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NEW User and Rebel XTI Owner - Tips Anyone???

 
markbroom
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Mar 03, 2008 08:36 |  #1

Ok ladies and gentleman I just bought a brand new XTI that included the 18-55 lens, and I bought seperately the Canon 70-300 lens. I am brand new to DSLR camera's and the terminology, tips, tricks, and of course the entire field. I have had a point and shoot digital for years and have always taken what I thought were great pictures with those. I finally decided to take it to the next level.

I am a fast learner and would love for anyone that has this combination of equipment or anything similar if you would give me or other newbies some tips and tricks that will save us time and headaches.

Thanks you to all that reply...

Mark


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Mar 03, 2008 09:04 |  #2

Welcome to the forum Mark! You'll love it here. Browse around for a while and you will find all kinds of tips. Use the search engine and you can find tips tailored to the kind of shooting that you do.

There are a few books that are highly recommended around here - Bryan Peterson's 'Understanding Exposure' is a good one. You will also find great suggestions on how to spend all kinds of money.

The main thing is to get out and shoot, shoot, and shoot some more.

Have fun!


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Mar 03, 2008 09:09 |  #3

Welcome to the forum. Here are a few stickies to get you going. Lots of good info.

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=414088

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=53846


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Mar 03, 2008 10:23 |  #4

Welcome! My only suggestion is start reading. Understand why you have dSLR or why a dSLR is awesome! From there you'll start learning how to use the camera and learn advantages, as well as, disadvantages of certain lens/camera/etc. and you can go from there.


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Mar 03, 2008 11:24 |  #5

read lots and shoot more, you only get better behind the viewfinder.


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Mar 03, 2008 11:29 |  #6

I know the best thing I did was I bought the 17-85mm IS canon lens. That lens is awesome. I is so much better then the kit lens. Although I have shot some awesome pictures with the kit lens. I think the 17-85mmIS has to be the best walk around lens.


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Mar 03, 2008 11:57 |  #7

Post your first shots and invite some constructive criticisum.


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markbroom
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Mar 03, 2008 22:31 |  #8

Ok here are some of my first shots.. they were just taken in the house from my chair and I literally didnt move to take them. Sorry I am sort of lazy this time of year.... Please tell me what you all think.. and just remember I am a noob!!!


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Mar 03, 2008 22:31 |  #9

Couple more...


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markbroom
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Mar 03, 2008 22:33 |  #10

I don't know how to put bigger full size images on here.... I had to edit those with the included software so that I could upload so I can't really tell how much detail was lost in the edit. Thanks for the constructive advice or criticism and the cat's name is BOB! :-)


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markbroom
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Mar 03, 2008 22:41 |  #11

billrhea wrote in post #5039490external link
I know the best thing I did was I bought the 17-85mm IS canon lens. That lens is awesome. I is so much better then the kit lens. Although I have shot some awesome pictures with the kit lens. I think the 17-85mmIS has to be the best walk around lens.

Wow that thing is pretty pricey... I will have to wait a while on that one. With the camera and the additional 70-300 lens I have more than I wanted already in it. I can see that this is a very expensive hobby!! :confused:


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markbroom
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Mar 04, 2008 18:38 |  #12

Nobody with any constructive criticism on my first shots?? C'mon peeps help me out...


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Rontech1
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Mar 04, 2008 19:00 |  #13

markbroom wrote in post #5048974external link
Nobody with any constructive criticism on my first shots?? C'mon peeps help me out...

Welcome,
They look pretty good to me. As for advice, on my XTi I upped the exposure value 1/3 stop and left it there. It seemed mine took better exposed pictures overall with that setting. You will love the camera.
And your choice of the 70-300IS lens is a good one also. It works very well with that body.
And yeah, look at my sig as for how much you can spend:rolleyes:
One question, are you shooting in raw and converting to jpeg, or shooting in jpeg only?
Ron


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And I spent more than I planned on;)

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Mar 04, 2008 19:45 |  #14

Rontech1 wrote in post #5049088external link
One question, are you shooting in raw and converting to jpeg, or shooting in jpeg only?
Ron

Ron - at this point I just shot in the auto mode so they were jpeg's I havent braved the other things yet to get to the raw mode settings. I am waiting for the weather to change a little so I can go outside and shoot something besides snow and rain. I plan on setting up a tripod and shooting the same scene in several different modes to see what works and how. I love the fact that the software tells what all the settings were when you took the shot. That will save a bunch of note taking!!!


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Mar 05, 2008 10:34 |  #15

markbroom wrote in post #5049387external link
Ron - at this point I just shot in the auto mode so they were jpeg's I havent braved the other things yet to get to the raw mode settings. I am waiting for the weather to change a little so I can go outside and shoot something besides snow and rain. I plan on setting up a tripod and shooting the same scene in several different modes to see what works and how. I love the fact that the software tells what all the settings were when you took the shot. That will save a bunch of note taking!!!

Mark, as a fellow newb who only got into this whole thing a year or so ago, I would advise you to take the Manual/Manual approach....

Fire her into 1: full manual and then 2: read that manual!! Its a super steep learning curve, but its way more fun that way. And fun = retained knowledge. :cool: Also hang out here, cos these lads and ladies really know their stuff.

Its a good idea to try these out for size.... I'm guessing the Xt is nearly identical to the Xti. If you see past the awful out-of-sync-ness these vids are great for learning.

http://www.youtube.com ...le_videos?user=aixi​ng&p=rexternal link


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