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  1. PatrickHMS

    PatrickHMS TPF Noob!

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    Hi,

    Long time lurker, finally decided to join up.

    Ain't Digital Photography COOL!!!!!!!

    I remember once upon a time, when, once you got a good 35mm SLR camera to take photographs, a roll of film cost $4 - $6 to buy, and even processing the photos into a contact sheet was expensive enough, and printing all of them (or slides) was pretty expensive. So, 36 exposures might cost $.50 - $.75 or more a shot to purchase and process and print, and that was expensive enough for a hobby, much less when a photographer took dozens or more shots in a short time, many of them "bracketed" (duplicated) to try to get the optimum photograph (then send to a profe$$ional proce$$ing hou$e).

    Also was plenty expensive for a 20 year old College kid on a normally limited income trying to support what was just a hobby.

    Nowadays, even with an entry level Digital camera and a good program on your PC, one can take shots that most people will be impressed with, and after equipment is excluded (as was done in example above) the actual cost of the shots themselves is ridiculously inexpensive.

    In 1969, as a college kid of 20 I started out with a Nikkormat FTN body (I couldn't afford a Nikon) and fast (1.4 and 1.2) normal lenses (and upgraded from there with other zoom and telephoto lenses, teleconverters, and tons of filters). Also had free use of a Beseler 67C enlarger, a Yashica Mat 124, and later a Mamiya RB67. Used those to do some wedding stuff for a time...

    I started doing lots of available light work, b/w photos, learned to use filters to alter what the lens would actually see (MUCH more than the eye could ever appreciate) and learned to do other tricks in the darkroom.

    Went to several Nikon Schools, learned a lot there...

    Used to love to go to Road Atlanta and shoot (had a Nikon 50 - 300 zoom lens, WHAT A MONSTER....lol) Road Races, cars and stuff like that, and turned to liking all kinds of other outdoor stuff from there.

    Nowadays all of these editing programs are AMAZING. Like where you can take a bad shot that looks WAY too dark after loading to your PC, and edit it to where you still can see decent color and details.

    Back then, I learned all I could about content and contrast, how to alter tone and coloration with filters. Later, when I went digital I learned all I could about how to use White Balance, as you can do a lot with that even on a cheaper point and shoot Digital camera.

    Learned to be patient early on, wait for the right shot. A PERFECT shot will not look nearly as good 5-10 minutes before, or 5-10 minutes after the time when the light is "just right" for that once in a lifetime shot.

    A few years later (1980's) I moved to Olympus OM1 equipment (LOVED the big bright microprism screen and that cool Winder1, and their lenses were plenty good for me).

    I still remember buying my first "Coast Space Bag", made of 2-tone tan canvas with brown trim, BOY! was I ever proud of that camera bag.

    Eventuallly went into the Digital Age (kicking and screaming at first), but now that I am here, the technology can be amazing, and your shots will only cost pennies per shot, even that once in a lifetime, World Class photo we all wish we could take someday.

    I have settled in with a Nikon D40, 18-55MM kit lens, the 55-200mm lens, and a SB-400 flash.

    Not sure there IS any higher grade 35mm SLR camera that will do anything I would need that the D40 will not do. So far, WHAT a camera!!!!!!!!!

    I am still kinda behind the times on software. Right now I use Picasa2, and it does okay for me, but am still looking for other free or inexpensive software packages that I might try. I am DEFINITELY open to your suggestions here.

    Otherwise, happy to be here...

    Happy photo taking!!!!!!
     
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    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Hello Patrick and Welcome to the forum.
     
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    Hey Patrick, Welcome to the fourms mate :D, I enjoyed reading your post, it's very interesting and we can see how far we have come with cameras hehe
     
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    Welcome,

    You think its good now. Just wait a little while when you get the film bug again. And are doing both. :D Some of us are fighting the pull to digital to the last person. I do shoot more digital than other formats, but I am still fighting.

    I am still using large format sometimes, and even though the camera is only about 9 years old. Everyone is like where did you get that old camera from. And of course, I didn't know you can get film for those old things. :lol:
     
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    Not likely I will ever get the film bug again, don't have much film equipment anymore, my good 35mm stuff is long gone.

    All I have left is a little black plastic Kodak "Brownie" camera and an old Kodak 35mm bellows-type camera that belonged to my dad. Must be from the 1940's or 1950's. There is also an old Leica M3 laying around somewhere.

    I'm plenty happy with my Nikon D40, before that I used a Fuji 2650 and even it did a pretty good job for when I just needed a P'nS.
     
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    I can tell you how to use new 120 film in the Brownie. :D I have about 6 different ones that are useable.

    You have my undivided attention on the M3!

    But sounds like your settling in well with the digital stuff.
     
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    I like to take a lot of photo's so digital much less expensive to do that. Also like to try to tweak or even totally change the image with software.

    Still have open question about software from original post, might move the question to the corrrect category...lol

    Yeah, the old stuff takes pretty decent photo's for what their limited capabilities are.

    Will keep Brownie (not worth much) and my Dad's old 35mm Kodak, Leica M3 may go up for sale someday.

    But happy to be here...
     
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    Not sure on software. I have been using Photoshop for about 9 years now. I don't upgrade every time so I am still at CS2. CS4 is just comming out and I have it comming. But it definately does not fit your inexpensive request. Down right expensive for full version. Updates are even pricey.
     
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