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Digital SLR Newbie, Need Some Advice 70-300mm Is  
User currently offlineBoeing Nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 6 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4068 times:

Greetings all,

I recently got myself a Canon Digital Rebel and a 70-300mm IS lens. I fell in love with the IS lens with the very first test picture. Wow, very cool.

Anyway, I took some pictures of aircraft (naturally) on an overcast day on the "sports" setting. They were clear, but rather dark. I've also noticed on sunny day shots, the shadows seem to be darker than what I would consider to be acceptable. I have however, had some great shots come out as well. I intend on getting a polarizing filter soon.

What other tips would be useful for the beginner like myself?

Many thanks.

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User currently offlineIL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2237 posts, RR: 49
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4064 times:

Quoting Boeing Nut (Thread starter):
What other tips would be useful for the beginner like myself?

Don't use the 'sports' setting... It always chooses the largest aperture, which is not favorable for the sharpness.


User currently offlineBoeing Nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4062 times:

Quoting IL76 (Reply 1):
Don't use the 'sports' setting... It always chooses the largest aperture, which is not favorable for the sharpness.

I am not too knowledgeable in photography. In my case, I enjoy the convenience of the automatic modes. What would be my best choice of settings? Or should I just "buck up" and learn the ins and outs of my camera.

Thanks


User currently offlineKnighty From Australia, joined Dec 2004, 207 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4042 times:

Quoting Boeing Nut (Reply 2):
Or should I just "buck up" and learn the ins and outs of my camera.

Got it in one...

Knighty



Ian Knight - Proud Canon shooter!
User currently offlineSean377 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1225 posts, RR: 41
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4042 times:

Quoting Boeing Nut (Reply 2):
Or should I just "buck up" and learn the ins and outs of my camera.

When you have a camera like you do, it would be a shame not to. You can get good results using the auto modes (or basic zone), if you understand what the camera is doing for you, but you'll learn a lot more and get potentially more better results if you shoot in the 'creative zone', where you call the shots [sic].



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User currently offlineGary2880 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4036 times:

Quoting Boeing Nut (Reply 2):
Or should I just "buck up" and learn the ins and outs of my camera.

I can hear Jeff sharpening his lightmeter and polishing up the gray card in preparation for the oncoming attack  Wink


User currently offlinePaulinbna From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1114 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3982 times:
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It is not to hard to learn all you have to learn is what ISO F number and shutter speed have on the effect of your pictures.

If I remember right sport mode is at ISO 400 which is not the best grain wise.

If you want to know more please email me.



Canon 50D user; 100-400 MM L IS 10-22 MM, 60MM Macro
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