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My Canon 40D

Discussion in 'Through-the-Lens Club' started by JLB768, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. JLB768

    JLB768 Old & Grumpy Lifetime Member

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    Intimidates me :supergrin: I love taking photo's of just about everything, but man, this new camera has too many settings to play with. Most of my photos have been taken on auto...

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  2. airmotive

    airmotive Tin Kicker

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    Welcome to the club! I got a 50D for Christmas and have so much to learn. I spent Saturday at the USAF museum in Dayton and took 20+ photos of the exact same subjects, each shot with different camera settings. By the time I was done I had taken over 700 pics...very educational...and doesn't cost a dime! I played mostly with aperature and ISO on this outing.

    I see you're in Indiana. I am taking a weekly class in Indy offered by Indyphotocoach.com....$30 a class. I figure it would be a waste to have a $1K camera and be too cheap to not spend a few bucks to learn how to use it. Also, there's a 40D-specific book at Barnes & Noble for $20. It comes with a couple of credit card-sized pocket guides and looked pretty good.

    One thing I have learned...in your race car shots, if you had opened up your aperature more it would have given you a more narrow field of focus and allowed you to make that safety netting disappear. I don't know what the technique is called; I'm sure the old salts here can elaborate. (or you could have just zoomed in to the bikini-clad D-Cups up in the stands and avoided the safety netting altogether)

    Me, I am already making plans on selling my motorcycle and riding gear for nice macro and tele lenses.
     


  3. JLB768

    JLB768 Old & Grumpy Lifetime Member

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    Thanks. I'll have to look for that book at Barnes & Noble. I recall reading about the aperature setting, and the narrowing field of view. Zooming in on the cars at Indy anymore than I was, made them too hard to shoot. They were doing about 180mph as they went by, they were difficult to track, and center for the shots.
     
  4. nipperwolf

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    Or better yet, shoot from the top row, and the fence isn't a problem;

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  5. JLB768

    JLB768 Old & Grumpy Lifetime Member

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    Nice shots.
     
  6. spober

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    back in the early 80 like 1981 we went to alot of nascar races.we would wait till the fence security passed by then run up to the fence and bust off as many shots as you could.you could get away with 2 warrnings before theyd throw you out.now a days their probably more strict!