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I dont know if this is the right thread to ask but here goes

I am very new to photography. I just got my first DSLR thanks to Sho nuffs thread. What mode do you guys shoot in. I find myself thinking I have to be in Manual since I have this great camera and if I wanted to put it in auto, why bother. BUT, the pictures are not coming out great because i dont have a firm grasp on the exposure settings yet.

Went to my moms bday the other day. Took some great pics, but some came out blurry. Went to the park today just to play around and same thing happened. Is this something that I just need to practice, or are people happy throwing it in P mode or S mode or even a setting mode like portrait and sports etc.

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I dont know if this is the right thread to ask but here goesI am very new to photography. I just got my first DSLR thanks to Sho nuffs thread. What mode do you guys shoot in. I find myself thinking I have to be in Manual since I have this great camera and if I wanted to put it in auto, why bother. BUT, the pictures are not coming out great because i dont have a firm grasp on the exposure settings yet.Went to my moms bday the other day. Took some great pics, but some came out blurry. Went to the park today just to play around and same thing happened. Is this something that I just need to practice, or are people happy throwing it in P mode or S mode or even a setting mode like portrait and sports etc.

For everyday use, I use the P setting. I like being able to control when the flash is on/off manually. I've also found it easier to have the autofocus point set to the center of the picture - that way, I can pick what i want to be in focus and then recompose the shot after depressing the shutter button halfway. For your blurry shots, check what exposure the shot was at. If it was a slow exposure like 1/10 or 1/30, you should have used a flash or higher ISO when taking the shot. If it was a fast exposure, like 1/100 or 1/250, then the camera didn't focus on what you wanted - you may have pressed the shutter button too quickly before the camera had a chance to focus. My advice: play around with the camera around the house, read the manual, play some more, and read Understanding Exposure. Ultimately, the more pictures you take, the better you will get and knowing what are good / bad situations for picture taking. With digital, there's really no downside to taking a bazillion practice pictures. Edited by ODoyleRules

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I dont know if this is the right thread to ask but here goesI am very new to photography. I just got my first DSLR thanks to Sho nuffs thread. What mode do you guys shoot in. I find myself thinking I have to be in Manual since I have this great camera and if I wanted to put it in auto, why bother. BUT, the pictures are not coming out great because i dont have a firm grasp on the exposure settings yet.Went to my moms bday the other day. Took some great pics, but some came out blurry. Went to the park today just to play around and same thing happened. Is this something that I just need to practice, or are people happy throwing it in P mode or S mode or even a setting mode like portrait and sports etc.

For everyday use, I use the P setting. I like being able to control when the flash is on/off manually. I've also found it easier to have the autofocus point set to the center of the picture - that way, I can pick what i want to be in focus and then recompose the shot after depressing the shutter button halfway. For your blurry shots, check what exposure the shot was at. If it was a slow exposure like 1/10 or 1/30, you should have used a flash or higher ISO when taking the shot. If it was a fast exposure, like 1/100 or 1/250, then the camera didn't focus on what you wanted - you may have pressed the shutter button too quickly before the camera had a chance to focus. My advice: play around with the camera around the house, read the manual, play some more, and read Understanding Exposure. Ultimately, the more pictures you take, the better you will get and knowing what are good / bad situations for picture taking. With digital, there's really no downside to taking a bazillion practice pictures.
:goodposting: Also, keep in mind when you're shooting manual to adjust your white balance to match the light you're shooting in. I used to always forget to do this and it ruined some otherwise good shots. Now it's always the first thing I do.

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I dont know if this is the right thread to ask but here goesI am very new to photography. I just got my first DSLR thanks to Sho nuffs thread. What mode do you guys shoot in. I find myself thinking I have to be in Manual since I have this great camera and if I wanted to put it in auto, why bother. BUT, the pictures are not coming out great because i dont have a firm grasp on the exposure settings yet.Went to my moms bday the other day. Took some great pics, but some came out blurry. Went to the park today just to play around and same thing happened. Is this something that I just need to practice, or are people happy throwing it in P mode or S mode or even a setting mode like portrait and sports etc.

For everyday use, I use the P setting. I like being able to control when the flash is on/off manually. I've also found it easier to have the autofocus point set to the center of the picture - that way, I can pick what i want to be in focus and then recompose the shot after depressing the shutter button halfway. For your blurry shots, check what exposure the shot was at. If it was a slow exposure like 1/10 or 1/30, you should have used a flash or higher ISO when taking the shot. If it was a fast exposure, like 1/100 or 1/250, then the camera didn't focus on what you wanted - you may have pressed the shutter button too quickly before the camera had a chance to focus. My advice: play around with the camera around the house, read the manual, play some more, and read Understanding Exposure. Ultimately, the more pictures you take, the better you will get and knowing what are good / bad situations for picture taking. With digital, there's really no downside to taking a bazillion practice pictures.
:goodposting: Also, keep in mind when you're shooting manual to adjust your white balance to match the light you're shooting in. I used to always forget to do this and it ruined some otherwise good shots. Now it's always the first thing I do.
Thanks guys. I will take a look at this when I get homeI have Understanding Exposure already so I am set there. Like you said, taking a ton of pics is very easy with a SD card.I took a few that I like, maybe I will post them if I can get my confidence up. There are just so many great shots in here already

