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Top ten tips please(!!) for total newcomer

I would like to learn artistic photography but am a little daunted at the prospect. What is the best way to do it. I think I have a good 'eye', but have no understanding of the practical side of photography. I would be grateful if people could tell me a ten point plan of key things to do/learn at the beginning. eg (1)buy this camera (2)take this type of course etc

I would appreciate it thank you.

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8/3/2006 4:34:56 AM

Estella Aguilar   i dont know kind of photos you want to take. I want to be able to help u. can you be a lil specific on what your aiming for. then I will try to answer you.wb stella

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8/3/2006 8:48:30 PM

Evelyn Sears
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/12/2004
  Actually, there is a Top Ten Tips on this web site. If I remember correctly, those tips apply to both digital and film photography. Check it out.

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8/11/2006 9:39:06 AM

Evelyn Sears
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/12/2004
  Here's the link for Better Photo's Tips:

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8/11/2006 9:41:48 AM

Ariel Lepor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2005
  Well, do you have any camera? You could always use BetterPhoto's camera calculator:
SLRs are best for professionals, but they are expensive. I have a Fujifilm S5200 (not an SLR). I'm very happy with it, it's about $300, and it's got many features that SLRs have. What kind of photography do you want to do? Landscapes? You'd want to get ND and polarizer filters (try p-cokin). Wildlife? The S5200 has tons of zoom. Macro? Get macro lenses (I use HOYA close-up filter set). Mostly people photography? Don't get the S5200, because you'll need a camera that can accept external flashes.

Courses? You don't need them, but you could take one if its in an area you're interested in. BP here has lots of courses. Reading up on composition tips (like from Kodak) or getting photography books or finding guides for specific kinds of photography would be very helpful.

I think the composition is one of the most important things to know about photography, though the tips Evelyn directed you to are great.

The main thing is you enjoy what you're doing. Get a nice camera, experiment a little with it, see what you like photographing, and run with it! Get Photoshop if you want, as that lets you do all kinds of amazing things to your pictures. Picasa2 and Helicon's different programs, I might mention, let you do lots of things to touch up your images for free.

Take it easy,
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8/14/2006 1:56:47 PM

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