Advice for a D40 beginner

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by ecstasy, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. ecstasy macrumors 6502


    Jun 9, 2009
    What's up, guys?

    Just got a D40 as a late Christmas gift.

    Been messing around with it, mostly in M mode. The D40 is a new game to me, so I'm trying to figure out aperture, focal length, etc.

    Is it strange that in M mode, most of my shots turn out dark, despite there being light all around?

    I think I just need to tinker with it a little bit more, but I'd love to get some advice/suggestions from people here.

    Thanks a lot!

    PS - Here are some random shots I took. Just uploaded them straight to Flickr. Honestly do not know how I took these shots (hence, me messing around -> :D)



    Critique is most certainly welcomed!
  2. elfxmilhouse macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2008
    Northeast USA
    what ISO, shutter speed and f stop are you shooting at?

    if this is your first time using a dslr i would spend some time with AV or TV mode. learn what settings the camera chooses for each setting you set. then once you get a good idea of which combinations work i would start messing with the M mode.
  3. ecstasy thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 9, 2009
  4. ckseid macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2008
    Los Angeles
    These are good starts. I recommend you getting a basic photography book, to help you understand the interactions between shutter speed, aperture and ISO.
    It's good that you are trying the manual mode already. I see from your meta data that you are probably at your lens largest aperture (3.5) already and at about 1/5 sec. To get a brighter photo, you can try an even slower shutter speed, but you will risk camera shake, and thus blurry photos. A quick solution would be to increase your ISO. The trade-off is grainer/noiser photos. But with todays new camera, the noise level isn't that bad. If this all sounds greek to you, definitely good idea to get a photography book! :)
  5. ecstasy thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 9, 2009
    ^ Definitely.

    I've also been messing around with the exposure, decreasing/increasing it and trying out some photos.

    I do plan on picking up Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson. Thanks for the tips!

    More would be appreciated! :D
  6. NathanCH macrumors 65816


    Oct 5, 2007
    Stockholm, Sweden
    I actually recommend just starting out in Shutter Priority mode rather than full manual mode. That way as you adjust the shutter, you can see how the camera adjusts the aperture.

    I've been using the D40 for about 2 years now. It's a pretty great camera and I've learn so much.
  7. mattyb240 macrumors 6502a

    May 11, 2008
    I would have to disagree, if anything Av mode, then you can learn depth of field and how it affects your shutter speed. Stick with manual, and get that book its awesome, you will be glad you never shot in a priority mode.

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