Making the most of the camera gear you HAVE

Started Jan 21, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP heatherc Regular Member • Posts: 269
Re: Interesting discussion, but where is heatherc?

technophile wrote:

Just wondering what she thinks of all this.

She's reading it all with great interest!  Lots of good points for me to think about here and thank you all for your responses.  I haven't gone "totally manual mode" but I have done some manual shots for some close-ups and I agree it does make you find out more about your camera settings and become familiar with them.  I understand the technical principles as I had my first film SLR in 1981 so it's not a question of understanding DoF and so on, more of actually putting it into practice.

I haven't tried ETTR manually yet though I have fiddled about with exposure compensation.

This made me laugh "There is no computer yet that reads your mind to determine what exactly you want to achieve with a shot and sets all parameters right. " - I think that's a good thing actually or everyone would be taking excellent shots all the time.  We should have to work at it a bit more than that!

I am now shooting RAW exclusively.  I suppose I was put off by the thought of having to post process everything but batch processing makes it easy and DPP seems more than adequate for the job as far as I am concerned.

I'm loving using Elements.  I had Paint shop Pro before but just about every "how to" on the web is written for Photoshop so it's much easier to learn how to do stuff and it also seems more intuitive.

Thanks for the lens upgrade suggestions also, but the point of the post was that I'm NOT going to upgrade yet.  As for having outgrown the 500D as someone suggested - I don't think that's likely for some years to come!

Thanks everyone!

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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Canon EOS 500D Canon EOS 70D Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro +6 more
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