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01-09-2020, 04:26 PM   #1
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I'm very new to photography. Decided that photography looks like a good hobby to add to my golfing. So, I completed the Hollywood Art Institute Photography course (really nice with the Groupon sale) and bought a K70 with the kit 18-135 lens based on reviews and price. I'm retired and like getting outdoors in SW Florida. Probably, I'll walk around and try to get some photos of birds and landscapes. Nothing too exciting, just slow and easy, like me. Any suggestions that don't involve a lot technique? Again, I'm looking for a time-passing hobby; I'm not an enthusiast, yet. My favorite song is the Eagles' "Take it Easy".

01-09-2020, 04:30 PM   #2
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Really, just get used to the camera...technique will follow and build. Photography things you like, and maybe bring the camera with you when you play golf- you never know what you may see on the fairways, especially in SW Florida (where you have a different idea of a water hazzard- Gaters!)
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three suggestions

two require some reading but only one will cost anything

go to " articles " and take a look at some of the instructional articles and the in depth review of the K 70

consider buying the Ebook

[30% off] Instantly download your Pentax eBook! (K-1, KP, K-70, K-3, K-5, K-50, K-S2) -

the third suggestion

have fun

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Hi Aaron, welcome from Australia.

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Hello Aaron, welcome to the forum!
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Welcome to the forum! Just take pictures of whatever catches your eye. The 18-135mm is a very versatile lens and should give you the ability to choose a perspective that works for you. Don't be afraid to zoom in on a wide angle shot and explore. If you really get into birding you will be looking for a longer lens soon enough.
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Welcome.... "slow and easy"....

you are not alone..... this is me hard at it.....

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Welcome aboard from another retiree here from a bit north of you. Retirement is good gig if you can manage it. I heartily recommend it to everyone. I only regret that my early retirement plans fell through when my investment in lottery tickets failed to pay off.
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Welcome to the forum and hobby! Being in sw Florida gives you a tremendous number of outdoor parks and preserves to shoot in .. The 135mm though not usually ideal for wildlife can give you some very decent shots still of birds and gators, .. check out JN Ding Darling Wild life refuge.. its a car driven loop and of many I have been on its probably one of the best for photo ops close to the road.

Hit up Myakka River state park and fakahatchie strand as well as big cypress board walk, and corkscrew swamp ..These are all great places for wildlife viewing close up.. and theres plenty of great scenery and plants as well.

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That lens and camera pair should serve you well. I enjoy my 18-135, it's compact, has good resolution and the motorized focus is a pleasure to use.

Point of View. Don't just take images from human eye level. If you're photographing dogs or children, take a knee and get to their level. Try very low level when outdoors looking at wildlife, and try getting some elevation for landscapes, or find that opening in the brush down low and shoot through that. Give the viewer an unusual aspect on a familiar sight.

Points of interest - tell a story. Get some foreground and background details and take photos of both focus points - then see what you think later. You may find the close subject with the background out of focus compelling, or vice-versa.

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