A&P So I just got a Nikon D50.. anyone wanna help a noob out? v.i want a mentor

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  1. k1d.

    k1d. New Member

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    Just picked up a Nikon D50, pretty damn excited! It came with the Nikon 18-55 Kit lense.... just wondering if anyone wanted to be like... a mentor or some shit... give me some tips, then give me assignments... i take pictures, and send it to you.. and you can critique it.. :bigthumb:
     
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    I do loves me some critiquing...

    As for tips:
    Read as much as you can, starting here and here.

    Take as many photos as you can, taking a photo is always better than not taking a photo.

    Know and embrace that this hobby is going to double or triple your inital investment in less than a year.

    Don't get discouraged when I tell you that your pictures are terrible.

    Head over to PotN if you need an ego boost.
     
  3. Meat Popsicle

    Meat Popsicle What's that smell? OT Supporter

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    If you want my honest opinion you should sell your 18-55 and buy the 18-70 I have for sale in the Yard Sale forum.

    I have a D50 and the 18-70 is superior to the 18-55 in every respect.

    You can sell your kit lens for $85 to $100 and then buy the lens I have for $195.
     
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    Meat Popsicle What's that smell? OT Supporter

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    I'm not just saying that because I'm selling one..I would recommend it even if I wasn't. :o
     
  5. Meat Popsicle

    Meat Popsicle What's that smell? OT Supporter

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    Oh, and a good place to stay away from is nikoncafe if you want to save your money. :mamoru2:
     
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    Meat Popsicle What's that smell? OT Supporter

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    The D50 is fucking awesome by the way.
     
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    1st assignment - noodz of your GF or a hot girl.

    All of OTAP can be your mentor (well, some of OTAP :mamoru:)
     
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    :roflw:
     
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    i love my D50, almost time for an upgrade though :)
     
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    take some shots and post them here
     
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    I'll see if I can sell my kit lens and get back to you.

    I'll tell some friends of mine that I got a DSLR and if they wanna model for me. :mamoru:

    Will also work on this after Wednesday of this week... Exams are kicking my ass.
     
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    I'll 2nd the 18-70. It's an great lens, especially for a kit lens...

    IN for aCab's assignment.

    But you should go shooting and focus on exposure, shallow and deep depth of field, and keeping your subject in focus.

    Then post back here with some samples and questions.
     
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    i agree on getting the 18-70 lens, but the kit lens is fine if you're just starting to learn. read a lot about the mechanics of your equipment and experiment as much as possible. don't trust the tiny screen on the back, that screen wasn't built for anything more than a preview.

    until you know how to control everything (or at least understand everything) in manual mode, don't switch out of it. appreciate the struggle of setting up a photograph, rather than trying to shoot 1000 worthless snapshots in a single night.

    don't shoot in RAW mode until you're comfortable shooting in jpg.

    invest in a tripod.
     
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    Thats pretty much what I did as far as shooting manual goes. Hell I've been shooting for over a year and am just now starting to shoot RAW. And i just bought a good tripod. :mamoru:
     

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