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Where is a good place to start on how to learn to use a digital camera? I have been reading the manual, but still unsure what to use in situations. How to set white balance, shutterspeed, aperture, and exposure depending on the type of situation I am in. Or when to use automatic without worrying if the shot will come out the way I like. Right now I have the ff f31fd camera. I would like to get a bridge camera also with a wide angle and zoom lens in the next couple of months. In terms of editing software, dont want to spend alot of time in front of software either but dont mind learning the editing basics. Software that is quick and easy without huge learning curve...

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Vistahecter wrote:.

Where is a good place to start on how to learn to use a digitalcamera? I have been reading the manual, but still unsure what to usein situations..

The Users Manual doesn't even offer a coherent description of the camera, much less a tutoral on HOW to take photographs..

How to set white balance, shutterspeed, aperture, andexposure depending on the type of situation I am in. Or when to useautomatic without worrying if the shot will come out the way I like..

You should do one of the following:.

1. Enroll in a community college photography course.2. Buy some books on the subjects.3. Use the Internet to slowly learn what you need to.4. Experiment...with a DC it's cheap..

Right now I have the ff f31fd camera. I would like to get a bridgecamera also with a wide angle and zoom lens in the next couple ofmonths..

Hmmm...I thought the F31FD WAS a "bridge" camera...sorta. In reality and IMHO, ANY camera that combines the best characteristics of P&S and dSLR cameras is a "bridge". What you describe is simply a camera with interchangeable lenses...it might or might not be a "bridge"..

In terms of editing software, dont want to spend alot of timein front of software either but dont mind learning the editingbasics. Software that is quick and easy without huge learning curve..

You must not like to read this Forum? The subject of photo editing software is probably the #1 topic! If you continue to be lazy, you will NEVER master even the simplest editor! You will have to apply yourself. .

Start with the free editors: Picassa, Irfanview, Faststone, etc.Move up to Photoshop Elements (PSE).Graduate to LightRoom..

If you decide to quit your day job (bad idea!) and turn professional, then buy a full-blown Photoshop package. That single handedly will ensure your failure as a professional photographer. .

Charlie DavisNikon 5700, Sony R1, Nikon D300HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

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The previous post had good suggestion but understand that you will never reach the point that every shot you take is superb or even a keeper. As you take photos, the percentage of shots that are keepers will increase but one day I was sitting with a professional photographer who was on vacation. He'd just picked up some prints he'd taken around town. I was delighted to see his percentage of keepers wasn't much higher than mine..

Read, take classes, meet other photographers and more importantly take lots of photographs. Little by little, you'll get better..

Patrick T. KellyOaxaca, Mexico..

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I learned a lot by looking at some great photos on the Web, thinking about how they were taken (composition settings, etc) and then trying to replicate some that I really liked..

The best way that I learned was trial and error....

Benhttp://www.b3nbrooks.com/blog/..

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I second the recommendation to take a class at your local community college or city/county provider. You'll learn basics and be able to ask questions of your teacher AND your fellow classmates. That is one of the quickest ways to knowledge. Books, internet, online videos are great but they all make some pretty hefty assumptions about what you DO know and you need to get some of the basics first..

One of the first things to learn, IMHO, is about composition. Whether you are a painter or a photographer, learning about what the human eye/brain finds most attractive and pleasing, what it searches for in an image, how the eye moves through a scene (without our knowing it) will teach you how to compose better images. It is one of the things that all great image makers know and it is the reason their images are so appealing. You can look at an image and get all of the EXIF info on the shutter speed, f-stop, metering mode, etc., etc. But you still won't know why the photo is so appealing until you understand composition. That is what makes great images great.

Of course you need these to make photographic images. A fast, expensive 1.4 or 2.8 lens will let you shoot in lower light, will let you get a narrower depth-of-field and blur out distracting backgrounds, a long tele will let you get a shot of that moose or elk or eagle. But if you don't know why these things work, why they appeal to the human brain, why they are so damned attractive, you won't know how or what to use even when you do acquire that $2000 lens..

Just my $.02. One of the great things, in my view, about photography, art, image making of any sort, is that there IS so much to learn, you can keep learning for a lifetime... and that's fun...

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With articles that will get you making good pictures.http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech.htm..

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Danbarry wrote:.

With articles that will get you making goodpictures.http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech.htm.

Thanks for the link: a "darn" good site!..

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