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Gyron
09-13-2007, 08:51 AM
Actually my wife gave to me yesterday but.....

http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d40.htm

http://www.digitalcameratracker.com/images/Nikon-D40-lg.jpg

Never had a camera this nice. Now I have to learn to use it.

Any suggestions or tips from you camera experts?

Edit: Man this thing is really gonna make stalking Btown much easier now......

Fool
09-13-2007, 09:11 AM
Happy Birthday.

Tip #1: Take off the lens cap.

indygeezer
09-13-2007, 09:55 AM
Tip #2

Find a subject that looks like Fool's Avatar. It makes practice less boring.

Gyron
09-13-2007, 09:58 AM
lol, thanks guys. I'll try to line up supermodels right away for practice.

bellisimo
09-13-2007, 10:00 AM
lol, thanks guys. I'll try to line up supermodels right away for practice.

if you need help with that let me know ;)

Happy B-day! :D

btowncolt
09-13-2007, 10:19 AM
Had to get the zoom lens so I have NO privacy, huh?

Happy BDay, grandpa.

JayRedd
09-13-2007, 10:56 AM
Congrats. The world of digital SLRs is much fun.

I'd start out by reading some of the manual (mine's a Canon, but I imagine Nikon comes with something pretty comprehensive as well...though the terms can get confusing if you're unfamiliar). But you'll get the hang of things a lot quicker and get better shots if you learn to read/use the histogram and set the white balance properly now. The shutter speed/aperture stuff is worth some reading too, but you can get around a lot of that early on by using the automatic settings.

There are a lot of good websites out there that probably explain these "sound complex but aren't really" things a little simpler as well. I've always liked these two:

http://www.dpreview.com/learn/?/Glossary/

http://www.picturecorrect.com/


Once you get down the basics of these digital "tools" (the boring junk), then you can start mastering the things like framing, depth of field and lighting, which will allow you to take all kinds of great shots.

I'm by no means an expert, but will do my best to help you out with any questions.

Enjoy.

Gyron
09-13-2007, 11:01 AM
Thanks Jayredd.

My wife had also already looked up a website to help me get started.

www.kenrockwell.com (http://www.kenrockwell.com)

He gives a basic overview on the camera and how to use it. So I will read his stuff, and she signed me up for classes at wolf camera(I think they are known as Ritz Camera in Indiana). So it'll be cool to take those classes as well. Thank you for the feedback. I will be reading through those sites.





Oh and Btown, I NEED a zoom lense if I want to get any pictures of your...If you know what I mean....

indygeezer
09-13-2007, 12:25 PM
Before I forget.....Happy Bday!! Mine was last week (BIG 6....0...) everybody got the day off in celebration.

:buddies:


Now, taking this off course a bit: My wife has a Pentax K-1000 with a Vivitar 28:210 zoom (OK it ain't digital but w/e)

Not always but occasionally the shutter hangs up on her...just won't function. Ideas??? She now likes her digital but I can't let that equipment go to waste if it is fixable.

Comments????????

Natston
09-13-2007, 12:30 PM
Oh I see you haven't got my gift yet...


























Happy Birthday...

Gyron
09-13-2007, 01:21 PM
Thanks:)

Geez, I'm just beginning in the world of the cameras. Maybe one of these other guys can help on that one.

Los Angeles
09-13-2007, 01:53 PM
Happy birthday!

Gyron
09-13-2007, 01:55 PM
Thank you:)

Oh Geez, Happy B-Day to you last week:)

Shade
09-14-2007, 11:43 AM
Congrats Gyron. You can now officially pursue employment with the New England Patriots.

Gyron
09-14-2007, 12:37 PM
You see, I would have to get a video camera for that.

I don't think my little Nikon D40 would meet up to Bilichecks standards for spying.

Shade
09-14-2007, 01:00 PM
You see, I would have to get a video camera for that.

I don't think my little Nikon D40 would meet up to Bilichecks standards for spying.

Now that he's been caught, he needs to be a bit more discreet.

Los Angeles
09-14-2007, 01:01 PM
Now that he's been caught, he needs to be a bit more discreet.

http://www.spacetelescope.org/about/img/hubble_in_orbit1.jpg

indygeezer
09-14-2007, 01:28 PM
Now that he's been caught, he needs to be a bit more discreet.

If all of the assistants suddenly start using their cellphones a lot during the games I'm gonna get suspicious.

Gyron
09-14-2007, 01:33 PM
No, as I understnad it, they are going to build a great big box pointed at the opposing defensive coaches, so that taping is enclosed per NFL guidelines. Then they will circumvent the current rules.