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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by rpickette, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. rpickette

    rpickette lynnwood, wa Member

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    Any other amateur or self taught photographers on here? Post up your photos and give people the chance to give you some honest feedback :)

    Ive always been told i take great pictures, and ive always loved taking them. so last year i bought myself a canon 550d kit and have been learning dslr photograghy on my own.

    EDIT: i didnt mean to put that picture on there, i clicked the wrong one, lol!! that would be my hoodie i modded a while back! oops!! I cant figure out how to remove attachments!

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  2. MrNiceGuy

    MrNiceGuy between springfield and shelbyville Well-Known Member

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    01rednavigator salem Active Member

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    I also am a self taught photographer. Here are some of my favorite pictures I have taken.

    Firefly at my house.
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    My 2001 Lincoln Navigator
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    My 2000 Mustang GT, sold to buy the Navigator.
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    My 1968 Ford F250, Sold
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    My 1969 Oldsmobile 98, Sold.
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    Ice storm a few years ago
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    Butterfly that flew in my house.
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    1974 Chevy K20, sold

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    I have a bunch more but don want to post to many.
     
  4. rpickette

    rpickette lynnwood, wa Member

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    Sweet big red boat!

    I love it when everything ices up like that, its so pretty!
     
  5. rpickette

    rpickette lynnwood, wa Member

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    Wow, self taught? :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup: good stuff!
     
  6. MrNiceGuy

    MrNiceGuy between springfield and shelbyville Well-Known Member

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    lazerblazer Portland Active Member

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    Hey there rpickette, Great photos, I recommend that if you want to get more out of your camera that you look into some different lenses. Most in the photography world suggest a 50mm lens, with that you can really start to grasp DOF/bokeh, and how the amount of light affects each shot. If you have any more questions or suggestions please chime in! I love photography and firearms!
     
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    WillMunny NE Portland Active Member

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  9. MrNiceGuy

    MrNiceGuy between springfield and shelbyville Well-Known Member

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    Heck yeah! I love my little nifty fifty.
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    Wide angles are fun too. 10mm:
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    Telephoto lenses are great if you want to reach out and touch something:
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    Long exposure shots are my favorite though.
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    ATCclears Seattle area, WA Well-Known Member

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    Here is an example using both a reduced depth of field (DOF) and fill-in flash. The camera was an older Nikon D60, a 35mm lens, and the DOF set/fixed at 2.8. I didn't want to open the lens up to its maximum aperture of 1.8 since I was worried that some of the foreground (daughter and horse) might go out of focus.
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    Here is another example of reduced DOF. I just didn't record the details of this picture.
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    ATCclears Seattle area, WA Well-Known Member

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    This was shot on film last Summer. Hasselblad, 50mm lens (wide angle for medium format), and Kodak Ektar 100 film. This film is amazing in bright light.

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    ATCclears Seattle area, WA Well-Known Member

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    ...back to digital. An older Nikon D60 and a 35mm "prime" (non-zoom) lens. This Spitfire actually flies and is part of Paul Allen's collection. Stop by the Flying Heritage Collection if you're ever near Paine Field in Everett, WA (North end of greater Seattle).

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  13. rpickette

    rpickette lynnwood, wa Member

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    I know! Leneses are sooo expensive though! Id really like an ultra wide angle and a much larger zoom for stuff like Formula Drift and rally cross. Just gotta save up for them
     
  14. rpickette

    rpickette lynnwood, wa Member

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    I actually live 2 minutes from there :) and I still haven't been in! Gonna have to change that :)
     
  15. ATCclears

    ATCclears Seattle area, WA Well-Known Member

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    Consider used equipment from your local shop, KEH Buy & Sell New & Used Cameras , or perhaps eBay.

    I've purchased some great, used stuff from KEH.

    Peter
     
  16. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Photos look great guys. After our recent trip Jen and I decided we need to get a DSLR. With our tiny budget we'll probably end up getting a used body, and it's looking like the best value right now may be with the Canon 40D or 5D. Any thoughts, from the more experienced photographers here? She insists on going with Canon :(
     
  17. rpickette

    rpickette lynnwood, wa Member

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    Honestly, if its just going to be a travel camera or just used for family stuff then there's really no need to get either of those. The rebel series is perfect and much friendlier on the wallet. The t2I is in my opinion the best value. Your still getting the 18mpx, the ef-s lenses are much more affordable and readily available both new and used. If you compare specs on the t2I and the 40 50 or 60d's, there's really not lot of difference except in the price. I did a lot of research before purchasing mine :) I'm a total bargain hunter. Don't go up to the t3 or t3I, even though its a wee bit cheaper (new) its because u take a downgrade in specs. T2I is a great camera, you can get pro results from a budget camera!

    Oh and CANON FTW! ;) serioudsly though, canons are set up to be much more user freindly and there's a reason they're the first choice of most pros
     
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  18. rpickette

    rpickette lynnwood, wa Member

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    Anyone have any suggestions on good dslr photograghy books? Like one that really breaks everything down into moron terms? :)
     
  19. MrNiceGuy

    MrNiceGuy between springfield and shelbyville Well-Known Member

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    The one I posted was great for that. If you were closer I'd let you borrow it. :laugh:

    I'm also a big cannon fan. The rebel series is perfect for anyone starting out. It should provide years of great picture taking and most people will never need or want anything more. I actually prefer the t3i for a few reasons, but it's mostly preference. The t3i has a built in IR transmitter that will control any cannon speedlight flash. To do this with the t2i you have to buy a dedicated IR control module.
    If that's not a big deal for you, then I'd just go with the t2i.

    The accessories are key. Lenses, flashes, filters, tripod, lighting, all of these things will last for years and should still work when you do upgrade camera bodies.
    For all of these things, I recommend B&H Photo Video Digital Cameras, Photography, Camcorders
    I cant say enough good things about b&h.
    Also, for lenses, dont be afraid to try tamron lenses. They offer good quality for great prices. That moon shot I posted was taken with this lens: Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens for Canon EOS AF017C700
    It's also great for rallyX
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    The peril of a DSLR and travel is that in order to get the shot you want at any one time, you might have to carry around ALLOT of gear.
    I have a nice lowepro backpack that carries my camera body, 6 lenses, 9 lens filters, a flash, a remote trigger, epson p5000, light reflector, tripod, and light meter.
    For this reason, I bought a point and shoot for my recent trip to Hawaii for my sisters wedding. It worked out alright. But there were a few photos were "ok" that would have been great if I had my gear.
    This shot would have been GREAT if I had my flash:
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    ATCclears Seattle area, WA Well-Known Member

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