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Old 06-05-2008, 11:03 AM
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Do you want to LEARN to USE your camera?

Members (and lurkers passing thru) vary in their knowledge and experience with using their cameras. I know there are a few pros and very experienced folks who check out the board to help and to look at others' images, but I suspect there are more folks who are still using their camera in automatic mode because it's the only way they can be sure to capture their shot. Some of you would like to take your camera off automatic pilot and learn something about exposure ("proper" and creative), shutter speed control, aperture and depth of field, fill flash and external flash, and other subjects that you've heard about, read about, but haven't yet tried.

I'm not going to pretend to be an instructor, but there are so many resources available on the internet (including our members) that I'm beginning to feel guilty for not making sure we link up to some of those good resources. I believe that we can depend on our members to help answer questions that pop up as people try using their cameras in something other than AUTO mode. Janet Petty's thread on composition ( http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/pho...otography.html) is a great example of how we can work together to learn, and motivated me to add some subjects to the discussion.

I've looked at internet resources before, and linked to explanations of photo terms, but I believe that videos teach better than articles.

DSLRtips.com has produced a number of videos that explain some basics about aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation, and fill flash to improve photos and give a few examples of before/after photos. (Not the best examples, but pretty typical, and a place to start. We can always add our own examples if we want.) The videos are done by a man named Gordon Laing -- he speaks clearly, follows a script, uses close-ups when showing how to change camera settings - things that some other FREE instructional videos do not do.

Aperture control

DSLR Tips: How to blur backgrounds on portraits
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAxJR...eature=related


DSLR Tips: How to get lots in focus (depth of field)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhJMd...eature=related

Shutter speed control

DSLR Tips: How to blur action shots for a feeling of speed
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlnsV...eature=related

DSLR Tips: How to blur water for a dreamy effect
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOZf1IRsl9o&NR=1


Exposure compensation --

DSLR Tips: How to darken your exposures
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNvpjSBSiIY


Use of flash:

DSLR Tips: Using the flash to boost daytime portraits (fill flash)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox4BS...eature=related

I didn't find a video by Mr. Laing on the histogram, so I'll add some other folks on this and other subjects --

Reading the Histogram
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3yiz...eature=related

Digital Camera- Highlights and Histogram Tools
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_DyV...eature=related

NON-video info about histogram reading/use:
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tu...stograms.shtml

http://digital-photography-school.co...ng-histograms/



The following links have some good info, but might not be as clear - I'd suggest adding them to your viewing after you have gone thru the above links.

Camera Exposure

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg7_m...eature=related


Shutter and Aperture
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Edotf...eature=related

photography - shutter
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9s4M...eature=related

Aperture
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-XbHqpLcQc

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Old 06-05-2008, 11:19 AM
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Re: Do you want to LEARN to USE your camera?

It never hurts to go back and review the fundamentals. Those automatic settings tend to make us all lazy from time to time, myself included.

The composition thread was a great motivation for me to go back and take a second look at some of my old photos.
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:31 AM
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Re: Do you want to LEARN to USE your camera?

Boy, do I need those. Thank you.
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:36 AM
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Re: Do you want to LEARN to USE your camera?

This is a great subject for a thread.

I've found that due to the "I've slept since then" syndrome, I have to constantly relook up techniques that I don't often use.

My hint is to take the book that comes with your camera, sit down in front of the TV. Go through the book one page at a time and take pictures of the TV screen using the settings, etc. on that page. It is a less boring method of practicing, at least for me.

Now if I can just learn how to use the flash unit for better results.

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Old 06-05-2008, 11:40 AM
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What I am looking for is something on reading a histogram. Take the picture look at the histogram, that I can do but I don't know what to do with the setting on the camera if the gram is bad. Let's say that everything is pushed to the left side. What changes need to be made with the settings. If anyone knows of a good article on this that would be great.
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Old 06-05-2008, 12:04 PM
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"...I...Take the picture look at the histogram, that I can do but I don't know what to do with the setting on the camera if the gram is bad. ...
I added a couple of links on this subject (you are definitely NOT alone with this question!!) - let me know if they help and what else you need to know.
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Old 06-05-2008, 12:22 PM
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what timing CJ as i have said before i fall into that catergory and have enjoyed Janet's composition thread immensely.
Over the last 6 months or so i have been attempting to take my camera off automatic and putting into practice the bits of info i have picked up through this board and a few others site's
In fact i have just been today and bought another camera ( fuji finepix S5800, great value at the moment ) this is to be my "thinking" camera, where i try to do things properly ( ha ha) maybe not a big step for some but a huge one for me
But i will be keeping my other camera as i don't want to give up being a happy snappy either

so far i have just opened the box and had a peep, the manual is HUGE with lots to go through and i know already that there is a lot i don't understand,

But luckily enough I know where there is a GREAT forum with friendly and helpful people who are only to willing to help even if i ask the most stupidest questions
SO
I expect to be asking you all some questions in the near future
The links are going to be great to go through (after the manual) so thank you for them

here is a link that i have found a few tips from
http://potd.chrisempey.com/tips/arch...l_camera_1.php


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Old 06-10-2008, 08:16 PM
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Ok, all those out there who are experimenting with camera settings, flash, or whatever, I have a question. Do you or have you used second-curtain flash for anything useful?

I recently took a class in using second-curtain flash. After I finally caught on and the capture was turning out like the instructor said it would, I tried it on ceiling fans, the school bus going down the street, the cat ( ), and some other things. Now, I admit to being extremely challenged when it comes to people shots. But what else can I use this for creatively? Nothing I tried worked as well as the studio lit, people shots.

Janet

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Old 07-15-2008, 01:24 PM
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Re: Do you want to LEARN to USE your camera?

Hey CJ:
I like the links and thanks ever so much. But are there people out there like me who just got a new camera (Rebel XSI) and do not learn well from reading the manual due to a learning disability or just plain do not do well with learning in this manner ..period.. who would like to be able to ask questions of people who are good at using SLR camers and are willing to respond to questions and HELP people like they do in the other forums?
I am just learning the terms like ISO, AV, P and things like that. They have been like a foreigh language to me. It takes time to learn and even understand all of the terms of using an SLR, let alone learning about and using lens.

I would sure like to be part of a forum spot like this!! Thanks Neb
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Old 07-15-2008, 04:15 PM
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Hey CJ:
I like the links and thanks ever so much. But are there people out there like me who just got a new camera (Rebel XSI) and do not learn well from reading the manual due to a learning disability or just plain do not do well with learning in this manner ..period.. who would like to be able to ask questions of people who are good at using SLR camers and are willing to respond to questions and HELP people like they do in the other forums?
I am just learning the terms like ISO, AV, P and things like that. They have been like a foreigh language to me. It takes time to learn and even understand all of the terms of using an SLR, let alone learning about and using lens.

I would sure like to be part of a forum spot like this!! Thanks Neb
Neb you might find that you are already in that forum I too struggle with all the learning about camera's for some reason it just goes straight over my head, which is hard for me as i can usually grasp most things, but i know i can ask questions here about anything to do with camera's and photography ( however stupid it may seem) and get some sound good friendly advice or some real good links to look at, and my bit of advice for you is keep practicing that's what i am doing

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