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Tips for Beginners

boony 11 978 3 United Kingdom
24 May 2007 1:58PM
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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miptog 12 3.6k 61 United Kingdom
24 May 2007 2:09PM
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.
boony 11 978 3 United Kingdom
24 May 2007 2:26PM
and buy and use a tripod
joolsb 13 27.1k 38 Switzerland
24 May 2007 2:29PM
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....
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
24 May 2007 2:30PM
Brownnose to Pete....
joolsb 13 27.1k 38 Switzerland
24 May 2007 2:31PM
Take it from me, that doesn't work.... Wink
Carabosse 15 41.0k 269 England
24 May 2007 2:32PM
If you are a beginner, you might find it useful to read the seven EPZ Beginners Guides:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

stevekhart 12 4.5k 3 United Kingdom
24 May 2007 4:41PM
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.
c_evans99 14 7.0k 1 Wales
24 May 2007 4:51PM
and a warning... 'don't ask for equipment advice on the forum unless you have at least 5000 burning a hole in your pocket'
Just Jas Plus
16 26.2k 1 England
24 May 2007 4:56PM
Ceri has a good point here.

'Digital' means, if you have cash in your pocket:

Dig-it-all out! Smile

User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
24 May 2007 5:25PM

(They say the truth always hurts)
cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
24 May 2007 6:11PM
Always let a forum posting get at least three usefull & pertinent replies, Before turning it into an off topic free for all comedy sketch Smile

Unless they appear to be self promoting ego trips, Where mayhem is allowed right from the of.

keith selmes 14 7.3k 1 United Kingdom
24 May 2007 6:19PM
just take the lens cap off.
thats all you need to know really.
oh - don't lose it.
boony 11 978 3 United Kingdom
24 May 2007 6:23PM
always make sure there is a card/film in the camera BEFORE you start shooting...........
RichardN00 11 432 1 United Kingdom
24 May 2007 7:09PM
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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