aktyn87
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New Camera, What To Choose?

Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:12 pm

HI everyone.

I was trying to upload my photos on to this website, but they were constantly declined. I'm currently using Sony alpha 290, and I can't complain about the quality it's good for me but not good enough for here, what should I buy, what camera I should go for, next so that my pictures are good enough to upload to this website?

Thanks.
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aktyn87
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RE: New Camera, What To Choose?

Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:18 pm

I would like to add that my budget would be to about 600£.
 
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RE: New Camera, What To Choose?

Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:28 pm

Quoting aktyn87 (Thread starter):
Sony alpha 290

I don't have experience with that camera, but I just looked it up, and unless you have an issue with your camera/lens, there's likely no reason you couldn't easily get photos accepted here with it.

If you can post some examples of your shots, that may help.
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RE: New Camera, What To Choose?

Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:48 pm

 
vikkyvik
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RE: New Camera, What To Choose?

Sun Jul 07, 2013 8:05 am

Tough to tell too much about quality from a resized photo, but here are a few things that are making life difficult for you:

1.) You'll have a crop in quite a bit. Quality will be reduced, and flaws will show up more readily, since you're not making use of a large portion of your camera's sensor.
2.) Light is not in your favor - the airplane is quite backlit/toplit.
3.) The exposure overall is dark, though with the backlighting, it can be difficult to expose properly.

I'd start out trying to fix those issues - try to shoot with the sun at your back, so the aircraft side facing you is illuminated. Zoom in as much as you can, or get closer to the aircraft if possible. You generally want to try and fill as much of the frame with the aircraft as you can.
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eskillawl
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RE: New Camera, What To Choose?

Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:02 am

DSLR aas DSLR, they're pretty much the same all of them. Im very satasfied with both my new and my old one, even thu I paid more for my new one. Whats intresting is the lens. What lens are you using? According to your photos, it looks like you are not using a tele zoom lens. Take a look at Sonys webshop. Something like this may be interesting for you. http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/sto...d=-1&productId=8198552921665345645

It took a long while before I actually learned all the basics in photographing, etc that your back should always face the sun.  
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oly720man
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RE: New Camera, What To Choose?

Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:07 am

What lens are you using at the moment. As eskillawl suggests, there are a number of zoom lenses that could be used. Depending on your budget there's the Sony 55-200

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-55-200m...for+sony+alpha+digital+slr+cameras

The Sony shop also has a 55-300, but depending on the airport you're at you may not need the extra 100mm.
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RE: New Camera, What To Choose?

Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:46 am

A new camera will not magically improve your photos. Here comes the brutal opinion: The image you uploaded shows terrible composition and chronic under-exposure, implying that you don't understand the basics of photography. A new camera is a total waste of money for you at the moment. The standards here are incredibly high and that image is not even close to being acceptable. Instead of spending 600 bucks on a camera, spend a fraction of that on photography books and learn the basics. That'll serve you way better than buying the new camera and wondering why your shots still look exactly the same.

That opinion is not to offend you, it's to save you 600 bucks.
 
aktyn87
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RE: New Camera, What To Choose?

Sun Jul 07, 2013 7:34 pm

It was just 18-55 lens, i do have 70-300 but that day i had the first one on, i tried with 70-300 and still photos were not so good, i just need to keep trying with settings, thanks everyone for advices
 
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RE: New Camera, What To Choose?

Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:21 pm

Quoting shufflemoomin (Reply 7):
A new camera will not magically improve your photos. Here comes the brutal opinion: The image you uploaded shows terrible composition and chronic under-exposure, implying that you don't understand the basics of photography. A new camera is a total waste of money for you at the moment. The standards here are incredibly high and that image is not even close to being acceptable.

   Please look at the accepted photos of other photographers here, see the composition, exposure etc. It would be preferable to use ISO 100 to get max quality, try to fill the frame so that cropping can be minimal. Learn how to expose properly, with the shutter speed, aperture, if you are using semi auto , change the EV to get best exposure if the default is underexposing. Any DSLR or even decent point and shoot cameras can take pictures that can be accepted here. For this shot you should have used your tele lens, use a faster shutter speed and trying shots on a good clear days to start with.

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