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Old April 9 2014, 10:59 AM   #5176
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^ Have you taken photography courses or was it "just" a lot of practice to get amazing pictures like that?

I am asking because right now the way I learn is by reading books. I was thinking about taking a course, but it's too expensive for me at the moment. Luckily the father of a friend of mine is a photographer and he is willing to teach me a few things. So, I am interested in the kind of experiences other people had with photography courses.
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Old April 10 2014, 01:12 AM   #5177
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My parents are visiting from North Carolina, my dad is trying to get my daughter Kira to smile for a picture and she is very weary.
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Old April 10 2014, 01:44 AM   #5178
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^Aw. The "I don't wanna" is loud and clear.
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Old April 10 2014, 01:48 AM   #5179
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I've worn the teenage and adult versions of that expression in more than a few photos over the years. But they were all worth it in retrospect.
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Old April 10 2014, 01:59 AM   #5180
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I've worn the teenage and adult versions of that expression in more than a few photos over the years. But they were all worth it in retrospect.
I told my wife to expect that expression a lot when she is a teenager but with the added bonus of sarcasm thrown in.
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Old April 10 2014, 04:04 AM   #5181
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My parents are visiting from North Carolina, my dad is trying to get my daughter Kira to smile for a picture and she is very weary.
That's priceless! Love it!

And selina, thanks again for the kind words. As far as courses go, I took one, about a year after I seriously started taking photos (which puts the class three years ago). It was an introductory, continuing education course on digital photography at the local community college. It spent a lot of the time on the technical aspects - how to operate a camera, shutter speed, aperture, exposure, etc. On the artistic side, it touched on a few basics like light, color, shape, depth of field and the "Rule of Thirds". Basically, it didn't offer a lot of information that couldn't be learned from a book or youtube video.

The value, to me anyway, was from the assignments the professor gave - and his subsequent critiques. Those tasks challenged me and forced me to be a bit more deliberate when I'm shooting. So I did get something out of it. Otherwise, it's been a lot of repetition. I recently went through and organized my Lightroom (the program I use to "process" my photos) catalog and realized I have roughly 30,000 shots stored in it.

So yeah, a lot of practice, and a lot throwing pasta at the walls to see if anything sticks. That's one of the benefits of digital photography.

As for the two Empire State Building shots ... I'm very happy with them, but I have to also concede that there was no small amount of luck involved in them (having a beautiful clear day while being in Manhattan, having a moon rise during the day, a plane flying by at the opportune moment, a flock of pigeons that decide to take flight as I'm turning down the block). Fortunately I was there, with my camera, and actively looking for a good shot.
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Old April 10 2014, 03:58 PM   #5182
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^ Great information. That was really helpful, thank you .
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Old April 10 2014, 10:06 PM   #5183
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But first...let me take a selfie.

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Old April 11 2014, 08:14 PM   #5184
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Old April 11 2014, 09:42 PM   #5185
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Comet's cute.
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Old April 11 2014, 10:50 PM   #5186
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Comet's cute.
Aww thanks. He's my little goofball.
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Old April 11 2014, 11:17 PM   #5187
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Cats can be a handful, but they're usually worth it.
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Old April 12 2014, 12:14 AM   #5188
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That's brilliant!
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Old April 12 2014, 01:54 AM   #5189
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Hee hee! That's a great shot.
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Old April 12 2014, 03:00 AM   #5190
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We're in Albany for a meeting and last night went to a private 8 course tasting menu with wine pairing held in the restaurants penthouse dining room. The food was beyond amazing, really felt privilege to participate.
I live about 20 miles from Albany in Schenectady, been there tons of times.

Here I am about 1986 being a dumb goof.





Of course, you gotta love They Might Be Giant's ode to The Egg.

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