Learning About Photography

In my efforts to improve my photography, I do a lot of reading. Magazines, web sites, books, CD-ROMs, product brochures, camera club handouts — I read pretty much anything I can lay my hands on. But reading only helps so much. You've got to put some of that theory into practice if you want to improve.

I've looked high and low for a book that breaks photographic technique down into distinct lessons, with practical exercises the reader can do themselves to reinforce the subject of each lesson. I haven't been able to find one.

So I've started to put together my own self-study course. It's a work in progress, and you're welcome to follow along with me as I go. For each topic, I'll summarise the theory and provide a list of references for further reading. I'll then describe some exercises that I think will give me some practical experience in the topic at hand. Once I've completed the exercises, I'll post some of my photographs and try to analyse what worked and what didn't.

You're welcome to send me feedback, critiques, corrections, and suggestions for future topics. I'm doing this to try and improve my photography, and hopefully someone else out there will get some value out of it too.

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