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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 4:31 pm 
I received a Rebel xti for Christmas and love the camera. Unfortunately I am a complete beginner when it comes to this stuff, does anyone have suggestions on where I can go to understand what everything means??

I travel quite a bit, so am looking forward to documenting some of my trips with this camera!

rod.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 4:42 pm 
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Congrats, Rod,
and welcome to the ever growing community of DSLR users in general and CameraLabs friends in particular.
Some reading of the manual is certainly required, but then there are more books on how to use a Canon rebel. Search for "canon rebel book" at amazon.com or your local bookstore of choice.
Once you have mastered the standard techniques on your camera you could find some interesting reading at the following places in the Interweb:
Try for example www.luminous-landscape.com, the articles by Galen Rowell at www.mountainlight.com or the refresher courses at www.shutterbug.com, the how-to's on www.kenrockwell.com, the "learn technique" section of http://www.ephotozine.com/learn/.
You'll find some hint's and tipps plus some inspiration.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 3:49 am 
Thanks for the heads-up. I just orded a couple of books and a DVD from Amazon. Let's hope they can teach a bone-head like me how to get the most out of this thing. :)


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 8:24 pm 
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One thing you have to decide though, Rod:
Once you have mastered the "automatic" part of your new gear (which should be quite easy), you have to do a little soul searching to find out whether you need more input on the technical side of your camera or on the "art" side of finding or composing a good picture.

Also keep in mind that you can manipulate a decently exposed picture in a lot of ways afterwards with an appropriate software like Adobe photoshop or Nikons CaptureNX. Although mastering Photoshop is not a small feat in itself (I just tried once). But software like CaptureNX can do a lot of really astonishing tricks easily and you can even use it for the jpeg standard files that you shoot with your Rebel.

My personal suggestion would be to:
1. Master the automatic mode of your camera. This should already give you very nice photos and should be more than enough for a newbie.
2. Concentrate on literature (or websites) that train your eye on how to find interesting perspectives and fascinating shots and how to avoid shooting in difficult lighting conditions (e. g. the sun shining into your lens etc.)
3. If you've achieved a certain degree of mastery in (2) than you can proceed to the world of post processing on your PC. Which lets you put the finishing touches to your pics: cropping, adjusting contrast and brightness, correcting the white balance that you forgot to adjust on your camera, etc.
Many people forget, that (2) is much more important to making a good picture, than your gear - especially on a tech website :D

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 3:38 pm 
Interesting perspective. Looks like I will get to exercise the "art" side of my brain, which is probably a good thing given everything else I do is technical in nature. ;)

Thanks for the reminder, I may not have thought about that right away!

rod.


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