Shooting at night/creative images

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  1. riddle777

    riddle777 TPF Noob!

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    Hi,

    I recently purchased a Canon 7D, which was my first DSLR. I shoot about 50% video and 50% photos. I was curious if anyone could direct me to a great learning resource. I am confused on what lenses to get for what situations, what settings to use, shooting at night, getting a nice creative touch, and just the camera overall. I am slowly learning but would like to speed up the process with your help.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Ryan L

    Ryan L TPF Noob!

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    A 7d for your first DSLR, nice. IT should serve you well for some time to come.

    Canon USA Consumer Products - EF Lenses 101

    After that go to google.com and type away. You will be reading for months. Have fun with it.
     
  3. D-B-J

    D-B-J Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Primes--often a 1.8 to 2.8 aperture, fixed focal length, and oftentimes have SUPERB picture quality.

    Standard zooms-say 17-55--just for your regular everyday situations.

    Wide angle-10-20-- for when you want as much of the scene in one picture as possible.

    Fisheye--also similar to wideangle, but they give you a circular aspect to your photos

    Long zoom-300+mm-- often used for wildlife and subjects where you dont want to be close.


    Canon has a line of f4 lenses, that are good for the average-photographer. They also make f2.8 versions, which are considered to be more of the "professional" lenses, and often cost ALOT!

    If you are unsure what you want, rent a few, or go to a store and try them out. And READ as many articles and reviews as possibe.
     
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    leftypony TPF Noob!

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    I'm so extremely jealous that 7D is your first DSLR ... I saved my pennies and finally got a 50D (2nd DSLR ... 5th SLR)
     
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    In all seriousness, read. A lot. First off, read the manual or at least watch the introduction-dvd to your camera (if there's one). Google stuff, read the stickied threads in this section. That should provide you with all the basic information. Also visit this forum a lot, I'm here for like half a year, and I've learned A LOT through it.
     
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    Canon_In_7D_Major TPF Noob!

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    My first DSLR as well! Had it for a few months now and still am in love. You mentioned interest in video... Learn directly from the King: Philip Bloom. His "Learn 2 Shoot Great Video On Your Canon 7D" is priceless and practical... He covers lenses, audio, lighting, actual config tweaks of the 7D for video, must-have gear and more.

    I cannot recommend highly enough. Check out the works on his site if you need some inspiration: philipbloom.co.uk
     

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