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lmh101979's picture
Joined: 07/05/09
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Introduction

My name is Lindsay and I have been lurking here since I got my first big girl camera for Christmas, a Canon T3i. But I really know so little about photography that I don't have much to add other than, wow, neat, awesome, etc. I have been doing a lot of reading and watching videos, but mostly I am just taking pics, adjusting, taking pics, repeat. So here I am, trying to learn about photography and take some really nice pictures of my kids.

Here is one that I took that I like of DD1
1/50 4.5 iso250

I have no software to mess with the pictures after I take them, but after going through the almost 200 I have taken since I got the camera, that is the only one that I like enough to post, I guess I can wait on that aspect. I look forward to learning from everyone and seeing all the awesome inspiration you guys post every day.

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Joined: 06/21/06
Posts: 2977

Hi Lindsay! So glad you came out and introduced yourself over here. There's SO much to learn, and it can be overwhelming at first. Just take it one step at a time and focus on one aspect first. Work on your exposure, then, when you are consistent, move on to something else, like watching backgrounds.

My suggest for editing software is Photoshop Elements or if you don't have the $$ to spend on that, you could try GIMP. I've not used that before, but I know Tracy uses it, and uses it well Smile

Just a tip when leaving comments (and it's not just for you, it's for everyone who is just starting out), ANY comment is worthwhile! Even down to saying something like, "I like the way this person is sitting." It helps you look at the picture a little more closely and see exactly WHY you like it, which will help you the next time you're out practicing for yourself. You'll remember what you saw and liked and try to recreate that in your own work.

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Joined: 11/07/07
Posts: 1796

Welcome! This is such a great place to learn and grow. Don't be afraid to post for CC and offer CC!! Everyone can learn and offer help at any point in their journey Smile

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Joined: 06/09/05
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"Ladybugsteph" wrote:

Hi Lindsay! So glad you came out and introduced yourself over here. There's SO much to learn, and it can be overwhelming at first. Just take it one step at a time and focus on one aspect first. Work on your exposure, then, when you are consistent, move on to something else, like watching backgrounds.

My suggest for editing software is Photoshop Elements or if you don't have the $$ to spend on that, you could try GIMP. I've not used that before, but I know Tracy uses it, and uses it well Smile

Just a tip when leaving comments (and it's not just for you, it's for everyone who is just starting out), ANY comment is worthwhile! Even down to saying something like, "I like the way this person is sitting." It helps you look at the picture a little more closely and see exactly WHY you like it, which will help you the next time you're out practicing for yourself. You'll remember what you saw and liked and try to recreate that in your own work.

All of this agreed! So glad you are joining us!

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Joined: 08/14/06
Posts: 2352

Hi Lindsay! Your daughter is a cutie! Congrats on the new camera... I'm sure you will really enjoy it, and will have fun learning. This is a fantastic place to learn. I have learned a ton since starting here, and I still have a long way to go, but it's fun (and addicting).

"Ladybugsteph" wrote:

Just a tip when leaving comments (and it's not just for you, it's for everyone who is just starting out), ANY comment is worthwhile! Even down to saying something like, "I like the way this person is sitting." It helps you look at the picture a little more closely and see exactly WHY you like it, which will help you the next time you're out practicing for yourself. You'll remember what you saw and liked and try to recreate that in your own work.

This is very true. You learn just by looking and thinking about other photos, and commenting helps you to do that. It's a huge help in the learning process!

Stephanie mentioned GIMP... I do use it, and it's a great tool. It's free and although, just like with PhotoShop, there's a lot to learn in it, if you can get it and start using some basic features, you will be amazed at how much more you can make your images pop. And as you learn more, it has many of the same capabilities as PhotoShop - and there are a lot of GIMP tutorials online if you search for them.

Muddee's picture
Joined: 03/13/08
Posts: 2119

I currently use Gimp and used to use Photoshop but misplaced my discs so when I had to fix my computer I was out of luck. Anyway once you get the hang of gimp its good for the basics.

Don't be shy post away, share, and you'll learn, I did so even before I got my DSLR. Welcome to the forums can't wait to see what you bring.

lmh101979's picture
Joined: 07/05/09
Posts: 966

Thanks for making me feel so welcome! I can't wait to try out some photoediting software, and my copy of Understanding Exposure just came into my library and I really looking forward to reading through that as well!

Joined: 10/26/01
Posts: 3413

Welcome board, Lindsay! I'm glad you came out of lurk mode. Smile We can always use more input!

Enjoy your Understanding Exposure book - I think reading that book was the first time I felt like I might be able to 'get it' after all. Biggrin

Best,
GiGi

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Joined: 12/05/07
Posts: 1665

Welcome aboard. The ladies here are great!

momof5sweeties's picture
Joined: 02/08/06
Posts: 525

I'm new (again) here too. Learned a lot a few years ago, and am back to refresh all that, and learn some more! Welcome!

daniellec.parker's picture
Joined: 09/06/09
Posts: 895

I too just wanted to say hello and welcome. I've got a long way to go myself, and the ladies here have been super helpful so far. Looking forward to getting to know you.

Another free software out there is paint.net. I flip back and forth between it and Gimp. I'm hoping to get Photoshop Elements soon, but for now these 2 do wonders.

Joined: 07/30/06
Posts: 835

Welcome aboard. I've used GIMP and will second (third, fourth) the previous comments on it. And ditto Steph's comment about CC. I'm not good at doing it, mostly because my computer time is always so limited.