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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-20-2012, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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New to SLRs, looking for pro-help.

Hey all! So I recently got a SLR camera.

It's a Canon KISS xS (rebel xsi?) with the 18-55mm lens.

I was playing around and I would like some assistance with making things look better and what I can improve on.

I'll see if I can get an album on here, but right now here's a picture that I did for my friend after experimenting for about 30 minutes...

http://imgur.com/Wd6Uc

And here's a night shot... Still need to work on them,

http://imgur.com/ocF5t

Thanks for all help!
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-20-2012, 04:51 PM
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Congrats on the new toy. As far as getting help, it depends on what you are trying to accomplish with each shot. I personally don't like the camera tilt, but that's just my opinion. The two main factors of photography are composition and lighting. If you abide by the rule of thirds you'll generally get a photo that is more pleasing to the eye.

http://digital-photography-school.com/rule-of-thirds

As for lighting, I try to not use the built in flash unless doing snapshots. If possible use a longer shutter speed, higher ISO, and open the aperture. Along with those things, shooting with a tripod whenever possible will help in getting the sharpest picture possible. There's a lot more to it, but I think those are good places to start.


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Mainly just portrait of car shots. I feel like the 18-55 lens really limits my landscape shots.

Those are good tips. Thanks a lot!

Other than the tilts on the pictures, do you feel like there's anywhere else I could improve on? I realize my question is vague, as there are probably a lot of places I could potentially focus on to increase the quality of the shot.

On top of that, I was wondering if there's any locations around the GTA that would be okay for photography?

Thanks a lot!
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18-55 is a great lens on all bases; it's been tweaked for so many years now the thing is damned perfectly sharp.
Sure it's slow but it's a kit lens...

Anyways; basics are basics, find some books or read online, if you're starting from square one it's rather hard to ask for help when even you aren't even sure to ask for lol just saying..

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I guess that's true. I'm just curious to see what kind of advice someone who is more adept to the SLR can give an amateur like me.
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Just read all that you can on the link that Mindless posted. It is one of the best sites out there for learning about digital photography. Shoot as much as you can, and just keep trying different settings and lighting situations. I think the 18-55 is fine for landscape photos. Don't be afraid to play with photoshop and lightroom either. They are powerful programs, and please don't fall for the anti post processing talk either. Keep it fun!
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Yeah, DPS is an excellent source and great because there is something new.. I think if not once a day but even sometimes multiple times a day, and has a bunch of people always getting into it.

The information is around.

But the most important thing is... everyone learns their own way.

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Thanks for the encouragement haha. I'll definitely try to keep at it to improve. Guess the youtube how to's really help in the end huh
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Just become familiar with how shutter speed, aperature, and iso work together. Once you understand that. You can then plan what your shot is gonna look like. Or you can tweek the setting and know what youre tweeking to accomplish what you want. If i were you. I would try to shoot using manual mode. It might be a steep learning curve to kinda grasp the concept but when you do. Its very rewarding.


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Lots of good advice here on the mystery that is photography. I can't speak much on techniques and the science of light, but I will say this from my rookie experience:

Even the barebone entry level that is XSi, it's got enough bells and whistles to mystify a beginner. So, if you're going to make further financial investments on this hobby, invest on lenses instead of a more expensive camera.

Lastly, I encourage you to get a battery grip, the extra weight/bulk actually feels really nice in the hands.
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