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    Hi all,
    I just bought a new Canon 1000D with standard 18-55 IS kit lens and add-on Canon 75-300mm USM yesterday!!! The package comes with a big tripod, UV filters, 2 batteries, 2 8GB card and screen protector.
    If you have read my previous post.. yeah.. i decided to get a DSLR instead of a prosumer cam cos my hubby volunteered to sponser abit for DSLR :P
    I have keen interest in taking landscape pix.. any pointers for that?? I think I will start up with taking day pixs after I am familiarised with the cam.
    By the way, iphone users can download this app: DSLR Toolkit for Dummies at USD .99! It is very useful as it has all the tips for newbie like me and oso the suggested ISO, aperture and shutter speed setting for various conditions. Hope this app is useful for some of U!

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    Congrats

    I just got my D90 too. Landscape ar.... Singapore abit limited but good practise for travels overseas.

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    Congrat yeah, but, why didn't u get EOS 500D instead?

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    Default Re: Owner of a new Canon 1000D here!

    Quote Originally Posted by krisietong View Post
    Hi all,
    I just bought a new Canon 1000D with standard 18-55 IS kit lens and add-on Canon 75-300mm USM yesterday!!! The package comes with a big tripod, UV filters, 2 batteries, 2 8GB card and screen protector.
    If you have read my previous post.. yeah.. i decided to get a DSLR instead of a prosumer cam cos my hubby volunteered to sponser abit for DSLR :P
    I have keen interest in taking landscape pix.. any pointers for that?? I think I will start up with taking day pixs after I am familiarised with the cam.
    By the way, iphone users can download this app: DSLR Toolkit for Dummies at USD .99! It is very useful as it has all the tips for newbie like me and oso the suggested ISO, aperture and shutter speed setting for various conditions. Hope this app is useful for some of U!
    Congrats on your purchase!
    whilst familiarizing yourself with your new toy, you don't have to bring it to any special place to take photos first. Just around your neighbourhood is fine, perhaps whilst you're taking a walk.
    I recommend not falling back on the auto/scene modes as much as possible, They don't really help you to learn photography, or to be proficient in using your DSLR.
    Also try to resist the temptation to buy more and more stuff, thinking that "if only I got this ____, my pictures would turn out so much better"... in truth usually it's the fault of the person operating the DSLR

    btw, what kind of "big tripod" did you get? Brand/model?
    Exploring! :)

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    Congrat and enjoy taking photos with your new 1000D

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    Have fun with your new camera

    Parks, reservoirs, seaside are good places to start.

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    congrats on ur new purchase!

    is a gd camera with gd price which can help u to save up some cash for additional lenses u need in future
    thats why i chose this camera too
    I love Tamron.

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    congrats and enjoy taking fotos with your new C!

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    Welcome to CS

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    Default Re: Owner of a new Canon 1000D here!

    Quote Originally Posted by krisietong View Post
    Hi all,
    I just bought a new Canon 1000D with standard 18-55 IS kit lens and add-on Canon 75-300mm USM yesterday!!! The package comes with a big tripod, UV filters, 2 batteries, 2 8GB card and screen protector.
    If you have read my previous post.. yeah.. i decided to get a DSLR instead of a prosumer cam cos my hubby volunteered to sponser abit for DSLR :P
    I have keen interest in taking landscape pix.. any pointers for that?? I think I will start up with taking day pixs after I am familiarised with the cam.
    By the way, iphone users can download this app: DSLR Toolkit for Dummies at USD .99! It is very useful as it has all the tips for newbie like me and oso the suggested ISO, aperture and shutter speed setting for various conditions. Hope this app is useful for some of U!
    Yr husband really nice
    Anyway, apart from the app, there are a lot of experienced photographer out there at cs as well and you can get to learn a lot from them (I sure did) and techniques as well. 1000d's a great choice as well
    Btw, the 75-300mm is a great lens. Great choice.
    Last edited by leowyien; 2nd March 2010 at 05:30 PM.
    indie

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    Default Re: Owner of a new Canon 1000D here!

    yes, try to play with with AV, TV, or M mode. dun rely on the standard modes like landscape, protrait etc cos you are better off using a prosumer cam in that case.


