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PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 4:08 pm
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I've tried looking for a relevant thread but can't find one, if someone can point to an already exsisting one then that's cool!

Basically I've had a DSLR camera for Christmas, (Olympus E520 with 2 Sigma lenses, 18-50/55-200) and I need to learn how to use it! I know a little bit from spending too much time with John but need the basics running through with me. Ideal shutter speeds, what aperture does that sort of stuff. I've been reading through the manual with the camera but I just need a bit of info in laymens terms if possible.

Cheers!!



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 6:12 pm
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http://www.wikihow.com/Understand-Your-Digital-SLR#

Hopefully that should give you a quick overview. Your best bet would be to do lots of reading on the indvidual areas. But thats a quick overview, with a video I think? Hope it helps anyway.



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 10:55 am
User avatarCridaperPosts: 13970Location: WolverhamptonJoined: Mon May 31, 2004 4:00 am
Firstly that's great news and fantastic to have an Olympus owner to chat to!

Have you got a library card? Worth popping into your local library who will probably have a nice book on using SLR cameras.

The site below is recommended by Olympus
http://www.shortcourses.com/use/



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 12:58 pm
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Cheers guys I'll check those sites out!

I've got a lot of learning to do I think and in truth, a bit over-awed by all the options available to me! Sure I'll get the hang of it in time though lol



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 2:09 pm
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You're a smart guy Ian you'll work it all out in no time, I mean if I can understand it anyone can :cry:



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 8:10 pm
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MWF wrote:
You're a smart guy Ian


Obviously don't know me well enough :cry:



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:38 pm
User avatarPosts: 143Location: WolverhamptonJoined: Mon Oct 29, 2007 7:44 pm
The main bit of advice I can give Ian is to just experiment, it will take time. If you have a natural eye for taking photos and enjoy doing so, I think you wont find as daunting as you think.

The best way I think to learn is to set it to manual and you really get to grips and understand what are the basic variables to get the type of result you want. That way you don't get bogged down with all the other settings on the fancy dials. Once you master/feel comfortable with the manual functions, I would concentrate on basic lighting, which is where things get really fun!



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