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    New Nikon Owner

    Hey Everyone, I'm a long time lurker. I finally purchased a D7000 after months of deliberation. I'm hoping to continue to learn from this site. Below are a couple of quick shots (SOOC) I took playing around with my new toy.

    Obligatory new camera pet shot,



    and my daughter trying not to fall down at her school's recent skate night,



    I know these pictures aren't anything special, but considering this is my first dslr and my huge lack of skill I was pretty happy to get anything usable at the skate night.

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    Congrats, best way to learn is to use your camera as much as reasonably possible in a variety of situations early on
    Nikon D40|Nikon D5100|AF-S 50mm f/1.4|AF-S 18-105mm DX|SB 900|SB 400|AF-S 35mm f/1.8 DX|AF-S 10-24mm DX

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    Grab a copy of 'Understanding Exposure' by Bryan Peterson. It was recommended to me when I first came here, and it a very useful place to start learning.
    D7000. Nikon 24-70mm 2.8, 70-200mm VRII, 16-85mm, 50mm 1.4G, 35mm 1.8G. SB 600.

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    Take it with you everywhere, and get used to using it under a variety of conditions. Read the Peterson book - lots of stuff in there - and start shooting manual, aperture, or shutter priority mode when you understand the concepts of ISO & Aperture & shutter speed. [My camera only gets set to auto mode when my wife grabs it.]

    The programmed modes (sports, night portrait, etc...) are usually fairly good - but you can improve on these when you understand what works best for your situations.

    Shoot a lot, and don't be afraid to delete the so-so shots. And make sure you get a bigger hard drive - you're going to need the storage space. Even full size jpegs take up lots of space w/o the raw files. Fortunately, external HDs of 1TB or larger are fairly inexpensive these days.
    "No matter where you go, there you are."
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    I've read through "Understanding Exposure" a few times and feel like I have a good understanding of the basics (it helps that way back in High School I used my dad's all manual film camera). I'm realizing that understanding the theory and putting it into practice are entirely different things though. Oh well, the good thing about digital is it's easy to see the results and delete the bad ones, like you mentioned.

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    Welcome JRB and congrats on the cam.

    Now that you've read the book for the basic theory it becomes matter of practice. Post your better images in the POTD and over time the little bits of critique you get will help you improve.
    D800, D300, D90, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200VR f2.8, 300 F4, 105 micro, 16-85VR, 50mm 1.8, Tammy 90 macro, 70-300VR, SB900, 2xSB600, MB-D10, 055XPROB 322RC2. New computers to run photoshop faster. C&C always appreciated. PhotoGallery
    Pressing the shutter is the start of the process - Joe McNally ... Buying the body is the start of the process - Dread Pirate

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    Thanks, I think it may be a while before I have any pictures I'll feel comfortable posting on the POTD thread. The pictures you all post there are very good and it's intimidating to a newbie like myself.

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    dont be scared, thats the beauty of the POTD thread, post a picture ask for some feedback and go from there. there is not "minimum ability" for the POTD thread its your POTD and its your right to post it there
    Nikon D7000 - Nikkor AF-S 70-200vrII f2.8 | Nikkor AF-S 105vr f2.8 Micro | Nikkor AF-S 16-85 | Nikkor AF-D 35mm f2 |Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro | SB-700 | SB-600


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    I think that second shot is really impressive. That is a very clean ISO 6400 on a consumer camera not even using a fast lens. I can remember back only a few years ago when I shot with at f/2.8 with my 30D at ISO 1600 in a rink and didn't get pictures that looked that great. I haven't been following these latest cameras and am shocked at how much they've closed the gap with cameras like my D3 at higher ISOs.
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    I look back at my 1st years shots on the POTD and find them laughable, however at the time everyone was very polite and helped me improve a bit.
    D800, D300, D90, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200VR f2.8, 300 F4, 105 micro, 16-85VR, 50mm 1.8, Tammy 90 macro, 70-300VR, SB900, 2xSB600, MB-D10, 055XPROB 322RC2. New computers to run photoshop faster. C&C always appreciated. PhotoGallery
    Pressing the shutter is the start of the process - Joe McNally ... Buying the body is the start of the process - Dread Pirate

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