Tutorials for cheap cameras?

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  1. tseo

    tseo TPF Noob!

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    Hi all
    This is my first post here. I was wondering are there any books or tutorials out there that explain for us not fortunate enough to have a good camera the basics which we can master even with "crappy" cameras. My camera is Nikon Coolpix L4
    Thanks to all that will reply
     
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    Torus34 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    No matter what the camera, the problem remains the same; subject selection, lighting and composition.
     
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    tseo TPF Noob!

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    You are right, ofcourse.
    I was just seeking for tips&tricks for cameras which don't have manual focusing and other things that I don't kniow yet:)
     
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    EBphotography TPF Junkie!

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    Digital Photography for Dummies covers all the basics, if thats what you are looking for. :D Written by Judith Adair King.

    Eric.
     
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    tseo TPF Noob!

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    I'll check it out, thanks
    I hope I find answers in there because most of the books refer to functions of the camera I don't have
     
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    darin3200 TPF Noob!

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    Have you just looked in your manual for the manual modes?
     
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    tseo TPF Noob!

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    Yes, I did
    But except setting the White color, everything else is just modes - Landscape, Portrait, Night Portrait, Museum, Fireworks, Close Up, etc. and I can't quite get the hang of it since nowhere is stated what each of them does and some of them act quite unpredictably some times...
     
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    Digital Matt alter ego: Analog Matt

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    Your camera doesn't offer a lot of features for creativity. What you can do is, turn your flash off, make sure your ISO is set to the lowest setting, probably 100, and white balance manually, for the type of lighting you are in.

    Oh, and get a tripod, and use the selftimer, so there's no camera shake.
     
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    tseo TPF Noob!

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    Thank you:)
    I was starting to realize that the flash does nothing good to most of my shots...
    This ISO thing is a setting I think that I don't have and but I am not sure and will check it out.
    And I will get a tripod as soon as I can afford.
    Thank you for the constructive advice
     
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    Rob TPF Noob!

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    Turn the camera vertical for vertical subjects.

    Don't centre horizons (google "rule of thirds")

    Avoid high contrast scenes.

    Turn off flash or stick five rizla papers on it.

    Think about what you're trying to achieve.

    Rob
     
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    tseo TPF Noob!

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    Thanks, Rob
    As a matter of fact I tried to soften the flash with my finger and some other materials but didn't reach some satisfiying results. I'll try this and I'll keep my mind on what I am doing:)
     
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    I use a badly vandalised whiteish film canister on my pop-up flash and rizlas on compacts. It entertains everyone anyway!!

    One other great tip - clean up the scene. Clutter is bad - blur it out with shallow dof, or fill flash (light it out), or remove it. One of the biggest signs of clutter is when a photographer has seen a "thing" and shot it, but without thinking about the thing's context in it's environment. HCB was the king of context - all his portraits (and indeed most of his shots) were shot at f8, infinity focus, 1/125(ish), BUT the background added to the shot rather than detracted.

    Think about a shot of a person in their bedroom, you don't want to be wondering what the white thing under the bed is... you just need to see a bit of bed.

    A great tip I learnt from TPF (from ksmattfish perhaps? - claim it?) was to try and have your subject touch three sides of the frame. This ensures involvement with subject.

    A good thing to do with this forum is take ONE picture with a result and motive in mind and ask how other people would have done the same shot. A bad thing to do with any photographer is take a picture which you think is really f'ng brilliant and then ask people what they think, expecting the answer "great". Crit is great, but you've gotta be strong to take it on board. Get crit on a shot which you think is great and accept it and develop and you can actually become great.

    Rob
     

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