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Jan 28, 2019 10:39:57   #
MegTee
 
Hi everyone,
I'm excited to be here. I will say i'm an amateur(very) photographer who fell in love with my very first camera that i still own till date , a canon eos rebel T5. Got this in 2015. I finally want to follow this passion professionally but sooooo confused where to start!! i only started learning how to shoot manual mode in dec 2018! pathetic i know but i've never had the confidence to shoot in manual mode. I joined this forum with the hope that i can get the right advice and direction from seasoned members. Where do i start to learn from? is better learning online or with a photographer in my area? i attended Imaging USA for the first time last week and i was really blown away by the plethora of info about this profession which left me very motivated but unfortunately left me more confused than ever on how to proceed!
enough blabbing for now. nice to meet you all!

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Jan 28, 2019 10:54:20   #
dennis2146 (a regular here)
 
Welcome aboard. For me the ideal way to learn would be to have a friend who is also into photography. Go with them to an area and shoot photos, compare them and accumulate the knowledge you seek that way. If that possibility is not available then look to a photo store in the area or maybe a college that offers classes in photography.

Good luck and don't make this more complicated than it is. Good exposure is basically adjusting the amount of light falling on the scene and how fast it gets there. Your camera, like most digital cameras has lots of buttons and dials but only a few make any appreciable difference to your photos.

Dennis

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Jan 28, 2019 10:56:55   #
BassmanBruce (a regular here)
 
Welcome, there are a ton of helpfull people here and I’ve learned a ton from them.

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Jan 28, 2019 10:58:53   #
MegTee
 
@Bassmanbruce thank you! i'm eager to absorb as much knowledge as i can

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Jan 28, 2019 10:59:34   #
MegTee
 
Thanks alot Dennis, i appreciate your advice. already researching photographers locally. Hopefully one will be willing to allow me shadow him or her. fingers crossed. You're right about the buttons, i've always thought i need to master every single button to get good images.

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Jan 28, 2019 11:01:25   #
JFCoupe
 
In addition to getting out and shooting as much as possible, some suggestions that can help:
1. Search for a nearby camera club
2. If a club is available, ask a member to be a mentor
3. Check community colleges or local colleges for their photography course offerings and sign up for a course.
4. Begin to narrow down the area of photography that you may want to specialize in, i.e. portraits, weddings, nature, wildlife, etc.
5. Define a project that you would like to work on and focus on images for the project
6. Join Photographic Society of America (PSA) they have many valuable resources.

Best wishes as you progress along your path of photographic passion.

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Jan 28, 2019 11:01:32   #
radiojohn
 
I would get very familiar with the relationship between shutter speed, lens opening and sensitivity (ISO). Once you are very comfortable with that, you will understand what the various "modes" are doing and also understand depth of field a bit more.

I did a book called "How To Use The Digital Camera You Just Bought" based on a beginner digital camera class I taught for several years and I can tell you that those students who had taken a basic photo class at some point were way ahead of those who thought "exposure" was no longer something they needed to learn.

It was hard to explain to them that the lens on their point and shoot (or even DSLR) did not have a large enough lens opening to do the indoor gym shots they wanted to take when they had no concept of exposure.

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Jan 28, 2019 11:06:37   #
MegTee
 
@JFCoupe Thank you for this! I never thought of the camera club, that's a good one to look into, thanks. I feel it maybe too soon to do the narrowing without having tried each one out at least once to get a feel of how it works? I'm a member of the PPA (proffessional photographers of America) but will look into PSA as well. i do like the idea of a project based learning,any pointers on topics maybe? preciate your input

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Jan 28, 2019 11:11:23   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 
MegTee wrote:
Hi everyone,
I'm excited to be here. I will say i'm an amateur(very) photographer who fell in love with my very first camera that i still own till date , a canon eos rebel T5. Got this in 2015. I finally want to follow this passion professionally but sooooo confused where to start!! i only started learning how to shoot manual mode in dec 2018! pathetic i know but i've never had the confidence to shoot in manual mode. I joined this forum with the hope that i can get the right advice and direction from seasoned members. Where do i start to learn from? is better learning online or with a photographer in my area? i attended Imaging USA for the first time last week and i was really blown away by the plethora of info about this profession which left me very motivated but unfortunately left me more confused than ever on how to proceed!
enough blabbing for now. nice to meet you all!
Hi everyone, br I'm excited to be here. I will say... (show quote)


Welcome to the forum.
Be patient & practice, you'll get there. Everyone here started out green.
Shoot what you like.

