Best Advise for Newbies
As beginners to the world of DSL photography what has been the best advises some one has given whether it's been on this forum, from a friend, professional or who ever you may of asked in regards to taking photographs...

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Hi Motown.

For me it is slow down, too often we see something take the photo then see something else take the photo. Then we get back download our photos and go hmm they look OK but not super..

So take a second/minute/hour to STOP look at what you are about to photograph and ask yourself what are you trying to photo then focus on getting that the best you can..

Of course with sport and fast moving things sometimes you have to just shoot quick, however nearly all of the great shots are not from people just taking a shot. They have prepared, position got the right settings and then got the money shot..

In summary SLOW DOWN.


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I don't know how often I see something like: I want something that will let me shoot wildlife from 800 yards, portraits, landscape, indoor sports, and low light without flash or tripod and my budget is $500..

Well, I want to win the Indy 500, but that isn't going to happen either..

From there my advice becomes - pick a budget, and get the best gear that comes closest to meeting your most important needs and use that as a starting point to grow your system. And don't expect good results. If you're really a noob - your photos are going to suck. They may even look good to you, but a year down the road you'll look back at them and say "What was I thinking?!" Photography is a learning process. The more you experiment, the more you learn, and hopefully the better you get..

And one final word of advice: Don't go shoot a wedding - it is too important a day for the bride and groom to be entrusted to you..

And one final, final word... have fun - that's the most important thing..

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I understand the wedding thing I was asked to take shotsof my future Brother in laws upcoming wedding and I quickly turned down as I didnt want to take photos that sucked..I guess one could ask "What makes a Great Picture" then...

Comment #3

I have been a newb since November when I bought my XTi. The best advice I have gotten is...Have fun, learn your style, take tons of photos then decide what more expensive equipment to invest in. It is very easy to get caught up in the newer better teck stuff. Just check out the Canon 350-400D forum..

What makes a good you are happy with and proud of!!!!!.

Go out and have some fun!!!!!!!..

Comment #4

I think the first reply hit it on the nail - take your time! It'll save you about 9 months of learning this... Your photos may still suck, but a good photo isn't just pointing the camera at something and pulling the trigger; it is really "looking" at the image that appears in your view finder, and thinking, is that really what I wanted to capture? Is there a trash can in the picture, is it straight, if you pan to the right, left, up or down, would that make a better picture? Zoom in, out, to capture what you really want? ... and then, squeezing the trigger steadily..

Also, read, read, read... did I mention you should read... your manual at least TWICE, with your camera in hand as you do. Oh, and another thing, please don't forget to read your manual... at least twice - with your camera in hand!  I think you get the "picture.".

Most of all... HAVE FUN!.


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Comment #5

As an old ex college professor, I offer three suggestions: 1) study; 2) study; and 3) study..


Comment #6

Take a walk. Pick out something - anything - a car, a tree, a dog; and tell yourself you're getting paid big money for your best shot of this. Decide how you want to make that shot; compose it in your mind to it's best look. How do you shoot it? What type of light? Do you need to add or subtract anything? Which angle? Using what is there at that moment, how do you make it a shot that will make people stop and look twice?.

Do this all the time - you'll find that you get quicker at it. You'll also get a better idea of what type of pictures you want to take. It's called developing your eye. Now work on the technical side. You know in your mind what you want, now build your skill so the picture you take matches the one in your head. Play with all the features - shutter speed, aperture, white balance, ISO - have a ball.

Don't beat yourself up for taking a bad picture - there is no such thing as long as you learn from it and move on. Life is a learning experience, and once you quit learning you quit living..

And how long does all this take? Beats me, I've been shooting over 44 years now and I'm still doing this. I can't always take my camera along but I still have my eyes. Sometimes I'll see something good enough to come back with a camera.And like the others said - have fun!ron..

Comment #7

Be willing to spend the time learning your camera. Start with your manual with camera in hand. Master the camera controls without the aid of your manual. READ read read Practice Practice Practice. Don't expect to master your camera or controls off the bat. Once you have a vision of how you want to capture an image put that in motion.

Most of all....have fun. No matter what your goal (good snapshots or aiming for professional level work) if you aren't having fun and enjoy what you do give it up.ckbBe kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.visit my sites at http://www.photographybychris.netand at

Comment #8

Go to a Library and look at as many National Geographic Magazines you can. Some of the best photographers in the world have their work showcased there. Never mind the subject; Look at each photo, and try to figure out "how" they achieved their result. Angle, type of lens, depth of field, lighting, filters, crop, timing, etc..

Most of the settings on today's cams are automatic, so you can always get decent snapshots; but first you want to learn to "see" what a great picture looks like, then learn and use the controls on DSLRs to achieve it...

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