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Hi Guys,

Very new to this photo lark so expect a deluge of questions, very eager and have a very limited budget due to being carer for wife. I have brought myself a Canon 400D with the stock lens.
I have a tripod and have ordered a couple of other bits such as remote cable and flash. I love the idea of night shots and water and landscape shots. I'll be getting to know the camera first and will be playing with lots of settings and then prepare yourselves lol.


Cheers in advance
Hippofit
 
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I will, thick skinned so expect some good feedback, mostly how bad is that to start and hopefully it becomes not bad... etc lol
 
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I think the best thing to do would be to head out and just see what happens. Try the settings in the "real world" and you'll appear to get a lot of varied results which will be a helpful learning curve - hopefully!
 
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Hi Hippofit

I have a Canon 400D too, its my first DLSR. I'm still getting to grips with it 12 months after purchase! I do like it though and apparently, its a good beginners camera. Looking forward to seeing your results
 
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Cheers Sarah, it's a cracking camera and well happy with it, still so much to learn and my god the learning curve seems to go on for ever lol, I can see why it's a dangerous hobby, money wise and time, caught myself saying just popping out as it's a lovely sunset
 
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Haha Hippofit, you are so right...the learning curve is a big one! Its been a cracking day so I'm going to head off up t'hill in a min and see what, if any, of the sunset I can capture. Might just end up a mess of a photo cos I don't really know what settings to use but I'll give it a bash lol
 
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i'm really enjoying it and thankfully not that expense really, yes you could spend thousands but then again you can pick bits up for not much enjoy your shots, whereabouts are you I have to drive out not very far but be nice to have it on my doorstep.
 
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i'm really enjoying it and thankfully not that expense really, yes you could spend thousands but then again you can pick bits up for not much enjoy your shots, whereabouts are you I have to drive out not very far but be nice to have it on my doorstep.
My whole kit cost roughly £110. That was for the 400D, kit lens, a Tamron zoom, a lowepro case and some other bits. I've not really added anything at all to it, other than a polarising filter which someone told me was quite a useful thing to have? I would like to branch out and get new lenses eventually when money allows but for now, I'm happy :)

I live on the border of North Yorkshire/Lancashire, very close to Skipton (if you have heard of that?) Its a beautiful area with lots of photo opportunities on the doorstep. Just been out to try and capture the sunset but sadly it was far too hazy so came home
 
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Welcome to the forum hope you enjoy your time here :)
 
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My whole kit cost roughly £110. That was for the 400D, kit lens, a Tamron zoom, a lowepro case and some other bits. I've not really added anything at all to it, other than a polarising filter which someone told me was quite a useful thing to have? I would like to branch out and get new lenses eventually when money allows but for now, I'm happy :)
Well for the money you did exceptionally well - so kudos!

The 400D is 10MP which is perfectly good enough to get you excellent shots without needing a super fast computer - my first camera was a 350D which was 8MP and which I used for 5 years before felt the need to move on.

Also if you feel the need to explore macro photography you can buy close up filters from Ebay for about £5.00-15.00:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/52-mm-Mac...366477?hash=item2a5e47700d:g:7wAAAOSwKfVXFdbB

These may not give you the results you would get from spending considerably more but for a few pounds can make a good starting point, just be sure to get the right size filter thread for your camera and never fit too tightly - a tiny bit of baby oil or vaseline on the threads makes it a lot easier to get them off again.

And there is also no need to spend a lot of money on software for editing

Photoscape is good and FREE:

http://www.photoscape.org/ps/main/index.php

Easy Thumbnails is one I have used for years:

http://www.fookes.com/easy-thumbnails

FREE Photoshop 7 from here:

http://softlay.net/photo-image/image-editor/adobe-photoshop-7-free-download.html

And the Google NIK collection here (large download!):

https://www.google.com/nikcollection/products/hdr-efex-pro/

Also ALWAYS make copies of your originals BEFORE you edit them, and always use the copies NEVER the originals to work on.

That way you can edit to your heart's content and never endanger the originals.

