A&P Noob needs help..

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  1. verbal

    verbal Active Member

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    I've been using my DSLR for a while but I'm not experimenting enough with it as I'd like to.

    What's the best way for a noob to learn more about manual settings and not get frustrated and disappointed with results? How did you guys manage the small screen when starting out? It's hard to tell what needs to change on the small screen.
     
  2. CornUponCob

    CornUponCob New Member

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    Turn the histogram option on which will make your preview even smaller but it will show you the distribution of lighter and darker pictures in your shots.

    If your issues relate more to focusing and composition instead of exposure, just slow things down, think about every shot, look through the viewfinder as you move around trying out different angles and focal lengths, and make sure the camera actually focuses on what it's supposed to before you take the actual picture.

    Also, an easy way to avoid frustration is make sure you go out and shoot for fun. Every time I get a new lens I'd take a walk around my neighborhood shooting stuff till I got used to the lens. No pressure when you're shooting just for fun.
     
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    BluSpecs New Member

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    If your camera has the ability to show you the blown out highlights when you review the images that can help too.

    Get "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Petersen

    It helped me out more than any other photg book I've read
     
  4. epitaph

    epitaph Exorcizamus te, omnis immundus spiritus.

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    I came in to post this. I just finished reading that last night and it will be a great reference for a long time to come. Really great book.
     
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    i have that book and never got around to read it. maybe i should.
     
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    this thread perfectly describes 90 percent of this sub forum
     
  7. Hippy

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    HOW CAN U DO IT WITH SUCH A SMALL SCREEN ONE
     
  8. verbal

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    I'm just interested in all the manual settings. Like how do you know what stop to use? Do you guys just do trial and error until a shot comes out right? (I doubt it) Or do you just know by your environment?
     
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    sometimes you can just guess, sometimes i'll set it to P (programmable) and see what it gives me for values, fire off a few test shots and tweak from there.
     
  10. Hippy

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    u know what a light meter is? this thread must be a joke.
     
  11. verbal

    verbal Active Member

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    I know what a light meter is. Do you seriously get out a light meter everytime you want to take pictures?
     
  12. Hippy

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    no but i hear most cameras have one built in.
     
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    :h5:

    What do you mean by what stop to use? To get the depth of field you want, or just for the lighting?
     

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