"Your tutorials are some of the best I have seen.
My frustration is trying to remember the best camera settings when I'm out shooting photos. Also, I would appreciate you offering free or very inexpensive video tutorials on learning Aperture, Shutter Speed, Manual and Program settings."
Gaining constancy in the quality of my photos sometime I get real lucky.
One of my biggest things is getting the lighting right especially as I love Bird, nature and Landscape photography.
Gaining the understanding and knowledge of settings, light and composure without all the jargon . A how to for the beginner and enthusiast which demystifies practical skills which are imperative for taking a good photo
Pat... didn't know you too were a Shutterbug like me?
1) To learn Composition, I have an indepth course on Udemy.com (email me).
2) Also have a new course for Compact Camera owners on Udemy.com.
3) If you've got a DSLR, I'll be launching this signature course later in the year.
Enjoy the other 2 videos, mate.
I've just bought my first DSLR, and am a real novice, but love landscapes and wild life.
I need to gain an understanding of settings, light and composition, and am reading and practicing as much as I can.
Good on you! You may find my brand new course helpful, to cut thru the clutter - the information overload online. It's called 'Discover Your DSLR'. Enroll here:
Like others it is remembering the camera settings, what they do and when to apply, understanding composition.
My biggest frustration is getting the optimum depth of field for an image.
I want to take stunning "nature & bird" shots. I need to be "educated" in a visual manner, if that makes any sense.
Sharon: that's lots of you who love BIRD photos! Luckily, I will be producing a tutorial on avian photography soon.
love the video, my biggest frustration is TIME, I spend so much time at work, driving trucks, passing glorious views but unable to stop and capture the beauty.
Poor Pete: sorry your job prevents you from spending time on photography (or other pursuits). However, in the long run, it's all a matter of priority and choices.
Hopefully, you find a bit of inspiration from the next video.
I have only recently started moving away from the "auto" setting and am battling to remember settings and relative effects, guess it will come in time but currently a frustration
Learning to use the manual mode and understanding and knowledge of settings, light and DOF. I just can't seem to get it.
Ande/s: Hmmm.... I feel your frustration. Depth of Field is a tricky one to understand.
I cover it "in depth" in the DSLR COURSE I am currently creating.
Also explained in my Portraits eBook, if you bought that.
Hey, you're in my TOP 3 competition entries. I am allowing my subscribers to help me decide a winner - on the Facebook community page.
As you said: Education from A to Z in Photography. I took thousands of photos. But they are not optimal:
See them here:
Yeah, Gideon, it's not about quantity, but quality. Slowing down and being selective. Having the ''eye" for what would make a great composition, etc. blah blah blah.
Learning to take my time on setting up shot.
I tend to try and photograph to much, thus not getting optimum
pictures. I still struggle with settings, and finding the right position
to take the picture from.
Understanding how to get composition and settings right all the time. So my photos look good everytime.
Sherri... that's a common admission! You might benefit from reading thru my eBook on Composition, or even doing the complete Udemy course.
Hope you find these 3 videos bring a touch of clarity...
proper understanding of light and composition.
I think my biggest frustration is getting out of my comfort zone-shooting full manual, trying unique angles, composition etc.
Making the camera produce what I see in the scene. Sometimes the colors are not as vibrant and appear on the flat side.
My biggest frustration is really just doing it. I have a 2007 Lumix DMC LS70 camera that I rarely used and a brand new Canon VIxia HF G40 video camera I hope to use for eLearning videos. Recently I have thought about my future goals and learning photography/videography is essential. To this end, I have made a commitment to dust off my Lumix and start using it. The first step is to learn about it and cameras in general.
Knowing which F-stop to use at different landscape distances, especially between F8 to F22.
Mack - sounds like you're quite advanced, to be worrying about Sweet Spots - they are the sharpest aperture settings for each lens. I've put a simple exercise near the end of my Discover Your DSLR course for this.
Personally, I shoot on f/11 and f/16 for landscapes, and choose the sharpest.
Is uderstanding f stops
I need a check list, even better a easy phrase or saying that will make me check the basic settings before I press the shutter, as I often find a setting used in a previous shot, like a white balance setting is set for the next shot because I forgot to reset it
John: here's the Checklist you asked for... (mainly for shooting landscapes).
It's free on my website. Here is the direct link:
Like others it is remembering the camera settings, what they do and when to apply, understanding composition
Having to deal with multiple lenses. Carrying them around and which ones to purchase
Trying to gain a better understanding in choosing what camera sto use in a given environment
Understanding how to get composition and settings right all the time. Using all my camera's options and not missing the shots at the moment.
I hope that one day choosing the correct settings when composing a photograph will become second nature instead of the slow process it is now!
I find it confusing, what setting goes when. My steps need to be baby steps. It is frustrating taking beautiful sunset pics and never seeing the same beautiful colors I thought I would get. Help!!
Having to deal with multiple lenses. Carrying them around and which ones to purchase
What camera and accessories to start out with.
OMG f stops and depth of field grrrrrrr
Getting the Triangle correct in Manual Mode
sharpness, focus, depth of focus.
Being able to slow down and dissect a scene to find the compelling composition.
Getting my photos to turn put the way I see them. They are always put of focus or the composition is wrong.
Not being able to slow down enough and think about what I am doing in order to get a decent photograph most of the time instead of some of the time!
Finding locations or subjects inspiration
Getting off my duff and going out and shoot with a plan.
My biggest struggle would be location and equipment. Don't usually have the money for either but as I save I buy the little things necessary
My biggest struggle is location. All around look too busy, missing hills, rocks, even single subjects for a nice simple landscape composition.
Dini: I understand your dilemna!
You need to travel to a great photography location ... then you can shoot great landscape photos. 1 + 1 = 2
What I find most difficult is composition. Finding that motive, that one good shot.
This is difficult to learn. As one proffessional photographer once told me "you either have it or you don't". This is somewhat correct as photography is an art form and as we all know not everyone can be an artist.
Graham ... while there's some truth in this, I teach folks the art of composition. It is not ALL intuitive; you can study techniques, and practise them. I will email you.
Hyperfocal Distance. How do I measure where to focus when given the distance to use on landscape photography? Can never seems to get everything exceptionally sharp.
Trying to remember the best settings. I use the M mode but it just seems to get brighter or darker☺
Do I get to watch You drink a beer. LOL
My biggest frustration is time! I work 5-6 days a week, sometimes 7. So I'm usually tring to relax and regenerate, it's hard because I really want to put more time to my photography
remembering settings, and finding good picture.
Getting very sharp pictures.
Understanding camera settings and getting
Getting the correct camera setting so I don't have to do so many adjustments after the fact.
I have problems with the post processing, I feel my photos come out of the camera okay, but whey I process them they out turn out average.
Donald: I totally understand that disappointing feeling.
Are you ready to master the dark art of post processing yet?
If you're at an Intermediate stage, why not check out my Photoshop course here: