As promised in an earlier post, here are some shots from Valencia taken a couple of weeks ago. I'd value any feedback - positive or negative, as long as it's constructive!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7930206@N0 ... 357558246/
Just to reiterate, I'm completely new to SLR's of any description, just a point and shooter that's read a couple of books, a few more magazines and spent too long on the internet!
Overall I got on pretty well with the camera. I'm so pleased I got the 18/200 VR, I felt I had enough on my plate without having to faff around changing lenses. These shots were taken before I had any filters.
I found I was making plenty of mistakes which I would imagine most inexperienced DSLRers make. Examples: not selecting the approriate aperture..often leading to.. allowing the shutter speed to get dangerously slow (for hand held shots). Forgetting to reset the camera only to realise I was shooting with high ISO or spot metering, etc, etc.
When on matrix metering, or centre weighted for that matter, I found the D80 had a tendency to over expose - especially in the bright sunny conditions. Has anyone else experienced this? Once I realised, I made a lot of use of the highlight playback screen and histogram facility. This helped me set the exposure compensation - If you look at the 'more properties' link on flickr you'll see a lot of the shots are around 0.7 - 1.0 -EV.
I don't own any Photoshop type programs...So these are pretty much how they came out of the camera. I have cropped a few and a couple have Dlighting.