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GUYS PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME I really need it!
I'M PANICKING. I am starting up my own photography studio and basically I'm getting all my friends and friends children to showcase in my portfolio. I bought a portable stand along with a backdrop. I'm trying to mess with my camera and would like to know how to take pictures without the flash. While this sounds like a stupid question, I did turn the flash off, however the picture won't take. It just stays in limbo saying busy.

I'm so nuts, I have worked with this camera a lot but usually in auto mode. I'm also looking into taking a photography course. I live in Miami, anyone have any suggestions or place (even if it's an online course?). Please advise!.

I also would like to play with the shutter speed and have no idea how to do this..

Can anyone help me????.

Sincerely,.

Annoyed and Distressed (by my own fault)..

Comments (28)

Jenny Snaps wrote:.

I'm trying to mess with my camera and would like to know how to take pictures without the flash. While this sounds like a stupid question, I did turn the flash off, however the picture won't take. It just stays in limbo saying busy. Does anyone know how to change this?.

Jenny, it might help to know what camera you're using..

What is your mode dial setting?Memory card inserted in the camera?Are you out of memory?Is the flash really forced off or do you just think it is?Onboard flash or external?..

Comment #1

If the light is to low the camera may have a problem focusing, and some cameras wont let you take a picture then., unless you set the focus manually..

Best setting for indoor would totally depend on the light conditions and how you want the image to look. There is no "best" setting..

As for the shutterspeed I suggest you read the manual to the camera.Pelle Pianohttp://www.pellepiano.comGallery at http://www.studiobild.com..

Comment #2

Jenny, it might help to know what camera you're using..

What is your mode dial setting?Memory card inserted in the camera?Are you out of memory?Is the flash really forced off or do you just think it is?Onboard flash or external?.

Canon EOS 30Dset at portraityes memory card inno not out of memory totally freei have both added flash or just the camera flash..

I know the flash is off b/c I can either click the button up front to not have the flash on or click it on and it works just fine...

Comment #3

Jenny, I don't know the camera but your added info may help others more familiar with the Canon. Good luck!..

Comment #4

Tim'Be the change you wish to see in the world.' -Mahatma Gandhihttp://www.flickr.com/photos/timskis6/..

Comment #5

Yet you are starting a studio? What makes you think you'll be successfull at this business if you don't know how to read a manual?STOP Global Stasis! Change is good!.

Now that you've judged the quality of my typing, take a look at my photos..http://www.photo.net/photos/GlenBarrington..

Comment #6

Your problem may be low light and failure to lock focus, though I'm ignoring your clue that it says "busy". Sorry about that..

Here's a plan..

Short term:.

Format memory cardput camera in P modego outsideTake some pictures and review.Report back..

Medium termLearn about DOF, aperature, shutter speed, ISO and the relationships..

You're not going to get pro-results with the on-camera flash or even a canon add-on flash indoors..

Buy some studio flash units (Go to the lighting forum and get advice). My advice would be to get 1 Alien B 400 unit and a pocket wizard. Put the camrera in M mode. Experiment.

Learn about post-processing. (Go to the retouching forum). You'll want to learn about photoshop..

Calibrate your monitor..

Send your photos out to a lab.

Long Term.

You'll know what to do!..

Comment #7

Check your light , you need good lightcheck your isoset your DOF ap priority say f5.6set to manual focustry that..

Mike Rudge..

Comment #8

Jenny Snaps wrote:.

I'M PANICKING. I am starting up my own photography studio andbasically I'm getting all my friends and friends children to showcasein my portfolio. I bought a portable stand along with a backdrop. I'mtrying to mess with my camera and would like to know how to takepictures without the flash. While this sounds like a stupid question,I did turn the flash off, however the picture won't take. It juststays in limbo saying busy.

I'm so nuts, Ihave worked with this camera a lot but usually in auto mode. I'm alsolooking into taking a photography course. I live in Miami, anyonehave any suggestions or place (even if it's an online course?). Pleaseadvise!.

I also would like to play with the shutter speed and have no idea howto do this..

Can anyone help me????.

Sincerely,.

Annoyed and Distressed (by my own fault).

OOPS!..

Comment #9

I think you need to consider very carefully whether you have a future running a photography business..

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

Comment #10

This thread is hilarious, more people need to see it. BUMP...

Comment #11

Jenny Snaps wrote:.

I'm alsolooking into taking a photography course. I live in Miami, anyonehave any suggestions or place (even if it's an online course?). Pleaseadvise!.

Jenny, I'm in the camp that wonders why you think you can possibly run a photo studio when you're not and there is no other way to put this competent with your camera..

