:20.
05/02/2006 10:58:03 PM · #11
I'd love to learn how to take a picture!
05/02/2006 10:59:38 PM · #12
ribbons
05/02/2006 11:01:26 PM · #13
Holy crap, what do I want to learn?

How about everything?

I never used an SLR camera before and only a few years ago got my first camera ever.

I took around 2000 pictures on that camera, but never really got pictures that I thought were really good.

I have been interested in the expression part of photography for a long time and have been waiting for something like digital to help me to learn at my own pace. I dabbled very gently with it for a while, but then decided to get a better camera with which I could have more freedom. I realize now that I could have done a lot more with my S30, but it's funny how when you get a better camera, it teaches you better how to use the old one...

My learning has been tremendous in that time, but I have recently passed the threshold to owning a DSLR. Many people have used SLR's before, but not I. This means that I am starting with something of a blank slate. My first picture beyond f/8 was done in the last couple of weeks. Same for my first picture using a remote control. Same for 5FPS shooting.....

Control is like responsibility. It's nothing if you don't use it properly.

I'm pretty much clueless. :)

Just in the last 3 weeks, I have learned about how to use things such as adjustment layers, made great progress in USM, so I have much greater confidence in Post Processing.

I did a 'job' of product photography for a friend who is an ex photog pro and got a big thumbs up on technique and results.

DPC is the key instrument of this.

DPC helps me to be motivated to take the pictures. This helps me gain experience which is also an exceptionally valuable tool.

After learning things, I am happy to share too.
05/02/2006 11:02:03 PM · #14
Originally posted by hopper:

ribbons

Don't get greedy now! ;^)
05/02/2006 11:03:04 PM · #15
I want a 1st!!!!! and to learn how to do those really cool shots that always get 1st >.<
05/02/2006 11:03:46 PM · #16

make friends I can get on their nerves without getting strangled

05/02/2006 11:06:57 PM · #17
I wanna learn the technical stuff like how changing settings on my camera will change/produce different effects. Improvement on my composition and cropping. Learn enough post-processing to improve my images and also enough to create an artistic rendition and style. To better appreciate other styles of art that I dont necessarily like immediately. How to set up and use a studio. Make friends and have fun!
05/02/2006 11:13:20 PM · #18
Data for a PhD research project on human psychology. The thesis would be "simple and unadulterated greed" for ribbons, recognition and rankings... at all costs, with no ethical principles considered.
05/02/2006 11:14:31 PM · #19
- How to be consistent with what I see in my mind vs. the end result.
- Have a clearer vision of the end result before-hand.
- How to use photoshop to get what I am after rather than playing without know why sometimes it works.
- Reduce the number of blah blah snap-shot type photos.
05/02/2006 11:16:31 PM · #20
I'm just here for the money.
05/02/2006 11:16:52 PM · #21
Honestly,

I think the things that I learn from DPC when I'm not looking for it are the ones that have lasted longer, and seem more important now.

I CAN be a photographer when I grow up.

I CAN keep my cool when someone criticises my work or me.

But the things I want to learn, like how to take fantastic pictures are great too.
05/02/2006 11:17:36 PM · #22
Originally posted by robs:

- How to be consistent with what I see in my mind vs. the end result.
- Have a clearer vision of the end result before-hand.
- How to use photoshop to get what I am after rather than playing without know why sometimes it works.
- Reduce the number of blah blah snap-shot type photos.


This pretty much nails it for me too!
05/02/2006 11:36:33 PM · #23
To prove that Olympus Rocks! ;) Gives me a nice creative outlet, Hone my skills, and improve. Heck I just got to DPC at the end of October, started with a 1.2mp from 1998. Besides its just plain fun!
05/03/2006 12:28:35 AM · #24
I want the new challenges to come up right after rollover...
05/03/2006 12:30:12 AM · #25
Queso dip and nachos.
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