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starting to learn.

Hi,

I have always been interested in photography even to the point that my lovely boyfriend bought me a Nikon D60. I love my camera but I never go out of Auto ever and I would love to. I know the camera it self doesn't take the great photos and I have to learn how to shoot in Manual to get the full use of my camera.

First off I am completly at a loss when it comes to manual and I have looked at some books and I get kind of lost with the information, and thats when I get a little bit overwhelmed and stop reading, but this time I hope to stick with it.

I just have a couple questions is the Nikon D60 a good camera to start off with? And is there any websites or any books you personally feel taught you a lot or would be benificial to a person who is just starting out.

I have 3 great subjects who love having their pictures taken so I'm excited about that, because last year they werent so willing. They are my kids in my signature Smile

Thanks for any advice you have to give.

Samantha

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Hey, good for you for trying and getting out there! Learning to properly expose a photo can be very discouraging in the beginning. Learning shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and how they all relate can be very overwhelming. But, I think most of us would recommend Bryan Peterson's book 'Understanding Exposure' It has a great way of teaching you at a most basic level.

I'm a canon girl, so I have no knowledge of Nikon or your camera. But, I'm sure it will be more than sufficient for you to learn on.

Posting for CC in the beginning was a GREAT way for me to realize what I wasn't seeing. This board has been more than instrumental in my progress over the past year.

Good luck and can't wait to see you start sharing!

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Great job in wanting to try out manual mode. There is a sticky, where it goes thru the basic. I think I will be reviving the Understanding Exposure exercise soon. So you can hop on the band wagon.

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the D60 is a GREAT camera to start out and learn on! I have the D80 and aside from the lenses that they can use, they are very similar cameras. I simply ADORE my camera!

The book that Jennifer mentioned is FABULOUS! It was the first book I read that explained things in simple English (imho). There are some really great tutorials in one of the stickies at the top of this board too. Those are both great places to start.

Good for you on jumping in. Everyone on this board has been in your shoes at some point and we're all here to learn.

Have fun!

Best,
GiGi

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Hi! I have a 4-year-old and a 3-year-old too! I also am a Nikon girl like yourself - I have the D90 - and LOVE it. I have a good friend with the D60, and I borrowed it before I settled on mine. It was a good camera, IMO.

One of the things I did to help me learn is start reading photography blogs and forums. ilovephotography.com is a great forum - I spend so many evening just looking at pics and their settings and trying to get it all set in my brain. Sometimes I saw a shot on there that I liked and tried to duplicate it myself - that was fun practice.

Getting your camera out of auto and just shooting is also good. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Thanks everyone!!

I'm feeling a little better about trying to get out of Auto. I found this free DSLR photography course online, it may not go in to depth but it gives a starting point and thats what I need right now. If I can master the basics then I can move onto the harder stuff..

I hope to be able to share some things soon Smile

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D90 here too and I have to say I am a total Nikon girl. My best friend has a Canon that's supposed to be better than mine, but it just doesn't feel right you know!? I can't wait to see some work from you!

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"SamanthaX3" wrote:

Thanks everyone!!

I'm feeling a little better about trying to get out of Auto. I found this free DSLR photography course online, it may not go in to depth but it gives a starting point and thats what I need right now. If I can master the basics then I can move onto the harder stuff..

I hope to be able to share some things soon Smile

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I am in almost the same spot as you! I just got a camera in November and just use the Auto setting. I really want to learn to shoot in manual but it is all so overwhelming! What online course did you find? I may be interested too!

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The online course gives you the basic of the basic but here is the website

http://www.karltaylorphotography.com/free-photography-course.htm

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One of my friends has the D60. I'm sure you have a lot of room to grow with that camera!
Just try to work on one thing at a time and be patient with yourself!