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could've been an epic long exposure picture! :o

 

Do you guys shoot in full manual? (wb, exposure, apeture, iso, everything?)

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I'm shooting full manual, but my Disneyland shot above was auto. The reason why is because my friends and I were constantly on the move, I didn't want them to sit and wait for me to manually set up a shot every single time, you know? I was also asked "Why did you bring an SLR on a holiday?" - because I wanted nice quality photos with the potential to print out nicely. 

 

When I'm by myself and taking my time, I plan my shot and I shoot full manual nowadays. :) 

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awesome :) I feel that you appreciate your pictures a lot more when you put it on full manual because you know that what you captured is because you're good :)

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I have a Pentax K20D that I really love.  Before that I shot with a Pentax K1000 or KM (35 mm FTW!).  I haven't been taking many pictures for the past couple of years though, for whatever reason.  I'm thinking that I should start bringing my camera on dog walks though, things are going to start greening up here real soon and there will be some good opportunities...

 

Here is a shot my wife took with her P&S when we were on our honeymoon in Rome....

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My girlfriend still does a lot of 35mm (even 120mm :o) because she can develop the films free at work, it's interesting!

 

We're supposed to get a black box soon to develop the pictures our selves, can't wait! :) She has a Canon AE-1 as her primary 35mm and a few others, the 120mm I forget which brand it is, but it's something that used to be very expensive!

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I LOVE shooting film.  You really have to think about it a lot more, compose your shot, think about framing, exposure, the whole thing.  With digital you can just take another picture with a few things changed (this is not a bad thing, its just different).  You can do that with film, but the costs really start to pile up....

 

Plus, no one can develop it anymore (at least not here, Walmart is the only option)  I do still have a 35 mm in my bag all the time though, loaded up with B&W... I should grab that tonight for the dog walk...

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I have a lot of appreciation for 35mm shooters, it's like you said, you have to think much more about your shot :P

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My girlfriend still does a lot of 35mm (even 120mm :o) because she can develop the films free at work, it's interesting!

 

We're supposed to get a black box soon to develop the pictures our selves, can't wait! :) She has a Canon AE-1 as her primary 35mm and a few others, the 120mm I forget which brand it is, but it's something that used to be very expensive!

 

Canon AE-1! One of my first cameras. I learned photography on film cameras, which was a total pain in the ass at the time, but I'm really glad I did. I think if I had learned on digital, I would be way more careless with my shots.

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The camera store near me just lent me a 10-22mm Canon (super wide) lens and a 8mm Rokinon (FISHEYE! :D) lens. Took plenty of shots yesterday (girlfriend ended up taking much more), but I want the fisheye so bad! :| (I can get a new one for around 275$....:o )

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The camera store near me just lent me a 10-22mm Canon (super wide) lens and a 8mm Rokinon (FISHEYE! :D) lens. Took plenty of shots yesterday (girlfriend ended up taking much more), but I want the fisheye so bad! :| (I can get a new one for around 275$.... :o )

 

 

To ebay with you! You'll probably find a used one for cheaper. 

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Since my girlfriend works at the local shop, she can get things at cost+10%, which is where I'm getting my price from. :P not ebay :D 

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He's a picture of me she took while we going to the trails (she was walking)

 

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Shit that's sweet, a guy I work with is gonna represent Canada! :D

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Wannabe photography nerd... been playing with cameras since my parents gave me a super cheap film camera on a Disneyland vacation when I was 5.

 

I was a portrait photographer for almost a year at a Target portrait studio, but I wasn't asked to/allowed to change any camera settings, so all artistic freedom came from composition and focus.

 

I now have a Nikon D5000 with a kit 10-55 and a 70-200 zoom lens. I've been shooting RAW and using Lightroom, but I'm still shooting in Auto or the other assisted modes and not in full manual ever. I love to take photos, but I need to get in some practice this summer while I'm not in school and have more time to just fiddle around with it.

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Wannabe photography nerd... been playing with cameras since my parents gave me a super cheap film camera on a Disneyland vacation when I was 5.

 

I was a portrait photographer for almost a year at a Target portrait studio, but I wasn't asked to/allowed to change any camera settings, so all artistic freedom came from composition and focus.

 

I now have a Nikon D5000 with a kit 10-55 and a 70-200 zoom lens. I've been shooting RAW and using Lightroom, but I'm still shooting in Auto or the other assisted modes and not in full manual ever. I love to take photos, but I need to get in some practice this summer while I'm not in school and have more time to just fiddle around with it.

Just try putting it on M and then having a look at the numbers in the viewfinder - it will tell you if you are under/over exposed.  Then snap away.   OR take a picture on the auto setting you want, then try one on M and see how your settings differ from the auto settings in the pic properties in lightroom (or just rclick and then properties)

 

Its not the black box everyone thinks it is - composition and focus are the artistic side of it (aside from depth of field).  ISO/aperture/shutter speed are the hard numbers behind how under/over exposed you end up, but its fairly simple once you play with it a bit.  Don't let it intimidate you!

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honestly, I am not a fan of the M mode. I do however recommend everyone use A (aperture priority mode). Let the camera figure out the shutter speed and you figure out the depth of focus/bokeh/composition for your shots. With Lightroom raw processing you can still get back a lot of details from under/over exposed photos (so long as they aren't clipped). 

 

 

Happy shooting :) 

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honestly, I am not a fan of the M mode. I do however recommend everyone use A (aperture priority mode). Let the camera figure out the shutter speed and you figure out the depth of focus/bokeh/composition for your shots. With Lightroom raw processing you can still get back a lot of details from under/over exposed photos (so long as they aren't clipped). 

 

 

Happy shooting :)

I agree, once you know what's what in the workings, A seems to be the best (this is what I almost always use, along with some exposure correction).  I recommended M really to understand what the camera is up to, that's all.  M is really the most like film, which is how I learned and its served me fairly well.  Mind you - what worked for me may not work for you.  However you decide to go about it, don't be afraid to start mucking about with the settings!

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Like this new Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 lens I got, it's full manual (hence the affordable ~300$, instead of the canon 8-(15 I think), AF.

 

It's manual focus (after about a feet it goes into infinity, so focusing isn't usually a problem and manual aperture, which is set to 3.5 for the majority of shots)

 

Here are a few examples of what I took yesterday during my bike ride and some slackline we did after (me, my room mate and my gf with her 10-22 canon lens on a T1i) (my bike is in the background with the GT2). Last one was taken fairly quickly, I was getting eating by musquitos lol

 

PS. If a moderator or admin could put ("not 56k friendly" in the thread title would warn people of pictures xD)

 

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My journey (Date - Total - BF % - LBM)

2012-01-01 - 242 - 35% - 157

2013-12-15 - 172 - 10% - 155

2016-05-01 - 231 - 25% - 173

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Wannabe photography nerd... been playing with cameras since my parents gave me a super cheap film camera on a Disneyland vacation when I was 5.

 

I was a portrait photographer for almost a year at a Target portrait studio, but I wasn't asked to/allowed to change any camera settings, so all artistic freedom came from composition and focus.

 

I now have a Nikon D5000 with a kit 10-55 and a 70-200 zoom lens. I've been shooting RAW and using Lightroom, but I'm still shooting in Auto or the other assisted modes and not in full manual ever. I love to take photos, but I need to get in some practice this summer while I'm not in school and have more time to just fiddle around with it.

 

Manual is pretty easy to suss out once you understand how ISO works. Very quick lesson:

 

1. The lower the ISO number, the more light you're working with. It has to do with the sensitivity of the microchip to light (used to be the sensitivity of the film). It goes in steps, the step increments being determined by your specific camera. ISO 100-200 is good for full sunlight outdoors. 400-1600 is good for overcast days, indoors, etc. 800+ is for concerts and other low-light settings. Pro tip: cameras need a LOT more light than you think they do. Set your ISO. (It's okay if it's wrong... at first.)

2. Go to M on the dial/menu/whatever. You see those notches with that baseball-diamond-looking notch hovering over them? Press your focus halfway down so you get a light meter reading (should be built into your camera), then slide the dial until that baseball diamond is in the middle.

3. Press the shutter button. You should have a decently-exposed photo.

 

As someone suggested, you may want to use shutter priority or aperture priority (I recommend aperture priority) and pay attention to the relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO. ISO tends to dictate how the other two act, so that's where you start often times. If your aperture/shutter speed are too fast or too slow, often times a shift in ISO will fix those issues.

 

As with anything in life, the more you practice, the better you'll get at it. I've been so lucky to have some really talented (and patient!) photographers teach me what I know, but it's not at all uncommon to teach yourself this stuff.

 

Henri Cartier-Bresson was a really famous street photographer who said that your first 10,000 photographs are your worst. So just go ahead and get through those so you can get to the good stuff already. :)

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Seeing all of these great photos makes me want to get a DSLR instead of just the P&S that I currently use...

 

Most of mine are taken on the volksmarches that I go on, or just local area shots.

 

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