My First D-SLR Camera!!!
And I have NO idea how to use it! This is where you all come in,
do you have any tips or advice for a newbie like myself?
Are there any websites that you frequent for help?
Is there a book I need to get?
Emily, I'm hoping you'll have some tips, seeing how you've been taking awesome pics for your magazine!
Kristin, you too.
And almost as important as being able to use the camera, where I can get a cute bag for it? I am NOT carrying around a big black camera bag. I will not do it. They are ugly and I can't do it. I love the Kelly Moore bags, but man they're pricey. After shelling out so much on a camera I can't afford it.
Please help friends! :)
Oooh! How fun!!!! I cannot wait to see your new pics! My sister and Emily are taking a class that my friend is doing in February here in Tulsa. I can send you her contact info if you are interested! (It is the photographer who took Finley's Christmas card pics - www.addiescott.com.)
I just got my first dSLR too! I'm taking an Introduction to Digital Photography course at a local art school and it's great! I'd suggest looking at a local art school or community college for a class. If you can't find one, check with a local camera shop. They should be able to point you in the right direction.
I've heard the book Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson is very helpful too but mine hasn't arrived yet so I can't vouch for it personally.
Pioneer Woman's website is great too.
I'm so jealous of your new camera!
So fun that you got a fancy new camera!
My best advice to you (and what I did) is to read the manual. Ours came with the manual and a kind of intro to photography book. That helped me to understand the terminology and sorta start to grasp the basics. I also read stuff on The Pioneer Woman's website. She has good "tutorials" on f-stop (aperature) and exposure and shutter speed (the three components that you have to keep in mind when composing a picture).
And, of course, just go out and try it out. I started on the Automatic setting for a long time, then really liked the shutter speed setting (S) because I felt I had the most control that way but didn't have to think about everything at once. Then, when you feel comfortable, just dive into Manual!
You'll be taking fabulous pics in no time!!
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