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Old 08-13-2010, 11:13 PM   #1
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Being an advanced amateur photographer I am always interested in anything photographic. The images here range from everyday snapshots that get the point across to some really well thought out and planned photo shoots so I thought it would be both interesting and educational to talk a little about the equipment used as well as the the different techniques. I used to collect cameras as well as sell them but those were film cameras and only recently did I get a digital camera that was capable of producing the type of quality and versatility that I was looking for without breaking the bank. I finally settled on the Panasonic DMC-FZ35. Its not as high end as the digital SLR'* but does most of what I want it to. Of course its the photographer that makes the shot whether it be a technical how to type image or a nice sharp image of your ride taken just before sunset. What tips can you offer up for those who want to get that cover shot or those who can't get the picture of the thingamabob down in the engine bay. My two cents worth...turn off the flash when you can and try using a tripod.

So, what are you shooting with?
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I have a Sony cybershot. I need a small camera so went with that. It has HD video.
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Samsung 5MP w/ Auto Focus. Takes pretty good pictures for a cell phone
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I have a Lumix TZ5. They can be had for $200 if you shop around on the net. Best point and shot cam I ever owned. Panasonic rules this class IMO hands down. With features other than auto if you are inclined to use them. Also a Leica zoom lens that makes quality shots.

I also have a Canon Rebel XSi with several lenses for more serious times. Still looking for a good wide angle for it. What can you say about the Rebel Series that hasn't already been covered. Quality SLR and low processor noise at an affordable price.

I agree with the flash aspects of most point and shoots, but it can be an excellent tool with the Rebel in low light, late sfternoon, and forest pics. Also nice you can shoot it at varied flash brightness. Brings out a warmness to low light forest, and late afternoon backyard gatherings. With the right setting and a tripod, it is a good friend. I got an 8gig card this summer, great for experimenting with what your cam can do. The wife gets annpyed when we go on hikes and I take 5-10 shots of the same thing at different settings. I chose the best ones when I get home, right click properties and see what the setting were. I hope to someday get it down pat enough to just know what works best in each setting. When time is a factor and have shots you dont want to miss, Auto is always your best friend.
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The Sony and Panasonic-Lumix were at the top of my list and I decided on the Lumix based on the extended video control and the video compression that they use. It creates much smaller HD files. I got infatuated with a Nikon that I played with at Best Buy but I had to choose image quality over features. I have a Vivitar that is small enough to fit in a pocket and is great for snapshots in decent light but the Lumix is by far the more interesting camera offering much more creative control and the auto mode is way better than anything that I have owned before.
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Who wouldn't want one of those, thats what I meant by not breaking the bank. For now I want simplicity and creative control though. I am not ready to start lugging around several lenses or a lot of weight again unless I there is money to be made. But yes, I would love to have one.
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