New to ClubSNAP and Photog


Feb 29, 2012
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Dear all,

This is my first post here. Two reasons why I join this forum:

(1) To learn more about cameras and stuff and photog.

(2) To sell a camera I bought hastily.

When I bought my first expensive camera (the one I am offloading now) in Oct 2011, well, it cost me $700, a drop in the ocean compared to the cameras used by the serious professionals here :) At that time, I thought "form over factor". Dunno how to use also must have "sey" (hokkien term for style).

Die die must have viewfinder (cos the Pros have it), die die must have rubber grip, die die must have super zoom lens (fixed type). The camera I bought has some complicated user interface (as least too much for me). It made me want to use her less and less. I realised I got it all wrong. It is like buying a quartz computer watch with 1001 complications and functions, but in the end you just want an automatic watch to tell the time.

In the end I realised I should start with an entry level DSLR and learn from there, if I can stay serious in this new found hobby, I will move on to lens and body.

Through this forum I came to know more about the Panasonic GF2 and I think she fits my expectations of a "real" camera. You can change lens, mount a flashlight, and hey, isn't that like my Dad's Minolta I remember playing with some 30years ago! Not too difficult and should be fun to play.

So here I am at ClubSnaps to sell my camera, move on, raise some funds to buy my first real proper camera, and kick-start this hobby.

What would I like to photograph? My 2yo girl and 2 wk old baby boy, my watch collection and scenes around our island.

Thank you for welcoming me into this community!

Watch me shoot!
 

stuck

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Welcome to CS!

First of all why do you think an entry level dSLR would be any easier to use than your current camera?

I believe what u currently own is what people will call a bridge camera - viewfinder, fixed zoom lens, big grip etc. it is actually the perfect camera to train yourself before Making the step up to a dSLR, which will probably be bigger, heavier &ore complex to operate properly.

So my suggestion is to spend more time reading up on the fundamentals & going back to practise on your current camera first before taking the plunge & ending up with ANOTHER WHITE ELEPHANT.

Cheers!
 

Feb 29, 2012
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Thanks for welcoming me.

@stuck: Totally agree, I should read up more and get my "A", "P" and "M" sorted out :)
 

luckyorange

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Hello welcome to Clubsnap,

Btw why don't you try using your dslr first?

Maybe you can go video at YouTube, search for aperture, shutter speed and ISO, and most important is to read your manual

Lots of good video there,

Nth is easy at the beginning, btw mind Sharing your camera model?
 

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@luckyorange: I am using a Coolpix p500 and looking to get a 2nd hand GF1 or 2. I like the feel of a traditional body of the GF and the fact can interchange lens (more options). I hope to learn more as I progress....
 

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How did you guys start?

How do I decide what "number" to set for Aperture mode, for Shutter mode etc.? Really a lot of trial and error!
 

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spree86

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one eye jack

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How did you guys start?

How do I decide what "number" to set for Aperture mode, for Shutter mode etc.?
Hi and welcome,there are lots of tutorials on the internet.Just type in the subject you want to know and the search engine will give pages
of websites.

For starters there is a system of relationships in photography.F stops is the ratio of the lens' focal length and the maximum aperture/hole that light
comes through to be captured by the sensor or film.Shutter speed is the time duration that the camera's metering system determines to
be opened for the right amount of light for that particular scene or picture you take. F stop and shutter speed in turn is related to the ISO
or formerlly ASA setting for film emulsion sensivity to light before the digital photographic technology.So essentially these three relationships must be understood before any picture taking unless you use the idiot proof modes of Program or it's many auto specialisation modes. Most important of all
is white balance which in layman's term is colour balance for the various light sources like daylight and artificial lighting eg. flourescent or
incandescent ( orange filament light bulb) where there is a major shift in brightness such as in the shade or sunrise/sunset but all this is taken care of if auto white balance is selected.

Finally the term picture compositon,this is where you as a painter of light or photographer decide how to want your picture to look or others to see,
in other words your artistic vision.I don't think you shoud sell your Nikon P500,it's not a difficult camera to use that's why they are called "bridge"
cameras because they are between the simple point -n- shoot and a DSLR with a bigger sensor.AS they say "Practice makes perfect".Enjoy the
photographic journey.
 

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Easy read, thanks! Looks like I be busy with this all weekends :)
 

HighTone

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Welcome to CS. :)
Some of my friends ask me how to start and I usually ask them to learn the exposure Triangle 1st, helped me alot when I just started learning also.
 

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Changi
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How did you guys start?

How do I decide what "number" to set for Aperture mode, for Shutter mode etc.? Really a lot of trial and error!
I'm 15 so youths being youths DSLRs to me when I bought it was one of those things that I had to have to have a fulfilling childhood. Subsequently I got my first DSLR, the D3100 and all I did was use auto everything and had the "every monkey with a DSLR is a photographer" mentality. I read up and knew the basics... what aperture, shutter speed, ISO was like really really basic just analogies of it but soon it turned into a real interest and that was when I started digging the web on photog and spent a lot, like a lot alot alot alot of time on manual mode, fiddling with the exposure triangle, trying out different types of light metering etc etc and that was how it all started haha :)
 

grahf23

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Welcome to Clubsnap!! Learn the exposure triangle and after that just keep shooting!! :D
 

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