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Beginning Photography

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A sub where the total photo-newb can ask questions, learn how to improve, and make that cool new camera do what you want it to.

r/Beginning_Photography Wiki- Start here for helpful "Where do I start?" info, FAQs, etc.

We all had to pick up a camera for the first time at some point... let's do our best to share our experience with people who are also just picking up their first camera.

If your questions concern photography, it's fine. Photography is a broad art/science with lots of details to learn. Correspondingly, the rules here are pretty broad. Every day is "stupid question day."

We are a little picky about any photos you may want to post, though, so keep reading...


What r/Beginning_Photography is:

The place to ask the how-to questions you're afraid to ask in other subs for fear of looking clueless or getting flamed.


What r/Beginning_Photography isn't:

  • Please go to r/BeginnerPhotoCritique and post your image if you're looking for "Thoughts," "Tips," "Feedback," "Opinions," "Comments" or "Critique/Criticism" for your photo.

  • We are not r/itookapicture. Visit ITAP to show off the cool photo you took that you're really excited about.

  • We are not a gallery/link directory. You may post individual images (under certain conditions), but please don't post links to your gallery of images. On that point...


If you intend to post or link to your photo:

  • ASK A SPECIFIC, RELEVANT QUESTION TO START A DISCUSSION- Tell us what you were trying to do, visually, technically, etc. Use the image as an example. Explain what you hoped to accomplish, and ask how to change the image to better suit what you wanted. If there is a fault or error in your photo, point it out and ask how to correct it, etc. You're here because you want to move away from being a point-and-shoot or snapshot photographer. To that end, try to always have in mind how you think the image should look as you compose and select shot settings before you take the picture. Think critically about your pictures. Then come over here, explain what you did, and let us help you figure out why it worked or didn't work, AND

  • Post your shot settings (shutter speed, aperture, camera type, and lens used) whenever possible. This information can be found in a digital image's EXIF Data. You can find the EXIF data on an in-camera image or pull it from an image loaded to a computer. Find it and post it- it helps tremendously to let the more experienced photogs here know what you did with the shot.

  • Posting/linking-to a photo you found and asking how it was done, or how you can do something similar is fine. This is a great way to learn! But please always try to link to the photographer's work and give them credit for the image.

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Keep in mind that:

  • Posting just an image and a title falls under the "ITAP" rule, above.

  • Simply asking for general tips/critique/opinions comments/thoughts/feedback really isn't acceptable. Tell us what your intent for the image was, what specific question or advice you have, and what your settings were. Try to think critically about your photos and help us to help you. If you learned something, be specific and share it.

  • Ignoring the above is grounds for having your post removed by the mods.

  • Belittling of people and their questions will not be tolerated in any way. A good photographer is always learning.

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Finally: Posts/links that clearly are meant to drive traffic towards your Blog, Video, or Gallery, Instagram, etc. will be removed.

Also check out some of the other photography related subreddits:

  • /r/photography
  • /r/itookapicture
  • /r/photocritique
  • /r/picturechallenge
  • /r/analog
  • /r/photoclass2017

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