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First Dslr, Messing About

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I will start by saying I know ***nothing*** of photography, but decided to buy a Nikon D80 to mess about with (more money than sense, yes). So... here's day #1 (well, the first 5 minutes of) lol I have no doubt they will all be technically carp, but meh, you have to start somewhere... :) All hand shot for now (even managed a couple of reasonable pictures at 4 sec exposure by hand :-O)

 

A tree in my next door neighbours garden that I thought looked quite cool

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Next door neighbours house. The moon is hiding behind it, which gave a blue glow...

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Dog :)

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Just outside my house door. I thought the clouds looked quite cool.

 

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Just down the road experimenting with the sun

 

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A big tree

 

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A spiders web

 

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The usual flowers

 

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Taking photographs into the face of light is asking for bad news :) It often goes well, but it is tricky! As for indoor, forget about it lol. The built-in flash is a joke on 99.99% of D-SLRs :D

 

Good first effort all things considered mrboo.

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Argh! Flowers :smack:

 

Not bad though :) Get yourself a cheap tripod and do some long night exposures, the D80 handles low light well... And yeah, shooting into the light is hard on digital - play around with bracketing and stuff to get it right, also you've got to make sure the composition has the right sky/shadow ratio - check out these

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Argh! Flowers :smack:

 

Not bad though :) Get yourself a cheap tripod and do some long night exposures, the D80 handles low light well... And yeah, shooting into the light is hard on digital - play around with bracketing and stuff to get it right, also you've got to make sure the composition has the right sky/shadow ratio - check out these

 

 

Flowers are a practise tool :) Every person new to DSLR uses them to figure stuff out :P

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I'll ignore the flowers debate... aside from the flash/indoor/dog pics, they are all pretty damn good for a self-proclaimed noob!

 

I like how you went straight into really difficult shots at sunrise/sunset, into the light, silhouettes, etc... and not do 1000 macro shots of flowers like some people do (Jack) :lol:

 

Looks like you're going to have a lot of fun with your new toy! :)

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I just got a Nikon D60 as an upgrade from my SLR-wannabe Sony H9. It is awesome! I agree that the built in flash is poor. I got an external flash, and 8mm-55mm lens, a 55mm-200mm lens, and an extra battery and carrying case. They were all worth it.

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Heh, ta. I've only ever used digital cheap point and shoot's before... so... yeah!

 

The flowers had to be done of course, but aside from the last one they didn't interest me that much really. I'm still finding it difficult in low light, hence flash. I suppose I could have turned the light on :D Or maybe it was on. I can't remember now :lol: I'm trying to avoid using the flash as much as I can for now anyway.

 

I'm going to mess about with sunrise again very soon me thinks :)

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Sunrise didn't really happen. It was too cloudy. I got... very few half decent yet rather uninteresting photo's (out of lots and lots...)

 

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Hmm, in some of those landscapes the fore ground is underexposed, try purchasing an graduated ND filter or read into HDR assuming you have the software.

 

btw, i love the light in 9 and 10 of your first set :)

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Try getting some interesting shots of what the sunrise does with shadows and stuff

Buy a polarized filter. :)

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<== Worse photography/D-SLR n00b than Markie

 

I assume this is a no-brainer, but the colours are always somewhat stronger on D-SLRs. Is that because you guys tackle the images in Photoshop or are they just better right off the bat? :smack:

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