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I dont know if this is the right thread to ask but here goesI am very new to photography. I just got my first DSLR thanks to Sho nuffs thread. What mode do you guys shoot in. I find myself thinking I have to be in Manual since I have this great camera and if I wanted to put it in auto, why bother. BUT, the pictures are not coming out great because i dont have a firm grasp on the exposure settings yet.Went to my moms bday the other day. Took some great pics, but some came out blurry. Went to the park today just to play around and same thing happened. Is this something that I just need to practice, or are people happy throwing it in P mode or S mode or even a setting mode like portrait and sports etc.

For everyday use, I use the P setting. I like being able to control when the flash is on/off manually. I've also found it easier to have the autofocus point set to the center of the picture - that way, I can pick what i want to be in focus and then recompose the shot after depressing the shutter button halfway. For your blurry shots, check what exposure the shot was at. If it was a slow exposure like 1/10 or 1/30, you should have used a flash or higher ISO when taking the shot. If it was a fast exposure, like 1/100 or 1/250, then the camera didn't focus on what you wanted - you may have pressed the shutter button too quickly before the camera had a chance to focus. My advice: play around with the camera around the house, read the manual, play some more, and read Understanding Exposure. Ultimately, the more pictures you take, the better you will get and knowing what are good / bad situations for picture taking. With digital, there's really no downside to taking a bazillion practice pictures.
:goodposting: Also, keep in mind when you're shooting manual to adjust your white balance to match the light you're shooting in. I used to always forget to do this and it ruined some otherwise good shots. Now it's always the first thing I do.
:goodposting: Outdoor Photography had a great article about the newest DSLR's. They mentioned how it is to be :bag: for people to use "p" mode with DSLR's. But now that the processing and capability's of the DSLR have improved he mentioned that he even finds himself using P mode as the DSLRs do a fantastic job of adjusting.I only drop to Manual or Shutter/Aperture mode when I have time to take multiple shots at multiple settings to capture what I want from the shot.

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Outdoor Photography had a great article about the newest DSLR's.

They mentioned how it is to be :tinfoilhat: for people to use "p" mode with DSLR's.

But now that the processing and capability's of the DSLR have improved he mentioned that he even finds himself using P mode as the DSLRs do a fantastic job of adjusting.

I only drop to Manual or Shutter/Aperture mode when I have time to take multiple shots at multiple settings to capture what I want from the shot.

Can this be found online. If so, can you link it

Also, does anyone get a specific magazine and think it is great. Wouldnt mind subscribing to one, if nothing else then to give me ideas for good shots.

I find myself constantly driving places thinking, that would make a great shot

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Outdoor Photography had a great article about the newest DSLR's.

They mentioned how it is to be :lmao: for people to use "p" mode with DSLR's.

But now that the processing and capability's of the DSLR have improved he mentioned that he even finds himself using P mode as the DSLRs do a fantastic job of adjusting.

I only drop to Manual or Shutter/Aperture mode when I have time to take multiple shots at multiple settings to capture what I want from the shot.

Can this be found online. If so, can you link it

Also, does anyone get a specific magazine and think it is great. Wouldnt mind subscribing to one, if nothing else then to give me ideas for good shots.

I find myself constantly driving places thinking, that would make a great shot

I couldn't find the article on their site Outdoor Photography

That is currently the only Photo Magazine I still subscribe to. tried a few others but they became redundant, but I still enjoy my Monthly copy of Outdoor Photography :lmao:

Most here will tell you .. if you are going to buy just one book then you MUST buy.. Understanding Exposure

Not sure if there is an update one or not, but I have this and still to this day find myself going back to it for tips.

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Question for those that shoot in RAW

Do you have to convert it to a jpeg to upload to Flikr?

I have Picassa and it recognizes RAW but I cant figure out how to upload a RAW file

And thanks for helping Doctor Doofenshmirtz this morning. I took what you said about just trying different features and I started to get the hang of it. That white balance change really made differences

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My first contribution. :intimaded:

Tree Bull

Flowing H2O

Close Up

I know the waterfall pics are cliche but Im starting out. Had to get a few

NICE!!

You should be pleased with these.

Keep shooting - try new stuff. And don't get bummed if it takes 100 shots to get 5-10 nice ones. That's pretty normal :clap:

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Couple shots I took at the Minnesota Zoo the other weekend:

Watching

At rest Really liked how the focus came out on this one as well as the colors.

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Couple shots I took at the Minnesota Zoo the other weekend:

Watching

At rest Really liked how the focus came out on this one as well as the colors.

Did you intentionally focus on the leg, or was that an accident.

I have a great idea for a shot. I drove by it this morning. Im hoping I can get out when I get home today and shoot it. If I do, I will post it

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Couple shots I took at the Minnesota Zoo the other weekend:

Watching

At rest Really liked how the focus came out on this one as well as the colors.

Did you intentionally focus on the leg, or was that an accident.

