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Nov 23, 2013 15:44 |  #1

Hello, I just purchased a canon rebel t3i yesterday and I want to learn how to take photos... I know I need a different lens but just for the moment I just want to learn how to take nice photos with the stock lens...




  
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Nov 23, 2013 15:48 |  #2

Congratulations! Get out there and shoot!


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Nov 23, 2013 16:16 as a reply to  @ AlFooteIII's post |  #3

Congratulations and welcome to this wonderfully enfuriating hobby. Indeed get out and shoot, work out what aperture and shutter speed change and how they relate to each other. Really look at your pictures and see what is there and not what you hope is there, go out and take some more.

Then tell us how it's going and remind us of when we started :)

And most importantly, enjoy.

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Nov 23, 2013 16:52 |  #4

Highly recommend the book: Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson.


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Nov 23, 2013 20:53 |  #5

Welcome to the journey!

I'd recommend learning about the exposure triangle, the choices your camera offers for selecting what to focus on, and composition - especially the rule of thirds. Also about different types of light and when/how to use them.

Reading camera manuals and experimenting with the different settings can be a bit dull, but when you're shooting something you care about and want good results it will really pay off to have done so. Practice, experiment and practice more! Don't be discouraged if your results aren't what you'd hoped for - work out why and learn how you can improve them.

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Nov 23, 2013 20:58 |  #6

drvnbysound wrote in post #16474929 (external link)
Highly recommend the book: Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson.

I second this whole-heartedly! It is easy to read and will save you a lot of guessing. :)


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Nov 23, 2013 21:30 |  #7

divontepreston wrote in post #16474822 (external link)
I know I need a different lens

I am not sure what would give you that idea unless you are spending too much time on this website. The kit lens is far from junk and can take some very vice photos. Use it until you really learn your camera.

Try AV & TV mode and once you get those figured out go to M. Once you have mastered manual shooting then you will probably know if you need another lens. Youtube is a good place to learn this stuff.


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Nov 23, 2013 22:43 |  #8

NewCreation wrote in post #16475359 (external link)
I second this whole-heartedly! It is easy to read and will save you a lot of guessing. :)

This has to be the best and most recommended book for beginners.


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Nov 23, 2013 23:06 |  #9

Mike R wrote in post #16475551 (external link)
This has to be the best and most recommended book for beginners.

It was a real eye opener for me when I read it. It made the camera come alive for me.


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Nov 24, 2013 10:33 |  #10

Chris wrote in post #16475581 (external link)
It was a real eye opener for me when I read it. It made the camera come alive for me.

I bought it shortly after getting my AE-1 with the 50mm kit lens. It's the first "accessory" that everyone should buy,


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Nov 24, 2013 11:07 |  #11

Another vote for Understanding Exposure. Best place to start. Good book to reread after you've been at it a while, too.


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Nov 24, 2013 11:09 |  #12

Bryan Peterson has some excellent videos on Youtube as well.


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Nov 24, 2013 22:54 |  #13

divontepreston wrote in post #16474822 (external link)
I know I need a different lens

You really don't.

http://www.kenrockwell​.com/tech.htm (external link)

Don't pay attention to his "gear reviews" though.


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Nov 24, 2013 23:04 |  #14

just shoot!! thats how i got started... if you have the chance check out scott kelby's videos and books, they're very practically and easy to understand for beginners!




  
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