Photography

  • love_jocks123

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    Nov 10, 2010 7:48 AM GMT
    I'm currently trying to get into photography and I've done a little research. I'm planning on getting a DSLR so I decided to go with the Nikon D3100 (Link below.) So, I was wondering are there any photographers here?



    http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Product/Digital-SLR-Cameras/25472/D3100.htmlE
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    Nov 10, 2010 10:26 AM GMT
    I’m into photography as well. I currently have an Olympus SP-590UZ. SLR-Like and not interchangeable, but works well for daily photography. I found Olympus E-P2 (from Olympus PEN Series) really great. Small with full auto/manual controls. Take a look:

    http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/product.asp?product=1482&page=specs
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    Nov 10, 2010 2:31 PM GMT
    Looks like a great camera. I've always had Nikon's, so you're got my vote! Has a great resolution and you'll likely find it at a lower price than the msrp on the nikon site. get a couple of great lenses or buy a kit and you'll be good to go.

    There are a couple of minuses i found in an amazon review:

    "Minus: No remote, no grid lines, no bracketing, no Speedlight remote command mode for my 800 flash. Auto focus did not work with my 6 year-old 70~300 non-VR lens (but it works fine with my first generation 18~200 VR).

    BIG minus: Nikon has a firmware problem. If I am in Program mode and if the ISO Auto to "On", in dim light conditions it uses high ISO whether or not the flash is used. The auto ISO setting does not recognize the flash. Ken Rockwell pointed this out. You have to manually set the ISO when you use flash. If you use the built-in flash for fill-flash, this ISO thing will be a real issue, just as it is when the flash is your mains source of light. "


    Something to consider if pro shooting is something you'd like to do. I use bracketing pretty consistently during shoots, so that'd be a non-starter for me. Also, the ISO problem may or may not have been fixed. For studio shots I typically shoot at ISO 200, to get the best possible pixel quality...

    I'm saving up to get my dream camera (nikon d3x), hopefully soon, but I've been eyeing the d7000. It's getting a lot of great reviews, and the resolution is higher than the d700 (what I have now), though it uses the DX format.
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    Nov 10, 2010 2:36 PM GMT
    Yes. I'm using a Nikon D80 and a D40. Both are great but I prefer the D40. The D3100 looks good. I'd recommend the new Nikkor 55-300mm lens.
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    Nov 10, 2010 4:26 PM GMT
    I'd also recommend taking a class or two, even if they are Continuing Ed. A DSLR camera is a tool and unless you know how to use it you might as well save your money and buy a point-n-shoot.
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    Nov 10, 2010 6:16 PM GMT
    The nikkon d3100 is a really good camera to get if your starting out with photography. It has the basics to get anyone started if they are beginning with photography!
    http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d3100.htm

    go there if you want to know more about the d3100 since this is a really good site I went to when I was buying my first camera to start off. Im currently saving up to buy a d700 which is soooo expensive hahaha around $2400!
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    Nov 10, 2010 9:36 PM GMT
    I shoot on a Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 5D, and I of course am completely biased in favor of Canon! But I'm sure you couldn't go wrong with a Nikon.

    Also check out Adobe Lightroom 3 for post-processing. Amazing program!
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    Nov 11, 2010 2:17 AM GMT
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    ...Also check out Adobe Lightroom 3 for post-processing. Amazing program!


    Ditto that. Adobe LR 3 is essential these days if your a serious photographer. Shoot RAW (yes, that's a real term for anyone who doesn't know) and you're photos will never be the same. As long as your in focus and your exposure isn't too off, you can pretty much save any shot you take...not that you'll need to.
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    Nov 11, 2010 2:38 AM GMT
    I still use my old Nikon D70S...does great for the work I do.
    I also have three infrared-triggered speedlights, and build my own softboxes.

    This was my latest project this week:

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    homemade-softbox-front.jpg

    homemade-softbox-action.jpg
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    Nov 11, 2010 3:09 AM GMT
    Is that a bed sheet? Or a plastic tarp?
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    Nov 11, 2010 3:13 AM GMT
    xrichx saidIs that a bed sheet? Or a plastic tarp?
    Cheap fabric I picked up at walmart.
    I'll eventually do a self-portrait with it...someday.
    Right now I'm burned out with photography and still on semi-hiatus.
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    Nov 11, 2010 6:08 AM GMT
    ^Nice.

