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Wannabe Photographer

Discussion in 'Photography and Video' started by Zipitidoda, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. Zipitidoda

    Zipitidoda Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    @fractal, I'm still a hot mess when it comes to settings. I feel like I'm all over the place. Tell me I will get it in time. I forgot all about the eye auto focus I set up awhile ago.:rolleyes: and I'm going to have to look up focus peaking because I forgot what I read about that too. Unfortunately I'm one of those people that needs repetitiveness to learn anything or at least since I've turned 40.

    I plan to go out again later today and shoot some more. I do have an account on Flickr. I used the same name, zipititdoda. All the pictures on that account are from quite awhile ago and there isn't very many. But it will be a good place to put my photos while I'm learning, so I can go back and look at them. Thanks for the reminder.
     
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  2. Jahona

    Jahona Well-Known Member

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    Hey we were all in you're shoes starting out. Photography beyond just point and shoot is somewhat complex. You don't feel like you have to learn everything at once, slowly progress into shooting. Learn the three major settings for your camera; F-stop, shutter speed, and ISO. Once you've learned those three you can start to mess with more advance features of your camera. You also don't have to always shoot in manual. Hop on over to Aperture priority and see how the camera handles settings as you change your F-stop. Then switch over to Shutter priority and do the same but with Shutter Speed. You'll find that the two settings are like a scale. Increase one variable and the other will decrease.

    You have the advantage of working with digital from the start. You can almost always see right away how your images are going to look. When I started with film it was always a surprise afterward if any of my photos turned out.
     
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  3. Zipitidoda

    Zipitidoda Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Thank you @Jahona for that. I do need to learn some patience.

    The local library has pushed back the photography class to July and I'm real excited for that to start. To be honest I haven't read much of my Understanding Exposure. I maybe tonight I should read instead of turning on the TV. :)

    I would love to look at more of all of your photos. Please let know if you have a flickr account!
     
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    Definitely stop putting off reading Understanding Exposure. It's a very important piece of the puzzle.
     
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  5. Jahona

    Jahona Well-Known Member

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    Oh god I have a flickr account but I've not posted anything since I was in high school to it. It's a bit embarrassing taking a look back on it. Mainly my Macro and B&W photos are any good. Others were just more messing around.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/sspc/
     
  6. Zipitidoda

    Zipitidoda Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    I'll quit being lazy and get back to reading it. I actually picked it up last night and read a few pages before my eyes started to blur and it was time for bed.

    For just messing around I thought a lot of them were great!
     
  7. Zipitidoda

    Zipitidoda Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    I went ahead and started an account on photobucket. (under ziptitdoda). I was having a small problem with flickr. I don't have a lot yet but it will be fun to see my progress.
     
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  8. fractal

    fractal Premium Member

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    Photobucket gets the job done - just a lot of ads.

    My flickr -

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/fractalpics/

    I also have a smugmug account that I use for cloud storage, ordering and selling prints; also use for vast majority of photo sharing.
     
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    ddbowdoin Well-Known Member

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    The only way to get better is to do it, every single day.

    Also, investing in even a low end printer helps. You can make cheap, small prints and let work sit with you.
     
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  10. fractal

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    @Zipitidoda I think you have a (non-Disney) trip coming up.

    I expect you to take hundreds of terrible shots, and dozens of good ones and a handful of great shots.

    Have fun! :D
     
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  11. Zipitidoda

    Zipitidoda Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    That's my plan too!!!! I can't wait!! Maybe I'll see a bear!

    I don't get out as much as I'd like too, kids seem to suck up a lot of time, but I find it very rewarding.
     
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  12. Zipitidoda

    Zipitidoda Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Thanks for the input. I'd love to go out every day but find it hard to get the time. I do enjoy it and look forward to going out every chance I get.
     
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    If you want to really understand your camera you need to pick a scene to shoot and then shoot it using different settings. The beauty of a digital camera is that all the settings, the aperture and shutter speed are captured and easy to see after you take the shot, unlike film where you needed to keep a record to look at later.... So find a scene and shoot it on P so your camera picks everything... then shoot it using A and shoot a range of shots with different apertures letting the camera set the speed, then do the same with S using different speeds.... Then go look at what you've got and afterwards on your computer and make not of the relationship between aperture and speed... look at the bokeh of the shots if your using a fast enough lens you should see some blurring... but you'll progress much faster if you focus on a particular scene and shoot it from all possible ways rather than going out and using fast shutter her slow shutter there on random scenes where you'll not be able to see the full impact of what your setting are doing... the real beauty of a digital camera is you get cheap instant feedback vs the old days when you had film that was pricey and took time to see the results.
     
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    Zipitidoda Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Thanks so much for the input. I'll admit i'm guilty of not doing this. I'll find something to shoot, take a few shots and move on most of the time. I'll take your advise and do this more often.
     
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    Zipitidoda Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Just because.
     
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    Zipitidoda Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Just because.
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    It's been a very busy few weeks. Lots of end of the school year programs and gatherings. Lots of overtime from work and now time for a vacation to the Smoky Mountains. Was hoping to get lots of pictures while in Tennessee but the forecast is rain all week :( so you may see lots of indoor and family pictures.
     
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    The portrait shot is pretty good.
     
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    Nice @Zipitidoda !

    Don't get discouraged by rain - it can make for some great photos!

    http://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-tips/taking-photos-in-rain-richardson/
     
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    Zipitidoda Well-Known Member Original Poster

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  21. Zipitidoda

    Zipitidoda Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    B410D8DB-A9AD-4441-AF24-E536786AD5F4.JPG 1BBA05D5-A08B-47B7-9DA1-2170B6C46E0A.JPG E082A247-86F5-4C66-95C0-573BEA89D2DB.JPG 1694D1E4-3996-4E84-9377-5EA03225C001.JPG 7EE71952-0632-4C40-8305-087C93D3AF64.JPG 9D8658A1-6533-4337-B70A-BCD44E0397CC.JPG EB855B78-D821-498B-B41E-70B537BE6407.JPG Back from a vacation to the Smoky Mountains and wanted to share a couple of my favorite pictures. All in manual and in various settings. Maybe not perfect but loving my camera!!
     

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