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Talking FINALLY got a SLR Camera!!!

Now I won't have to be jealous of everyone's beautiful pics lol.

I got a Canon Rebel T2i.

I have NO IDEA what I'm doing with this camera yet. We just got it yesterday. My fiance took a picture of Quattro as the first pic (obviously) and I'm planning on taking it to the barn tonight to take some pics of the horses.

Anyone have any advice, opinions, tips, etc. for me?

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no advice, need a real camera myself.

BUT, I can't wait to see PICTURES from you.
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Aphrodite, awesome little camera and can't wait to see some compositions from ya.

Advice would be:

1. Don't use the automatic settings, throw it onto AV mode to start with and then figure out how to work with the camera by changing your depth of field, ISO for darker settings, etc... Try out TV mode next... throw some sparklers about in the evening, try with the horses/dogs running, etc... Then... give ole Manual mode a try after you've figured out what the apeture and shutter speeds do.
I looked at like "if I wanted to use the automatic modes, why didn't I just buy a point and shoot?".

2. Get yourself some good glass. It's true when they say that the lenses can make or break a shot... even my old XTi sitting in the closet looks great with the Canon L glass attached to it. Bodies come and go, glass last for years and really does make a big difference on the image output (imagine looking through cheap or dirty glasses).

Just IMHO... as someone who's slowing learning himself
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Congrats on your new camera!! Can't wait to see some pics of your handsome boy!!



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If you have an Iphone there is a wonderful app that is cheap (2.99) that is called phototrainer. it is really good. Of course this does nothing for you if you don't have an Iphone. I do photography on the side and would love to answer questions if I can but I have a Nikon D300 which is a different breed then a cannon. I am on FB under www.facebook.com/ifeali or e-mail [email protected]. Sub: DT member/photography.






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just use it!
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So I tried using it last night for the first time at the barn without RTFM (reading the f_ _ _ _ _ g manual lol) and I got frustrated lol.

I'm going to have to spend some quality time with it before I try again I think.

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You know what I did with manuals... Throw them away....

Just take pictures

But that is how I learn

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I think that "play with it" is probably the best advice.

I was lucky. When I started I was able to take a local class on black and white photography, and started out with film (a defective Canon EOS Rebel, soon replaced with a Nikon N65). That's where I learned about film ISO (think "film speed"), f-stops or aperture (think "how big the shutter aperture gets"; depth of field increases as the f-number does), and shutter speed. And I had a few years before I went digital (D70, then a D3100).

But I think I learned the most by just playing with the camera.
(And I still sometimes use the automatic settings! )
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I agree, play with it, but DO read your manual, or at least have a flick through. These DSLRs have so many gadgets on them, it's best to learn about what you've got. There are also extra guide books you can get for certain cameras, I got one called a "magic lantern" guide from amazon, and it explained my camera in much better and greater detail than the (obviously translated from another language) manual.
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no picture yet aye.

ok, i guess i have to wait.

question; how much did you pay for your new camera? I gotta know how many cans of money I have to dig up. hahahahah
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question; how much did you pay for your new camera? I gotta know how many cans of money I have to dig up. hahahahah
I want to say that D3100s currently run $650-$700?
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oh my. I will have to dig up a few money cans for that then.

thanks.
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oh my. I will have to dig up a few money cans for that then.

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Also, there are definitely less expensive Nikons and Canons that would likely meet your needs!
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I live in such a beautiful place on this planet and have often wished I had some 'quality' photos to remember it all by in my old age.

I look at this picture and I just imagine what a good quality camera could 'show'.



Aphrodite................ waiting for your first pictures from your new camera!
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I feel your pain Aphrodite, I just bought a Nikon D3100 last weekend and am going through the same. I do read the manual but decided to just use the camera and practice. So far, some good and a lot of bad pics but figure I'll get the hang of it. Good luck with your new camera and happy picture taking to you!

Darkevs, I paid $615 for the camera on sale at Best Buy (regular price $699) and the 55-200mm VR zoom lens for $149 ($100 off the lens for buying the camera and lens together). With the Best Buy card, I have interest free payments for 18 mos.

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not sure the Canon lingo for it, but start in P mode - program auto. The camera picks the aperture and shutter for you, but you can shift it either way.

or Aperture Priority mode. watch the exposure meter to know if ISO is high enough, depending on the light.

have fun with it. Posting pictures helps.
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Thats what camera I have.
What lens did you get? I need to get a better lens to take the 'high action' shots I want to take. Cameras are a money pit

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Hey Aphrodite .............where are THE pictures! dang it.
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when I got my DSLR I had gotten into the lazy habit of using my Point and Shoot so I'd forgotten a lot of what I knew about SLR's. Next time your in Chapters/Indigo grab the "idiots guide" to you model and take a flip through it. Its in layman's terms so its easy for everyone to understand, including those not up with camera lingo and it also has chapters on specific topics that may be plaguing you . There are sooo many features and tricks that you dont know about yet and reading the manual will help you figure them out.

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no picture yet aye.

ok, i guess i have to wait.

question; how much did you pay for your new camera? I gotta know how many cans of money I have to dig up. hahahahah
We got ours on sale for $700.

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Sorry guys, no pictures yet. I spent a lot of time at the barn this weekend riding and I'm not really on the forum over the weekend.
I promise I will try again this week! LOL

Believe me my fellow DTers...as soon as I get some pics, they will be loaded up on here ASAP!

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I had the Rebel T2i and it is a great little camera. For now I would just use it in the P mode which sets everything automatically. You can then play around with it, adjusting for aperture and depth of field. Here's a couple of YouTube videos I found helpful.

YouTube - ‪Using Program Mode on the T1i and T2i‬‏

YouTube - ‪Canon Rebel T2i External Buttons | Training DVD Tutorial Lessons‬‏

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