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Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by minolta110, Nov 21, 2004.

  1. minolta110

    minolta110 TPF Noob!

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    I recently was taught a little about photography in my art class and found it fascinating, so I am going to use it for a school project. The camera we used in class was old but I loved it but unforunatley couldn't use it. So I got my own camera by way of parents. I got a Minolta with 110 zoom. First off I would like to get "critiques" about my camera choice as a beginner. Then, I would like to know how to get those special effects like, blurring, and focusing on one subject with the rest blurry, and what the law of thirds is. I saw a link for it but it didn't work.

    <--------That's my camera.
     
  2. Uselessdreamer1

    Uselessdreamer1 TPF Noob!

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    ive never used a non slr but i dont think u can do those buddy. i think u need interchangeable lens. but this is comming from someone who has never use one of those cameras.
     
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    motcon TPF Noob!

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    here are some golden mean/thirds links:

    http://www.bestbydesign.com/miefaq/Photography_Tips/Golden_Rule/golden_rule.html

    http://www.photozone.de/4Technique/compose/third.htm

    http://www.photozone.de/4Technique/compose/goldenmean.htm


    there are a lot more out there if you would like to further study the theory and really groove with it.

    as for the camera; can't help you there.....

    ** edit: this may help you learn a bit more about the golden rules:
    http://www.powerretouche.com/Divine_proportion_introduction.htm

    it will help you analyze your photos by overlaying the golden principles as such:

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    and you can use this one by printing it to a transparency:
    http://goldennumber.net/goldgrid.htm
     
  4. minolta110

    minolta110 TPF Noob!

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    thanks both of you guys...but I just wanted to say i'm only using the camera "temporarily" until I really get into photography, prhaps in college, and can afford it.
     
  5. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    You could most likely get a good, used SLR camera with a lens for the price of your new Minolta. That would be my suggestion.

    A good photographer can take a good photo with any camera but it will be very hard to learn much about photography without being able to adjust aperture & shutter speed.

    I would suggest that you read up on "basic exposure" and lean about shutter speed, aperture, film ISO & Depth of Field. Once you have a basic understanding you can ask specific questions to get more specific answers.

    Welcome to the Forum.
     
  6. minolta110

    minolta110 TPF Noob!

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    well it was mostly about price my minolta was like 65$ so if you know where to get slr and lens that cheap please tell me.
     
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    Gandalf TPF Noob!

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    This is fairly close to the model that I use, and look at the price. Plus, with these older cameras you can get lenses for dirt cheap,

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=15237&item=3853155225&rd=1

    Here's the same camera that I use:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=3331&item=3853219638&rd=1

    Take a look in this thread for some pictures that I've taken with it.
     
  8. GerryDavid

    GerryDavid No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    You can look around flea markets and pawn shops. My high school offered a photography class *with to much demand for it so I couldnt get in* and apperantly you could buy the slr's from the previous year students that didnt want to keep it. Perhaps you can do that there. Once you get one youll never want to use a p&s again due to the lack of control. :0)
     
  9. minolta110

    minolta110 TPF Noob!

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    awwww, man! I really wish I hdn't bought that minolta now! I really wanted an slr but my mom was like, we need affordability first. Now she won't let me return the Minolta for an slr. So I will save up for one by myself...yipee? Oh, well, thenks for the help guys.
     
  10. MDowdey

    MDowdey Guest

    you should also think about resizing your avatar... :)


    md
     
  11. minolta110

    minolta110 TPF Noob!

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    oops yeah that would be a good idea :oops:
     
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    Your Minolta is fine to start with! Do some reading and try to develop a sense of what and where the good picture is. There is plenty of time to graduate to the SLR and what it can do. We all start somewhere. My .02 pesos...
     

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