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    Mamahen
    2 Feb 2014 - 9:46 PM

    Hi,
    I'm new here and hoping to find information about cameras then how to use it well. I don't know much about cameras aside from how to turn it on or use the automated programs. Thanks in advance for your help and patience while I learn this new language!

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    cats_123
    cats_123 e2 Member 104023 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
    2 Feb 2014 - 10:04 PM

    Well you've got over the first hurdle...now take the lens cover off WinkGrinGrin

    you're in the right place...just shoot, upload and ask questions Smile

    dark_lord
    dark_lord Critique Team 101474 forum postsdark_lord vcard England128 Constructive Critique Points
    2 Feb 2014 - 10:24 PM

    What he said Smile

    KevinEllison
    KevinEllison e2 Member 72507 forum postsKevinEllison vcard England
    2 Feb 2014 - 10:34 PM

    Welcome...!


    Quote: now take the lens cover off

    Having done this don't be afraid to use automated mode(s) for a while if need be, don't let your freedom become swamped by panicing about manual, shutter/aperture priority, etc. modes..then if you get to point where the result isn't what you envisioned, ( probably not very often...) don't be afraid to ask... there's more than enough knowledgeable inhabitants here... Smile (the exits are all closed so no-one leaves...).

    Mamahen
    2 Feb 2014 - 10:37 PM

    No wonder those picture turned out so dark!

    Mamahen
    2 Feb 2014 - 10:48 PM


    Quote: Welcome...!

    now take the lens cover off

    Having done this don't be afraid to use automated mode(s) for a while if need be, don't let your freedom become swamped by panicing about manual, shutter/aperture priority, etc. modes..then if you get to point where the result isn't what you envisioned, ( probably not very often...) don't be afraid to ask... there's more than enough knowledgeable inhabitants here... Smile (the exits are all closed so no-one leaves...).

    I've always wondered what it was like in Hotel California.
    Thanks for the advice. It's hard not to get wrapped up in everything when the best thing to do is just jump in and start practicing! I did learn that reading the manual can be very helpful. Wink

    saltireblue
    saltireblue Site Moderator 43907 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway25 Constructive Critique Points
    3 Feb 2014 - 7:55 AM

    By all means read the manual...then forget it! Just joking (sort of).
    Learn the basics of your camera first and get used to using it. Experiment a lot and see what works and what doesn't. Plenty of time to learn how to run after you have learned to walk.
    And ask shedloads of questions on here if you want help and advice.

    Malc

    Last Modified By saltireblue at 3 Feb 2014 - 7:55 AM
    puertouk
    puertouk  21072 forum posts United Kingdom17 Constructive Critique Points
    3 Feb 2014 - 10:00 AM

    Malc, you need to go through the manual to get to know what everything does!!! Get to know your camera inside out, then it will give you a good understanding what it can do. Youtube is also a great place to go and find some really good video tutorials on how to use a camera. Good luck with your new found passion and hope to see some good photographs.
    Stephen

    saltireblue
    saltireblue Site Moderator 43907 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway25 Constructive Critique Points
    3 Feb 2014 - 10:16 AM

    Stephen, I was being tongue-in-cheek about reading the manual and then forgetting it.SmileSmile

    As the OP seems to be a complete beginner, I see no point in him trying to learn and absorb the whole manual straight off...better to get used to the basics, and then progress at his own pace, learning more and more how the camera functions.

    rhol2
    rhol2 e2 Member 3295 forum postsrhol2 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
    3 Feb 2014 - 10:58 AM

    I agree it can be very daunting trying to plough through the manual. At least initially, it might be worth look ing at reviews of the camera in question on this site and others, which often include a listing and brief explanation of all the features, controls, menus, etc. A sort of potted guide.

    As for using automated modes,as suggested above, using Program mode is a good starting point, it should produce decent pictures in many circumstances.

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