Anyone wanna help a beginner??

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Joined: 10/02/07
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Anyone wanna help a beginner??

Hi everyone! My name is Cindy, I live in TX with my DH and 2 little girls. Photography has always been a passion of mine. I took a photography class in high school but that was about a decade ago. Since then, I've always just kind of played around with my camera and learned that way. I have a dated Nikon D50. Ok, it's not that dated but I've had it almost 5 years. About 3 years ago, my computer crashed, got a new one, but couldn't install my photo editing program onto it (for many reasons). Then, I just got really busy with school, work, yadda yadda, and I sorta let go of photography. Well, I've really been missing it like CRAZY. I have found that I don't really remember a lot of the stuff I "self taught" (probably because it wasn't actually the correct way of doing the technique). After 3 years...I just feel so lost. My question is...would any or all of you be willing to start at the beginning of showing me techniques? I know all about photo composition and the photography terms like white balance, f/stop, etc. I know all those things. Maybe someone could explain how to do something basic and I'll do it like homework and show you and we work up in difficulty?? I don't have the money to take a photography class but I REALLY want to get back into it. Ok, enough talking from me. If anyone has any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. I don't think I can express how badly I want to get back into this. Hopefully, one of you are willing to help me...even if it's just a little bit. I would really appreciate it.

Joined: 10/20/07
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Hi Cindy,
I think you will find that this board kind of works this way. Another idea is getting Understanding Exposure and doing some lessons out of it. Rather than finding one person to tutor you one on one, just post a photo and ask for specific CC and several people can weigh in. HTH!

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We actually do weekly & monthly challenges and are also in the midst of doing "lessons" from the Exposure book mentioned above. Hope you will join in! Smile

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Hi there! When I first found this board I had a middle of the road point & shoot which I kept on auto and got mediocre results, until I started just posting my favorite pics for cc.

It's the best way to learn, so just start posting! has some great little tutorials on different photography principles, just do a search on something, such as aperture or composition and you'll get plenty of videos to choose from.

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HI there! Smile We don't really have one on one lessons or weekly tutorials on certain things but we do have challenges going on all the time. What you can do is try one of the challenges and post for CC and we'll help ya out Smile Pick up a few books too. I'm going to be buying a few more books here soon and I'm in the middle of reading Understanding Exposure. Just focus on one thing at a time. If you're anything like me, too much info at the same time kind of overwhelms me so focusing on one thing and then going on to the next is the best way to go. I'd love to take a class someday, even if it's just an online class but there's just so much info out there if you google it Smile

Joined: 10/02/07
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Thanks everyone! I wasn't sure how this board worked so I hope I didn't seem burdening when I asked for some "teachings". All of your photos seem so great so I felt awkward coming in with my very basic beginner photos.
I looked for "Understanding Exposure" and found there were a few different editions. I'm gonna take all of your advice about reading photog books and you tube and google and see what I learn and will soon post some stuff for you all to analyze.
I noticed there are a couple of November 08-ers here. :wavehello: Kristen :wavehello: Mel

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Joined: 11/02/07
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Hey Cindy! I would totally suggest doing what Mel did today and just start posting. It seems scary to put your pics out there for cc, but Learning from your mistakes is one of the best ways and we've all been there!

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"kris10gal" wrote:

Hey Cindy! I would totally suggest doing what Mel did today and just start posting. It seems scary to put your pics out there for cc, but Learning from your mistakes is one of the best ways and we've all been there!

This, lol!

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I agree about what others have posted. Understanding Exposure, plus I would really recommend switching to manual and start posting. The best way to learn is to post and PRACTICE!!!! Can't wait to see some!

Joined: 10/26/01
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Welcome aboard! I'm going to say again what so many have already said ... jump in. Join the challenges. Post some pictures and ask for suggestions.

Check out the tutorials in one of the stickies at the top of the board. Go through the exercises and post your results. We're all happy to make suggestions where we can.

Let's see you rock that D50! Smile