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A Hello From England.
Old 01-20-2010, 03:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi I'm Sean,

i live in cold old England, i started out with a 35mm black and white camera back in the late 70's when i was 9ish i guess.

Had another stabe at it back in the late 80's early 90's with a Canon T80. Mainly cars and Drag racing.

The T80 died on me and i tried my first digital a nikon coolpix compact borrowed from work.

I later bought a Minolta z1 which although a good camera wasn't really what i expected (more research needed) i used that cameras limited manual functions in to the 00's.

Trying a Canon eos 10 (35mm) this brought home to me 1 fact film was too slow for me' it also highlighted the cost of getting it wrong.

I did a few hoildays,birthdays and car events with a Canon eos 400d over about 2 years.

I liked the camera, missed the zoom of the minolta but started to use the AV and Tv modes a bit more with mixed results. Now if i could master DOF,EXPOSURE,F STOPS,SHUTTER SPEED and HOW they all go together, i might even be quite good at this!

The only thing with the 400, was it felt a bit light weight and i was a little disappointed with the noise on some shots. I put this down to pilot error but i'm not completely sure it was me.

For a brief moment i was paused ready buy the most expensive camera i could afford but thankfully i didn't. i chose a Canon 20d in the end apart from the silly little rear screen it has be good. Plus i can still borrow lenses from my dads 400.

OK it's old, it's only 8mp, has a silly screen but it is built like a tank, picture quality is as good or better than the 400 and appear not to be far different to the 30 or 40d's.

Now if only i can teach it to capture what i see, and not what it see's.
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The 20D is a very nice camera. The best way to teach it to see what you see is to work in manual mode and learn what F-stops, shutter speed and ISO do and how they all work togeather. If you work in auto all the time, you may get some great shots. You may even become a great photographer, but you will never really know what the camera is doing. After you figure out what the camera is doing, by all means use your auto functions to best effect, with the full understanding of what is going on inside the box.
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hi,

i never work in auto on the 20d only on the minolta as it was limited in other settings.

i use AV mode the most, a bit of TV mode and working up to manual, this is where things go south a bit.

Due to the small screen some shots don't look bad until they hit the PC. Focus slightly off, a tiny bit of camera shake or harsh light/shadow.

The PC is where i really find i have 60% crap, 30% would have been good but, 5% need raw recovery, 5% pretty happy with.

The thing is, how many of the better shots are luck and how many judgement?
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AV and TV are still auto modes. The camera is making decisions for you. To really get a feel for what the camera is doing you need to be in full manual and taking notes so you can learn from your mistakes. The LCD screen is no good at all for determining exposure. The histogram actually gives you a lot of information though if you learn to use it it can improve your exposures quite a bit.
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