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    Feb 2006
    Des Plaines, IL

    Question Starting fresh ... just got the kit ... now what?

    So, there it is ... your new pride & joy ... for the moment. For the next few hours (probably many more than you expect) you are going to be exploring light with the fancy new DSLR and lens you just got. You may be tempted to put it in AUTO and just let the camera run away with itself ...

    but, indulge me for a second, just to set some quick parameters. A person really needs to know his/her limitations. AUTO tends to cover things up and you do not learn much from it. What you have is a DSLR ... and their is much more to it ... than AUTO.

    1. Please, do NOT use the built-in flash for the moment. It will skew your thinking for the rest of this exercise. If it is up ... press it back down.
    2. Attach the "kit" lens that came with the camera, careful not to "fingerprint" the front element of the lens.
    3. On the top of the camera, turn the mode knob to M (Manual), because we are taking control of this device right off the bat.
    4. Turn the camera on.
    5. Examine the LCD screen on the back and with the setting control dial(s) select
      • an aperture of f/4 ...
      • a shutter speed of 1 second ...
      • and an ISO of 400.
      (with these settings, you should be able to photograph with ENOUGH light, indoors -> no flash)
    6. Focus on your subject; hold the camera real still & take your first image.

    A little startling isn't it, as the camera shoots a one-second exposure? Seems to take forever. Amazing how well the light illuminates the room. Problem is ... it looks a little blurry, doesn't it? Heck, it might look real blurry. Go ahead, steady up and shoot another ... don't touch that dial ... yet.

    C'mon, hold still, will you? Shoot again ... holding the camera in your two hands. Take a breath ... hold it ... let it out a little ... snap away.

    That blurriness is YOU, my friend. And THAT is "the problem" with indoor imaging that you have to solve. There are a number of ways to do it ... and from this point on, your education begins ...

    Go ahead and post a reply ... asking, "How do I ...?" and let's have some fun with this.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 12-09-2009 at 04:16 AM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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