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katiem111
Posted 15/01/2011 - 23:16 Link
Hello all, got my camera just before xmas, but havent really used it much yet. am reading everything i can to learn how to use it, but have just scared myself so much, im afraid to use it! hoping for much inspiration and help from all the experts out there. Off to read all the posts now
S**t happens, but usually before I can get my camera out
johnriley
Posted 15/01/2011 - 23:24 Link
Welcome and have fun!
Best regards, John
katiem111
Posted 15/01/2011 - 23:31 Link
thanks john, i have a feeling you are going to see my name a lot....
S**t happens, but usually before I can get my camera out
i-Berg
Posted 15/01/2011 - 23:43 Link
G'day and welcome - try this link to start off...

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Hardgravity
Posted 15/01/2011 - 23:57 Link
Welcome, remember we all had to start somewhere, here's as good a place as any.

Enjoy.
Cheers, HG

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katiem111
Posted 16/01/2011 - 00:20 Link
thanks i-berg, had a look, but i have a k-x, not a k-r, not sure what the differences are. camera came with kit lens 18-55mm, and i have taken a few pics, messed around with the software etc. but still have a lot to learn. bought a couple of books, so some hard reading ahead... doesnt help that the few pics i took with my samsung p+s on flickr look better than the ones i took with the pentax....david bailey, i am not. Am going off now to confuse myself further with lenses, filters etc.
S**t happens, but usually before I can get my camera out
katiem111
Posted 16/01/2011 - 00:25 Link
Im curious, do you get your best shots when you go out to take pics, or do you carry your camera all the time, and just see an opportunity? I have visited a few sites where all these people seem to do is spend from morning till night tramping the countryside taking photos. The divorce rate amongst photographers must be sky high
S**t happens, but usually before I can get my camera out
i-Berg
Posted 16/01/2011 - 06:42 Link
katiem111 wrote:
thanks i-berg, had a look, but i have a k-x, not a k-r, not sure what the differences are.

No difference insofar as these tips are concerned at all. Treat them as applying equally to the K-x (which I use too).
i-Berg
Posted 16/01/2011 - 06:43 Link
katiem111 wrote:
I'm curious, do you get your best shots when you go out to take pics, or do you carry your camera all the time, and just see an opportunity?

Either / or (or maybe both)!
VonBatCat
Posted 16/01/2011 - 13:40 Link
katiem111 wrote:
Im curious, do you get your best shots when you go out to take pics, or do you carry your camera all the time, and just see an opportunity? I have visited a few sites where all these people seem to do is spend from morning till night tramping the countryside taking photos. The divorce rate amongst photographers must be sky high

Hello and welcome.
It's better to have your camera with you and not use it, than to see an opportunity and not have it with you.

Enjoy the learning process.... see you around the forum.
John (VonBatCat)

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Gwyn
Posted 16/01/2011 - 13:55 Link
Welcome Katie!

If I lived where you do I'd have my camera with me every day, but also make trips out to the surrounding countryside/coast for photography.

It helps to either have a partner who is also a photographer, or one who has an equally expensive/time consuming hobby so you can do your own thing.

My husband is a guitarist with a bad case of GBA .
bwlchmawr
Posted 16/01/2011 - 17:26 Link
Welcome to the site, Katie, and to the wonderful world of Pentax. Don't be scared: it's only a camera and only a hobby! Get out there and shoot wide, narrow, up down, in town, in the country, up close...then level and sharpen on a computer. Upload here and people will offer kind and constructive advice. You'll be amazed at how quickly you'll improve.

In answer to your question: both. It's great to go out alone especially to take pictures, but some of the best shots present themselves when you least expect it...

You have a wonderful camera which will last you for years. Enjoy it.
Best wishes,

Andrew

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Robert Adams
"The camera doesn't make a bit of difference.  All of them can record what you are seeing.  But, you have to SEE."
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Edited by bwlchmawr: 16/01/2011 - 17:27
BigJacko
Posted 16/01/2011 - 17:40 Link
Welcome aboard, Katie! A fine camera you have there, and no mistake. (I have one too, so I'm biased! )

Just remember, it's digital... so at worst, you're only wasting battery, by using it and fluffing a shot or seventy. And if you use rechargeable batteries, that's even less of an issue. No wasted film to worry about, is my point.

So while you're learning, just shoot, shoot, shoot (and review when able). The only thing you can do wrong with a DSLR is to let it gather dust!

Happy snappin'
Neil
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Edited by BigJacko: 16/01/2011 - 17:41
katiem111
Posted 16/01/2011 - 21:31 Link
thanks for all the advice, spent a little time today just shooting the same subject with lots of different settings, hope to figure out that way what works and what doesnt.
S**t happens, but usually before I can get my camera out
katiem111
Posted 16/01/2011 - 23:30 Link
Gwyn wrote:
Welcome Katie!

If I lived where you do I'd have my camera with me every day, but also make trips out to the surrounding countryside/coast for photography.

It helps to either have a partner who is also a photographer, or one who has an equally expensive/time consuming hobby so you can do your own thing.

My husband is a guitarist with a bad case of GBA .

Hi Gwyn, apart from the sea, which is all around, the landscape is very bleak. I yearn for trees, but it is so windy here, nothing survives. I suppose we are all looking for what we dont have
S**t happens, but usually before I can get my camera out

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