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    Default Tips and pointers for DSLR newbies

    Prepare to spend a bomb on lenses, flash, compact flash cards.

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    Post more good photos to justify the amount spent.

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    Shoot more, not spend more.

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    Take time to read through all the post-processing techniques posted here esp. on sharpening. You will need them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon
    Take time to read through all the post-processing techniques posted here esp. on sharpening. You will need them.

    Do I need an electric desktop sharpener to go with my pro DSLR?

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    Don't expect your images to come out tack sharp all the time. Some post processing of the images is needed. A good knowledge of Photoshop techniques is recommended.

    Also, there are lots of good books on photography out there, specifically on slr photography. Read and understand/learn the basics of slr photography first.

    Do not buy blindly! (especially lenses!) As someone else had mentioned before, if you don't know what it is for, don't buy it. Take some time and sit back and think of what you would want to use the camera for, learn and read up about the different type of lenses available, and if in doubt, you can always ask in this forum before taking the plunge. There are lots of experienced people in here who can give you invaluable advice.

    Last but not least, read the user manual from cover to cover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by togu
    Prepare to spend a bomb on lenses, flash, compact flash cards.
    Absolutely right. To spend on a SLR/DSLR, but to stinge on good lens is misguided.

    If cannot spend the money for good lens, rather carry a PnS Yashica or a good rangefinder, because the pictures that come out from these will be far better than the kit lens that manufacturers lure people with.

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    RTFM and LTUG.

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    Quote Originally Posted by togu
    Post more good photos to justify the amount spent.
    Or sell the camera after a few months to pay (partial) for the newest top-of-the-line variant...

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    Be a moron. Fits in with the crowd nicely. =P

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    Keep ur expectation low & be prepared to put in more effort in post-processing...U wont get award winning shots just becoz u have a whiz bang DSLR...Unless ur easily content with mediocre images, there are many techniques tat u need to learn in order to get the best from ur camera...

    Master ur tools well...

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    advice?

    - read the manual cover to cover.
    - shoot lots of pics
    - experiment with different settings
    - use the grey matter between your ears (this helps from getting flammed in such forums.)
    - study the works of others
    - read the manual cover to cover.
    - avoid lens/gear envy. (you will soon discover that this can be much, much more expensive than the naughty bits kind of envy.)
    - the latest gear doesn't make a good photographer
    - the latest gear doesn't make the best pictures
    - read the manual cover to cover.

    what the... This is the same advice i got when i bought my first SLR 10 years ago!
    Today is a gift; that's why it's called the present.
    The toys

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    buy a flash, it's the most underrated thing. the thin red line (or gold, whichever) can't beat a good strong flash in saving ur "Girl at the Beach" series
    "I'm... dreaming... of a wide... angle~
    Just like the ones I used to know~"

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    Most important in photography is an understanding of light, the interplay of aperture and shutter speed and the specicific uses of lenses.
    This is my humble advise.

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