Flynavy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3972 times:
Quoting Tills (Thread starter): I've been looking at buying a Canon 450D. Would that be a good camera to start on?
I started out on a 400D (XTi) so the 450D should be okay for you. Just remember that a camera is worthless unless you have a decent lense to go with it. I use a 40D now, and usually my EF 100-400L IS USM along with it when I'm out spotting.
KLM772ER From Germany, joined May 2006, 615 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3969 times:
Quoting Flynavy (Reply 1): I started out on a 400D (XTi) so the 450D should be okay for you. Just remember that a camera is worthless unless you have a decent lense to go with it
That's true, in the beginning (almost) every DSLR is sufficient to learn the basics and it is much more important to get a decent lens to get some good results, as it has the second most influence on the image quality right after you as the photographer
Good luck and lots of fun! Hope to see some good shots soon!
Tills From Australia, joined Feb 2008, 10 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3926 times:
I'll definitely get the 450D as I have a family member who works reasonably high up at Canon who can get me a good deal. I think the lens might have to wait a little while though until funds permit. But at least I can get some practice on the camera first.
I Figured I'd add some VERY ammature shots I took at Avalon.
Go easy on me. I took them on a $250 camera at the lowest setting (0.3mp) as I only got it the day before with a 16mb card. So these are as they came off the camera without editing/resizing/cropping. :p
Tills From Australia, joined Feb 2008, 10 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3887 times:
Thanks for the tips guys. I appreciate it.
I'm aware that in most cases you want the sun behind you. With the 1st pic, I couldn't get around to the other side, so I was limited with what I could do. I figured that with the sun in front of me I might get a nice silhouette, so I just had a go. In the end I like the result with the silhouette with just the wing coming towards the camera.
I had the same issue with the last photo as it was in the afternoon, so I was always looking into the sun.
JeffM, when you say about tilting the camera, are you referring to the Hornet and PC9 shots? I was just trying to make the static shots a little more interesting.
And Sean, I got up to Syd quite a bit. I grew up there, so I often go up to see the family and old mates etc. Problem is I'm always flat out trying to fit everyone in. Do you take many shots up there?
Silver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4944 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3882 times:
Quoting Flynavy (Reply 1): Just remember that a camera is worthless unless you have a decent lense to go with it.
Not true. I spent an entire year shooting some great pictures with the kit lens and a basic 80-200mm consumer lens. Good lenses do make a difference, but if you know how to make the best out of your equipment, you can take wonderful shots.
To rephrase your statement, the camera (as well as any camera) is worthless without a good understanding of the camera, and the basic fundamentals of photography.
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Psych From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 3070 posts, RR: 57
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3848 times:
Welcome to the Forum.
It seems that you have already been reading discussions here, and one of the things you really must familiarise yourself with is the criteria that the site uses for acceptance, together with the ins and outs of how your camera works.
I agree with you about that first shot - it makes for an interesting photo directly into the sun, with the lighting we then see on the wing extending towards the viewer. Be sure that there is nothing wrong with thinking creatively like that - these things are the sign of a budding photographer. However, you need to know that such a motive will likely be unacceptable here, as would any shot purposely unleveled, as you did with a few photos above. A.net acceptance demands precision with leveling.
Good luck with your 450D - it should produce excellent results. I would say don't stunt your creativity simply to try to fulfil the criteria for the site; just be aware of the rules such that you won't let yourself in for any disappointment re rejections. Also, if you see a potential shot that you think might produce a result, try as much as possible to get it as 'right' as you can in the camera. It will still need editing afterwards, but the less you have to do, the better. So - for example - be aware that the Hornet would be a problem because you have chopped the end of the nose off (as well as the level issue) in the original, so no amount of expert editing can bring that back; the first F-16 is not centred correctly, as it is too far off to the left (so you would have to crop in to the original a lot to get that right, which would start to affect the overall quality); get things as level as possible in the first place, etc.
One other thing worth thinking about regarding lens quality and submissions here - as a general rule of thumb, the closer you can get to your subject, the greater the likelihood that the quality will be better, if your lens itself isn't top quality. That wouldn't apply throughout necessarily, but would be something to bear in mind.
Far too many ... or not enough! Depending on who you are?
I live close by tp SYD and I have to walk my dogs ... they love spotting too!
I've got quite a few good shots that might make it on here but I don't have a good editing software package yet. (Just upgraded computers) The one shot I have in the DB was edited by a fellow A.net member.
Fell free to drop me a line if you are up in SYD.
Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 8): I got up to Syd quite a bit. I grew up there, so I often go up to see the family and old mates etc. Problem is I'm always flat out trying to fit everyone in.
Likewise I'll be down in MEL soon (Hopefully Geelong can turn on a win for me )
"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein