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Posted 1/25/2010 by TrUcksR4CowGirlS in General Photography
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TrUcksR4CowGirlS
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Posted: 1/25/2010 9:29:37 PM
It's a great question, and one we will explore together. That's right, together. As a coach, I by no means I have all the answers. (though my younger brothers may debate you one that one) So, the format for this lesson, is more question and answer. I do not claim to have all the answers, thus, everyone is invited to participate and offer their experience. In the environment of learning. There really is no correct answer. I say that, because when you read further down, and you answer the following questions, there are probably infinite possibilities and probabilities. Therefore, we offer each other our experience, common sense, and tips and tricks of the trade, in a place I hope that has links to all kinds of great resources. I can promise, what it will not be. A "this is now you should do it." Because 'it' can mean too many things, to too many people.

In fact, my only, this is what you 'should', 'must', 'pick a term', do is READ/STUDY your camera's manual. Better yet, the digital field guide. Digital Field Guide listings on Amazon
Now the link is to a generic search, there have been posts in the past and you can certainly search for those directly related to your camera. But you can search Amazon as a start for your camera's digital field guide. IMO the book to start with.

Ok, that was the only MUST DO! The rest is simply opinions, options and experience. So I offer my experience.

I am a SAHM/amateur photographer. By the time my son was 3, I started to get bored. I have a daughter who will be 21 soon, and she is out of the house. I am organized to the point, some might call obsessive. So housework and all the other stuff I am involved with has it's place and is accomplished in it's time. Being at home then, I had time on my hands.

I have always liked scrapbooking, for it gave me the creative outlet, and the passion to archive our lives. Something happened, I don't really remember now what it was, got me to wanting to learn to take better photographs. So I bought a entry level dslr, a Nikon D40. I read the manual, I practiced. I had been a member here for several years, but had never been near a message board. In fact, I simply had no idea how or what the purpose was. I am about at the same place with texting. But I digress.

A friend informed me that there was a 12 weeks course happening. I signed up, and almost literally, the rest is history. I read, practiced, posted, asked for CC and also participated in the various other challenges that happen on the board. From there my passion grew, I got PSE6 and taught myself how to use it. I constantly asked questions here and at Flickr Group PSE. I read any and all threads that even hinted at a tutorial. I stalked Kim Bear's blog.

In essence, I keep learning, I love to learn. This is simply a never ending challenge. There is much to learn. And can be overwhelming. That is ok. Ride with it, you will make it to shore sooner, rather than later!

Recently, I have had enough people ask me to do a session, that I did get my business license, start a blog, have a logo etc. So that, when the opportunity arises, I can build my portfolio, and in my timing, which is slow. And if you know me, that is major, because I don't do anything slow. At all. I barely know the meaning of the word. So, this is huge for me, wanting to go slow. I am not, nor do I advocate-buy a camera=start a business. I simply have a license, so I can legally charge.

I wanted to take the time, sorry if it is rather long, to let you know where I was coming from.

Ok, I stated earlier, there was ONLY one MUST do. I lied. Well. Sort of. You don't have to do this, but it might REALLY help you sort thru all the information available today, and even help with direction on the 'Now What'?

Ask yourself the following questions:

WHY did you buy/want your dslr?
WHAT do you plan to do with it?
WHERE do you plan to go from here?
WHEN do you see yourself obtaining your goal?
HOW far are you willing to go?


I really think, that depending on how you answer those questions, and there is no right or wrong to it (they are directional questions), gives you the foundation, the focus you need to sort thru all that is available. And for the time being, weed out what you don't need.

For example, if your primary purpose is to simply learn to take better photographs, then you might focus on finding articles, posts, tutorials etc. that focus on what your primary objective is. And try to keep it there, until YOU are ready to move on to something else.

See, it can be fun. You learn at your own pace. There are SO many resources, some cost, some cost no more than your time. This is not an exhaustive list, but are some resources I have found to be of great help.

So, feel free to ask questions, there is no such thing as a dumb one. I will try to check in at least once a day. But, anyone else, please feel free to answer. Also, if you have any resources to add. Please include the link in your post.

Camera/Photography:
Michael's Photography School Very informative video tutorials to walk you through your camera and general photography. Lessons from beginner to expert.

Digital Photography School Short, easy to read articles. This link is directly to their abundance of beginner articles.

