|Quoting flinhion757 (Reply 3):|
I am going to LAX for my annual "After-Christmas-Spotting-Trip" with someone who is letting me use their Canon Rebel XS with the EF 55-300mm. Anything I need to know for that?
As someone suggested, take some test shots with the XS before you get to the hill. Put them on a computer so you can see them full-size.
All of my 13 shots in the database are taken with a Rebel XS with either the 18-55mm or 55-250mm kit lenses (the ones from Imperial Hill are with the 55-250). Some of them are taken on full Manual, and some on Aperture Priority, all with Auto Focus and Auto White Balance. All of them have varying degrees of leveling, cropping, and sharpening, and usually some noise reduction and minor color tweaking.
After I got my XS, I took photos of airplanes and other subjects for several months before I tried uploading. It was a pretty steep but very fulfilling learning curve for me (it still is!). 10 months and 5000-odd shutter clicks later, I'm now having some decent success uploading here. I still only upload the absolute best of my shots. And sometimes, I'll go up to the Hill on a Sunday afternoon, take 200 photos, and not a single one will be good enough. So then I have to figure out why, and that's how I've gotten better.
What will help you the most is to get out to the hill on a nice sunny day. And get there early enough that you have some time to shoot before sunset. Once it gets toward 4 PM
, the sun is getting pretty low, and although evening shots look really cool, they're more difficult.
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