Three Great Tips

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Avery, Jun 11, 2005.

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    Avery Guest

    If there were three tips you could share with the world of digital
    photography what would they be? Understanding your audience is whomever
    you believe them to be, what three bits of advice do you have to offer?

    Me? I have nothing to offer yet. I'm still using the presets of the
    D70 but someday hope to upgrade my status to amateur. ;-)

    And THANKS for any advice you have to share!

    Avery, Jun 11, 2005
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  2. .. Expose for the highlights,
    .. Fill the frame
    .. And most importantly have fun!

    Craig Marston, Jun 11, 2005
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Assuming this is for DSLR shooting...

    Expose for the highlights

    Shoot RAW (+ HQ JPEG for a canon then dump raw if OK)

    Use aperture priority for effect but keep an eye on shutter speed for
    motion blur & don't be afraid to bump ISO especially for low contrast
    scenes where you darken in RAW conversion.
    Paul Furman, Jun 11, 2005
  4. Use aperture priority for effect but keep an eye on shutter speed for
    I agree, it's better to increase the ISO and introduce a little noise rather
    than ruin the shot completely through motion blur or focus due to small DoF.

    Craig Marston, Jun 11, 2005
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    Wayne Guest

    Regarding digital - We should all take a minute to realize and
    understand the most fundamental of fundamentals: 1) That digital images
    consist of pixels, and 2) specifically that digital image size is
    dimensioned in pixels (not inches), and 3) we should understand the
    important differences between scaling and resampling.

    Too many of us try to ignore the concept of pixels, which is of course a
    real shame in digital work.
    Wayne, Jun 11, 2005
  6. 1. Insure your gear and take it everywhere you go - you never know when the
    opportunity will come up.
    2. Experiment continuously with your gear - when you become truly
    comfortable with it the technical will melt away into the background.
    3. Print your really good images. There's a tendency not to get so many
    prints now, but once you get a good print on the wall the compliments will
    flow and so will the motivation.
    Steve Franklin, Jun 11, 2005
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    Sheldon Guest

    1. Practice. Take a safari with your camera in your backyard before you
    take that trip to Africa.
    2. Watch your shutter speed. Rule of thumb, no lower than your focal length
    (hand held).
    3. Especially if you use a DSLR - reset your settings back to normal when
    you finish a session. Nothing like grabbing your camera and shooting a
    bunch of great photos with the white balance set to something not even close
    to what you need..
    Sheldon, Jun 11, 2005
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    Musty Guest

    Here are some tips from an amatuer:

    1) Try different things and experiment - shoot from different perspectives
    and experiment with aperture/shutter. Dont get caught in a rut of inane
    2) Stop and think about what it is you are trying to capture and focus on
    how to best capture it (for example, should you use a telephoto to remove
    clutter from a shot etc)
    3) Lighting - pay attention to the lighting situation in your favourite
    shots. Pay attention to how time of day, weather and seasons affect light

    Musty, Jun 11, 2005
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    Mr. Mark Guest

    If there were three tips you could share with the world of digital
    Tip 1 - Shoot A LOT!
    Tip 2 - Read a lot.
    Tip 3 - Show your work to others with an interest in photography, but don't
    let negative criticisms of your work discourage you - instead view these as
    positive learning opportunities.

    Tip 4 - Have fun.
    Mr. Mark, Jun 11, 2005
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    Mr. Mark Guest

    3. Print your really good images. There's a tendency not to get so many
    That's a good bit of advice. One of the best early motivators for me was
    when a friend specifically asked to take one of my framed images home with
    Mr. Mark, Jun 11, 2005
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    Doug Payne Guest

    1. Stop reading this news group and get outside and shoot....
    2. ..........................................................
    3. ..........................................................
    Doug Payne, Jun 11, 2005
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    Slack Guest

    Being a rank amateur myself, I only have one:

    Call your CC company and ask (no, demand) for a large line increase.
    Slack, Jun 11, 2005
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    Musty Guest

    No need - once you CC company sees how much you are spending, they will
    continually keep increasing you limit in the hope that you will spend enough
    such that you cannot pay off the full balance and will perhaps one day pay a
    dime of interest. If you do however owe money on a credit card and are
    taking up photography, then there is no hope.
    Musty, Jun 11, 2005
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    C Wright Guest

    Actually read your instruction booklet.
    Use the features available on your camera (experiment).
    Look at the work of great photographers past and present.
    C Wright, Jun 11, 2005
  15. 3) Lighting - pay attention to the lighting situation in your favourite
    3b) Try to take photos during the morning or evening, when the lighting is
    more dramatic. Instead of worrying too much about details lost in the
    shadows, embrace the contrast and use it to good effect.

    --Mike-- Chain Reaction Bicycles
    Mike Jacoubowsky, Jun 12, 2005
  16. 1) Always, always, shoot best quality JPEGs or RAW and not the smaller
    sizes that DSLRs offer, curiously...

    2) Make sure that data isn't clipped - this shows up as sharp peaks at
    the extreme ends of the histogram. If necessary take two shots at
    different exposure values. Check histogram regularly. (Shadow info lost
    is more acceptable than highlight info blown.)

    3) ALWAYS take more than one fully-charged battery with you!

    For DSLR/SLR Amateurs & Novices:
    Sharp Shooter, Jun 12, 2005
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    DoN. Nichols Guest

    [ ... ]
    And the Nikon cameras (at least the D70, which is what I use)
    have a display mode in which blown highlights are blinking back and
    forth between white and black, to make them easy to spot. If there
    *are* any blown highlights, that is the mode which is shown to you after
    the shot.

    DoN. Nichols, Jun 12, 2005
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    Musty Guest

    10D and 20D do this too (not sure about the XT). This is a good advice.

    Musty, Jun 12, 2005
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    Trapezium Guest

    1 - Don't take your DSLR to Swinger's orgies - it'll probably get rolled on
    or dropped.

    2 - When photographing your neighbour's naked wife at the bathroom window,
    try not to use flash as it will draw attention to you.

    3 - When photographing courting couples enjoying sexual intercourse in
    public parks, always wear good Reebok's and have a well prepared escape

    That takes care of the basics....
    Trapezium, Jun 12, 2005
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    Slack Guest

    Slack, Jun 12, 2005
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