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    Thread: DSLR noob (helpful tips wanted for new photographers)

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      07-03-2014 04:17 PM #1
      Okay so a few days ago I bought a camera off of my friend. He sold me his canon rebel xs, so the past few days I've been taking some pictures when I get the chance (mostly night shots because I get off work at 1130 pm). Anyway, I'm looking for some helpful hints/criticism, whatever you may have to say. Also for use for anyone else who is just starting out with a dslr and wants some tips/help. These pictures were all shot with the stock kit lens that is an 18-55mm
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      07-03-2014 05:10 PM #2
      you've got some better shots than ive ever taken.

      Ive had my camera for months.

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      07-03-2014 05:40 PM #3
      thank you, I appreciate it. I just kinda looked up settings for ISO, shutter speed, aperture etc. I don't know much about cameras, but I did manage to get ahold of Adobe Lightroom and that makes a world of difference in the photos.


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      07-03-2014 08:29 PM #4
      For a noob, you've got some talent. Keep it up, I like them all. You're using strobes, correct?
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      07-03-2014 08:50 PM #5
      nope, it's light painting. pictures 1,4,and 5 were lit with just my iPhone believe it or not for a 30 second exposure. the others were just lights that were around where I was shooting. thank you very much for the compliment!


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      07-11-2014 08:21 PM #6
      For starting out it looks like you already have a hand at it, photos look great
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      07-28-2014 03:12 AM #7
      been trying to get out as much as possible to take more pictures. let me know what you guys think.
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      08-12-2014 02:19 AM #8
      Use of the phone is an interesting lighting idea, but I get distracted by the lines of light from painting the light. The yellow bus pic has a nice feel to it, I think with a diffused light it might even out the lighting a bit and prevent the streams from the lighting source of the phone. Try replicating that photo using a different lighting setup, it's a nicely composed shot.
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      08-12-2014 02:22 AM #9
      thanks - I need a soft box of some sort to be able to carry around. the harsh light from the phone is distracting but it's all I had at the time! thanks for the comments

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      08-12-2014 11:52 AM #10
      frog pictures are on point! i started with a rebel xs over 2 years ago, great starter camera!
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      08-12-2014 04:04 PM #11
      thanks! I love it and it does the job for me as of right now. p.s. if your name is the same on Instagram I follow you and love your 20th

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      08-13-2014 10:10 AM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by BT85 View Post
      thanks! I love it and it does the job for me as of right now. p.s. if your name is the same on Instagram I follow you and love your 20th
      hahaha , it is! thanks man!
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      08-13-2014 02:19 PM #13
      Very good start. Better than expected.

      A tripod is good for night photography.

      Not sure what body you have, but a 50mm lens (Nikon/Cannon) can give you tack sharp pictures for not that much money.
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      08-13-2014 07:17 PM #14
      Thanks! I would love to embed some more recent photos from my flickr that I took at vagfair. anyone know how to embed from a phone?

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      08-14-2014 12:23 AM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by Mtl-Marc View Post
      Very good start. Better than expected.

      A tripod is good for night photography.

      Not sure what body you have, but a 50mm lens (Nikon/Cannon) can give you tack sharp pictures for not that much money.
      Yes just like he said. Get a Canon 50 1.8. They are $100 at bestbuy and get you amazing shots that you would think were shot with a $500+ lens.

      I love doing late night long exposures, some of my favorite things to do. I find closing down your aperture all the way, using a real low ISO, and an extremely long shutter speed gets you some amazing shots. I usually will push it to ISO 200 so I can close it down more to around f32 or whatever my lens allows. Can't notice a bump in grain/noise at that low of an ISO still.
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      Shot I took the other night while up north in Quebec during the super moon. This was at f32, iso200, and 30"
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      08-14-2014 03:13 AM #17
      that's pretty awesome! I'll have to look into the 50mm 1.8

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      08-14-2014 04:01 AM #18
      Okay so here are some of my photos from VAGfair. Ill pick out a few of my favorites, the rest will be on my flickr if you guys care to see. Be sure to let me know what you guys think

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      08-14-2014 10:12 AM #19
      ok now i think your trolling

      those shots are legit. love the one of the bmw . beautiful colors
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      08-14-2014 01:14 PM #20
      haha no I actually wasn't making it up, I got that camera just a few days before I started this thread. but I think I've progressed well, I've just been taking what people tell me and putting it to use. but thank you, I appreciate the words.

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      08-18-2014 09:41 PM #21
      looks like you have the car shots locked down.
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      08-18-2014 11:47 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by Big Bad Wolf View Post
      looks like you have the car shots locked down.
      thanks! I need to get a nice wide angle for some landscape shots.

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      08-19-2014 08:00 AM #23
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      thanks! I need to get a nice wide angle for some landscape shots.
      I picked up a tokina 11-16mm recently. I havent had many chances to use it but its a nice lens.
      Are you still useing just lightroom? Those pictures from vagfair are excellent
      I need to get my hands on some sort of program. For the last year ive been uploading my photos to my phone and editing there

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      08-19-2014 01:53 PM #24
      I am still using Lightroom, yeah. I've gotten very familiar with it and I love it. I have photoshop cs6 as well but I don't use it. I haven't used any other editing programs but I can't recommend Lightroom enough. It's only $125 I believe, and well worth it.

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      08-20-2014 08:47 AM #25
      not sure my old mac could handle it lol. Id really like to get it though.

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      08-25-2014 07:04 PM #26
      Those vagfair pictures are money!! Try your hand at portriats and if you can get those to come out as good as your other photos you could have you some $$ coming in! Great job!
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      08-25-2014 07:15 PM #27
      Yeah these are excellent you're a quick learner. Are you using a graduated filter by any chance, or just LR post processing?

      Also, if you're shooting in RAW you owe it to yourself to use Camera Raw 8.6 in CS6. It's an incredible tool. Just drag your RAW files into the PS window and it should open in Camera Raw automatically.

      BTW for anyone who can't afford the full shebang and doesn't want to pirate, I pay $10/mo for CS6 and Lightroom through Adobe Creative Cloud. Well worth the money IMO, as you can have it on two computers.

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      08-25-2014 08:02 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by CaleDeRoo View Post
      Yeah these are excellent you're a quick learner. Are you using a graduated filter by any chance, or just LR post processing?

      Also, if you're shooting in RAW you owe it to yourself to use Camera Raw 8.6 in CS6. It's an incredible tool. Just drag your RAW files into the PS window and it should open in Camera Raw automatically.

      BTW for anyone who can't afford the full shebang and doesn't want to pirate, I pay $10/mo for CS6 and Lightroom through Adobe Creative Cloud. Well worth the money IMO, as you can have it on two computers.
      I'm just using Lightroom to bring out the sky more. and I have cs6, I haven't gotten into it though really. I'm gonna be looking up how to use it more when I get the chance. but thanks for the compliments everyone!


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