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Old 06-05-2009, 03:50 AM
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What was ?

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What was
the first important thing that you learnt in photography/using a camera ( and you cant have remembering to take the lens cap off )

Mine was learning to steady myself and not have arms flapping around like a chicken , the gentleman's words were "dig those elbows into your waist"

please do add yours

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Old 06-05-2009, 07:46 AM
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Re: What was ?

Take a deep breath and very slowly let it out as you gently squeeze the shutter.

One I like to pound into student's heads is to get the camera up to the face and don't hold it out at the extension of your arms.

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Old 06-05-2009, 06:15 PM
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Re: What was ?

Can't contribute much to this, as I sure don't know how to photograph
I do like taking pics though, and by surprise some turn out nice.
But I have a nice story: I have the same cell phone as my daughter, and she showed me some pics she took and they turned out really good - for a cell phone camera! So I don't really choose the phone for the camera as I have a shoot and pray camera, but being on a business trip I didn't bring it along. So at night I looked outside of a window to a more or less busy street, but it had beautiful lightening around. I took some snaps and they were all crap , blurry, too dark etc. Next day :-) I had a look at the pics again and realized that I didn't pull off the protection foil from the lens
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Old 06-06-2009, 03:09 AM
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Re: What was ?

The moment with most impact, was seeing a shot of myself, that my buddy took with a Nikon 70-200 at 2.8, full body shot with this incredible shallow dof. Then I stopped using my compact Olympus 5050z and got a 350d ( Rebel ).
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Old 06-06-2009, 04:11 AM
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Re: What was ?

Janet your first tip comes natural to me i hold my breath and hope
The second one i agree with as i have just realised that i take better photo's when using the viewfinder and not the screen

Whoops Amica, bet it took better photo's after you had removed the foil and you have contributed, I was hoping that this thread would help and reveal some inspiration for all of us

Pelle that is a big no no, looking at other peoples camera's and shots as there is always another camera i would like

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Old 06-06-2009, 11:22 AM
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Re: What was ?

Read the manual first and often.
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Old 06-07-2009, 03:48 AM
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Read the manual first and often.
That is a sound one, each time i re read mine i either learn more or i understand a bit more

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Old 06-08-2009, 07:58 PM
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Re: What was ?

What was the first important thing that you learnt in photography/using a camera?

It was so long ago-1964-I truly don't remember...except my professor's name (Doc Martin) who wore sandals in mid-winter and the positive feeling of elation when I learned how to open a film canister in total darkness.
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Old 06-08-2009, 08:43 PM
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That a person couldn't hand-hold an exposure longer than 1/30 sec.
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Old 06-10-2009, 10:15 PM
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That photography is, essentially, magic.
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