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Just ordered a Canon Rebel T3 today. Should arrive tomorrow and I start my adventure in photography. I have always wanted to give it a whirl and today I just said WTH.

Expect some pictures as I fumble my way through how this works haha. I read the beginners guide on here. Any other reading you all can suggest?
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Just ordered a Canon Rebel T3 today. Should arrive tomorrow and I start my adventure in photography. I have always wanted to give it a whirl and today I just said WTH.

Expect some pictures as I fumble my way through how this works haha. I read the beginners guide on here. Any other reading you all can suggest?
Did you read both? I noticed you said "beginner's guide" in the singular form. Dream Killer wrote a more advanced guide meant for reading after you finished the one I wrote.

Beyond those two, the only other suggestion I have really is practice. Once you've read up on how to properly adjust the exposure and composition of a photo, as well as some basic post processing, the rest is just taking photos and experimenting to gain experience. Feel free to post your photos on here for some critiquing if you want feedback.

Have fun!
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Did you read both? I noticed you said "beginner's guide" in the singular form. Dream Killer wrote a more advanced guide meant for reading after you finished the one I wrote.

Beyond those two, the only other suggestion I have really is practice. Once you've read up on how to properly adjust the exposure and composition of a photo, as well as some basic post processing, the rest is just taking photos and experimenting to gain experience. Feel free to post your photos on here for some critiquing if you want feedback.

Have fun!
I read yours and started on Dream Killers. Will finish that up tonight. Really looking forward to it. I'm going to sit in my apartment tomorrow night and jsut take pics of everything to get a feel and go from there.
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Be careful b.walker36, I just recently moved on from Point and Shoots myself... it's addictive lol. Got a T3i and then a week later, splurged for a 60D.
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Be careful b.walker36, I just recently moved on from Point and Shoots myself... it's addictive lol. Got a T3i and then a week later, splurged for a 60D.
Good to hear its addictive. I got a combo that came with a 4gb card, how many pics do you think that can hold. Should i get another one right away?
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4GB is huge. Since there's really no reason for many users to shoot RAW, you could reasonably shoot for months on end and not fill at 4GB card; 'keeper' shots accumulated over the course of two years on my computer amount to just over 6GB, so ye.

As for reading, although some really despise the Ken Rockwell site, I have taken away some valuable points from his articles which later really clicked for me, prime among them being the importance of lighting, timing, and thoughtful composition. So maybe look at these and keep them in mind while you're out having fun with your new gear.

Composition

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4GB is huge. Since there's really no reason for many users to shoot RAW, you could reasonably shoot for months on end and not fill at 4GB card; 'keeper' shots accumulated over the course of two years on my computer amount to just over 6GB, so ye.
I heavily disagree. RAW captures much more DR in the photo and gives much more freedom in post processing. There definitely are applications that call for jpg over RAW (Journalism, contracted sports shots, etc), but for people who've the time on their hands, I think RAW is a better choice.
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I heavily disagree. RAW captures much more DR in the photo and gives much more freedom in post processing. There definitely are applications that call for jpg over RAW (Journalism, contracted sports shots, etc), but for people who've the time on their hands, I think RAW is a better choice.
I was thinking of shooting in raw as well as it made sense to learn the basics of post processing as well as actually shooting.

My camera shipped from Edison NJ this am and only needs to make it to Brooklyn NY, so i may have today if not definitely tomorrow.

I cannot wait I have always wanted to do this and was just afraid to take the plunge but now its all in. I also ordered the 3rd edition of Understanding Exposures as i have read great reviews of it and its not a terribly long book. Its also supposed to be easy to understand.
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I was thinking of shooting in raw as well as it made sense to learn the basics of post processing as well as actually shooting.

My camera shipped from Edison NJ this am and only needs to make it to Brooklyn NY, so i may have today if not definitely tomorrow.

I cannot wait I have always wanted to do this and was just afraid to take the plunge but now its all in. I also ordered the 3rd edition of Understanding Exposures as i have read great reviews of it and its not a terribly long book. Its also supposed to be easy to understand.
I never read it myself, but seeing how many people recommend the book both on here and on POTN, I'd imagine it to be a good book

Good luck with your photography!
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What's important in photography is really seeing a place or a person in a different way from the average person. A park that is lively with birds chirping, kids running all over the place can be made to look like a solemn place with the right composition. Always think of how you want the picture to turn out. Thats how I started photography.

I didnt start photography in RAW. As you will usually end up with a lot of scrap photos and a lot of time wasted in rendering those pictures. I would start with a smaller res pictures, get used to the functions of the Rebel Ti, get a grasp of the different ISOs, contrast settings, focuses, lens before stepping into RAW, otherwise theres not much point.
    
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