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Old January 9th, 2011, 09:10 AM
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Hi members,

Many of you know that one of the hats that I wear (I wear many cuz I'm follically challenged) is that of photographer. I've been shooting for over 20 years (some of those years professionally)and actually spent 2.5 years getting a paper that says that I sort of know what I'm doing

I LOVE seeing the pix on this site!

If any member would like technical help on how to improve their photography, it's more than my pleasure to provide this help in this forum.

The only thing I'd ask, is that if you post and it takes me more than 24 hours to answer, PLEASE just PM me.

One thing that I'd like to put out there right away is simply that it's VERY difficult to get good, consistent pix of your pets with a point and shoot camera. For best results, almost any newish DSLR will CRUSH any point and shoot when it comes to pet photography....and great newish DSLRs can be had for 500 or less. Even USED DSLRs that were made in the last 3-4 years will likely CRUSH any point and shoot for pet photography. Those cameras can be picked up for maybe 250-400 depending on quality.

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Old January 9th, 2011, 10:30 AM
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I will be taking you up on that offer Marko! DH got me a Canon Rebel T1i for my B-Day last year. I have read the manual but still have really no idea what I'm doing lol. I know that even when I have it on the wrong settings it will take better pictures that the "best" setting on my point and shoot
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Old January 9th, 2011, 11:06 AM
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One thing that I'd like to put out there right away is simply that it's VERY difficult to get good, consistent pix of your pets with a point and shoot camera. For best results, almost any newish DSLR will CRUSH any point and shoot when it comes to pet photography....and great newish DSLRs can be had for 500 or less. Even USED DSLRs that were made in the last 3-4 years will likely CRUSH any point and shoot for pet photography. Those cameras can be picked up for maybe 250-400 depending on quality.
We're actually in the market for a new camera. I came across the Canon Powershot SX30 IS 14.1MP Digital Camera as a possible option. Is this a 'point and shoot'? If so, what would you recommend for a DSLR (I don't even know what that means - total camera newb!) within that 500$ price range.

Great timing on this post!
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Old January 9th, 2011, 11:16 AM
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We're actually in the market for a new camera. I came across the Canon Powershot SX30 IS 14.1MP Digital Camera as a possible option. Is this a 'point and shoot'?

That is a point and shoot




If so, what would you recommend for a DSLR (I don't even know what that means - total camera newb!)

DSLR=Digital Single Lens Reflex.


within that 500$ price range.

Great timing on this post!
I don't know a lot about cameras, but I know the pictures I've taken with my DSLR are much better than any of my point and shoot. Even for a camera newb like myself as well
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Old January 9th, 2011, 11:20 AM
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I don't know a lot about cameras, but I know the pictures I've taken with my DSLR are much better than any of my point and shoot. Even for a camera newb like myself as well
Thank you!

So for a total camera new (such as ourselves! ), do you think someone with limited experience and is only used to 'point and shoot' could handle a DSLR? I'm worried if I get something like that, that I won't be able to figure it out
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Old January 9th, 2011, 11:29 AM
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I was really worried about that as well. I haven't "played" with the settings as much I should be, but I have figured out a few of them. One of my favs is the action setting. It allows me to take pics of the boys while they are running and playing without getting blurry. With my point and shoot, I would say probably 90% of the pics I would take would be deleted because you just couldn't see them clearly. With the DSLR I have taken some great action shots that are clear as a bell

I don't know if you saw the pics of Nookie and pbpattis Sasha, but those turned out wonderful!! Sasha is very hyper and wirey, she's always moving and darting about. But I still managed to capture her (and her great facial expressions!) without any blur

I "think" it's the shutter speed that allows it, Marko can correct me if I'm wrong lol. I also took some amazing t-storm and lightning pics over the summer. Even though I could use a course on how to use it, I still find it simple enough to take piccies of my 3 fav things... the boys, the hubby and t-storms
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Old January 9th, 2011, 11:34 AM
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Marko i'll definately be picking your brains in the near future as i just got a new Cannon Rebel T1 also...

Lokilove you can get a good little Cannon Rebel Eos xs at Walmart for $428. it is a minor step down from the one Rgeurts and I both have..only main difference is it wont take video.
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Hi members,

Many of you know that one of the hats that I wear (I wear many cuz I'm follically challenged) is that of photographer. I've been shooting for over 20 years (some of those years professionally)and actually spent 2.5 years getting a paper that says that I sort of know what I'm doing
Hey!!! NO SELF PROMOTION!!!!!

Actually, my future DIL is taking that same course.
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