Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
12-29-2015, 02:22 AM   #1
New Member




Join Date: Dec 2015
Posts: 1
Hi! I have no clue what I'm doing..

Hello everyone!
My name is Danica. I just received the K50 for Christmas. A total surprise and an amazing one at that. I've always enjoyed looking at beautiful cameras and photos.. Just never thought I'd ever own such a beautiful camera myself! Right now my camera is set on auto mode seeing as I have no idea how to adjust the settings. Lol. I have tried looking on YouTube for tutorials but have only found basic reviews, which don't help very much. So any basic tricks and tips would be appreciated!

Thank you in advance!

12-29-2015, 02:50 AM   #2
Loyal Site Supporter
i_trax's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Perth Western Australia
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 1,076
please read the manual
please read the manual
please read the manual
if you are new you must go through it, sorry no other way,
well unless you can find someone with Pentax who will be happy to spend hours, days, weeks with you......
12-29-2015, 03:40 AM   #3
Pentaxian
Na Horuk's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Slovenia, probably
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 10,325
Hello, Danica!

DSLR cameras give superior quality; but a lot of this quality comes from giving very specific options to the photographer, which they must use to get the shot that they want. They are complicated. But you will learn, no worries!
The manual is a great place to start. You can find a pdf version of it online and have it on your smartphone. Next up are blogs. The good thing about DSLR cameras is that many tips and tricks apply to any DSLR model, or even DSLRs from different brands. So a book on photography, teaching about shutter speed, aperture will help you.
Finally, there is this forum. There are some posts the forum staff put up, as well as questions that were asked by people in a similar situation as yourself. You can search for those topics, as many have been answered multiple times throughout the years.
You can start here: https://www.pentaxforums.com/articles/resources

I recommend you begin with learning about what exposure is and the role of lens' aperture and camera shutter speed play. And of course about the buttons on the camera. From Auto mode you should slowly move to P mode (gives you a few more options) and then maybe Av and Tv.
12-29-2015, 03:53 AM   #4
Loyal Site Supporter
clackers's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Melbourne
Photos: Albums
Posts: 7,703
Taking a community class or equivalent could be both helpful and fun, Danica.

It's how I started a couple of years ago. :-)

12-29-2015, 03:54 AM   #5
PJ1
Site Supporter
PJ1's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Mosquito Creek, Australia
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,311
Welcome to the Forums, Danica. The K-50 is a very capable camera. And, yes, "read the manual" is recommended. But because there is so much in the manual, you will probably feel thoroughly confused before you start to feel capable. Get to know how to adjust the basics - ISO, aperture, shutterspeed - but don't feel bad about shooting in Auto mode. When you know what you can do in Auto you will have a better idea of exactly what it is you want to do with your photography. Then the manual is invaluable.
I don't know how much technical knowledge you have, but if you are a real beginner you might like to start with this article:
Exposure Basics: A Complete Guide for Beginners - Articles and Tips | PentaxForums.com
When you have the basics of exposure, you may want to start playing with other settings such as Av mode. That will allow you to select the aperture (for greater or less depth of field) and let the camera choose the shutter speed (depending on the ISO you have selected). It is a useful mode because most lenses do not give their best results at wide open apertures. Of course, what parameters you want to play with will depend on your subject, the effect you want to create, and the lenses you have to work with.
There is a lot of information on this site, and a lot of people with great expertise (not me - I'm hopeless!) You will be able to get a lot of advice and help once you are up to the point where you need to ask specific questions.
12-29-2015, 03:57 AM - 1 Like   #6
Veteran Member
chromo's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: North Coast NSW
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 563
Hi Danica, You will have to read your camera's manual but you can take it a bit at a time.
Here are a couple of links to get you started :
Basics: Aperture and Shutter Speeds for Beginning Photographers

The original DSLR camera simulator | CameraSim

The DSLR Explained | CameraSim
12-29-2015, 05:01 AM   #7
Loyal Site Supporter




Join Date: Mar 2015
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 4,825
The great thing about digital is knowing you're not wasting film experimenting and having fun. And remember, making horrid mistakes and taking awful photos is part of the learning process.
12-29-2015, 05:56 AM   #8
Loyal Site Supporter
dadipentak's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 10,073
The manual will explain the camera's functions and how to use them: it gives scant guidance on why you might want to use them. By all means, get familiar with it and refer to it often but look elsewhere for an understanding of how to employ the camera's features to get the sort of photographs you want to produce. PF is a rich resource in that regard.

12-29-2015, 06:43 AM   #9
Veteran Member




Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Central Kentucky
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 1,415
Welcome.

I feel the same way most days. The links above are a good start. The first step after auto is probably program mode. That eliminates the camera guessing at what you are shooting and fine tunes the settings just a bit, automating some of the yet unlearned steps.

