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Dec 22, 2010 21:50 |  #31

Back in 2005. I couldn't understand why my $1000 Rebel XT wasn't producing the kind of shots I wanted. I thought, at the time, that the camera would do everything for me. After doing some research I found this tutorial by Rick Sammons:

http://www.usa.canon.c​om …torial/rebelxtl​essons.htm (external link)

It changed my perspective on photography and helped me appreciate my camera all the more.


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Dec 22, 2010 21:54 |  #32

getting good at photoshop


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Dec 22, 2010 22:22 |  #33
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Don't try this at home...... When I got my 500L F4 IS. Yes, that was when I started to get better. How? I got interested in bird photography early on but very focal length limited. I was mainly shooting birds. As you can see, when you are focal length and light limited, you can't apply many of the basic composition principles. The bokeh? Forget it. I had to fake it in photoshop since a 400L 5.6 + 1.4x converter does not produce good bokeh.

When I began to shoot with the 500L, I was like someone shooting people portraits with a 50mm lens. My subjects were birds of course. I was able to apply many of the basic composition principles. I was able to read the lights and position myself accordingly.

Another break thru is public aquarium photography. I haven't seen many good works so far. When I learned about exposing to the ambient light with - stops exposure compensation and using the flash as the main light, I discovered that I can "freeze actions" in low light situation without using a ridiculous fast lens. And at 1/200s shutter speed.


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Dec 23, 2010 09:19 |  #34

For me, it's all about the use of flash; understanding when I need it, what it can do for me, and how to use it creatively. I used to use it very ignorantly. Now, I'd like to think I'm rather good at it and it has opened up entirely new worlds for me.


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Dec 23, 2010 12:34 |  #35

fjxris wrote in post #11500538 (external link)
Back in 2005. I couldn't understand why my $1000 Rebel XT wasn't producing the kind of shots I wanted. I thought, at the time, that the camera would do everything for me. After doing some research I found this tutorial by Rick Sammons:

http://www.usa.canon.c​om …torial/rebelxtl​essons.htm (external link)

It changed my perspective on photography and helped me appreciate my camera all the more.

your rebel xt was $1,000 ???


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Dec 23, 2010 12:40 |  #36

banpreso wrote in post #11503396 (external link)
your rebel xt was $1,000 ???

Yup; back that many years ago, I felt I got a bargain with my Rebel XT on sale at $899.


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Dec 23, 2010 13:12 |  #37

i got my xt kit from costco in 2006 for $500. guess i was lucky :)


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Dec 24, 2010 19:06 |  #38

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Mine? Finding this forum. I have learned everything from it.

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Dec 24, 2010 19:18 as a reply to  @ banpreso's post |  #39

Practicing, training your eye, learning to pre-visualize scenes, experimenting with light and composition...

But it's a continous process, there's no one-stop solution for it.
Reading about those topics (and sometimes discussing them in forums ;-)a ) also helps and often gives new impulses.

Just my 2ct.


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Dec 24, 2010 21:08 |  #40

banpreso wrote in post #11503396 (external link)
your rebel xt was $1,000 ???

I know right?!? I bought it around April of '05. In all fairness the price did include an extra battery and a 2 gb compact flash card (this was a $100+ on its own). Thank goodness prices have come down a lot since then.


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Dec 24, 2010 22:37 |  #41

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What are some of the occasions where you experienced breakthrough improvement in your photography? I hope we can share our experiences and learn from each other in this thread.

for me for 3 years i've had a rebel and was basically doing greenbox point and shoot, until a local concert promoter asked me to take photos of the concerts. i started reading up about iso and aperture, and got myself a 50mm f1.4 and a 100mm f2 and really start to get an understanding of the technicals.

and just looking at enough pictures on this forum. initially, i couldn't tell a good pic from a bad pic, good composition from a bad one. but eventually, just looking at enough pictures on this forum helped a lot.

and thirdly, recently i've had the opportunity to shoot every week, evaluating how i did and try to improve/ fix my mistakes the next week. also got a lighting kit and i'm following some photography blogs in lighting and doing some portrait sessions with friends.

i really wish my local bookstores and library has more henri cartier-bresson books :)

Off topic...but why do you have two 50 1.4s?


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Dec 26, 2010 22:31 |  #42

First - after I switched to M (after first couple of days using my Rebel)
Second - after I started to read this forum.
Third - after I managed to get 70-200L F4.


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Dec 26, 2010 22:42 |  #43

"....opening my eyes"


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Dec 26, 2010 22:43 |  #44

Selling my 24-70


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Dec 27, 2010 10:19 |  #45
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Selling my 24-70


And picked up a prime....:)


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