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    Default First day with my camera (pic heavy, SOOC)

    Ok, so I got the camera this morning - but as yet I don't have any editing software so these shots are SOOC (looky at me learning the lingo ) but go ahead and CC them as unedited shots pleeeeeeeeease so I can learn

    All images are, as I said, SOOC, all in auto bog standard setting because I haven't had a real play yet and I don't know what everything does.

    (If you really want to you can see the hundreds of shots I took SOOC in the album on photobucket here )

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    3: I have no idea what this is and couldn't light it up from the front to get a better shot but I loved the bike thing and HAD to snap it


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    6: I'm so gutted that the focus wasn't quite right on this - on the camera it looked spot on but when I viewed it bigger it missed so it's blurry - if you look in the full album you'll see a bunch of similar shots trying to get it too!


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    I like 1 and 7. I bet it was hard to get 7 without many other distractions in the photo. Great job! Congrats on the new camera, too.. I can see you're already having fun playing and learning!

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    I feel a fraud posting them here when everyone's so much more expert than me because I have no idea what I'm doing but I love doing it and want to learn - now I have the camera does anyone have a basic one two three starter photographer plan to get me started? I don't want to just wander around clicking everything on auto forever!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilybet View Post
    I feel a fraud posting them here when everyone's so much more expert than me because I have no idea what I'm doing but I love doing it and want to learn - now I have the camera does anyone have a basic one two three starter photographer plan to get me started? I don't want to just wander around clicking everything on auto forever!
    Well, we all have to start somewhere. My best advice is to just start reading everything you can. Read your manual (a few times!), start reading articles on understanding exposure, your camera settings, and don't expect it to happen overnight. In fact, I've had my camera for just over two years, and I finally feel like things are starting to click recently. (No pun intended!) It takes time to really learn what you're doing, but it's worth it to get quality photos.

    You could start by reading some of the links in the tutorial sticky:
    NEW **RULES*LINKS*TUTORIALS*ETC!** (all info)
    Or this site usually has good stuff:
    http://digital-photography-school.co...-for-beginners

    Good luck on the start of your journey!

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    I am new to all this too. I got my camera about a month ago, and it's been a whirlwind. It has not come easy to me, but I will say the tutorials have helped some. This is the one where I started. I have my manual beside my bed, so if I have a chance, that's when I pick it up and read it. Practice will help tons. I just go outside when the kids are out, and I practice. I am no where near as good as these ladies, but I have patience and I hope I can succeed too someday!

    As for your pics, when I posted all in auto, they just gave me cc on my composition. They told me it would be best if I posted in manual, b/c in auto the camera chose everything for me. Does that make sense?

    I can't CC your pics b/c here at work I can't see photobucket pics, only dropshots and flickr....not sure why. Sorry. This is the only place I have internet.

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    Congrats on the camera!!! The best thing to do is read, read, read and PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE, LOL! Did I say practice? Read the stickies here, and throw your camera right into manual. It is the best way to learn how shutter speed, aperture, and ISO all work together both for proper exposure and creative effect. It is so easy to feel overwhelmed at first (I know I sure did!) with with practice and dedication it will soon become second nature.

    Anyone here will recommend reading "understanding exposure" by Bryan Peterson also. He does an amazing job at explaining exposure and how the three major elements work together. Also make sure to read your camera manual too to understand how to implement what you read on YOUR camera, if that makes sense.

    Welcome, and great job getting out there!
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    You're off to a GREAT start! I'm so impressed! It's hard to believe this is just your first day with the camera.

    That "bike thing" looks like a recumbant bike. I have a friend with one and he loves it. Looks kinda funny tooling around the 'hood in it, but he enjoys it and that is all that matters.

    My favorite is your first pic, so I'll comment on that. When you are able to edit it, I think saturating the colors a bit would really make this pop. As it is, it already makes my mouth water for black berries! I love the composition and your focus looks really nice too. A quick boost of color and this is a truly awesome shot.

    TFS!

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    Thank you for the tips and advice - I really, really love my camera and playing with it - I've printed off that tutorial (am I the only one who just cannot read off a screen if I want to learn from it?!) I'm looking into a course because I want to get the best from my camera and I neeeeeeeeeeeed editing software so fingers crossed I get that today!

    Thank you for the compliment too - I'm doing a blog (siggy) that will document my learning rather than just spamming this board with threads every day that are massively amateur! Hopefully there'll be a marked improvement soon.

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