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12-31-2012, 02:18 AM   #1
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Trying to get beyond auto mode

Any suggestions on some tutorials on basic photo techniques. I recently watched a Bryan Peterson dvd, The Perfect Picture which I liked. It had a series of basic tips and techniques with examples of ways to try them on your own. I'm anxious to try two techniques in particular; a graduated neutral density filter for overexposed skies and extension tubes for macro shots.

Thanks in advance for any ideas.

12-31-2012, 02:30 AM   #2
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I found the best thing that helped me was to get out and do a short course at a community centre of something.
The other big tip I was given was to initially move to Av mode, where your really only worried about the aperture size. It's kind of an easy first step and gives you a chance to play with depth of focus which can give you some cool, initial effects

Best of luck mate!
12-31-2012, 12:17 PM   #3
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I'm no expert and this may or may not be helpful to you, but what really helped me was picking up an old 1980's film SLR. Much more simple device, and the 3 corners of the exposure triangle are really obvious. Using it without a flash for a few months made the implications of those points much more clear to me. Now, back to digital, there are so many more settings and options, but I can always fall back on those 3 elements.

Just a thought from someone going through what it sounds like you are.
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I took a 6 week course offered at a local camera shop. I rarely shoot full auto now. Try joining the single challenge, you get to really understand a single lens for the whole month. The added bonus is we gently offer praise and comments and it is a great way to grow more comfortable shooting.

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Like Lurch, I agree that Av mode is a good starting point for understanding reciprocity of settings and proper exposure.
When I got my first camera and knew nothing about it, I bought a manual M50/1.7 lens, set it to M mode and spent a few weeks figuring it out all by myself. That type of immersion experience was invaluable to me and now I know my camera inside and out. Not everyone wants to do that, i understand, but consider it to master the tool.
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