3 Critical Factors... to becoming a good photographer

Ray Salisbury
over 3 years agoMay 31, 2016
Richard:
"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."
Mary Petersen
over 3 years agoSeptember 2, 2016
Gaining constancy in the quality of my photos sometime I get real lucky.
Tim Blake
over 3 years agoJune 15, 2016
One of my biggest things is getting the lighting right especially as I love Bird, nature and Landscape photography.
Pat Buckley
over 3 years agoJune 17, 2016
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
Ray Salisbury
over 3 years agoJune 17, 2016
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.
Marilyn
over 3 years agoJune 24, 2016
05:13:74
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.
Ray Salisbury
about 3 years agoNovember 27, 2016
Marilyn:
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:
http://www.hotpixels.co.nz/landing-11-dyd
Gary
over 3 years agoJune 25, 2016
Like others it is remembering the camera settings, what they do and when to apply, understanding composition.
Anonymous
over 3 years agoJune 25, 2016
My biggest frustration is getting the optimum depth of field for an image.
Sharon
over 3 years agoJuly 3, 2016
I want to take stunning "nature & bird" shots.  I need to be "educated" in a visual manner, if that makes any sense.
Anonymous
over 3 years agoJuly 5, 2016
Sharon: that's lots of you who love BIRD photos! Luckily, I will be producing a tutorial on avian photography soon.
Pete
over 3 years agoJuly 9, 2016
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.
Ray Salisbury
over 3 years agoJuly 9, 2016
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.
Anonymous
over 3 years agoAugust 11, 2016
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
Andes
over 3 years agoAugust 30, 2016
Learning to use the manual mode and understanding and knowledge of settings, light and DOF. I just can't seem to get it.
Ray @ Hot Pixels
over 3 years agoAugust 30, 2016
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.
Gideon Ariel
about 3 years agoSeptember 12, 2016
As you said:  Education from A to Z in Photography. I took thousands of photos. But they are not optimal:
See them here:
http://www.arielnet.com/flickr/collections
Anonymous
about 3 years agoSeptember 12, 2016
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.
Barry
about 3 years agoSeptember 20, 2016
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.
Sherri
about 3 years agoSeptember 29, 2016
Understanding how to get composition  and settings right all the time. So my photos look good everytime.
Ray Salisbury
about 3 years agoSeptember 29, 2016
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...
Terry
almost 3 years agoJanuary 11, 2017
03:14:19
proper understanding of light and composition.
Chris F
almost 3 years agoJanuary 20, 2017
05:13:75
I think my biggest frustration is getting out of my comfort zone-shooting full manual, trying unique angles, composition etc.
Carol
almost 3 years agoJanuary 21, 2017
05:13:73
Making the camera produce what I see in the scene.  Sometimes the colors are not as vibrant and appear on the flat side.
Brenda
almost 3 years agoJanuary 23, 2017
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.
Mack
almost 3 years agoFebruary 8, 2017
Knowing which F-stop to use at different landscape distances, especially between F8 to F22.
Ray Salisbury, tutor
almost 3 years agoFebruary 9, 2017
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.
Anonymous
almost 3 years agoFebruary 12, 2017
Is uderstanding f stops
john baker
over 2 years agoApril 25, 2017
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
Ray (tutor)
over 2 years agoMay 31, 2017
John: here's the Checklist you asked for... (mainly for shooting landscapes).
It's free on my website. Here is the direct link:
https://gumroad.com/l/BPMH#
Anonymous
over 2 years agoMay 2, 2017
Like others it is remembering the camera settings, what they do and when to apply, understanding composition
Anonymous
over 2 years agoMay 21, 2017
Post processing.
John
over 2 years agoJune 5, 2017
Having to deal with multiple lenses.  Carrying them around and which ones to purchase
Mark
over 2 years agoJune 22, 2017
Trying to gain a better understanding in choosing what  camera sto use in a given environment
Curis
over 2 years agoJuly 6, 2017
05:13:88
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.
Joan
over 2 years agoJuly 9, 2017
05:13:73
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!
Anonymous
over 2 years agoJuly 11, 2017
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!!
Anonymous
over 2 years agoJuly 14, 2017
Having to deal with multiple lenses. Carrying them around and which ones to purchase
Anonymous
over 2 years agoJuly 20, 2017
What camera  and accessories to start out with.
Richard :)
over 2 years agoJuly 22, 2017
OMG f stops and depth of field grrrrrrr
Curt
over 2 years agoJuly 23, 2017
Getting the Triangle correct in Manual Mode
Charles
over 2 years agoJuly 24, 2017
05:13:73
sharpness, focus, depth of focus.
Stan Walker
over 2 years agoJuly 28, 2017
Being able to slow down and dissect a scene to find the compelling composition.
Anonymous
over 2 years agoAugust 10, 2017
Getting my photos to turn put the way I see them. They are always put of focus or the composition is wrong.
Anonymous
over 2 years agoAugust 20, 2017
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!
Anonymou
over 2 years agoSeptember 2, 2017
Finding locations or subjects inspiration
Victor
about 2 years agoSeptember 10, 2017
05:13:74
Editting!
Anonymous
about 2 years agoSeptember 16, 2017
Composition
mike
about 2 years agoSeptember 23, 2017
05:13:74
Getting the Triangle correct in Manual Mode
Jerry
about 2 years agoSeptember 29, 2017
Getting off my duff and going out and shoot with a plan.
Auriel
about 2 years agoNovember 2, 2017
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
Dini
about 2 years agoNovember 28, 2017
My biggest struggle is location. All around look too busy, missing hills, rocks, even single subjects for a nice simple landscape composition.
Ray (tutor)
about 2 years agoNovember 28, 2017
Dini: I understand  your dilemna!
You need to travel to a great photography location ... then you can shoot great landscape photos. 1 + 1 = 2
Graham Payne
about 2 years agoDecember 5, 2017
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.
Ray
about 2 years agoDecember 5, 2017
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.
Cornelius Delpesche
almost 2 years agoDecember 26, 2017
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.
Helen
almost 2 years agoDecember 28, 2017
Trying to remember the best settings. I use the M mode but it just seems to get brighter or darker☺
Andrew
almost 2 years agoJanuary 10, 2018
Do I get to watch You drink a beer.  LOL
Nolan
almost 2 years agoFebruary 4, 2018
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
Carl
almost 2 years agoMarch 2, 2018
05:13:81
remembering settings, and finding  good picture.
Jorge
over 1 year agoApril 16, 2018
Getting very sharp pictures.
Anonymous
over 1 year agoJuly 3, 2018
Understanding camera settings and getting
Anonymous
over 1 year agoJuly 3, 2018
Understanding camera settings and getting
Anonymous
over 1 year agoJuly 3, 2018
Understanding camera settings and getting
Nancy
about 1 year agoSeptember 8, 2018
05:13:75
Getting the correct camera setting so I don't have to do so many adjustments after the fact.
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Donald
9 months agoMarch 25, 2019
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.
Ray Salisbury, tutor
9 months agoMarch 25, 2019
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:
http://www.hotpixels.co.nz/landing13
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What camera and accessories to start out with.
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