Digital Photography Schoolhouse Another great resource/message board. This one being specific to photographers. They also have online Webinars. I am actually on one right now! As I do this. Oh, and many of them are free.

Planet Neil - Flash articles

Two Peas in a Bucket 12 Week Photography Articles I believe there is a thread from One Crafty Cupcake that is starting this again.




Editing Software: I think it is reasonable to ask yourself the very same questions here as you did with your camera. It is SO easy to get caught up in NEEDING the latest version or buying a bunch of actions. Don't get me wrong, I love actions, I collect them like I do photography props. But, if you give yourself direction, you will minimize the NEED for buying too much, or too little.

CoffeeShop Photography My all time favorite for all things actions(for PSE too! and they are free), editing, and blog building tutorials.

MCP Blog All kinds of information, tutorials (some video), and actions.

Biggest List of PhotoShop Freebies

Creative Techs AWESOME place for either live video classes, or Webinars.

Julieanne Kost video tutorials for CS4 This has been a HUGE resource for learning CS4. I recently switched from PSE6 due to now I will be editing for clients and not just myself.


Another invaluable resource is getting together with other photographers. I highly recommend joining a group [photography club]; a 2peas gtg in your area (plan one!); ask another photographer you know to mentor you.

Post your photos (either here on 2peas, or another photography board) and feel free to post in this thread if you have a question about them and you need help. Ask, ask, ask. You might not get an answer right away, and please don't take it personally. But keep at it. Participate on a board, whether here, or elsewhere. I have found, those that GET involved are more likely to learn more than just reading about it. Be more than a spectator.

PRACTICE, practice, practice.

Lastly, it all takes time. A lot of time. You won't learn it all overnight. But you will learn it, and if you have the heart and passion for new things, there is always something new in photography. Go find it.


ETA-more informative links provided by Jodie. I completely forgot to add them earlier. Sorry girl!

Why you should ask for CC to improve:
Why CC is important

Metering:
My metering experiment

Metering thread

Anne's thread on metering

Metering your subjects correctly

Explaination of ISO/SS/A:

ISO/SS/A Thread

Understanding White Balance

Choosing a Lens and basic lens catagories:
Canon users




Staci
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Posted: 1/25/2010 9:49:05 PM
Awesome! Thank you Staci. Alot to consider!


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Posted: 1/25/2010 9:53:06 PM
Staci,
I am glad you posted those questions. I am really going to do some serious thinking about my camera and what I want it to do and what I want to do with it. You have inspired me to try to learn more about my camera and learn how to process those darn pictures. But, I want to be able to take better pictures, too, so that I don't have to spend forever processing it. Just like the lesson last week about SOOC. Thanks so much for the time to post this!

Suzanne

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Posted: 1/25/2010 9:57:51 PM
I focused so much on the technical side, kinda. That I forgot to mention that as you ask yourself those questions, realize where your passion/motivation lies as well.




Staci
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Posted: 1/25/2010 10:42:26 PM
Great job on this lesson Staci!


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Posted: 1/25/2010 11:10:18 PM
Great ideas and thoughts, Staci, and these are excellent questions for everyone to ask themselves, especially in a time when so many people are rushing headlong towards business without really knowing their camera first.

I would like to mention a resource that has exploded, even since I started teaching myself - GOOGLE. You can find anything on Google, LOL. There are so many tutorials and articles on just about everything.

When I was learning, every term I came across as I read that I didn't know - white balance, metering, exposure compensation, etc. etc. etc. - I searched on a forum or googled it. Truly, the wealth of information available is astounding.

Anne



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Posted: 1/25/2010 11:32:36 PM
Great lesson Staci! I second the field guide. I had one for my D40 and then just upgraded and my first purchase was the field guide for that model also. There is so much information there!

I really like the questions that you posed for new DSLR owners to ask themselves ... what do you want to accomplish, etc. I think it is important to answer those questions before you go gung-ho on adding lenses and accessories. Know what you want to use your camera for. What you take pictures of and what other photographers take pictures of are different. Because of that your needs are different.

And great job with all the links! You are definitely a great resource!


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Posted: 1/26/2010 5:41:43 AM
Great write-up, Staci! A really great perspective.


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Posted: 1/26/2010 6:00:03 AM
This is great information for those just starting out as well as for those of us who have been shooting for some time, professionally or not. And, while I agree with Anne that Google is an awesome place to find things it sure helped that you already had some links for people to use. Great job!