This may help some: http://digital-photography-school.com/

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Jan 28, 2019 11:13:45   #
MegTee
 
thank you for your response! i would be interested in reading that book if its available that is. I'm still struggling to get a hang of the relationship with the three and it's really critical for me to get it right. just trying to sieve through the abundance of materials out there that simplifies it very well.

radiojohn wrote:
I would get very familiar with the relationship between shutter speed, lens opening and sensitivity (ISO). Once you are very comfortable with that, you will understand what the various "modes" are doing and also understand depth of field a bit more.

I did a book called "How To Use The Digital Camera You Just Bought" based on a beginner digital camera class I taught for several years and I can tell you that those students who had taken a basic photo class at some point were way ahead of those who thought "exposure" was no longer something they needed to learn.

It was hard to explain to them that the lens on their point and shoot (or even DSLR) did not have a large enough lens opening to do the indoor gym shots they wanted to take when they had no concept of exposure.
I would get very familiar with the relationship be... (show quote)

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Jan 28, 2019 11:15:46   #
MegTee
 
Thank you, i appreciate that. i'm already a follower of the group on Fb, i really love it. i haven't yet summoned the courage for the weekly photography challenges though, that wil be my next step!
Longshadow wrote:
Welcome to the forum.
Be patient & practice, you'll get there. Everyone here started out green.
Shoot what you like.

This may help some: http://digital-photography-school.com/

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Jan 28, 2019 11:22:01   #
PixelStan77 (a regular here)
 
MegTee wrote:
Hi everyone,
I'm excited to be here. I will say i'm an amateur(very) photographer who fell in love with my very first camera that i still own till date , a canon eos rebel T5. Got this in 2015. I finally want to follow this passion professionally but sooooo confused where to start!! i only started learning how to shoot manual mode in dec 2018! pathetic i know but i've never had the confidence to shoot in manual mode. I joined this forum with the hope that i can get the right advice and direction from seasoned members. Where do i start to learn from? is better learning online or with a photographer in my area? i attended Imaging USA for the first time last week and i was really blown away by the plethora of info about this profession which left me very motivated but unfortunately left me more confused than ever on how to proceed!
enough blabbing for now. nice to meet you all!
Hi everyone, br I'm excited to be here. I will say... (show quote)
Meg Tee, consider joining a local camera club and submit your images for competition and feedback. A great way to learn plus being with people of similar interests and goals. Good luck and welcome aboard.

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Jan 28, 2019 11:26:35   #
MegTee
 
thank you. i have googled it today as suggested by a member and unfortunately there's none in my area to join. does it have to be a physical location or the online ones are just as good? i would really love a hands- on learning experience with a group. will keep searching.

PixelStan77 wrote:
Meg Tee, consider joining a local camera club and submit your images for competition and feedback. A great way to learn plus being with people of similar interests and goals. Good luck and welcome aboard.

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Jan 28, 2019 11:32:10   #
dennis2146 (a regular here)
 
MegTee wrote:
Thanks alot Dennis, i appreciate your advice. already researching photographers locally. Hopefully one will be willing to allow me shadow him or her. fingers crossed. You're right about the buttons, i've always thought i need to master every single button to get good images.


I neglected to ask, probably due to over advancing old age, where do you live. There is very likely a UHH member living close to you who would welcome you to shoot photos with.

Dennis

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Jan 28, 2019 11:34:15   #
MegTee
 
Hi Dennis i'm in Lake Charles, Louisiana. would be ecstatic to find a member around here.

dennis2146 wrote:
I neglected to ask, probably due to over advancing old age, where do you live. There is very likely a UHH member living close to you who would welcome you to shoot photos with.

Dennis

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