That being said, if you really insist on doing this, try Miami-Dade Community College as a start..

I knew someone who went here (and it has a good rep) but can't say how she did: http://www.artinstitutes.edu/fortlauderdale/photography.asp.

They have a sister campus in Miami..

Then again there's always the classic standby: http://www.nyip.com/.

Good luck, and I hope you have a better business plan or fall back than it appears in this post..

'Nice pen, bet you write good stories with it.'..

Comment #12

That's a put down, for some one asking for help..

I remember when I first bought a computer, I had to get someone to switch it on for me, I asked for help, and got it, I now build my own PCs, and repairs on other peoples PCs..

So I say ,,, do not give up on your dream, ask all you need to know, and ignore the critics, best of all HAVE FUNMike Rudge..

Comment #13

Michael Edward Rudge wrote:.

That's a put down, for some one asking for help.I remember when I first bought a computer, I had to get someone toswitch it on for me, I asked for help, and got it, I now build my ownPCs, and repairs on other peoples PCs..

Yes but did you plan to set up a business repairing them before you had, out of curiosity opened your PC tower to see what was inside or read some manuals about it? I suspect not..

I would like to be a painter using oils but I do not have the skill so it would be pointless me setting up in business as an artist..

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

Comment #14

Glen Barrington wrote:.

Yet you are starting a studio? What makes you think you'll besuccessfull at this business if you don't know how to read a manual?STOP Global Stasis! Change is good!.

Interesting situation, but maybe she's exceptionally good with people. Over the years I seem to recall reading about the occasional big-name photographer that is a master of posing or simply drawing out the best in a subject and yet knew little about the technical side of photography. They would have teams of assistants to help with the tech details and may have never read a manual in their lives. The through-line in all these cases was that the final image was all that mattered, not the process of getting it, or something like that..

Ye Customer(Alex)..

Comment #15

Like most things in life, it is a learning curve, until you get to the point when you think you can make a living at it, then is the time to start doing it not as a hobby, but as a living, it took me about 10 years to master the ever developing PC, and I suppose it will take me about the same time to find out the difference between a shutter and an iris, and should I up the iso, or use the flashMike Rudge..

Comment #16

That the OP posted the same question SIX TIMES, at least three times in this forum and many more times in other forums. Regardless if the OP needs help, they should NOT be helped and rather chastised for NOT reading the forum rules before posting. Gimme a freakin break. This is utterly ridiculous.Tim'Be the change you wish to see in the world.' -Mahatma Gandhihttp://www.flickr.com/photos/timskis6/..

Comment #17

I got a good laugh out of this. A flaming post with this quote..

'Be the change you wish to see in the world.' -Mahatma Gandhi.

Hmmm. So much for peace, love and understanding. ..

Comment #18

There is a striking contrast between those that need help and those that are asking for help, and those that require both.Tim'Be the change you wish to see in the world.' -Mahatma Gandhihttp://www.flickr.com/photos/timskis6/..

Comment #19

The poor poster is not getting the help they want, but sadly abuse instead..

One day you will want to ask for help,,,,,,REMEMBER<<<<<what goes around,,, comes around..

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Mike Rudge..

Comment #20

There is a difference between posting a question, waiting for a reply, then asking again, and the shotgun approach which is highly looked down upon in online forums..

I've offered a wealth of information to people who properly ask for help. I have no patience for people who cannot, at a minimum, try and respect the combined well being of others - whether it be eye to eye, face to face, or forum to forum. I have also acquired a great wealth of information from these forums as well - but I have asked for it differently..

What goes around does not come around - have you any idea how many good people out there are getting shafted by their good intentions? This is not a benevolent world where optimism is rewarded - each to his/her own, which is what makes a difference. Some are justifiably rewarded on lesser or greater levels, some are not. Others fade away with nothing to gain except personal achievement, which is never recognized by anyone other than yourself..

At any rate, this discussion is *far* beyond the scope of dpreview and wayyy off topic!  .

I'd be happy to continue it away from DPR. You should also understand that my intentions are not unwarranted.Tim'Be the change you wish to see in the world.' -Mahatma Gandhihttp://www.flickr.com/photos/timskis6/..

Comment #21

Oh come on now... "not getting the help they want"? If you go back and actually read the original posting (in any of about 6 threads) you will see that this is not a siple request for help, this is a request to completely bypass the manual or common sense and have someone else do all that *work*..

This poster wants to open a photography business, without ever knowing exactly how to accomplish the photography part. Of course, all of the nice dpreview posters will keep her from having to do something so vulgar as to RTFM. In case you aren't aware, RTFM is an old computer support term, an acronym for READ THE F(*&^ MANUAL..