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Posted: 1/26/2010 6:29:12 AM
Thanks for sharing Staci!

You must have started here around the time that I did, I was a newbie doing the 12 weeks to better photos too!

Great info!


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Posted: 1/26/2010 6:33:20 AM
Thanks for the post !





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Posted: 1/26/2010 6:51:18 AM
Thanks Staci,

This is such a wonderful, thought provoking post. I'm right there at the point that I NEED to give myself some direction. A starting point of sorts. These questions are very helpful to that end. All of the resources out there can be amazingly helpful...or amazingly confusing. I've had my DSLR since October. While I have learned huge amounts I feel a LOT overwhelmed at times. I get my camera in my hands and sometimes just 'freeze' searching my mind for the next step. At times I just press buttons and never even remember to set up the camera first (remnants of my p&S days). I just recently decided I have to organize my pattern of learning and try to take smaller steps. I'm re-reading the manual (amazing how much more I'm getting this time around). All this to say that this post can go a long way in helping me organize my learning and establishing a workflow. THANKS!!!

Kristy

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Posted: 1/26/2010 7:07:34 AM
Thank you Staci Some very good questions and some great links!


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Posted: 1/26/2010 7:07:50 AM
This is great info.! Thanks for putting it all together and posting it here! It will benefit many people!


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Posted: 1/26/2010 7:38:57 AM
Thank you ...great article!

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Posted: 1/26/2010 7:49:23 AM
Thnaks for putting this together Staci! Great job.



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Posted: 1/26/2010 7:56:57 AM
Thanks for the links, I can't wait to read them all.

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Posted: 1/26/2010 8:16:16 AM
Great lesson, Staci! Thanks for taking the time to put it together



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Posted: 1/26/2010 8:29:29 AM
Thank you Staci! Lot's of great info here!

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Posted: 1/26/2010 8:34:36 AM
Staci, thank you so much for this lesson. I could hardly wait for today and the new lessons and they did not disappoint me. Thank you for the links that you shared, I will be checking those out. This board has helped me so much. I don't have access to local classes nor have a photographer friend to help me and thus rely on the info here and on-line for help. I struggle, get overwhelmed, and then it clicks because of the willingness of those who share here. Thank you all for your help and the lessons being shared!

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Posted: 1/26/2010 8:40:12 AM
Great read, Staci!

One thing I'd like to caution new DSLR owners against (because I fell into for a short time) is lens/equipment envy.

It's easy to get involved in these forums and see everyone else's equipment list in their signature and see what kind of images they are producing and think..."Oh, I need that to get images like theirs!" Then you go out and buy a prime lens for example, and realize your really a zoom lens type of person. Or you buy a bunch of newborn props and realize shooting newborns is not your thing.
Fortunately, I guess, I didn't buy any stuff I don't use because of lack of funds. I suggest looking at this thread: What Your Kit lens can do for you

It's full of beautiful images taken with "just" a kit lens. Also do a search for the before and after threads...images SOOC and then with processing. They are eye openers, especially when your having one of those "I suck" days.

One more thing I want to add, when your asking yourself the questions Staci posted, and you decide all you ever want to do is take great pics of your kids, friends, families, pets, and never go into businesss...it's OKAY!


Blessings, Rebecca





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Posted: 1/26/2010 8:46:07 AM
Great lesson and advice Staci...I started here around the same time as you but am a lot farther behind in my "journey". It helps to be reminded that everyone goes at their own pace and has different goals.

Thanks for taking the time to put this together.

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Posted: 1/26/2010 8:56:08 AM
Thank you so much, Staci. What great thoughts and so helpful and thanks for posting links. These are awesome.


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Posted: 1/26/2010 9:42:52 AM
This is GREAT! Thanks for taking the time and thought to share your ideas with us


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Posted: 1/26/2010 10:19:39 AM
Glad you have found this helpful!

Anne, great idea. I don't use Google much, I guess I just thought of it as another search engine, but will have to check that out!

Rebecca, thank you, I completely forgot to include that link (wasn't in my notes! ) and you had mentioned that to me before. And I agree, thank you for your comments. That is so very easy to do, I mentioned it a bit, but sounds better coming from someone else as well. I really didn't want to come across as a do this, and don't do that. Hard line to walk, let me tell you! I am 1st born, and naturally bossy. (No argument from my brothers there! ) Combined with, I get passionate about something, and think everyone needs to hear about it, or understand it as I do.

