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Offline sammiesmom817

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New to this....all advice is welcomed!
« on: March 16, 2012, 09:21:36 AM »
Good morning all!!!

I have a 2 year old little girl and after spending THOUSANDS of dollars on pictures, I decided since I do graphic design for a living and love taking pics that I would invest in a nice camera and do this myself.

With that being said, I bought the camera, it came with 2 lenses and some filters. I am very happy with the pics I have taken thus far but I knowwwwww there is so much more I can do and just have no clue what I am doing.

So...here are my questions:

1.) Is there a tutorial on this camera that will show me everything that is maybe a video or something?
2.) I am wanting to take portrait pics of my daughter. What lens would be best for this?
3.) I just have the flash that came on the camera. Should I purchase different one that attaches to the camera?
4.) Any other suggestions that you have (because I might not know what to ask) would be very much appreciated!!!

Thanks in advance!!

Emilie

Offline sorenos

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Re: New to this....all advice is welcomed!
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2012, 10:01:20 AM »
I would suggest to look here; http://www.t2iforum.com/useful-resources/useful-photography-sites-ryan-or-mods-to-assist-please/

And it depends on what you want to do with flash. On what kind of photo's you make.

And furtherway I would suggest to just try out all kind of settings ^^

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Re: New to this....all advice is welcomed!
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2012, 10:32:05 AM »
2.) I am wanting to take portrait pics of my daughter. What lens would be best for this?

The conventional wisdom is that portrait pictures require shallow "depth of field" which makes the background blurry (called bokeh, pronounced bokay) and makes your subject stand out. This requires a small number for aperture (f-stop). You can probably take good portrait pictures with the 18 ~ 55mm lens that came with the camera (the short one) but beware - if you get too close and zoom out, you'll get an unpleasant distortion where things in the centre are very big - like a nose! The pros back off, and zoom in, to get a flatter effect.

Choose the Av setting on the dial, to set the Aperture Value. Rotate the jog wheel to get the smallest number. The camera will match everything else automatically. Use Image Stabilisation, unless you're using a tripod (a switch on the lens). Set up the quick auto-focus to just the centre point (in Av mode, press the button at the top right, one to the right of the asterisk one, and use the jog dial to select just the centre spot), and be sure to get that working on her closest eye. There will be a tiny red dot flash if focus is successful.

3.) I just have the flash that came on the camera. Should I purchase different one that attaches to the camera?

The flash is a compromise, to be sure; it's effective for something that is part of the camera, but it will give a rather blown effect - at least the flash is central, unlike some point-and-shoot cameras! The cheap option is to get a "Gary Fong Popup-flash Diffuser" which softens the on-camera flash, but if you can afford it, getting a proper flash and learning how to bounce the light off ceilings etc, can give a much less harsh effect.

For baby (toddler!) pictures, just getting a nice big window behind you might also give the nice results... more natural.
« Last Edit: March 16, 2012, 10:36:30 AM by AndyCivil »

Offline sammiesmom817

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Re: New to this....all advice is welcomed!
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2012, 12:07:41 PM »
Thank you all for the help!!!!!!!! I will print this out for sure!!!

 A friend of mine bought what she calls a portrait lens (we have the same camera) used off of another friend of hers. She took natural outdoor pics with it and they are beautiful! She doesnt know what lens it is other than "a portrait lens." I guess the word portrait suggests sitting still inside posed pics huh?

I guess what im asking is...is there a better lens than what came with the camera that would go by "portrait lens." When I google it...I keep getting fish eye lens and Im not sure but I dont think thats what im looking for...lol.

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Re: New to this....all advice is welcomed!
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2012, 12:18:28 PM »
What are the lenses that you have already got - the 18-55 and 55-250mm? If so, most of us would recommend the 50mm f1.8 (known as the 'nifty fifty') which is not only quite cheap (around $110) but good in low light and for portraits. http://www.amazon.com/Canon-50mm-1-8-Camera-Lens/dp/B00007E7JU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1331921987&sr=8-1

HTH  :)

P.S. Chelie (another forum member) has been dithering and twittering about getting this for aaaaages  ;) in another thread and finally ordered one! lol
« Last Edit: March 16, 2012, 12:22:30 PM by Snapper »
I used to be a very negative person... but then I went digital.

Offline sammiesmom817

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Re: New to this....all advice is welcomed!
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2012, 12:32:59 PM »
LOL! Awesomeeeeee.....thank you so much for all your help!

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Re: New to this....all advice is welcomed!
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2013, 09:23:33 PM »
I would also recommend that You watch Youtube Videos on the subjects you wish to learn about and Google them too, Since you are staying at home and watching a video makes it easy as you can pause it and try it out!

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