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    Default Hi there!

    Hi guys, I am pretty new to DSLR photography, recently just bought a D90 with the 18~105mm kit lens. Been googling for information about photography and I found this awesome forum. Hope to learn something from you guys!

    Went to the zoo last week to test out the camera and I am begining to learn more stuff about my camera! Some shots are acceptable and some appear quite dark. ( still learning though, i am using 'A' and 'S' mode for most of the shots (trying not to use too much AUTO))

    Trying to take a shot under a shade of a moving tiger and can't get a clear shot LOL. Quite fustrating.

    There's a few events coming up (some friends are getting married and some friends celebrating baby's first birthday) and I want to help up with some photo taking.

    Any advice on how should i configure my camera for events like this? Should I invest in another lense or do i need a flash gun? I am on a budget right now probably can only get 1 of those. ( Already own a cheap tripod)

    Any advice would be helpful! Thanks!

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    Well if you are still unsure abt the modes, u better stick to 'P' or even auto as it is easier for you to take shots during certain parts of the event...For lens wise i believe your kit lens shall suffice till you are able to handle the 'm','a' and 's' proficiently...a flash gun would be useful...if you are on a tight budget maybe you would take a look at the B&S at clubsnap???
    PS: pls ensure your cheap tripod is able to handle your camera's weight

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    Welcome to CS
    Please read up the manual, that will help you understand the functions of the camera & how to use the different modes.
    Your current lens is quite sufficient for now. It'll be good if you get a flash. But you have to decide yourself which you need most, the lens or flash.
    Most important thing is to read the manual.
    Take the shot!

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    welcome, basically u need fast shutter speed to freeze motion, but this can restrict light and underexpose the shot, so u need to decrease fnumber to use a bigger aperture and let in more light, may b this isn't enough and higher iso is needed, but then this can result in very noisy image, may b use flash but then the effect can be harsh, not nice, so diffuse the flash...wa many things to learn

    probably best is to join more experience bro here for a photo shoot session and learn as much as you can before the events.

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    Welcome

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    Welcome to CS

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    Hi welcome to CS!!
    Shoot more, Post more, Ask more and you will Learn more!!
    Happy shooting
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeChucky View Post
    Went to the zoo last week to test out the camera and I am begining to learn more stuff about my camera! Some shots are acceptable and some appear quite dark. ( still learning though, i am using 'A' and 'S' mode for most of the shots (trying not to use too much AUTO))

    Trying to take a shot under a shade of a moving tiger and can't get a clear shot LOL. Quite fustrating.
    Welcome to CS.

    First thing to do is to look at other people's pictures and see what settings they used. Here is mine. Converted to B&W.



    Model = NIKON D90
    Exposure Time = 1/200"
    F Number = F5.6
    Exposure Program = Aperture priority
    ISO Speed Ratings = 200
    Metering Mode = Pattern
    Flash = Off
    Focal Length = 200mm

    On a tripod.

    There's a few events coming up (some friends are getting married and some friends celebrating baby's first birthday) and I want to help up with some photo taking.

    Any advice on how should i configure my camera for events like this? Should I invest in another lense or do i need a flash gun? I am on a budget right now probably can only get 1 of those. ( Already own a cheap tripod)

    Any advice would be helpful! Thanks!
    Do you have an external flash gun like SB600 or SB900? If you do, set your camera on P mode, and mount the flash on the camera. Turn the head to point the flash at the ceiling. Set ISO to around 400 or 800. And shoot.
    Last edited by daredevil123; 31st July 2010 at 10:00 AM.

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    Thanks guys for the valuable feedback Yea I should try and find out more about my camera and lens before I jump into new stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeChucky View Post
    Hi guys, I am pretty new to DSLR photography, recently just bought a D90 with the 18~105mm kit lens. Been googling for information about photography and I found this awesome forum. Hope to learn something from you guys!

    Went to the zoo last week to test out the camera and I am begining to learn more stuff about my camera! Some shots are acceptable and some appear quite dark. ( still learning though, i am using 'A' and 'S' mode for most of the shots (trying not to use too much AUTO))

    Trying to take a shot under a shade of a moving tiger and can't get a clear shot LOL. Quite fustrating.

    There's a few events coming up (some friends are getting married and some friends celebrating baby's first birthday) and I want to help up with some photo taking.

    Any advice on how should i configure my camera for events like this? Should I invest in another lense or do i need a flash gun? I am on a budget right now probably can only get 1 of those. ( Already own a cheap tripod)

    Any advice would be helpful! Thanks!
    Hi and welcome to clubsnap!
    the first things you need to learn are how the different metering modes work, and of course brush up on the basics of exposure (shutter speed, aperture, ISO speed) and how they inter-relate.
    I advocate self-discovery by shooting with an experimental setup and always with an inquisitive mind. Take many many shots (from your cheap tripod), changing a setting each time and thus figuring out how the setting affects the outcome.


    all the best!
    Exploring! :)

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