It has taken 43 years to understand, everyone is different, and come from so many various backgrounds and THINK differently.

So, do add any more links to great resources, and any more practicaly applications that have helped you on your journey of photography.




Staci
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Posted: 1/26/2010 10:21:11 AM
Thanks for the great post! I am always on the lookout for free tutorials to expand my knowledge. Going to check out your list of links, thanks so much!!



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Posted: 1/26/2010 10:59:59 AM
Fantastic, Staci!!! Thank you so much for putting this together. This is such great information.


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Posted: 1/26/2010 11:52:15 AM
Great lesson. Thanks for putting it together.


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Posted: 1/26/2010 12:08:54 PM
Thank you Staci!
Stacey



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Posted: 1/26/2010 12:31:03 PM
This is so great and comprehensive, Staci! Thank you!

I have been relying on you for info for a while now, I realize. You are the Queen of Links!

I would only add that for people who are interested in learning more about off camera flashes, I would recommend signing up for the following blogs: Strobist, Joe McNally and Planet Neil/Neil Niekirk.

I am a visual learner, so I also love getting dvds with instruction. For example, the Strobist Lighting 101 dvd set is reall great, in my opinion.

There are blogs and dvds for every facet of photography or photoshop that my interest you. Sometimes it takes a little bit of searching, or just post the question on this board and people may be able to help.


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Posted: 1/26/2010 12:33:34 PM

This is so great and comprehensive, Staci! Thank you!


ditto! Great job and thanks so much for the links! =)


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Posted: 1/26/2010 2:04:59 PM
Jodi, I just now remembered all those links you sent me on Facebook, sorry!! I had meant to include them, especially since I asked for help!!! Going to add them to the OP now.




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Posted: 1/26/2010 5:17:37 PM
Great info! Thanks for the links!


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Canon 85 1.8
Canon 70-200 4L IS
Tamron 28-75 2.8
Canon Speedlite 430ex
all in a Olive Green Jo Tote!
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Wish List
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Canon 24-70 2.8
Canon 70-200 2.8
Canon 16-35 2.8


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Posted: 1/26/2010 6:34:57 PM
Great lesson, Staci! And thanks for the links!


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Posted: 1/26/2010 7:03:36 PM
Staci great job on this. Isnt it funny I did the same initial 12 weeks course as well! then redid it again last year!
Fabulous links and well thought questions of why and what then moving onto the how.
It is so hard when you first get your camera to really know what you wnat it for. I moved quickly up to a slr becaseu I knew what I wanted. it still didnt make the learning any easier though!
Anne - google is awesome! I know I soak up a much knowledge from here as a I can but oh the magic and wealth of knowledge available to you via the internet is invaluable.
Rebecca - the envy is so so hard to get over. You are so right in saying that it is easy to want but if you cant use it properly then the point of all that fabulous equipment is wasted. why bother having awsome capability lenses and shoot on auto. You can but then you dont really know what you are missing!


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Posted: 1/26/2010 9:01:34 PM
Staci, thank you for your lesson. You ask some thought-provoking questions. I am looking forward to exploring some of the links you noted this weekend!


Becca

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Sony Alpha 350
Sony VG B30AM Grip
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Sony 50 f/1.8
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Sony 18-70 f/3.5
Minolta 50 f/1.7
Minolta 70-210 f/4.5
Minolta 35-70 f/3.5
Minolta 2000xi Flash and Minolta 2800af Flash

What's on my computer:
Photoshop CS4
Lightroom 2.6

TrUcksR4CowGirlS
The important thing is not the camera but the eye.

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Posted: 1/26/2010 11:52:51 PM
Thank you all. I am thrilled that this will be of help!




Staci
Staci Brock Photography

What's in my Crumpler bag:
Nikon D200; Nikkor VR 18-55mm; Nikkor 70-300mm; Nikkor 50mm 1.8; Tamron 28-75mm 2.8; .5 Wide Angle with Macro

On My Computer:
CS4, Imagenomic: Portraiture, Noiseware, Real Grain


JoeyAnn
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Posted: 1/27/2010 12:43:24 AM
What a great start, Staci!



putabuttononit
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Posted: 1/27/2010 3:52:59 AM
This is wonderful, I hope its not too late to join in? I have so much to learn, with my d90.

