New Photographer Wants Advice

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by kwalsh16, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. kwalsh16 macrumors newbie

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    These are a few of the pictures that i have taken since i got my camera last month, they are not my best work most of my other work is saved on my computer at school :( but these are a few of the ones that i had saved at home. Just tell me what you think.


    http://flickr.com/photos/24728234@N02/?saved=1
     
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    For the light trail pictures you'll definitely want to put the camera on a tripod. Also turns and hills make for more interesting light trail pictures. The sunrise picture could do with more contrast to make it look less hazy, although I do like the composition. For the surfer pic, less photoshop is good and you'll need a longer lens focal length to make those shots really good. I think you'll want to get a higher quality lens like the Tamron 28-75 (Don't know if it can autofocus on the D40 though), and other than that a few edits in photoshop can get you a couple good pictures from that bunch.
     
  3. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000

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    I don't believe the Tamron (which is a great lens, have it myself) will AF on a D40, but I will reiterate g4's comments in that a tripod might be a great investment if you want to try long exposure photography. Its not user error, its just not humanly possible to hand hold a light trail shot.
     
  4. kwalsh16 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I actually just got a new lens... i believe it is the nikkor 55-300 (i don't have the lens at my house right now) Not sure if that is the lens, my camera is in school
     
  5. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000

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    Probably the 55-200 ;)
     
  6. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    If these are the kind of images he likes then all of them could be improved with even the cheapest tripod. As for the "quality" of the lens, a tripod will do more to increase sharpness of these kinds for photos than would spending $1,500 on a professional quality lens.
     
  7. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    I was not talking about getting a professional quality lens for the long exposures, that was for pictures in general.
     

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