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post #11 of 36 Old 01-12-2009, 11:47 AM
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Moxie, I am a fan of Nikons. The D60 is a great start. Like I said, learn to use it off the auto controls. You will have so much more control of your photographs. Anyone can take a camera and hit the shutter. Setting up the photo is what makes it "yours", IMO.

Just have lots of fun. I haven't taken my good camera out in more than a year. I was dating my muse, and when we broke up, it was just so difficult to continue taking photographs. I hope to get that passion back.
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post #12 of 36 Old 01-12-2009, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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Ooooh, rough! I am focusing more on landscapes and wildlife. So no dating muses for me! ;)

I messed around with the Nikon, and it just felt so huge and clumsy in my hands, I like the Canon because I feel like it's lighter, smaller, and fit more for a woman. IDK.

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post #13 of 36 Old 01-13-2009, 10:19 PM
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I'm not really too big into photography. I do it for fun and 4-H but not that much. My mom is really big into it and was a traveling photographer for a long time.

My biggest tip is to really understand your camera and play around with it and all the cool things it can do. Oh and carry it everywhere! You never know when you will find something you want to take a picture of. You don't want to be stuck there thinking "Dang, I wish I had my camera" And feel free to be creative and take lots of pictures. For about every 25 pictures I take prolly one or two will turn out really good.

I know a bunch of other photography tips, but I don't want to bore you with the law of thirds and leading lines, framing and what not. You prolly already know it anyway ;)

That's just my input
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post #14 of 36 Old 01-13-2009, 11:01 PM
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mlkarel...you are lucky! for about every 100 pictures I take I think 1-2 is a good photograph!

Moxie, I do a lot of landscapes and nature as well, but somehow I associate my camera with my ex. And it isn't a good association.
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post #15 of 36 Old 01-14-2009, 01:18 PM
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No offense but that is the difference between professional and a amateur. Knowing lighting, poses, the entire set up, being able to take one shot and every shot being excellent. Guess it is all experience.

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post #16 of 36 Old 01-14-2009, 02:40 PM
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My dad is big into it... check out his website...

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post #17 of 36 Old 01-14-2009, 03:16 PM
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if you guys like photography you should look at the link i posted below! i came across this website and i have bought i think 6 of these pictures now. i just love this site...

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post #18 of 36 Old 01-14-2009, 06:24 PM
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I love photography and would have loved to be an equine photographer, however I missed that bandwagon by a few years... I am currently broke so my dream of having a super good SLR camera is being put off for a while. I would definately say that if you have the opportunity, learn film photography. developing your own film and printing your own shots in a darkroom really gives you a good understanding of how light/setting etc. effects your shots, and you can get the exact effect you want by tweaking the exposure or employing special techniques. One of my favourites was infra-red film + red filter. Made for some awesome shots. Also had a lot of fun playing around with solarising, but was never much good at it! Printing colour shots yourself takes forever but it is so satisfying when you finally get the colour balance right, and also helps you understand the balances of Magenta, yellow and Cyan. Learning about framing is also very useful, a good frame can really finish off a good print. Took me forever to get the hang of cutting proper framing matt with bevelled edges, but once you get it it looks amazing.

Really just get out there and take lots of photos! Research other photographers and decide what sort of styles you like/works for you and see if you can adopt some of their principles into your work. Try different things, always look for unusual angles/viewpoints, look up the rule of thirds/vantage point/Depth of field/Shutter speed effects/tips and try it all out. You learn and find your own style by doing, so get on and do it :]

Good luck! I miss SLR and film photography terribly, but I will just have to stick with my little digital for now!
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No offense but that is the difference between professional and a amateur. Knowing lighting, poses, the entire set up, being able to take one shot and every shot being excellent. Guess it is all experience.

It depends on the subject and type of photography. Put me in a studio and every shot has the potential of being great. Give me an amateur model, and the chances diminish. Give me a football field with men running all over the place, and my chances are even slimmer.
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post #20 of 36 Old 01-14-2009, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I added to my collection today. I bought some really good photo editing software, and some lens filters. OYE! I cant wait for my new camera to come in. On Friday I have a riding lesson, and then after the owner agreed to let me take pics of her horses. I'm pretty excited!

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