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11-21-2014, 05:03 PM   #1
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Hello from Ontario

Hi ya'll!

I got my Pentax camera K-5 earlier this year. It's my first DSLR.

I have taken a few photos with it, but nothing extraordinary. Currently I am reading Digital Photography by Scott Kelby (book 1).

Honestly, I find the whole thing very overwhelming and don't know where to start! I can never figure out what setting to use. People tell me to play around with the settings but I find myself getting so frustrated so I just use the green (auto) button.

Anyway, hopefully I'll become magically more patient and will spend more time with the beautiful K-5.

Currently I also have the 18-55 stock lens and a 50mm/1.8 prime lens.

Any tips?

11-21-2014, 05:16 PM   #2
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Hello fellow Ontarian. Never read Kelby's book myself, but I always recommend to read Bryan Peterson's "understanding exposure" - very valuable and sound "first principles"
11-21-2014, 06:22 PM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by maidmarcia Quote
Any tips?
Step 1: Take a deep breath

Step 2: Look at your pictures

Step 3: Keep it in Green Mode for as long as you like (you're using the camera, and that's what counts!)


I'm sure there's lots of great advice coming up real soon, but that's where I was for many years (with film, no less) and I still use the all-auto Green Mode, and mostly-auto P mode, every so often. Most important, IMHO, is that photography doesn't need to be "done the right way," it only has to make you happy and/or satisfied.

Oh yeah, welcome to the forums from warm and sunny Toronto!
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QuoteOriginally posted by maidmarcia Quote
I find the whole thing very overwhelming and don't know where to start!
Just get out and about taking pictures and enjoying your photography, the rest will all come in time.

11-22-2014, 09:13 AM   #5
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Welcome from another Ontarian and as others have said just keep taking photos and your knowledge will increase.
11-28-2014, 08:09 AM   #6
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Thanks guys You have inspired me to keep shooting!
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