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10-29-2011, 02:51 PM   #1
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Hello from PA


I have just purchased a Pentax k-r for general family photography and I'd like to get into taking pictures of landscapes. I purchased the camera with the kit lens (18-55mm f/3.5-5.6).

I am looking into buying another lens this winter to improve the pictures I take. I also am wondering what accessories other forum members think are "essential" for any DSLR camera user.

I am still very new to DSLR photography and I hope to learn much from this forum.

I'll introduce myself to the forum with a picture I took at my hometown's annual fall festival. I'm sure there are many things I could have done to create a better shot, but I was pretty pleased with the result.

Thanks for reading my introduction! I hope to learn more about taking better photographs from this forum!

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Welcome to the forum and the dSLR photography. Start simple - kit lenses will give you am idea of what focal lengths and capabilities you're after for your favoured genres. But above all, enjoy the process.
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The kit lens covers a useful range of focal lengths for landscapes, and as your pumpkin image shows, even though not a fast lens it is still fast enough to give a nice out of focus background in a closeup. One of the best investments for many kinds of photography and certainly landscapes is a good tripod.

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Thank you!

Thank you all for your kind words and advice. I think a tripod and remote shutter release will be among the first things I purchase (or request!) this holiday season.
10-30-2011, 07:51 PM   #6
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Welcome to the forum, tconst. You may also want to read Bryan Peterson's Understanding Exposure. I have a copy, and I know that lots of members here have commented on how helpful it is for learning.

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