Great information, and ideas to think about.



CindyTykie
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Posted: 1/27/2010 7:40:51 AM
Staci, thank you for putting together a terrific lesson! I will be going through the links that you (and others) posted


Cindy
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TrUcksR4CowGirlS
The important thing is not the camera but the eye.

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Posted: 1/27/2010 12:51:45 PM
No, it is never too late to join in! At anytime. Great thing about these lessons, they are all on a master list, did you notice the sticky at the top of the board? So they are easy to find, whenever you can participate.





Staci
Staci Brock Photography

What's in my Crumpler bag:
Nikon D200; Nikkor VR 18-55mm; Nikkor 70-300mm; Nikkor 50mm 1.8; Tamron 28-75mm 2.8; .5 Wide Angle with Macro

On My Computer:
CS4, Imagenomic: Portraiture, Noiseware, Real Grain


TrUcksR4CowGirlS
The important thing is not the camera but the eye.

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Posted: 1/28/2010 12:39:47 PM
BTT in case someone missed this.




Staci
Staci Brock Photography

What's in my Crumpler bag:
Nikon D200; Nikkor VR 18-55mm; Nikkor 70-300mm; Nikkor 50mm 1.8; Tamron 28-75mm 2.8; .5 Wide Angle with Macro

On My Computer:
CS4, Imagenomic: Portraiture, Noiseware, Real Grain


brettsmel
PeaAddict

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Posted: 1/28/2010 2:19:36 PM
Thanks for the lesson and all the time you put into it! Also, thank you for all the links!! great job!!!


Melanie


Canon 50D-gripped & loving it| Canon Rebel XTi | 18-55mm | 50mm 1.8 | 24-70mm 2.8L | 70-300mm | CS3



TrUcksR4CowGirlS
The important thing is not the camera but the eye.

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Posted: 1/29/2010 6:00:09 PM
Here's another link to some 'how to' articles Enjoy!

Anyone else, do add your links to inform or inspire us!




Staci
Staci Brock Photography

What's in my Crumpler bag:
Nikon D200; Nikkor VR 18-55mm; Nikkor 70-300mm; Nikkor 50mm 1.8; Tamron 28-75mm 2.8; .5 Wide Angle with Macro

On My Computer:
CS4, Imagenomic: Portraiture, Noiseware, Real Grain


cuptonmillerlpn
PeaAddict

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Posted: 1/29/2010 7:40:31 PM
Thanks Staci for all the great links. This saves so much time when you're looking to find info on a specific topic. You gave lots of really good advice.Thanks for taking time to share your knowledge with the peas.


Carolyn Upton Miller

mizdshoots
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Posted: 1/30/2010 5:51:45 PM
Thanks Staci! Great links and now I have more to read! Good thing the camera doesn't come for a week so I have time! You can thank ur hubby as he sent me the link. Now ur friends here include family!

Look forward to all this site has to offer!!

Dana

pattyl
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Posted: 1/31/2010 8:30:36 AM
The link for Paul's exposure/metering pdf under the Metering Thread is not working, at least for me. Can someone see if it works for them? Is there a way to get that back? Thanks!

michelegator
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Posted: 1/31/2010 11:43:35 PM
This was a great article. Thank you Staci for putting it together and I also want to thank you for the many articles you post on the board for us to check out.


-Michele


"I will do only that for which I have passion."

TrUcksR4CowGirlS
The important thing is not the camera but the eye.

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Posted: 2/1/2010 12:28:04 AM
Well, you are welcome. I thoroughly enjoy doing so!

Patty-you are right his link is not working. I noticed that thread was from 2006. My guess is, with the many other articles listed, I hope it will cover what you wanted to know. Hard to say, not really knowing what that particular one said.




Staci
Staci Brock Photography

What's in my Crumpler bag:
Nikon D200; Nikkor VR 18-55mm; Nikkor 70-300mm; Nikkor 50mm 1.8; Tamron 28-75mm 2.8; .5 Wide Angle with Macro

On My Computer:
CS4, Imagenomic: Portraiture, Noiseware, Real Grain


katyscrap
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Posted: 2/1/2010 2:50:23 PM
Thank you so much for posting this! I am ready to take my photography to the next level.

I bought a Canon xsi, photoshop and I'm researching to see what lens I should buy next (I only have the kit lens).
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