View Full Version : Need your input - photography tutorials
07-17-2006, 01:21 PM
Hi Everyone! My name is Cindi Fatzinger and I will be contributing to the DST newsletter on the subject of photography. I have my own photography business and I specialize in natural light candid children's portraiture.
I will be writing some tutorials/articles and I would love to get your input on what types of topics you are interested in. Here are a few ideas to get your wheels spinning...
How to do a great BW conversion
Tips and tricks for photographing babies/toddlers
How to use natural light
Using the manual setting on your camera
Tips and tricks for tweaking your photos in Photoshop
I would love to hear what else you guys are interested in!
Here is a slideshow of some of my newborn work if anyone is interested:
Thanks so much!
07-17-2006, 02:40 PM
I don't really have any suggestions at this point but I'm gonna really look forward to these articles for I have a LOT to learn!
--very interested in the manual settings you mentioned...which situations they may be best for
--reviews of different types of filters for your lenses
--discussion of different types of lenses
--review of different equipment/accessories
07-17-2006, 02:48 PM
Thanks so much for your input Karen!
07-17-2006, 04:15 PM
I think that an article about the benefits of setting your white balance would be good. Also, aperture and shutter speed info would be great.
07-17-2006, 05:32 PM
I just want to say I love your slideshow Cindi. I'm keen to learn more about all these things you have listed and also, do you have any tricks about adding light without purchasing expensive equipment and when natural light just isn't enough?
07-17-2006, 05:50 PM
I am up for anything! At this point my photos are totally hit or miss. While I do use some manual modes I would love to learn more about the manual settings. I do have a manual and a field guide to my camera but how boring is that lol!
Challenges or even contests would be fun too.
Can't wait to see what you have in store for us :)
07-17-2006, 05:56 PM
I just wanted to say - i've seen Cindi's photos in person and they are amazing!!! I'm so excited that you are contributing to the newsletter!
07-17-2006, 08:20 PM
Serena, great idea about the white balance! I know that when I figured out how to set it properly, my color was 100x better!
Suz, thank you for the sweet comment about the slideshow :oops:
As far dealing with low light situations, I honestly believe you can always "find" some light. I have never used supplemental lighting with any of my clients. I have had to shoot in kitchens and foyers before in order to get enough light, but 99% of the time you can get it to work. The most important thing is learning how to use your camera on manual settings to get proper exposure. With a higher ISO and wide enough aperture (lower f-stop), you should be able to do it. That being said, the type of lens you have is what determines how far you can "open up".
Now that's for my portraits. If I am at home and I want to capture my kids quickly (before the moments passes) in a low light situation, I (gasp :shock: ) use my flash. Remember, a photo using flash is better than none at all!
Dani, once you learn manual, you will never go back. You will have so much more control over your photos! It is just understanding the relationship between your ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. I will definitely do an article on this!
You are right, challenges and maybe even contests would be fun!
Jen, you are so sweet! :oops: Let me tell ya, your sketches have revolutionized the way I scrap! I'm so glad I had the opportunity to meet you in person!
07-17-2006, 09:45 PM
Can't wait to see what you come up with for this Cindi. I hope you and karen at studio D worked something out too, would love to learn from you!!! Anyway, this newsletter is gonna rock, i cannot wait!!!
07-18-2006, 07:31 AM
Oh I so need to learn all of that! Can't wait!
07-18-2006, 10:38 AM
I would love to know how you take pictures when you have too much light or it's too bright. I'm always outside with my son and I cringe when I see some of the pictures because it's too bright.
07-18-2006, 10:51 AM
Hmmm, seeing as I have just about EVERYTHING to learn about photography :lol: :wink: , articles on just about everything would be good. I think some big ones for me would be about f/stop, shutter speed..etc. Is that what the manual made tutorial would be?
07-18-2006, 11:06 AM
Cindi - your slideshow was beautiful! My dd's have been playing it over and over! lol!
All of your tutorials ideas sound great so far! Something I would like to see also would be helpful hints specific for point and shoot users. I know a lot of scrappers haven't upgraded to an DSLR yet (me included). :)
07-18-2006, 04:01 PM
anything and everything! Looking forward tio it!
I can't wait! These are all great suggestions. Maybe for the advanced beginner or someone who is thinking of starting their own business what about:
1. Portfolio Building
2. How to rate yourself? What do you charge?
3. How do you get my name out there? (Marketing)
4. Tutorial: How to put a logo/copyright on your images. (Making a copyrigt brush)
5. Ideas on how to present your photos to a client. (Packaging)
07-21-2006, 08:46 AM
Thanks everyone for the great suggestions!
I am working on my 1st article now...
07-24-2006, 11:45 AM
Would love more info on natural light photography -- I am taking a course right now on photography and he is not allowing us to use flash, so would love your tips on this hehe. I just love the look, but curious on tips to get wicked pics this way ;)
07-25-2006, 03:55 PM
Tips on using fill flash would be fantastic.
07-25-2006, 04:57 PM
This sounds wonderful - I can't wait!!
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