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Old October 20th, 2008, 08:22 PM   #1
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Well since there are some photographers in the house maybe you can help a newb out.I have the sony alpha a-100 and love it and the pics it takes but I know that I and the camera can do alot better.should I just take some classes and if so any recommendations.Also what would be the first upgrade to get?

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Invest in new glass . . . Lens make a world of difference!!
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Put it in full manual mode and experiment like mad. Tripod and lenses are important for good results.
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What would be a first choice in lenses? Also any suggestions for night shots,I have tried a couple different things with no real results.
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What would be a first choice in lenses? Also any suggestions for night shots,I have tried a couple different things with no real results.
Night shots demand a good tri-pod. If you have a poopy one like I do set the auto time up so it takes it without having to worry about vibrating the picture when you press the actuator. Or buy a wireless remote.
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For the long distance stuff, a 70-200ish is usually the trick. If you can afford a 2.8f, then do that. Wide angles make for a good effect. My 18-50 isn't wide enough, but it is better than the standard 28-70 stuff. I shoot real estate photos, so I need wider. I am planning on picking up the Sigma 10-20 for that.

It all depends on what you want to shoot. Is there anything that you want to shoot specifically? For en example, I shoot mostly abandoned places and real estate photography. I am most always on a tripod, and most of the time shoot with the wide angle.
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Find the lowest F/D ratio lens you can afford. More than likey it will not be a telphoto lens or over 55mm focal which do work for night time shots ( low light levels) with much movement. Yes you can get a lens that will do more but the cost realy goes up on them,like triple or more.And since you didn't say what you are wanting to shoot Im only guessing that it's not with movement. Slow down the shutter speed with any lens will get you great night time shots used with a tripod has Cheif said above. You can get some old photographic books that used flim (cheap) has a guide to "how to" do night shots that will give you a great insight for digital shooting.

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How much experience behind a lens do you have? If you are just messing around trying to figure it out, I would recommend an intro class at your local community center or the like. Knowing aperture settings, "film" speeds, shutter speeds, lighting and how they all relate really helps. Spending an evening or two at one of those classes will really save you time in the long run.
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How much experience behind a lens do you have? If you are just messing around trying to figure it out, I would recommend an intro class at your local community center or the like. Knowing aperture settings, "film" speeds, shutter speeds, lighting and how they all relate really helps. Spending an evening or two at one of those classes will really save you time in the long run.

NO time what so ever LOL.I bought it more to have when I want to get some awesome pics,and I really didnt like the "damn I misses that shot" with a point and shoot. I would say it would be a 50/50 mix of action and sit still stuff.So far just being on the "auto" mode has done pretty decent but I know that it has alot more in it and would like to more of the features.So I guess I will have to look into some sort of class.
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Experiment. Learn the camera.

Invest in some UV filters.
"You Spend hundreds if not thousands on glass and then put a $50 fliter on it, what's the point?"

Once this was said to me I took all my filters off, after all that's why everything is insured.
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"You Spend hundreds if not thousands on glass and then put a $50 fliter on it, what's the point?"

Once this was said to me I took all my filters off, after all that's why everything is insured.
uv filters do more than just protect the lenses. They remove harness from pictures and more.
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