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Photography Hobby Thread

I have really started to get into photography. I just recently got my first DSLR Camera and love it! I have always enjoyed taking pictures of things, and now that I have a good camera, I am really enjoying myself. Anyone else here enjoy photography? If so, whats sorts of things do you like taking photos of? For me, I enjoy taking pictures of pretty much anything interesting. My two favorites would be wildlife and scenery. I have some photos attached to this post for y'all to look at. I am new at this and I am learning as I go, so any tips would be greatly appreciated :). I will be taking photography class in the near future as well, but for now any tips would help.

Also please do share some of the photos that you have taken :9:

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Always remember the 'thirds' rule when shooting landscapes. The horizon should never split the photo in half, it should be at the top or bottom third minimally. It is up to you to determine whether or not the upper two-thirds or lower two-thirds make the composition better.

I love the photo of the sunset (horizon at bottom). The most compelling photo, wonderfully done, is the makeshift baseball bat.
 
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Always remember the 'thirds' rule when shooting landscapes. The horizon should never split the photo in half, it should be at the top or bottom third. It is up to you to determine whether or not the upper two-thirds or lower two-thirds make the composition better.

Thanks, I will be taking photography class soon at school. So hopefully I will know a lot more about photography after I'm done with the first class.
 

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Here is one of the pictures I did for Bleu Step Daughter (the middle one) and her fiance' for their engagement pics;

<img src="http://www.sigmaphinothing.org/ka/ka2.jpg" width="600" />

Here is another that I am particularly proud of because I tried some techniques that are new to me;

<img src="http://www.sigmaphinothing.org/ka/ka1.jpg" width="600" />
 
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Those are really good :9:

I'm continuing to try out different techniques and settings as I go. I'm also still learning as I go, but I figure there is always something new to learn in Photography.
 

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Here is another that I am particularly proud of because I tried some techniques that are new to me;

can you elaborate on what you were tinkering with when snapping it?
 
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Always remember the 'thirds' rule when shooting landscapes. The horizon should never split the photo in half, it should be at the top or bottom third minimally. It is up to you to determine whether or not the upper two-thirds or lower two-thirds make the composition better.

I love the photo of the sunset (horizon at bottom). The most compelling photo, wonderfully done, is the makeshift baseball bat.

Thanks, I do have other sunset photos on that website that you might like too. I am also proud of the picture of my friend and his makeshift bat. My first action photo that came out well.
 

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Welcome to team Canon and my condolences to your wallet since you enjoy wildlife photography. I suggest visiting Photography on the Net if you haven't been there yet. Fred Miranda and NPN also have lots of good info. After learning the basics the best advice is simply practicing enough to get comfortable with your style and gear.

I mostly shoot nature macros and dabble in wildlife (birds) in the offseason. I'm currently building an indoor macro bench for automated focus stacking with my new toy:



I currently use a Canon 50D with 300mm f/4L IS, MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro, 100mm f/2.8 macro, EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS, and 50mm f/1.8 MkII Canon lenses, MT-24EX macro, 580EX II Speedlite (+Better Beamer), and 420EX Speedlite Canon flashes, Giottos MT9170 macro, Gitzo GT3541LS, and Manfrotto 679B tri/monopods, plus various heads and other assorted gear.
 

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I haven't had a lot of time lately with it but have always been really interested it over the years. Current gear Canon EOS 7D| Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 | Canon 17-40mm f/4L | Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS | Canon 70-200mm f/4L | Canon 400mm f/5.6L + 2 Gitzo Tripods and various accessories.

Your welcome to visit My PBase Gallery

The key to tackling great results is all in the lighting. Learn to use your camera in Manual mode and you go a long way in your creative approach.
 
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I haven't had a lot of time lately with it but have always been really interested it over the years. Current gear Canon EOS 7D| Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 | Canon 17-40mm f/4L | Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS | Canon 70-200mm f/4L | Canon 400mm f/5.6L + 2 Gitzo Tripods and various accessories.

Your welcome to visit My PBase Gallery

The key to tackling great results is all in the lighting. Learn to use your camera in Manual mode and you go a long way in your creative approach.

Thats what I have been experimenting with, manual mode. I am starting to get the hang of it in terms of getting the right settings for the type of shot I want to take. I find that the preset modes are alright for basic shots.
 

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The key to tackling great results is all in the lighting. Learn to use your camera in Manual mode and you go a long way in your creative approach.

What he said... ;)

Pick one of the manual modes (I usually use Aperture Priority) and shoot ONLY in that mode until you feel comfortable...then pick another one, and shoot ONLY in that one until you feel comfortable...etc.

Also, look into the book "From Snapshots to Great Shots" for your camera...you'll learn some good stuff.

Finally, set your camera to shoot in RAW mode. It's one more step to get your pics from your camera to a useable format....but it sure beats finding out that you had the wrong White Balance selected....and it quickly can correct for your lens' distortion.
 
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What he said... ;)

Pick one of the manual modes (I usually use Aperture Priority) and shoot ONLY in that mode until you feel comfortable...then pick another one, and shoot ONLY in that one until you feel comfortable...etc.

Also, look into the book "From Snapshots to Great Shots" for your camera...you'll learn some good stuff.

Finally, set your camera to shoot in RAW mode. It's one more step to get your pics from your camera to a useable format....but it sure beats finding out that you had the wrong White Balance selected....and it quickly can correct for your lens' distortion.

Thanks for the tips, I would give you a + rep but it says I can't give anymore today.
 

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I also like Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Books. Bryan Peterson's Understanding Exposure is also very good.

I started off a couple of years ago like you. My problem was that I had a guy in the office next to me that is really into nature photography. He's a Nikon guy, and would spend his bonus check on a 400mm F/2.8 lens. I'd talk to him, and he'd say, "What you really need is ....." I still don't think my Visa card ever recovered.
 

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That picture of the bald eagle is bad ***.
 
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I also like Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Books. Bryan Peterson's Understanding Exposure is also very good.

I started off a couple of years ago like you. My problem was that I had a guy in the office next to me that is really into nature photography. He's a Nikon guy, and would spend his bonus check on a 400mm F/2.8 lens. I'd talk to him, and he'd say, "What you really need is ....." I still don't think my Visa card ever recovered.

Being a college student here, I had to get the cheapest Canon I could find. But I'm happy working with what I have. Gotta start somewhere :9: I also like the 250mm IS Lens it came with.
 

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