01) Selecting and Buying a Camera
02) Photography 101: Terms, Definitions, Basic Principles - What Is a Camera and How Does It Work?
03) Intro to Composition
04) Intro to Lighting, Metering, Bracketing, Shadows, Exposure
05) Advanced Lighting: Studio and Indoor Lighting
06) Intro to Portraiture: Indoors
07) Advanced Portraiture: Outdoors
08) Shooting Landscapes and Nature
09) Shooting Architecture, Buildings, Cityscapes and the Urban Environment
10) Guidelines and Courtesies of Being a Street Photographer (not legal advice, just helpful hints)
11) Shooting Cars and Things with Reflections
12) Improvised Shooting Tools, Equipments and Gadgets - Help Save a Buck
13) Intro to Digital Editing: Color Balance, Brightness, Contrast, Going Grey
14) Advanced Digital Editing: Working with RAW, Your Camera's Software and Adobe Software
15) Making a Portfolio
16) Intro to Night Photography: Places, Things, Objects - Stuff That Doesn't Move
17) Advanced Night Photography: People, Animals, Cars - Stuff That Does Move
First: These are guides I'd like to see written, some I can write, some I can't. Others will need to step in in some places. Naturally, this will take some time, I'll do my best.
These are in no particular order or preference, just how they first came to mind.
1) This guide would be very easy. Basically the help we gave Tinker a while ago. What's you're budget? What do you want? What do you shoot? etc. This would primarily be a guide on terms used, functions included, what they mean and what they do to help people sort through the techie language. This is geared more towards the entry-level user, not pro-amateur, as they should already understand the terms before buying a $1000+ camera.
2) What is F.Stop? How's it work? How is shutter-speed measured? What do I want to use when? How slow can I go hand-held? What's this button do? Your basic newbie questions asked and answered.
3) This is the more artistic end of thing. Not a "set in stone" guide, but more useful tips, suggestions and standard practices. This is the building block and foundation for newbie photographers - what makes a good picture? What are you trying to capture? How to do it.
4) Pretty self explanatory. What effects do my newly learned terms have on my images? Okay, so slowing my shutter-speed lets in more light, so what? What's that look like? Meter for the shadows? What? Bracketing? Huh? One step above what you meter? I'm lost. Easy enough I think.
5) Working outdoors tends to be easier than indoors in my opinion. Sunlight is bright, constant and everywhere. Studio Lighting and Indoor lighting is much more difficult. How should I work my flash? When should I use it? What about angled lighting? How about my shadows here?
6) This takes #5 and adds people. Advice for getting cooperative subjects and good candids. How to get honest, modest lighting on your son taking his first steps, etc.
7) Like #6, duh, but now with dynamic lighting. Watch out for shade, clouds, rain, etc. Using the sun to your advantage (without blinding your model), don't cast your own shadow. Simply, working outdoors with others - play nice.
8) Self explanatory. Some people have techniques on the technical end for shooting both. I was looking at making this more a matter of composition here. Shooting trees, plants and landscapes is a different beast. Basically getting more advanced comp. here. Also considering touching on macro-photography, maybe just calling it closeups and leaving macro for a whole other guide once I get a macro lens.
9) Exactly like #8, but for man made structures. The lines are different and do different things to you photos.
10) Some helpful hints and advice for professional courtesy. Basically, how not to be an ass and make photographers look bad. I'd like this to be a compilation of tips from forum photographers, maybe some stories about being chased by an enraged Red Hat Society lady because you took her pic holding that rediculous tie-dyed wrap that she just "loooved" and the shock of colors to the senses was too much to not take a pic of. Humph, we all have our experiences. Very important, this guide will NOT cover your ass legally.
11) I run in to serious problems trying to photograph my Vette. I try to get the red color, but get sky because it's so shiny. It poses a legitimate technical problem. This guide would be about combating reflections and shooting through them, or using them to your advantage.
12) DIY Photography - Gear on the cheap. Check out my $15 Studio light = Construction Lamps, White Cardboard and a mirror. Sweet. Oh yeah? Check out my PVC tripod. Advice to help your fellow photographers save a penny or 12000. Similar in style to #10.
13) This is the easy stuff. Not so much a tutorial on how to do it in PS, because just like my modding tutorials, I assume you have a basic knowledge of the program you're working with. This will be tips on key things to focus on in photos. Skin-tones, un-washing photos etc. Very basic, easy stuff, simple edits.
14) I'll be 100% honest, I've never done it. I can learn it, or someone else can do it. I don't mind either one. But, I know my D80 shoots in RAW and comes with RAW software for more advanced Digital Editing. A how-to guide on this.
15) Self Explanatory. Selecting your best, organization etc. Probably pretty short, but will include helpful links to printers (US and UK) etc.
16) My favorite subject. Self explanatory. Just like Nature and Architecture - looking at some more advanced comp but also advanced tech work too.
17) Like #16, but working with your subject, controlling your camera better and reducing nasty blur etc.
Phew, that was a lot of work. I could have written the first guide in this amount of time!