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Just got a Canon 60D, any tips?

by rican411 / April 6, 2011 8:09 AM PDT

to get the most out of it? Any feedback would be great since i dont know much about photography lol

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / April 6, 2011 11:01 AM PDT

You only need to read enough of the manual to install the battery, memory card, and a lens.
Put the camera in auto mode and take the camera for a walk.

If you have a nearby tourist attraction, go there and start taking photos.

You will likely encounter things on the camera that interest you.
Remember those for later.

Things to think about as you take pictures:

Is the camera tilted? You want that horizon level.
..Nothing looks worse that a tilted ocean or body of water.

Is the subject framed well? You don't want to cut off heads.
..If you have a person there, make sure that there are no objects behind them that appear to grow out of their head, like telephone poles.

Where is the sun in relation to the subject? You don't want the sun behind the subject.
..Move yourself or the subject to get the sun positioned right.

Do you have any unwanted objects in the shot? Move yourself if that helps get rid of unwanted objects.

After a few hours of shooting, you should have enough for the next step.

Load all of the images to your computer and review the results.
Examine each carefully and see what you need to do to improve each shot.

Now it is time to read the User Manual.
Don't try to read and understand the whole thing.
Because you can't.

Look through the table of contents and only read the things that grab your interest for now.

You have lots to read about, but don't let that stop you from enjoying the camera.
That is what auto mode is for. Learn as you use the camera.

You have several years to learn it all.


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by PistonCupChampion / April 6, 2011 11:41 AM PDT

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