As [pointed out above at least your mistakes while learning won't cost you a developing fee. In my early days the mistakes were about 50 cents each and I never knew what I had until I got it back.
12-29-2015, 06:58 AM - 1 Like   #10
Loyal Site Supporter




Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Texas
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 23,757
QuoteOriginally posted by Danica90 Quote
My name is Danica. I just received the K50 for Christmas.
QuoteOriginally posted by Danica90 Quote
Just never thought I'd ever own such a beautiful camera myself! Right now my camera is set on auto mode seeing as I have no idea how to adjust the settings.
Cold hard facts.....I know....we hate them, but someone has to say it. Maybe the best way I can do it is to tell you my similar position about 10 years ago.

I got the Pentax DS and had never owned a DSLR or any SLR camera and had no idea how to use it. Where I bought it, they had a short course and I took it. Mostly......I learned how to get better confused. Being determined, I kept at it and eventually ended up on a Forum where I listened to others, asked questions and got good answers. I shot a lot in the Auto mode, ventured into other modes to experiment and in time I did learn to take some decent photos. It took time and some real patience, but it was fun learning and so worth it! The joy that awaits you if you stick with it is far beyond what you can imagine at this point. It is a journey......you can enjoy it or give up and turn back. Those that enjoy it are here, many are superb shooters, and almost all of them on this Pentax Forums stand ready to help you succeed. You only have to ask and they are there for you.

This is a friendly place, you won't be laughed at or criticized for your lack of knowledge, just helped to go forward and enjoy. Amazing things await you if you are willing to make the trip.

The other side......I have a friend that bought a DSLR two years ago......I told here the same things I just told you. She got frustrated, didn't come here, didn't seek advice, didn't read her manual and then ask what it meant. Her camera is somewhere in a dark closet and has never taken the fantastic shots that awaited her if she had just stuck with it a step at a time.

Welcome to Pentax Forums, the best Forum on the internet for learning and for enjoying your new camera.

Best Regards!
Rupert
12-29-2015, 09:05 AM   #11
Loyal Site Supporter
TER-OR's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Dundee, IL
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 5,413
Yeah, just get out there using it. The different modes are there for a reason, explore and learn. You learn by doing.

There are no stupid questions, ask away. We'll point you the right direction. You'll find there are a lot of shooting styles.
12-29-2015, 09:23 AM   #12
Pentaxian
bertwert's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Golden, BC
Photos: Albums
Posts: 4,877
Welcome to the forum!
I love my K-50.
I learned most of what I know from this forum here
Also online articles help lots.
If you read the manual you can learn features of this great camera.
I presume you got the kit 18-55 or 18-135 lens wit hit - right?

Have fun!
12-29-2015, 11:49 AM   #13
Pentaxian
Na Horuk's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Slovenia, probably
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 10,325
Oh, and one more thing. Those Scene modes (like Landscape, Portrait,..) are not terrible. Especially if you figure out how they behave. Lots of beginners ignore them, they want to go from Auto to M. But there is no need to jump straight into the most difficult, manual modes. It takes time to get to those
12-30-2015, 12:27 AM   #14
Senior Member
Davidparis's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Paris, France
Posts: 268
QuoteOriginally posted by Danica90 Quote
Hello everyone!
My name is Danica. I just received the K50 for Christmas. A total surprise and an amazing one at that. I've always enjoyed looking at beautiful cameras and photos.. Just never thought I'd ever own such a beautiful camera myself! Right now my camera is set on auto mode seeing as I have no idea how to adjust the settings. Lol. I have tried looking on YouTube for tutorials but have only found basic reviews, which don't help very much. So any basic tricks and tips would be appreciated!

Thank you in advance!
I'd equally recommend a quick, full-day DSLR learner's class. They can be fun and you will learn a lot. You'll learn more about how much you don't know and identify areas/skills to concentrate on. Doing this is highly recommended.
12-30-2015, 12:32 AM   #15
Pentaxian
Digitalis's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Adelaide.
Posts: 8,535
QuoteOriginally posted by Danica90 Quote
I have no clue what I'm doing..
For what it's worth, none of us really did when we started walking this long road.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
camera
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I need to shoot a video and I have no idea what I'm doing Outis Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 19 11-13-2014 05:42 PM
I have no idea what I'm doing therevslady Photographic Industry and Professionals 7 12-01-2012 01:41 PM
Hi, I have no idea what I'm doing. ASheffield Welcomes and Introductions 1 11-03-2012 03:22 PM
I have no clue how to use my Sekonic L-358! Noob Photographic Technique 10 05-05-2011 10:35 AM
Underexposed pics with new Sigma EF 530 DG Super Flash. What I'm I doing wrong? ismaelg Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 8 02-09-2011 01:46 PM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:07 PM. | See also: NikonForums.com, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top