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Old 03-18-2008, 02:02 PM   #1
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Photography Questions

Okay, I'm a total noob when it comes to photography but I find it very interesting and would like to start getting into it. My current camera is an Olympus C-7000 7.1 MP 5x Dig. Zoom 30x Seamless Zoom. Is this a decent platform to start with or should I look into something else? What type of stuff do I need to invest in? I would mainly be doing shoots of bikes/women/women and bikes/cars/animals/etc. Any good forums out there that I can join to help learn some of the basics? Any and all suggestions appreciated, I'm sure I'll have more questions and I'll keep them in this thread. Thanks

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if you really want to get into it, you MUST get some type of DSLR.


base model nikon D40 or a canon XT is a MUST
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if you really want to get into it, you MUST get some type of DSLR.


base model nikon D40 or a canon XT is a MUST
Can these be rented? If so how much do they run to try out? I'd like to try a few before settling.
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Most cameras will have an "action" mode of some sort. I'm sure the Olympus will have it. I would start with what you have. Use each of the different modes on that camera and see what it does. Aperture priority, shutter priority, action mode, portrait mode, etc. I use full manual on mine which lets me control my focus, aperture, iso, and shutter speed.
If you feel like spending $$, then you could get into SLRs. Body isn't as expensive as lenses, filters, and flashes. All that stuff do add up.
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Most cameras will have an "action" mode of some sort. I'm sure the Olympus will have it. I would start with what you have. Use each of the different modes on that camera and see what it does. Aperture priority, shutter priority, action mode, portrait mode, etc. I use full manual on mine which lets me control my focus, aperture, iso, and shutter speed.
If you feel like spending $$, then you could get into SLRs. Body isn't as expensive as lenses, filters, and flashes. All that stuff do add up.
That's what I was planning to do for now. Use my Olympus until it's obsolete. Anyone have suggestions for the settings? Or just kinda guess and check?
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I could give you some pointers
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Can these be rented? If so how much do they run to try out? I'd like to try a few before settling.
these lower-end models cant but you can rent higher end ones.
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Scroll down to the bottom. of each page for body rentals
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That's what I was planning to do for now. Use my Olympus until it's obsolete. Anyone have suggestions for the settings? Or just kinda guess and check?
What do you want to do with the pics? Will you be making prints with them? You're good for now until you grow out of the Olympus (when you want more control). Only thing about most digicams are the lag time taking the pics. It's never the same feeling as the instant feedback you get from a SLR.
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What do you want to do with the pics? Will you be making prints with them? You're good for now until you grow out of the Olympus (when you want more control). Only thing about most digicams are the lag time taking the pics. It's never the same feeling as the instant feedback you get from a SLR.
Most likely just making prints, not sure what else you could really do :dontknow:
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having good computer software is near as important as having a good camera.
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the photographer is more important than the equipment. Start with what you have then as you grow to realize its limitations, move up... Just like why start on a liter bike when you won't appreciate its full potential, start on a 250 and you'll sure appreciate the potential and handle the power better of the monstor liters!

I only have a Cypershot, not a digital slr, and for right now it works fine, though of course SOME DAY i want the DSLR. (soon!)

and photoshop is important as witchdoctor mentioned, it will fix most of your simple mistakes... :-)
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the photographer is more important than the equipment. Start with what you have then as you grow to realize its limitations, move up... Just like why start on a liter bike when you won't appreciate its full potential, start on a 250 and you'll sure appreciate the potential and handle the power better of the monstor liters!

in other words take some classes and learn the basics.
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this site can better help you, you should check it out
http://www.texasphotoforum.com/
lots of good info, and a good place to get used equipment.

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A good photographer can make a disposable 35 mm camera work well. So it is defintely the photographer, not the equipment. A combo or good photographer with good equipment is just optimal. I agree that a DSLR is a must. Start with a non battery operated old machine and film and learn from scratch about aperature, f stop, shutter speed, etc, etc. It will make you a better photographer in the long run. The trick is learning how to see light.
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in other words take some classes and learn the basics.
i agree, there are great starter and refresher classes that you can take for cheap...
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A good photographer can make a disposable 35 mm camera work well. So it is defintely the photographer, not the equipment. A combo or good photographer with good equipment is just optimal. I agree that a DSLR is a must. Start with a non battery operated old machine and film and learn from scratch about aperature, f stop, shutter speed, etc, etc. It will make you a better photographer in the long run. The trick is learning how to see light.
+1 and sony is a great pick for a camera... km lenses fit, so that saves on money. they also sell refurbs if you want it but don't have or want to spend the cash..
i like this one.. but its only the body.
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I just bought the Nikon d40 and dont know 1/10 of what it can do. I have to take some classes. I have wanted a dslrfor a while and the other day I was driving by wolfe camera and just walked in and bought one with a few other goodies. $$$ for an impulse buy.
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