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10/08/2010 02:26:49 AM · #1
I mastered the point and shoot, so I had to upgrade . . . now I'm lost. I had no idea that more work went into the end product photo than setting it up. For some reason, I thought "push the button, get lucky and good photo!" - evidently this is not the case.

I will be throwing down my quarter Benjamin soon to gain "full" member status for a year so I can learn about the whole process. I know what I like to see and what I don't like to see - I just don't know why. I would like to use this site (and others) to help me learn the elements of a great photo and how/why they stand apart from mediocre and good photos. I would also like to understand how to use the picture editing tools, too.

I jumped in with both feet and entered the bridges contest. I got my camera delivered on 10/6, have taken almost 500 pictures since then and found one that might fit into a contest. I look forward to many honest critiques that will help me build my skill and knowledge and look forward to the time when I can do the same for someone else.

See you on the boards - Greg
10/08/2010 02:34:03 AM · #2
Ha, man it sure sounds like you didn't hesitate to get your feet wet, but that's good. A lot of things in photography I think are better learned through doing, and I'm a diehard manual reader. You'll find the forums a great place to ask questions about editing and most any technical question you can ask. The side challenges are great for getting some feedback and learning things, so I encourage you to check them out as well.
10/08/2010 02:35:44 AM · #3
so are you water cooled or forced air gas?

Message edited by author 2010-10-08 02:35:56.
10/08/2010 03:42:37 AM · #4
RE: Hey, look - another new guy without a clue!

Welcome! Clues are freely available in the forums, but I'll warn you that they are usually peppered with smart-assery from some of the more undesirables in this community. But I am pretty sure every cult has that problem.

Good luck in the Bridges challenge. I just hope for your sake you entered a photo of a bridge.
10/08/2010 03:52:50 AM · #5
Great attitude Greg - welcome to the madness that is DPC!
10/08/2010 09:01:47 AM · #6
Originally posted by spiritualspatula:

I'm a diehard manual reader.

Cool - I'll send my manual right over . . . I am working my way through it - as soon as I read how to do something, or how something works, I try it, then I get distracted and start messing with other settings until I read about it again to finally "get it" . . .

Originally posted by smardaz:

so are you water cooled or forced air gas?

I guess I'm both - heh, heh - but I am very partial to the vintage VWs which are all air cooled. This is my screen name on all the different forums I am registered on in all the areas I have interests in. It really makes signing in anywhere easier.

Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

I just hope for your sake you entered a photo of a bridge.

I'm pretty sure that's what I saw in that picture!

Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

usually peppered with smart-assery. But I am pretty sure every cult has that problem.

I look forward to it - this would be a dull place without it, I'm sure!

Originally posted by SaraR:

Great attitude Greg - welcome to the madness that is DPC!

Thanks, Sara!

Message edited by author 2010-10-08 09:02:24.
10/08/2010 09:10:32 AM · #7
Someone get this guy a fruit basket please

(and I still don't have a clue... but welcome)

Message edited by author 2010-10-08 09:11:15.
10/08/2010 09:18:43 AM · #8
clues are a-plenty here. putting them together to make it work is a different story. welcome!
10/08/2010 09:34:53 AM · #9
Originally posted by Lockke:

Someone get this guy a fruit basket please

(and I still don't have a clue... but welcome)


Hope Steve doesn't mind...
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Welcome Greg, good luck :-)

Message edited by author 2010-10-08 09:35:07.
10/08/2010 09:17:03 PM · #10
EXCELLENT!! A fruit basket! Thanks - I love fruits!
10/08/2010 09:50:22 PM · #11
Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

RE: Hey, look - another new guy without a clue!

Welcome! Clues are freely available in the forums, but I'll warn you that they are usually peppered with smart-assery from some of the more undesirables in this community. But I am pretty sure every cult has that problem.

Good luck in the Bridges challenge. I just hope for your sake you entered a photo of a bridge.


Hmmm, I think Art did it with the candlestick in the ballroom.

I'd avoid the ballroom for awhile, Greg!

But you're welcome every place else!!
10/08/2010 10:24:21 PM · #12
Originally posted by aircooledguy:

EXCELLENT!! A fruit basket! Thanks - I love fruits!


We have a few of those too. Also some cheese.

R.
10/09/2010 05:26:55 AM · #13
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Also some cheese.

Go figure - cheese right here on a photographer's site!
10/09/2010 05:45:45 AM · #14
Greg - ref the cheese: you really, really don't want to ask about it....
10/09/2010 06:00:38 AM · #15
Originally posted by SaraR:

Greg - ref the cheese: you really, really don't want to ask about it....


