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  1. Trig

    Trig TPF Noob!

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    I'm a total beginner... technically. So i was wondering if anyone had the knowledge of a great website that gave details of terms and techniques, ones like telephoto, aperature, ISO etc, those words and abreviations I have no clue about and was wondering how people learnt them.

    Nice forum by the way.
     
  2. Artemis

    Artemis Just Punked Himself

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    Ill do better than that matey...ill do my best to explain those terms to you.

    By the way...this is the best website for info :) everyone here is really nice...so ask away!

    Telephoto - This is a type of lens thats zoom range starts alot higher and gets even bigger.

    A telephoto generally starts at about...55 - 75
    anything below that is known as a wide angel lens :)

    Aparature - this is the size of a little whole in your lens which lets in certain amounts of light.

    The aparature can affect the depth of field...

    For instance...have you noticed a portrait picture, where only the person is in focus...yet in others, the background is in focus aswell...or near to.
    This is because the aparature is set to high, which will make the background blird.
    And a small aparature...makes alot more in focus...hope im explaining this ok.

    ISO - Not sure for what it stands for...but it is the speed of the film.

    IS0 ranges from 100...to about ...3200...and maybe more.
    The higher the ISO...the more sensitive the film is to light.
    Also...the higher the ISO...the more grainy the picture looks.

    So...for a really sunny day...you may use a 200 ISO film...or even maybe a 50....but...for when your in a theature...and dont wanna use your flash...you can use a 3200 ISO...this will be slightly worse quality...but the pictures will come out quicker!
     
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    You only live up the road from me Trig. We get our pet food at Jollies (what's the betting you have no idea what I'm on about?). :mrgreen:

    Artemis is right on those points. But I just thought I'd add to them.

    Telephoto - It doesn't mean zoom, it just means a lens which is "longer" than standard (50mm (ish)). It's open to debate as to where the actual range starts. You could say 55mm, 70mm or 90mm... Artemis gave the impression telephotos are zooms. They're not, but they can be. You can buy a telephoto zoom lens (let’s say 90-300mm or 70-150mm) or buy a fixed telephoto (let’s say 70, 90, 150 or 300mm).
    What the lens does, is pull objects which are far away, close to you. Just like a telescope brings the moon closer to you. A zoom will allow you to vary the amount it pulls in, a fixed lens won't.

    I didn't explain that very well, did I? I hope you got the gist of it though. :)


    And ISO stand for International Organization for Standardization. ISO used to be called ASA and in Germany DIN. Have a nose at this page. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_speed
     
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    First off, welcome to the forum. You can read here for basic information about some of the basics of photography. As for things to read, I always recommend a bood by John Hedgecoe called the New Manual of Photography. You can learn a ton from this book.
     
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    Speak for yourself I'm a mean ogre who eats ametuers! :lmao:

    Wait... I have meds for this.
     
  8. Artemis

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    SSHhhh I was trying to real him in so we could have a feast.....aww hes running away :( thanks alot! LOL
     
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    Trig TPF Noob!

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    Wow, thanks for the response, most forums seem to be harsh to newbies. I'm going to purchase my camera next week, which will be a Fuji S7000, seemed like a good starting point for me.
    I'm hoping to learn a lot from this forum. Cheers for the links as well.

    Indeed it is up the road, I have a friend who used to work there before she went to Uni.

    Hey to everyone! I'm Graham, from Milton Keynes in England, I'm 19 and currently doing a college course in Media... not starting photography until AFTER Xmas :x which is a shame, but gives me time to make a headstart.

    ...sorry, just thought i'd introduce myself... it seemed appropriate.
     
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    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    We're only harsh to inconsiderate jerk-off newbies! :) As long as you are civilized we're a great bunch! You love it here! Welcome to the forum!!!!
     
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    Welcome matey, always nice to see a new face.

    You ever need some help, you can always come to ol Arty :)
     
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    Hey! Welcome fellow newbie! I've enjoyed it here so far and I'm sure you will too.
     

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