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    Quote Originally Posted by cp-connection View Post
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    Great pictures, Ant.
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    Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

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    Why does one person in almost every other thread make one of those jokes... That is something I don't want to think about, ever!

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    Ant, consider yourself blessed to have received such a camera.

    However, many people who get big fancy DSLRs without any formal camera knowledge end up frustrated over them, or don't ever use them to their full ability. I strongly suggest you take a photography class at your earliest convenience. Just a basic black and white film class is enough to get the ball rolling.

    You should also research your lenses to understand their strengths and limitations. From what I'm reading, your lens produces a lot of chromatic aberration at the 300mm setting, so you may not want to use it there.

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    Yeah, I am signing up for my digital photography class at school next year. I won't be frustrated. It is actually very easy to use. Also I know I am blessed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ant View Post
    Yeah, I am signing up for my digital photography class at school next year. I won't be frustrated. It is actually very easy to use. Also I know I am blessed.
    I'm sure you've noticed though how there are a TON of functions. With good training, you'll be able to use those functions and produce much better results than what the camera's auto or program modes can give you.

    I hope to see some of your stuff popping up soon!

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    The best thing about digital camera is that it won't break the bank to shoot enough photos to get the hang of it.

    I've pretty much abandoned photography (or did it abandon me?) but if I were to be drawn back into it, I think I'd re-read Ansel Adams' book The Negative. That's the middle book of his series and has the best discussions of lighting and exposure I ever saw. Basically, it's the philosophy and technology of capturing an image, all wrapped into one.

    A little of what he wrote can be ignored, because his axe was a big view camera and that gave him options not available to most of us. But the book lays out the zone system and thoughts that go into composition. A modern camera's bells & whistles are just tools to help achieve correct exposure & focus and that book helps you understand what you're trying to do with whatever tools are at your disposal.
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    Bruce........having talked with the Journalism School photography professors at the University of Montana Missoula they say that the better photographers coming out of their school are those that spent alot of time away from the digital camera and shooting film before going back to mainly using digital.......i guess knowing your way around a darkroom is a huge help even in digital photography......gives yah a better grasp on the finer stuff your trying to do with your camera....

    as you said, someone, especially a kid, can quickly go broke shooting film but i would also highly recommend reading up on books like the one you suggest......
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    Shooting B&W is important too because it eliminates the distraction of pretty colors and encourages a photographer to learn about texture, contrast, etc. I still like to turn off the color on a digital photo to see what I really did, even though I'm reduced to an occasional snapshot now.
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