Where to learn?
Years ago I had a Cannon AE1. I never took a bad picture with that camera. It got stolen and I was forced to use point and shoots. I asked for a good SLR for Christmas and my husband came through big time. I have a Cannon 5D and a couple excellent lenses, 50 mm1:1.2L, 17-40mm 1:4L and 28-135mm with IS. I took a Community College class and learned alot.

Sometimes I take great pictures. But quite often they are crappy. Usually when family is around and ask me to send them copies. I never was all that great in math or science and the books I have bought are way over my artsy head. Where does somone like me learn to use all this complicated equipment?Kathy..

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Try Joe McNally's Blog. Also check the links on his Blog for other photographer's images. And last of all, practice, practice...

Comment #1

In some ways I'd say your husband would have done better to have bought you a used AE1, but with the cost of film climbing and the hassles converting film frames to digital for e-mailing, that's probably a lost cause..

Mostly, I think you'll find the local photogs who might formerly have given you lessons are struggling themselves to make sense of the new technology. There is a profusion of how-to books on digital photography, but they tend to be obsolete by the time they hit the bookshelves. About all you can do is research topics in Google and post questions on the Internet..

That said, you might want to switch your 5D to M for manual and set the meter to centre-weighted, then set the aperture, shutter, and perhaps even focus by hand. This would leverage your AE1 reflexes that served you so well in days gone by..

Dale Cotton, Canada

Comment #2

All I can do is tell you where I went - but not whether I learnt anything there. If you don't have a technical background it is harder, because digital photography is inherently technical. However, for what it is worth I have found the most helpful technical-light resources to be:.

Ansel Adams' books: The Camera, and The Negative (The Print is not really relevant for digital photography, but has some great pictures), and.


Comment #3

Are you asking about basic photographic technique or something else ( composition perhaps ) ? .

If it's a basic introduction that covers all the bases ( including basic composition and many other things ) I'd suggest Daniel Lezano's "The Photography Bible". No maths required ( at all ). I'd describe it as painless but effective..

However reading won't teach you anything. Read a page or two about techniques and then try them. With digital you get to try and try and try, so snap away..

Enjoy your 5D..


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Comment #4

Katherine Michels wrote:Years ago I had a Cannon AE1. I never took a bad picture with thatcamera. It got stolen and I was forced to use point and shoots. Iasked for a good SLR for Christmas and my husband came through bigtime. I have a Cannon 5D and a couple excellent lenses, 50 mm1:1.2L,17-40mm 1:4L and 28-135mm with IS..

A Canon shoots photos and a Cannon shoots cannon balls....

Sorry, I couldn't resist the spelling lesson... ;>).

Lot's of good tutorials in digital photography and post processing workflow on the internet if you do some google searches....

What areas are you having difficulty in? Exposure? Camera settings, composition? Flash usage? Post processing? What editing software do you use to develop (post process) your photos? Do you shoot Raw or Jpg?....

There is a lot to learn switching from film to digital but the nice thing is the film is (almost) free and you can learn as you go....

Lot's of resources on the web and in the library or bookstore....

I wish you the best, have fun learning, you will get there!.


Photography is more about depth of feeling than depth of field

Comment #5

If you understand the basics of exposure (ISO, aperture and shutter speed) and you're not getting good photos, why don't you post a couple pics in this forum and get some specific advice..


Useful learning links

Comment #6

One of my favorites. Something for everyone. A great place to understand the eye as well as how to get the camera (and light) to do what you want.

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