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Old 02-05-2011, 07:37 PM   #1
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Got my first DSLR

Got a Rebel XT today, very excited about it. Been really wanting to get into photography, not as a profession but as a hobby. My point and shoot really ruined it for me, what I wanted a picture to be and what the P&S produced were usually 2 different things.

I know this isn't a super mega awesome camera, but I'm very happy right now.

I know I have a lot of learning to do, and I look forward to getting tips on here as well, and showing what I've learned.

The setup...


My first DSLR picture ever...



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Old 02-05-2011, 09:16 PM   #2
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Just messing around, getting a general feel for the camera. Enjoying it very much if anyone cares.



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Nice photos ... you seem to be getting the hang of it. Are you using the "Automatic" Setting at the moment?

When you start to get better at it, try out the Manual Settings ... those can be tough to figure out, but once you do ... you can create some great photos in almost any kind of situation.

Congrats on the camera.

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Old 02-07-2011, 02:43 PM   #5
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Thanks man. Right now I use manual focus but I`m letting the camera choose the fstop and shutter speed and all that. I`ve been doing some reading and its kind of confusing figuring out what settings to use when. I also did some reading about the rule of thirds, so I plan on going out and trying that out after work although its cloudy. Definitely enjoying it though.
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I have to admit, I'm completely confused about the aperture, ISO and shutter speed. I don't understand how you're supposed to know what each one is supposed to be at any given time.
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Shutter is how fast the camera captures a photo. So ... for instance you would want a fast shutter speed for like Automotive racing and sports and slow shutter speed for portraits and landscape photography.

Aperture is how much light you let in to you through your lenses. Aperture is like your Iris of your eye. The more open your Aperture the more light comes in and the smaller the Aperture the less amount of light. Your f-stop is the Aperture. So when you are in a dark situation you want to use a small f-stop(a Larger Aperture) for instance f/2.8 is pretty good in somewhat low lighting and f/1.4 is great in low-lighting. In contrast, when shooting in sunlight and overcast days you would want a small Aperture, so f/5 or f/6.3 would be pretty good outside.

ISO is like a boost of color. Now understand you want to try and take photos with a lowest ISO to get crisp and clear photos. The larger the number for the ISO the "grainer" your photo becomes.

Cameras use ISO to compensate for the Aperture/Shutter combo if a photo is too dark to make out.

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Here are some examples:

Info: Capture the photo at 100 shutter Speed / f/8 Aperture / 100 ISO
Reason: The shutter to capture some motion and the High Aperture to keep the sun in check


Info: Capture the photo at 25 shutter Speed / f/1.8 Aperture / 640 ISO
Reason: The shutter to capture the glare of the light and the low Aperture to capture the ambience light and reflection of the cars. The ISO is compensating for the darkness and help the colors pop some



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Later on you will find that lenses help you in many different situations as well. There are a plethora of lenses and each one has a unique use for different scenarios.

Like you wouldn't use a lens for Family or single portraits at a Sports event. Wouldn't be able to capture the action up close.

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I get the general idea of what each of the "exposure triangle" things do, I just don't really understand how to know what goes with which. Like if I decide I want to use 5.6 aperture, how do I figure out what shutter speed I would then need? As opposed to a 16 aperture.

I understand that since its 16, the "iris" is less open so I have to balance the light getting in by going with a longer shutter speed than I would the 5.6. But is there a general science to knowing how fast I need it to be?

Is it kind of a trial and error thing? Shoot it once and if its over/under-exposed, raise or lower the speed?

I appreciate your help, awesome photos... I really like how you made the color stand out in the second photo.
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