    If anyone is interested, here are a couple of sites that I check out once in a while..
    http://www.strobist.blogspot.com/
    http://www.digital-photography-school.com/
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    Nov 11, 2010 6:14 AM GMT
    I usually post my own work on:

    atomantsays.blogspot.com

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  • love_jocks123

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    Nov 11, 2010 4:57 PM GMT
    Wow, thank you all for your help, I will be looking into all the websites that you all suggested. Haha, so the Nikon D3100 plan is a go. Haha. But now for the big question... Canon or Nikon?
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    Nov 11, 2010 7:57 PM GMT
    I have both. Definitely Nikon.
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    Nov 12, 2010 4:45 AM GMT

    Nikon DSL guy here.

    My way of thinking about Canon versus Nikon is:

    Nikon probably has the edge in metering, flash photography and pure optics;

    and Canon has the edge in auto focus speed.

    But neither edge is huge. They both make terrific DSL cameras.

    Right now the Olympus PEN's and Panasonic Lumix's look very, very tempting. Nikon needs to come out with something great in the four-thirds arena to keep me faithful.

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    Nov 13, 2010 1:45 PM GMT
    flieslikeabeagle said
    Nikon DSL guy here.

    My way of thinking about Canon versus Nikon is:

    Nikon probably has the edge in metering, flash photography and pure optics;

    and Canon has the edge in auto focus speed.

    But neither edge is huge. They both make terrific DSL cameras.

    Right now the Olympus PEN's and Panasonic Lumix's look very, very tempting. Nikon needs to come out with something great in the four-thirds arena to keep me faithful.

    There is no Nikon vs Canon debate. Most clients don't give a fuck what camera you use as long as the picture meets their specs. The clients who do care will include enough in their budget for you to rent a Hassy or whatever they choose.
  • kennyj08

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    Nov 13, 2010 2:23 PM GMT
    I have a Canon EOS Rebel Xsi and it does me justice.

    and it's great that you're getting into photography! It's so much fun icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 16, 2010 7:28 PM GMT
    I enjoy photographs too but mostly working with the super old SLR Minolta X370 (yeah, the ones that using film rolls lol)

    If you want some good old vintage taste, have some fun with SLR, the color will be very promising :p

    Btw, i find Nikon D5000 quite comfortable enough for me but most friends advise it's just a waste of money cause D60 can take care of most of the things.
  • Thumper30

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    Nov 16, 2010 7:35 PM GMT
    Both Nikon and Canon are great camera systems. Once you choose one, you basically stick with it cause you've invested so much money in it and buying lenses. I personally started out on Canon and now shoot with a Canon 5D MarkII, but think there are a lot of things to envy in Nikon models too. The camera is the tool, the photographer is who makes the "Art". Buy something nice, but spend your time learning how to use your camera, lighting, and developing an "eye". I also agree that with everyone about Lightroom 3.
  • bolero_of_fir...

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    Nov 19, 2010 11:17 PM GMT
    I'm getting into photography as well and I'm getting the D90 this year.


    Paul, you and I are going to have to have a little talk.
  • love_jocks123

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    Feb 07, 2011 5:54 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidI still use my old Nikon D70S...does great for the work I do.
    I also have three infrared-triggered speedlights, and build my own softboxes


    That is such a cool, inexpensive project. I might actually try this myself instead of purchasing softboxes. Where did you buy the lights from?
  • love_jocks123

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    Feb 07, 2011 5:59 AM GMT
    zyle7i saidBoth Nikon and Canon are great camera systems. Once you choose one, you basically stick with it cause you've invested so much money in it and buying lenses. I personally started out on Canon and now shoot with a Canon 5D MarkII, but think there are a lot of things to envy in Nikon models too. The camera is the tool, the photographer is who makes the "Art". Buy something nice, but spend your time learning how to use your camera, lighting, and developing an "eye". I also agree that with everyone about Lightroom 3.


    Thanks for the help! icon_biggrin.gif I will most definitely be working on developing that skill. May I ask how LR3 differs from PS? Specifics, please. icon_smile.gif
  • love_jocks123

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    Feb 07, 2011 6:09 AM GMT
    A_1991 saidThe nikkon d3100 is a really good camera to get if your starting out with photography. It has the basics to get anyone started if they are beginning with photography!
    http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d3100.htm

    go there if you want to know more about the d3100 since this is a really good site I went to when I was buying my first camera to start off. Im currently saving up to buy a d700 which is soooo expensive hahaha around $2400!


    WOW, my jaw dropped (literally) with all the information that was provided there. Thank you! Oh, and good luck with purchasing your camera.icon_biggrin.gif I get mine this Friday!
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    Feb 07, 2011 6:17 AM GMT
    I'm a photography major and one of the best cameras you can get is the Canon 5D mark II, I have the Canon 7D and it's awesome, also the Canon 60D is very good. As long as you know how to use your camera, you wont need the best camera out there.