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1. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

So l did it today l went and bought a new DSLR camera!

Im a total novice but l want to learn and am interested in photograph SO instead of a point and shoot where l thought l would only get to learn so much l have gone for a DSLR!

I bought a Nikon D40 model - apparently quite new to the market! Didnt buy an SD card cos we have 3 - a half GB and 2 smaller ones, plus l hope to pick a 1 GB one up in Singapore airport when we pass through in a few weeks for cheaper than the £50 offered to me today!

I suppose what lm after is hints, tips etc on how to go about learning (l know l know the manual is a good place to start!) or any good websites to help me with my new hobby!

I have 3 weeks to try and familiarise myself enough with the camera before we go on holiday!

Cheers - all advice welcome!

Heather

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 9y

Good choice! From everything I've read, this seems to be an excellent model to get into things.

As for familiarising yourself with it, I don't really have much advice other than "go out there and shoot". Find some interesting subjects - both indoors and outdoors - in your neighbourhood, and take a lot of pictures from every possible angle. Then go back and look at them critically on your computer. Try to figure out what worked - and why. And then go back and use that knowledge to improve. And repeat. And slowly you'll also learn to get a good feel for the camera itself, to no longer pay attention to it, but only to what you see through it, with your fingers knowing how to operate it on their own.
What I will say in addition is that I recommend not trying to learn everything at once. That is, in one run, don't play extensively with both white balance, different apertures, different color spaces and different focusing, but stick to just one aspect. That way you'll get a more solid knowledge of what each change does on its own, which'll hopefully result in effectively using them all in combination once you have.

3. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Well today l used it a bit at a family Christening - it was great for photos of the kids we got the baptism you even see the water dripping from baby Ciarans head - so far lm loving it!

4. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 9y

Sorry I didn't reply about the Olympus sooner, you made a good choice though. The thing is - any camera one gets it is going to be good enough to mess around with a get some great shots. If you get more serious you just upgrade.

Good luck with the new camera.

5. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 9y

Glad you made your mind up, enjoy it and have fun.

6. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y

Hey,Purdy,
dont forget
it is still you behind the new camera......
take the old one with you,just in case.....

go and trye the new one ,dont look out for something fancy, take just normal shots af if you would do on a trip,bright daylight,not the perfect condictions,,,
go for it girl,just do it
Marlis

7. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

want to buy my 70-300mm telephoto ? ;-) Check out the TP photoguide for hints and photo tips. Have fun !

8. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Thats the lense lm looking for Q but lm looking a bargain price my friend!!!!!!!!!!!

9. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

PM me if you're serious. This is the more expensive ED version.

10. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Quoting Q_

want to buy my 70-300mm telephoto ? ;-) Check out the TP photoguide for hints and photo tips. Have fun !

Must resist clicking on the s**m button.