It's OK for a poster to ask a question. I've answered many, and asked a few myself. But there is a limit to "free support", and this poster went *way* over that line..

Crime Scene PhotographyA small gallery of personal work: http://picasaweb.google.com/PID885..

Comment #22

There's also the distinct possibility that "Jenny Snaps" is having a bit of fun at everyone's expense here ... either way, waste of time responding seriously..

- DennisGallery at http://kingofthebeasts.smugmug.com..

Comment #23

Michael Edward Rudge wrote:That's a put down, for some one asking for help..

No, it's not. It's honesty, followed by suggestions for photo schools WHICH SHE ASKED FOR. Never did I say she couldn't become a photographer..

I'm glad you now build and repair computers but did you start offering those services presumably expecting compensation immediately after learning to switch on your computer? The original poster is "setting up a studio" and someone is going to wind up being a guinea pig and possibly waste time or money while she learns a trade..

Most new small businesses in the U.S. fail within the first five years. I have a feeling most of those failures were egged on by blind touchy-feely support and not steadied enough by blunt honesty..

'Nice pen, bet you write good stories with it.'..

Comment #24

I did have a feeling that that perhaps the poster "Photomaster" was at it again... but you just never know for sure online.Crime Scene PhotographyA small gallery of personal work: http://picasaweb.google.com/PID885..

Comment #25

Glen Barrington wrote:.

Yet you are starting a studio? What makes you think you'll besuccessfull at this business if you don't know how to read a manual?STOP Global Stasis! Change is good!.

Now that you've judged the quality of my typing, take a look at myphotos..http://www.photo.net/photos/GlenBarrington.

I know your post is 3 days old, but........

I have seen some pretty smart, college educated people who can not type or use a computer either. Does that mean they aren't successful. The ones who are successful are the ones who TRY, while others make no attempt to TRY..

Realizing the question posed is indeed pretty basic, shouldn't we give credit to the fact she is TRYING to learn?.

Conrad 'Bye Bye' Birdie'Aspire to inspire before you expire'...

Comment #26

Conrad Birdie wrote:.

I know your post is 3 days old, but........

I have seen some pretty smart, college educated people who can nottype or use a computer either. Does that mean they aren'tsuccessful. The ones who are successful are the ones who TRY, whileothers make no attempt to TRY..

Realizing the question posed is indeed pretty basic, shouldn't wegive credit to the fact she is TRYING to learn?.

In my opinion, no. Simply because the OP is not TRYING to learn. She wants to be given knowledge without any effort on her part. The answer to her question is in her manual. The post is reasonably well written, indicating to me that the OP has no problem with language. There is no reason why she couldn't get that info out of the manual.



I have someone close to me who has a learning disability. He is far from stupid, but his mind has a very hard time with written language. I've seen him struggle and struggle to glean what little he could from his school textbooks, only to come to me nearly in tears, askng for help..

I have nothing but contempt for the intellectually lazy. Which the OP is..

STOP Global Stasis! Change is good!.

Now that you've judged the quality of my typing, take a look at my photos..http://www.photo.net/photos/GlenBarrington..

Comment #27

Glen Barrington wrote:.

Conrad Birdie wrote:.

I know your post is 3 days old, but........

I have seen some pretty smart, college educated people who can nottype or use a computer either. Does that mean they aren'tsuccessful. The ones who are successful are the ones who TRY, whileothers make no attempt to TRY..

Realizing the question posed is indeed pretty basic, shouldn't wegive credit to the fact she is TRYING to learn?.

In my opinion, no. Simply because the OP is not TRYING to learn.She wants to be given knowledge without any effort on her part. Theanswer to her question is in her manual. The post is reasonably wellwritten, indicating to me that the OP has no problem with language.There is no reason why she couldn't get that info out of the manual.I would be happy to help someone interpret their manual, but I haveno intention of reading it FOR her!.

I have someone close to me who has a learning disability. He is farfrom stupid, but his mind has a very hard time with written language.I've seen him struggle and struggle to glean what little he couldfrom his school textbooks, only to come to me nearly in tears, askngfor help..

I have nothing but contempt for the intellectually lazy. Which theOP is..

STOP Global Stasis! Change is good!.

Now that you've judged the quality of my typing, take a look at myphotos..http://www.photo.net/photos/GlenBarrington.

I must admit, you have some valid points and looking at her postings history tends to confirm your feelings.Conrad 'Bye Bye' Birdie'Aspire to inspire before you expire'...

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