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#1 R1989

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:45 PM

I have finished the 1st session of dvd's and I was feeling so excited and inspired but now that I have my camera and dvd's I am feeling down.
I do not know how to use the camera to its full potential and I do not know what all the knobs and buttons do.
How do I get past this point and back to being excited and inspired to take the greatest pictures ever and get closer to be the next BIG TIME photographer?
Please help anyone past my point
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#2 TiredRob

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 06:16 PM

Look at great pictures you love.

Ask yourself: why is this a great picture? What is it about this picture that make me love it? Is it the style? The composition? The subject matter? What is it that makes this picture special to you?

Once you realise what it is that makes you love a great picture... Then grab up your camera, and go and do the same thing!

Yes, at this stage you may not get exactly the same thing - but if you have half an idea about what it is that makes a great picture for YOU then you're well on the road to learning to make your own.

Anyone can do this. It takes some time, and some learning but it's very rewarding... So be patient, learn one thing at a time and know that you can make as much progress as you want to if you apply yourself.

And have fun! :)

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#4 mrspyderman

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 11:50 PM

You can have a Fender strat, but if you don't know how to string or tune your own guitar, you won't be sounding like Hendrix. Likewise with photography, you can know what an F-stop is, but if you don't know how to set it with your own camera, you won't be like Ansel Adams.

I would say learn your camera first. Take a photo where you can control the environment. I would suggest something indoors. Even if it's just using a lamp in your room, keep the scene, lighting, and distance constant. Just looking around where I'm at I would say a can would be good because the light reflects off it, maybe in front of some books on a shelf. (that's what I would do in my area) Then I would take pictures using each setting of the camera. I would write down each setting I used. For example, I know my camera has lighting settings. So testing those out, I would take a shot and write down daylight, then tungsten, then...you get the idea. Then I would look at the shots and see which ones I like the best.

Learning what your camera is capable of is boring sometimes, but it's something that needs to be done.

#5 R1989

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 12:47 AM

Thank you for the suggestions Rob and mrspyderman, I will play around with my camera on all different settings and keep in mind what got me to love photography in the 1st place and shot pictures of what inspired me in the 1st place. Maybe even go back to the place the inspired me in the 1st place and see what I get from that.
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#6 darlaud

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:02 PM

I have found the only way to learn the settings is read your book and if you do not understand something read it again. When I first got my D300s it was more advanced than any cameras my friends had. I finally started to shoot on manual and reviewed the pictures immediately. Once I saw how changing an aperture or shutter speed it finally all clicked together. Do not give up.




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