I have a great idea for a shot. I drove by it this morning. Im hoping I can get out when I get home today and shoot it. If I do, I will post it

As normal I took about 10 shots of him. Tried different settings and different Focus points and liked this one the best. I LOVE digital for that reason.. If I go out for a 1-2 hour shoot in the woods I'll take 100 to 200 shots and usually end up with 10 to 20 that I like and just delete the rest. :thumbup:

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Couple shots I took at the Minnesota Zoo the other weekend:

Watching

At rest Really liked how the focus came out on this one as well as the colors.

Did you intentionally focus on the leg, or was that an accident.

I have a great idea for a shot. I drove by it this morning. Im hoping I can get out when I get home today and shoot it. If I do, I will post it

As normal I took about 10 shots of him. Tried different settings and different Focus points and liked this one the best. I LOVE digital for that reason.. If I go out for a 1-2 hour shoot in the woods I'll take 100 to 200 shots and usually end up with 10 to 20 that I like and just delete the rest. :)
I love shooting wild animals. Some of my favorite shots:

Giraffe

Rhino

Cheetah

Cougar

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I have a great idea for a shot. I drove by it this morning. Im hoping I can get out when I get home today and shoot it. If I do, I will post it

Here they are

The Recession has hit some harder then others

Thought it might make a stronger statement in Black and White

Lone weed

The B&W looks like it would be the best to represent that shot..... I'd probably try to "darken" it a bit.. Also, it would probably work better if it was off center..

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Couple shots I took at the Minnesota Zoo the other weekend:

Watching

At rest Really liked how the focus came out on this one as well as the colors.

Did you intentionally focus on the leg, or was that an accident.

I have a great idea for a shot. I drove by it this morning. Im hoping I can get out when I get home today and shoot it. If I do, I will post it

As normal I took about 10 shots of him. Tried different settings and different Focus points and liked this one the best. I LOVE digital for that reason.. If I go out for a 1-2 hour shoot in the woods I'll take 100 to 200 shots and usually end up with 10 to 20 that I like and just delete the rest. :lmao:
I love shooting wild animals. Some of my favorite shots:

Giraffe

Rhino

Cheetah

Cougar

Nice.. Like the Cheetah.. :lmao:

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Do you guys bring your tripod with you at the zoo or leave it at home

For the zoo, I bring my gorillapod.

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Do you guys bring your tripod with you at the zoo or leave it at home

For the zoo, I bring my gorillapod.
Interesting. Could have actually used that this morning
I use mine all the time. Fits right in my bag. I have a nice tripod, but it's a drag to carry around.

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Do you guys bring your tripod with you at the zoo or leave it at home

For the zoo, I bring my gorillapod.
That looks pretty useful. Never knew such a thing existed.

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Do you guys bring your tripod with you at the zoo or leave it at home

For the zoo, I bring my gorillapod.
That looks pretty useful. Never knew such a thing existed.
Surprised most don't have one by now.. I carry the "pod" all the time, even if I am carrying my Tripod with..

I haven't been daring enough yet to attach it to a tree and have my dSLR hang "by a limb" yet.. :(

But I have used it on rocks, and for attaching to railings.. :unsure:

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My weak attempt to try something new. This was a suggested pic of the week another forum I have been checking out (was listed here somewhere)

Film Noir

:fishing: Just seeing a Black square with Acer FC at the bottom:
It is a dark pic but I see it fine. That is odd.

It's not much to see so you are not missing much.

OK.. Seeing it better here at home.. Good concept.. might need more of the person in the lower right ..

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My weak attempt to try something new. This was a suggested pic of the week another forum I have been checking out (was listed here somewhere)

Film Noir

:popcorn: Just seeing a Black square with Acer FC at the bottom:
It is a dark pic but I see it fine. That is odd.

It's not much to see so you are not missing much.

OK.. Seeing it better here at home.. Good concept.. might need more of the person in the lower right ..
Cool. It was the first time I had tried anything like that. I am just starting to get the feel for my camera and I liked that I was able to focus the light on the "model" but keep the board in the dark. A little more of the face would probably have been a great idea. Still working on my composition skills

I signed up to take an online class with Bryan Peterson who wrote Understanding Exposure. It starts Friday so I am psyched about that. Hoping to really grasp what a good picture is supposed to look like.

Edited by AcerFC

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A little extra time on our hands do we?.. :hot:
:goodposting:

Like the last picture, this one was a picture for the contest of the week from Digital Photo school.

I know I never have a chance of winning in any given week because others pics are really good, but it is fun and gives me something new to think about every week. Lots of fun

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Dog woke me up at 5am last Saturday so decided to venture out.. Sunrise didn't work like I was hoping but got a couple shots:

Reaching out

Early

Left behind

Edited by snogger

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Heres a few from a recent trip to the Big Island of Hawaii. Any comments are welcome.

Lava Pool

Busted Fence

I love your depth of field in the fence picture

I think the lava pool would have been a lot stronger if you would have gotten lower to the ground, even laying down to give you that storytelling effect. I may have also stepped up a bit more to isolate the rock in the middle a bit more

great shots

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