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December 2nd, 2006, 08:51 AM
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Hi there! I'm a newbie around this forum, and I thought i'd post an introduce myself. I'm Ashley, wife to Paul and we have 3 kiddos, Bri 3, Colin 2, and Kylie 8 months. I really enjoy photography, and want to take it to the next level. Of course my main focus for pics are my beautiful babies. My in-laws just bought me a new camera for Christmas, they got me a Sony Cybershot with a 12 optical zoom. I think it's a pretty nice camera for taking pics of the kids, esp if they're in motion, which they are most of the time! I have a question though, how did you get good at taking pics? Do you just learn as you go along, are there certain tricks? Do you take classes? I'd really liek to take my photography skills to the next level but am not sure where and how to start! Thanks!
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December 2nd, 2006, 09:47 AM
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I would say practice and taking tons of pictures. I am by no means a professional but like you I love taking pictures.
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December 2nd, 2006, 12:13 PM
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The girls on this board have helped me A LOT, they are awesome!

One big thing is, try not to use your flash, I never even thought of not using my flash, until they told me. Pictures come out so much better that way!
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December 2nd, 2006, 03:37 PM
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The first thing you need to do is read your manual, this will increase the quality of your photos dramatically. The next thing to do is just take pictures, hundreds and hundreds. You can learn a lot by reading and looking at photos. I go to my local library a lot and get books on photography and also books of famous photographers. You can learn so much by looking at a photo and trying to mock the photo as close as possible. Finally, you learn a lot by asking a lot of questions. That's what we're here for so if you have one, ask it =) I wish you lots of luck and can't wait to see photos!
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December 2nd, 2006, 07:35 PM
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Okay, I have a question already! How do I not use a flash if the lights are lower? I tried taking a few pics tonight of my 7 1/2 month old, and it was a darker room, and the pic came out super dark! Also, my camera has SOOOOO many features, I don't know how to use half of them!
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December 3rd, 2006, 07:56 AM
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Well I use the flash to just take snapshots. But if I want to get really good pictures of DS, I wait until day time. Last time I did pictures of him, I brought my muslin outside and did them. You can see how they came out, they are titled Davey's Christmas pictures.
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December 3rd, 2006, 05:04 PM
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Or, if you need to use your flash try toning it down with some tissue paper over it. (this might be a little difficult with the Cybershot flash, but play around with it!) It's the direct flash that really washes out pictures.
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December 3rd, 2006, 09:53 PM
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I would say just keep shooting away, the more you take hopefully the better you'll get...you can learn from your own mistakes. Ask any questions you have here, we'll help you the best we can.
If there are classes available close to where you are, those may be worth it too.
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December 4th, 2006, 07:38 PM
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Thanks ladies! The tissue paper over the flash sounds like a neat idea to try! I will give all your suggestions a try! Reading that manual is like reading French! I need a darn dictionary to figure out what they're talking about! LOL!
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December 12th, 2006, 10:39 AM
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Kind of new to photography - sort of. Have loved taking pictures all my life, and nature ones turn out nice, but it is the ppl shots indoors that I need help with. We can learn together. I will be taking classes and eventually getting my photography certificate from my local colloge, but by no means will I be any good if I don't practice by taking hundreds of photos. I never knew the whole flash thing - very interesting. Tried so many times taking pics of my ds at night and when using the flash they do come out more washed, but w/o the flash way too dark.

Kelly: What color tissue paper to put over the flash?

Thanks girls for some of your tips. I know I for sure will be asking lots of q's and I am sure that MammaAshley will be too. So thanks for your help/tips.
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December 12th, 2006, 07:27 PM
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Thanks everyone for all of your suggestions! I am having a bit of a tough time with my camera, I keep getting large shadows at the bottom of my pics! DH keeps laughing at me b/c I have taken literally 600 pics of my kids over the last week trying to figure out the right lighting, which option to use, if I should use the flash, and if so WHICH flash to use! Maybe a class is a good idea, maybe next fall!
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