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Hi everyone,.

I just bought Oly e-510 and must say I am in the weeds. I am a beginner in DSLR cameras but it is worse than I thought. I am reading th manual and trying but it's mess. Can you recommend any really good online tutorial (with examples if possible) that explains it all? I mean explaing when waht ISO and aperture to use, what is S-AF and C-AF etc...I am lost.Thanks..

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Svetla wrote:.

Can you recommend any really goodonline tutorial (with examples if possible) that explains it all? Imean explaing when waht ISO and aperture to use, what is S-AF andC-AF etc...I am lost..

Http://www.google.com/search?q=beginner+photography.

You could just put it in it's A (auto) mode, and let it do it..

Or P (program) mode is much the same, but it will allow you to tweak a few things...

Comment #1

You need a very basic photography book - doesn't have to be specifically digital. The KISS (Keep It Simple Series) Guide to Photography is a good start..

Svetla wrote:.

Hi everyone,i just bought Oly e-510 and must say I am in the weeds. I am abeginner in DSLR cameras but it is worse than I thought. I am readingth manual and trying but it's mess. Can you recommend any really goodonline tutorial (with examples if possible) that explains it all? Imean explaing when waht ISO and aperture to use, what is S-AF andC-AF etc...I am lost.Thanks.

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Comment #2

Not that he suggests or illustrates many situation-specific camera settings, but Mr. Wrotniak's articles relating to the E-510 might help to make more sense out of the various settings/options on your camera. These two are a good start:.

Http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/oly-e/e510-rev.htmlhttp://www.wrotniak.net/photo/oly-e/e500-sett.html..

Comment #3

Maybe this is too basic but here's what I'd recommend..

1. Set up your camera so you can start taking pictures in Auto mode. You most likely will get some pictures you'll be very happy with..

2. Spend some time getting some background in general photography..

Http://olympusdigitalschool.com/index.htmlhttp://www.shortcourses.com/http://www.luminous-landscape.com/.

Http://www.amazon.com/...ld-keywords=understanding+exposure&x=15&y=17.

3. Purchase a camera specific guide - book or video. I recommend a video if there is one for your camera because it's a fast way of getting through alot of features. (I have a Blue Crane dvd for the Nikon D50 I like. I don't know if there is something comparable for your camera.).

4. Create a plan for learning to use your camera - concentrate on certain features one at a time and at this point start reading the related section of the manual. For example, start with the preset exposure modes (landscape, portraits, macros), then try the exposure modes - aperature priority, shutter priority etc., then work with other features- focus, ISO, white balance, metering etc..

There is a pretty big learning curve but if you take it step by step even a beginner with basic knowledge of the camera and photography will get incredibly good results...

Comment #4

MaryGierth wrote:..

1. Set up your camera so you can start taking pictures in Auto mode.You most likely will get some pictures you'll be very happy with..

When you start taking pictures avoid difficult lighting situations. Take pictures outdoors in early morning or evening sunlight. Take multiple shots of your subject from different angles and distances...

Comment #5

Hi Svetla, I also just got a e-510 a month after getting an e-500...both great...just shoot and shoot, remember the film is free!!! Check out the pics I've posted...all done with manual mode.http://www.flickr.com/photos/14732383@N06/?saved=1..

Comment #6

Thank you all very much for your postings, they are all helpful!.

Svetla.

I am going to a B-day party next week. We are going to be in a restaurant and I would like to make some nice photos. Any advice how should I set up the camera? Shal I just choose one of the Scene modes?.

Thanks..

Comment #7

I don't have an Olympus but why don't you give the scene modes a try at home indoors and see what you get...

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