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    Default Got this for my Birthday today....

    Actually my wife gave to me yesterday but.....

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



    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......
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    Happy Birthday.

    Tip #1: Take off the lens cap.

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    Tip #2

    Find a subject that looks like Fool's Avatar. It makes practice less boring.
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    lol, thanks guys. I'll try to line up supermodels right away for practice.

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    Default Re: Got this for my Birthday today....

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    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!

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    Had to get the zoom lens so I have NO privacy, huh?

    Happy BDay, grandpa.

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    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.

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    Thanks Jayredd.

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

    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....

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    Before I forget.....Happy Bday!! Mine was last week (BIG 6....0...) everybody got the day off in celebration.




    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.

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    Thanks

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

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    Happy birthday!
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    Thank you

    Oh Geez, Happy B-Day to you last week

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    Congrats Gyron. You can now officially pursue employment with the New England Patriots.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyron View Post
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    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.

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

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