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How to earn a better camera while mastering what I have
The question in general is about how to understand the capabilities of the camera and to teach the photographer (me) to take the equipment and conditions at hand to the best advantage. Photo 101 maybe? While I drool over cameras that cost 10x as much and understand how they can make my struggles obsolete I'm old school and want to learn my way up to something better in the digital realm..

So, I take pictures with this camera (Canon A640, bought for my son's nature photography class and for me on the side) under various "auto" setting or assisted manual settings. I have the hack that allows for real-time histograms and raw shooting and bracketing. All of a sudden I have a lot of camera on my hands that's overwhelming and results that are confusing; sometimes auto jpg is great and don't know what to do with RAW, and PP is confusing and for me hard to beat the native jpegs and don't know what to give importance to in any given shot..

So the challenge is to extend what I know about subject matter i.e. still/action, macro, lighting, dynamic range, focus priority and extend it to the digital realm where there is so much more opportunity for immediate (or not) feedback. In other words is there some decision tree to follow that will allow me to learn to use the camera most effectively?.

Sometimes I just think take 100 pictures a day and look at the EXIF and what I was trying to accomplish and see what turned out. Scatter diagram approach..

Or focus on settings to optimize the DR of the photo. or take a bunch of shots knowing that you can do magic in PP. All of this assuming that I have the artistic presence of minde to capture something of interest under lighting that is favorable...Of course what is favorable is also one of my questions..

Any feedback welcome...

Comments (5)

OK I get it...not an interesting subject. No photos to look at. Too general and vague. I'll try again later..

Aloha..

Comment #1

There are numerous books and online tutorials that I have used.Try this http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials.htm..

Comment #2

Maybe a little patience is in order? If you can't wait for an hour for a reply do you have the patience to learn photography and PP..

GaryPhotos at http://www.pbase.com/gary_602zAll who wander are not lost!..

Comment #3

I was undoubtedly impatient. Thank you posters for responding as you did as it will get me started on the right foot...

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Luxumbria wrote:.

... I drool over cameras that cost 10x as much andunderstand how they can make my struggles obsolete.

This part you have all wrong. Until you can use the camera you have effectively, having a better more expensive camera with more professional features will just make your photo taking experience less enjoyable and more confusing..

You are right in thinking Photo 101, either in class room form or self study (google when on-line, the library or a local book store for material) Learn about composition, light and exposure, as well learn about basic camera function and all the while be using your camera and get comfortible operating the features it has..

This site has a great section to help you learn a lot..

Http://www.dpreview.com/learn/?/Glossary/.

...Dennis..

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