New Dslr Owner!
Posted 11 November 2011 - 09:08 PM
Just wanted to say HIP-HIP-HOORAY with others who will understand.
Anyone have a suggestion on books for learning MANUAL techniques (besides DInny's great book)?? Thanks in advance!
Posted 11 November 2011 - 09:29 PM
Posted 11 November 2011 - 11:06 PM
Posted 12 November 2011 - 07:50 PM
One of the things I did when I got my first DSLR was go to the bookstore and browse their entire stock of camera books. I finally selected Jeff Revell's book for my camera, the Canon Rebel T1i, because he didn't just describe how to adjust the settings, but WHY to choose various settings. Also he includes beautiful photos with information about the settings he used and end of chapter assignments so you can go through it like a photography class. I just now searched Amazon for Jeff Revell because I know he has made books about several cameras, and indeed he has written one for you: Nikon D3100: From Snapshots to Great Shots.
Another great resource for me, before I even bought my DSLR, was an in-depth beginners' online course by John Greengo at CreativeLIVE, Fundamentals of Digital Photography. I enjoyed his manner of teaching, with humor and easygoing encouragement, and with his use of visuals he made clear for me how the camera works and what aperture, shutter speed, and all that means and why we choose various settings. If you go to that link, I think you can watch some of the videos free. CreativeLIVE regularly offers photography classes, so you may want to get on their mailing list.
Another online option that's totally free is a couple of blog series by My 3 Boybarians, 31 Days of Photo Tips (which she did last month) and 31 Days to a Better Photo (last year's).
For a wealth of information and forum where you can get feedback you might want to try Clickinmoms. They have challenges and contests and chatting too, just like here at Scrapgirls.
Digital Photography School is another great resource. I get notices of their articles via email so I don't miss any. I've subscribed to many other photography sites and blogs too, but I need to wrap this up.
Maybe you'd like to browse my photography bookmarks HERE. Have fun with your new camera!
Oh, one more thing! The best help for me in improving my photography has been that I participate in a local photography club that has monthly lesson/critique meetings and several photo shoots every month. I found the group through Meetup.com. You might also find groups through yahoogroups or Google groups (are they still active?). You can tell I love photography, I guess. But I have kids asking me to go upstairs and read bedtime stories, so I have to go.
I use a Canon Rebel T1i and PSE10.
my photos and layouts
Posted 30 November 2011 - 10:12 PM
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