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    Quote Originally Posted by archyos View Post
    Congrat yeah, but, why didn't u get EOS 500D instead?
    cos budget limited.. I dun think i need the video and full liveview function.. with around $1200, I got myself the 1000D, with 2 lenses, 1+4 warranty (from Harvey Norman)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra View Post
    Congrats on your purchase!
    whilst familiarizing yourself with your new toy, you don't have to bring it to any special place to take photos first. Just around your neighbourhood is fine, perhaps whilst you're taking a walk.
    I recommend not falling back on the auto/scene modes as much as possible, They don't really help you to learn photography, or to be proficient in using your DSLR.
    Also try to resist the temptation to buy more and more stuff, thinking that "if only I got this ____, my pictures would turn out so much better"... in truth usually it's the fault of the person operating the DSLR

    btw, what kind of "big tripod" did you get? Brand/model?
    Have not gotten the tripod yet cos Harvey ran out of stock.. will be collecting it soon. Apparently the salesperson said it can be extended up to approx 1.5m.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leowyien View Post
    Yr husband really nice
    Anyway, apart from the app, there are a lot of experienced photographer out there at cs as well and you can get to learn a lot from them (I sure did) and techniques as well. 1000d's a great choice as well
    Btw, the 75-300mm is a great lens. Great choice.
    that telephoto lens does not have IS.. but i think its good enough if I train my hands to be more steady and oso dun expand the pictures big big :P

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    Default Re: Owner of a new Canon 1000D here!

    Quote Originally Posted by leowyien View Post
    Yr husband really nice
    Anyway, apart from the app, there are a lot of experienced photographer out there at cs as well and you can get to learn a lot from them (I sure did) and techniques as well. 1000d's a great choice as well
    Btw, the 75-300mm is a great lens. Great choice.
    that telephoto lens does not have IS.. but i think its good enough if I train my hands to be more steady and oso dun expand the pictures big big :P Maybe the tripod can help too

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    Thanks everyone for the replies!!! Do you think I should get a polarising filter to take landscape?

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    Quote Originally Posted by krisietong View Post
    Thanks everyone for the replies!!! Do you think I should get a polarising filter to take landscape?
    Yes.For landscapes can also get ND4/8 filters

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    Quote Originally Posted by cleonbus View Post
    Yes.For landscapes can also get ND4/8 filters
    Congrats and welcome to the club. i am a newbie too and i like travelling as well as landscape shooting......there are outings organised by some people here, join them and get tips from the experience and pro photographers

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    Default Re: Owner of a new Canon 1000D here!

    Congrats on getting your cam!
    Advice: 1. personally, I would have preferred the 55-250 over the 75-300 as it has IS for little more. Nevertheless, the 75-300 is a good piece of glass for a beginner and it should serve you well for a while. But, be aware of its limitations.
    2. See about setting a 50mm f/1.8 soon. It costs around $120 and is good for night shots, which i believe your current lenses lack.

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    Default Re: Owner of a new Canon 1000D here!

    Hi krisie, congratulations on your new purchase. Welcome to CS and keep shooting.

    Some tips for landscapes:
    1) Shoot in AV or Manual mode. This allows you to set a smaller Aperture (like f/11, f/16) to allow greater parts of your image to be in focus.
    2) Take ISO off auto and keep it @ ISO100 for your landscape shots.
    3) Always bring along a tripod if you can for your landscape shots.
    4) Shoot at the golden hours (1/2 an hour before/after sunset/sunrise)
    5) Use things like mirror lockup, countdown timer to help stabilize your shots in addition to using a tripod. If you invest cheaply (around $10) for a 3rd party remote, that's great for landscapes and allows you to do self family portraits as well.
    6) Learn the basics of landscape composition, there are many books and also online resources for that. Think about the foreground, think about the skies and think about the leading lines in your pictures. Don't rush into a photo but sit back and let yourself immerse in the scene. Don't forget about your horizon - you can rotate it later but its better to get it straight in the first place.
    7) Browse photo sharing sites like Flickr and learn from the shots that appeal most to you there
    8) Really get out there and explore Singapore (or whereever you are), landscapes won't come to you, you have to go out there and discover for yourself. If you limit yourself to shooting only when it is convenient for you - it might turn out to be a great disappointment.
    9) Invest in post processing software and hardware (a decent PC with a decent calibrated monitor) once you've mastered the basics. You can start with Canon's DPP but eventually you may find that software like Lightroom coupled with Photoshop (or Aperture if you're on a Mac) offers you more room for creativity. Some people may disagree with me but I feel post processing is a a vital part of photography.
    10) Keep shooting, its the only way to improve.

    I apologize if you already knew about these as these tips are aimed at a beginner.

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