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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Where to start?

What!
 There seems to be so many different things going on these days with photography.  It's hard to know where to start.    Now with all the tools of the trade it is easy for just about everyone to do their own thing.  Makes you want to give up...

But wait>>>

You don't have to do that. Just remember why you got into it in the first place.  It was to have fun.  Believe me it's not as much fun when you have to work for it.  There are a lot of tutorials on the web these days, videos, books ect.  Every person has a different way to look at the world.  That doesn't mean that you won't ever make any money.  You can.  There will always be someone that loves your work.

Where do I get it?
Let's look at some of the places you can got to get help if you are just starting out.
Of course there is your local college.  Usually there are some basic photography classes.
 If you are not so into college, then NAPP is a great place to start.  Here you can learn many how too with Lightroom, Photoshop, studio works and just fun with Scott Kelby  and the rest of the gang.

Google + is the next place I would recommend.  Here you can share and interact with many professional and aspiring photographers.  Create your own group of pro's to follow and exchange ideas.

If you are an HDR fan then the best place in my opinion is to visit with Klaus Herrmann .  He is as good as it gets.  He has a wonderful site on how to and is willing to share his technique for FREE.   Thanks Klaus. 

Then there is just the web in General.  Just search for a tutorial and you will most likely find it.  There are just so many places to look .

How do you keep it all together and manageable.  Klout will help you do this.  By signing up for Klout you will be able to manage all you pages from one place.  It makes it easy and lets you know how you are doing out in cyberspace.  

Here is one I borrowed from Klaus to work on with my own tools.  It was great to experiment with different techniques.   I used Photomatix for HDR processing,  LR to do local adjustments,  and CS5 for post processing.   Tell me what you think!