Sorry Sara...

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10/09/2010 06:24:10 AM · #16
Hey Greg, glad to see someone else at clueless noob stage! But no fear, it'll soon pass :-) Welcome to the nuthouse!

Message edited by author 2010-10-09 06:24:34.
10/09/2010 08:08:24 AM · #17
Run......NOW!!!

Welcome to the nightmare! This place will definitely feed your head, but be careful of info overload and don't forget that it's all about learning about you, really. You'll find out that the curve will suck you in for a while till you get the right meld of knowing how to work together with your equipment and software, but the magic really starts when you wake up one day and realize, "Hey! I can actually go out and get the shot I want, the way I want it, and process it to maximize the end result to convey my message.". Shoot a bazillion pics, never be afraid to ask pretty much anyone here for their help and impressions, and most of all remember, this is all about the fun.

Speaking for myself, I'm forever indebted to many wonderful people here for helping me find who I am as a photographer. I learned pretty much everything I know here at DPC.

Good luck, and welcome!

(P.S......Old fart here who cut his teeth on air cooled bugs....)

Message edited by author 2010-10-09 08:09:49.
10/09/2010 09:57:07 AM · #18
Welcome to the fun and the madness that is DPC!
10/09/2010 10:30:17 AM · #19
Best of luck to you for the "Bridges" challenge.
My discovery when I upgraded to DSLR was that suddenly, I had about 800 new options to use to goof up a photo that could be done perfectly with my old point n' shoot cam.
Once you get used to it though, it's easy to pick the wrong combination of settings for any situation.
Have fun here. The side challenges are the most fun for learning and meeting people. They are sort of difficult if you don't have a membership though, because you have to post a url to another site with your photos for feedback.
BTW, what kind of motors are your passion, re your user name? Aircraft, bike, or other?

Message edited by author 2010-10-09 10:32:08.
10/09/2010 10:41:33 AM · #20
Good luck figuring out the new toy, and welcome to the most addictive site on the internet. I've taken many breaks from this madness but I always seem to come back. Enjoy the ride and watch your photography grow by leaps and bounds. Ask questions as you need and never shy away from a challenge ;)

good luck!
10/09/2010 10:43:37 AM · #21
Originally posted by MelonMusketeer:

BTW, what kind of motors are your passion, re your user name? Aircraft, bike, or other?


Early on he said:

Originally posted by aircooledguy:

I am very partial to the vintage VWs which are all air cooled.


So he seems to be a bughead, like I used to be 12 VWs I have owned, only one newer than 1970...

R.
10/09/2010 10:46:36 AM · #22
Originally posted by MelonMusketeer:

BTW, what kind of motors are your passion, re your user name? Aircraft, bike, or other?


Early on he said:

Originally posted by aircooledguy:

I am very partial to the vintage VWs which are all air cooled.


Originally posted by Bear_Music:

So he seems to be a bughead, like I used to be 12 VWs I have owned, only one newer than 1970...

R.

Yeah, you guys that refuse to appreciate progress......the New Beetle is pretty cool, too. Especially for a 6+ footer like me......

It's also nice to have heaters & defrosters that actually function, too.....
10/09/2010 12:26:28 PM · #23
Originally posted by sarampo:

Hope Steve doesn't mind...
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Hey, I'd better not mind, as I stole appropriated the idea from Art. He hasn't Zilla'd any of my pics since then.
10/09/2010 03:45:07 PM · #24
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Originally posted by MelonMusketeer:

BTW, what kind of motors are your passion, re your user name? Aircraft, bike, or other?

First and foremost, the vintage VW - they're cheap and simple, so I can relate . . . I do like the old BMW air-heads, too. I'm not overly fond of the HDs for reasons of recent market oversaturation, but will tolerate anything older than 40. I'm pretty much goofy for any airplane, followed by anything propelled with gas petroleum products.

I will definately have fun here - there seems to be lots of knowledge, experience and opinions that I plan to exploit. I have already spent hours on hours here just reading and reading and looking at the submissions and galleries, reading the different critiques on everything I can . . . This new toy of mine has so many options, but it also has the "simple-guy-bail-out" point and shoot feature too; kind of like a ground zero.

I think I like it here - oh and just so there is no mistake:
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10/09/2010 04:11:31 PM · #25
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Originally posted by aircooledguy:

EXCELLENT!! A fruit basket! Thanks - I love fruits!


We have a few of those too. Also some cheese.

R.


And a lot of whine.
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