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im not a "beginner"but this forum looks lonely with no posts so i thought i`d throw a comment in. when i was first getting to grips with taknig photos i found it very handy to have a little scrapbook that i could fill with clippings from newspapers and magazines of shots that i found inspiring. i still do this today and when i feel my work has become a bit too stagnant and needs to move in a new or differnet direction out come the scrap books and abracadabra instant inspiration
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Focus on understanding good composition and the use of colour, tones and texture rather than worry about the technicalities of the camera. Put the camera either in Auto (A) or Program (P) mode, and use the Scene modes untill you become more familar with the rules of exposure.
and buy and use a tripod
Look at lots and lots of pictures from photographers you admire - and some you don't - and try and work out what made you want to look at those particular pictures. Try and analyse how your eye moves around the picture and what causes it to go to certain parts of the scene. Also try and figure out what the photographer did to arrive at the shot in question - what lighting was used, how was it arranged, what colour did it have, what quality (diffuse, soft, harsh, etc.). How about viewpoint? Was the photographer above, below or at the same height as the subject?
This should give you avery good grounding in the aesthetic side - things such as lighting, composition, viewpoint. Then start looking at how to improve the technical side....
Brownnose to Pete....
Take it from me, that doesn't work....
If you are a beginner, you might find it useful to read the seven EPZ Beginners Guides:
I think we also need a beginners guide to epz to explain a few basics:
- how to start a click thread
- who is boyd and his parentage
- what to do if you don't own a canon or a nikon
- why you should never combine self ports with glamour (and the exceptions under which its allowed)
- what is it about goblets and pixies
I'm sure there's others.
and a warning... 'don't ask for equipment advice on the forum unless you have at least £5000 burning a hole in your pocket'
Ceri has a good point here.
'Digital' means, if you have cash in your pocket:
(They say the truth always hurts)
Always let a forum posting get at least three usefull & pertinent replies, Before turning it into an off topic free for all comedy sketch
Unless they appear to be self promoting ego trips, Where mayhem is allowed right from the of.
just take the lens cap off.
thats all you need to know really.
oh - don't lose it.
always make sure there is a card/film in the camera BEFORE you start shooting...........
If you clearly state in your original post that your budget is X then expect everybody who responds to suggest equipment costing X * 2, the exception being lenses in which case it will be X * 4
Oh and the answer to any studio lighting query will always be Elincrom D-Lite 2 ( or D-Lite 4 if you look rich)
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