Hope this helps a bit and :welcome: to one of the greatest hobbies in the world!
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Well for the money you did exceptionally well - so kudos!

The 400D is 10MP which is perfectly good enough to get you excellent shots without needing a super fast computer - my first camera was a 350D which was 8MP and which I used for 5 years before felt the need to move on.

Also if you feel the need to explore macro photography you can buy close up filters from Ebay for about £5.00-15.00:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/52-mm-Mac...366477?hash=item2a5e47700d:g:7wAAAOSwKfVXFdbB

These may not give you the results you would get from spending considerably more but for a few pounds can make a good starting point, just be sure to get the right size filter thread for your camera and never fit too tightly - a tiny bit of baby oil or vaseline on the threads makes it a lot easier to get them off again.

And there is also no need to spend a lot of money on software for editing

Photoscape is good and FREE:

http://www.photoscape.org/ps/main/index.php

Easy Thumbnails is one I have used for years:

http://www.fookes.com/easy-thumbnails

FREE Photoshop 7 from here:

http://softlay.net/photo-image/image-editor/adobe-photoshop-7-free-download.html

And the Google NIK collection here (large download!):

https://www.google.com/nikcollection/products/hdr-efex-pro/

Also ALWAYS make copies of your originals BEFORE you edit them, and always use the copies NEVER the originals to work on.

That way you can edit to your heart's content and never endanger the originals.

Hope this helps a bit and :welcome: to one of the greatest hobbies in the world!
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Wonderful! Thanks Petersmart for the advice, that's great. Glad my camera was worth the money, I didn't know what I was buying to be honest but its in really good nick and works as it should so happy days. I've been looking for a good editing program too so I will certainly check them out. There seem to be so many around so having recommendations to follow is brilliant. I'll go and have a look at them all :)
 
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Well for the money you did exceptionally well - so kudos!

The 400D is 10MP which is perfectly good enough to get you excellent shots without needing a super fast computer - my first camera was a 350D which was 8MP and which I used for 5 years before felt the need to move on.

Also if you feel the need to explore macro photography you can buy close up filters from Ebay for about £5.00-15.00:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/52-mm-Mac...366477?hash=item2a5e47700d:g:7wAAAOSwKfVXFdbB

These may not give you the results you would get from spending considerably more but for a few pounds can make a good starting point, just be sure to get the right size filter thread for your camera and never fit too tightly - a tiny bit of baby oil or vaseline on the threads makes it a lot easier to get them off again.

And there is also no need to spend a lot of money on software for editing

Photoscape is good and FREE:

http://www.photoscape.org/ps/main/index.php

Easy Thumbnails is one I have used for years:

http://www.fookes.com/easy-thumbnails

FREE Photoshop 7 from here:

https://www.softcroo.com/2017/10/adobe-photoshop-7-0-free-download.html

And the Google NIK collection here (large download!):

https://www.google.com/nikcollection/products/hdr-efex-pro/

Also ALWAYS make copies of your originals BEFORE you edit them, and always use the copies NEVER the originals to work on.

That way you can edit to your heart's content and never endanger the originals.

Hope this helps a bit and :welcome: to one of the greatest hobbies in the world!
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So wonderful, thanks a lot for this good replay, it was very helpful for me.
 
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Hi Guys,

Very new to this photo lark so expect a deluge of questions, very eager and have a very limited budget due to being carer for wife. I have brought myself a Canon 400D with the stock lens.
I have a tripod and have ordered a couple of other bits such as remote cable and flash. I love the idea of night shots and water and landscape shots. I'll be getting to know the camera first and will be playing with lots of settings and then prepare yourselves lol.


Cheers in advance
Hippofit
Welcome :jaffa:

Now the question not to ask is........





















How do I shoot a wedding with my gear :eek::dummy::LOL:
 
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Hankering after kit is a bottomless pit. Push the envelope of what you've got and you'll get to know what some of its limits are (everything has limits) - that way you can learn to allow for them / work within them. Or even exploit them!
 
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