Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 13242 posts, RR: 34 Posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2338 times:
I'm finally taking the plunge and buying myself an EOS 300D. Now, I've never done digital photography and I wanted to get up and running as soon as I can. Most of the features on the camera I'll get used to, over a period of time, but just a few quick questions to get me started. Please pardon the questions which might seem incredibly stupid at this stage!
- The cards I need to use: what's the best one and how much are they? How many high resolution shots can they handle?
- Do I need to set the camera to a particular Pixel setting to make it suitable for Airliners.net standard photos, or does it automatically take 6.3m pixel shots?
- What's the best way to store them? On a website, a CD or elsewhere?
- General comments, based on your experience (easy on the jargon!)
Apuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3036 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2325 times:
Congratulations on your purchase. I'm sure you won't regret it. Even though some might consider the 300D as being a 'light' version of other Canon D-SLR, it can give you quite good results, depending on the lenses and the photographer.
* Use a Compact Flash. Depending on how many shots you're looking to take 'per session', go for a 256 or 512mB. Don't go for a MicroDrive. I have one and it's slower and more fragile than a CF.
* Set the resolution to 'high', 3... x 2... pixels.
* Personally I store my pics both on my hard disk and CD's. I'm a bit scared of DVD's, because when you lose one DVD you lose 4.7gB instead of 700mB on a CD.
* General comments: whenever the weather is good, go out and experiment a lot. After a while you'll learn what suits your needs best. What works fine for photographer A doesn't necessarily work out for photographer B. Taking photos also depends on a lot of parameters (weather, traffic, time of day,...). Also, don't think the 'out-of-camera' image will be the same as what you see over here. The pics need some post-processing (sharpening, cropping,...) Basically, just go out and have a lot of fun!!!
Airplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2748 posts, RR: 37
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2286 times:
Congrats on your future purchase!
I received my 300D a few weeks back, and am very pleased with it. My first shots are in the upload q, so hopefully will get into the database.
I have to disagree with Apuneger, get a microdrive - they hold 1gb of data, and are very cheap now days. I can pick one up for just over £100.They are capable of taking 320 shots at 6.2 million megapixels.
You want the highest setting for optimum performance. I believe that the 300D's default settings are Set to the highest number of pixels when you first receive it.
I store my pictures on CD and on my computer. Therefore if my PC buggers up I can rely on the CD, to restore all of my pictures.
Also, renember to save your pictures as a unique filename before you upload to a.net.
With the 300D you will receive a copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements, I use this program to edit my photos, and feel that it does the job.
The last thing I can say, is enjoy it! Don't start getting frustrated if you cant get the photo you want, you will get there in the end.
Mdwalkman From China, joined Oct 2001, 208 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2165 times:
I agree with Ivan.
Do a search in some photography web sites(e.g. forums in dpreview.com), you will notice complains on MiroDrive is a lot more than CF cards. Microdrive is cheap but it is unrelieable, more battery consuming, slower performance than CF cards.
Timdegroot From Netherlands, joined Apr 2002, 3680 posts, RR: 60
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2126 times:
"The only reason a CD should go bad is if it is scratched or somehow physically damaged."
Not sure if that's true. I had a long discussion with a friend of mine who's an IT student, and he was convinced many cd's wouldn't last 10 years. I think this should be more of a concern to us than it is now.
Glennstewart From Australia, joined Jun 2003, 1124 posts, RR: 52
Reply 13, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2075 times:
Only a couple of suggestions with regards to uploading 300D shots:
1. Generally shoot Large Fine (or if you want extra work - RAW)
2. Purchase a digital wallet - e.g. www.xs-drive.com then shoot away
3. For white aircraft, set EV to -1/3 (under expose a tad)
4. Experiment between centre AF and all AF
5. With consumer lenses keep aperture small - f5.6 is generally far too soft, f8.0 is start of sweet spot, f11 is better again - balance this with shutter and ISO, and sometimes use Av or P to suit
6. Stay away from pre-programmed modes
7. Get Photoshop 7.0 or CS from somewhere....
8. Read my post on: http://www.airliners.net/discussions/aviation_photography/read.main/122028/
Respected users.... If my replies are useful, then by all means...