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May 12, 2010 12:47 |  #16

Welcome to POTN...

You've got a very capable light gathering device in the 50D but it's not a magic box. The magic is between your ears.

Instead of worrying about what you aren't getting right now, take the time to do some studying (your camera manual, other books, DVDs and especially POTN .. world's greatest on-line photo seminar!) and imagine what's possible!

Above all else: Shoot. Shoot Again. Shoot some more. Photons are free and 1s an 0s are cheap so use 'em!

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May 12, 2010 12:49 |  #17

A friend and I ended up taking an intro to photography course, 3 hours every Sat for 4 weeks. I thought I knew the basics from reading books and such but through his instruction, it connected a lot of dots for me. It was $230 bucks but well worth it. It would have taken me heck of a lot longer to learn everything I got from the classes and it alleviated a lot of frustration too.




  
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May 12, 2010 13:47 as a reply to  @ FlyingPhotog's post |  #18

Don't get me wrong I have some good pictures. I have some that don't look very sharp to me. I also know it has to do with me not having enough knowledge. I'll post some pictures a little later.

My setup is

Canon 50D with a Canon 17-85MM F/4-5.6 IS EF-S




  
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May 12, 2010 14:53 as a reply to  @ CMLamb's post |  #19

I was in your same situation with the same camera. I learned very quickly that all the stats and features show what the CAMERA is capable of doing, but certainly not what I was capable of doing (or NOT capable of doing). Improvement will come with knowledge in two areas, how to physically use the features of the 50D as well as photography in general. "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Petersen is a great resource and helped me out a lot. It will be a slow process for sure but will be worth it in the long run, don't give up on it! I would read up on certain techniques or concepts and then spend time going out and shooting to put what I read into practice. Just reading about things is OK, actually doing them is the key. I am still very much an amateur and make no pretensions about being a good photographer because I own certain equipment, but I have improved and that to me is an accomplishment.


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May 12, 2010 14:58 |  #20

Go to your local library and check it out. YOu don't need to buy it unless they don't have it.

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It will get you on the right path. It's a GREAT book, one that most photographers just starting out will benefit from reading.


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May 12, 2010 15:00 |  #21

CMLamb wrote in post #10168466 (external link)
Don't get me wrong I have some good pictures. I have some that don't look very sharp to me. I also know it has to do with me not having enough knowledge. I'll post some pictures a little later.

My setup is

Canon 50D with a Canon 17-85MM F/4-5.6 IS EF-S

Have a little patience and put in some work at improving and you'll see a change over time.

Photography is an evolutionary activity. As you grow, your photography will grow. One does not just flip a switch and become Super Photog overnight.


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May 12, 2010 15:48 |  #22

Methodical wrote in post #10168905 (external link)
Go to your local library and check it out. YOu don't need to buy it unless they don't have it.

Some people like to have a reference library at home. At $18 it's not like it's a major investment. But if you're hard up for cash or don't care to read it again, sure, get it from a library. I don't think anyone needs to be told that libraries exist.




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May 12, 2010 15:49 as a reply to  @ FlyingPhotog's post |  #23

Here are a few picture I have in my web album.
http://picasaweb.googl​e.com …u-l9N_ISw&feat=directlin​k (external link)




  
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May 12, 2010 15:51 as a reply to  @ tharmsen's post |  #24

I've already order the book. Thanks tharmsen




  
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May 12, 2010 16:56 |  #25

You also have to be really careful with what you like. You need to like what you truly like and not just what others like.

What I mean is that if you take a picture and are happy with it, and want to hang it on your wall, it's a good photo to you, and that is a good start.


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May 12, 2010 19:01 |  #26

CMLamb wrote in post #10168466 (external link)
Don't get me wrong I have some good pictures. I have some that don't look very sharp to me. I also know it has to do with me not having enough knowledge. I'll post some pictures a little later.

My setup is

Canon 50D with a Canon 17-85MM F/4-5.6 IS EF-S

If some of the pictures are out of focus, I suggest changing the focus to center point only instead of all-points. It works better most of the time.




  
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May 12, 2010 19:07 |  #27

I am kind of glad my 50D was my 4th body. haha. I do like it a lot, and I think it takes great pics, or I should say when I take a good pic, it does a good job of capturing it.


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May 12, 2010 19:19 as a reply to  @ chopperdave's post |  #28

I am a noob, but one of the things that helped me learn was to open the manual and pick out a camera function, ie AF point...Shutter speed....White Balance...etc.
I then spent part of a day taking pictures, but the only parameter I would change in the camera was that one function.
Once through the manual and I started changing multiple functions at once.
Also reading "Understanding Exposure" & Scott Kelby's "Digital Photography Vol 1 & 2" will help a lot.

ETA: I thought some of your images were pretty good.


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May 12, 2010 20:16 |  #29

Having a bad day. I'd like to provide all options where available. Every little bit counts. Oh and I am not hard up for $18 but won't spend it if I don't have too.

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May 13, 2010 15:28 |  #30

Thanks for all the input.




  
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