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  1. #1
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    Having trouble figuring out what to shoot...

    So I purchased a D5200 a few months ago with the kit lens (18-55). Took a bunch of pictures of Flowers, my dogs, Kids, City of Pittsburgh when it was a nice day and not raing or hazy.....I'm running out of ideas of things to shoot. I feel I am limited with my lens. I would like to get a zoom lens so that I can take pics of my Daughters playing softball so they don't get camera shy but I have to save up for a lens. Any creative ideas I can shoot with my 18-55?


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  2. #2
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    Re: Having trouble figuring out what to shoot...

    Tons of them!
    Look around your house.. there are so many things that you see on a day to day basis that they would've lost any interest to you...
    photography is all about creativity.. seeing with the 'photographer's eye'
    you can make an absoultely boring subject look amazing by composing it the way you think looks good..
    geometric patterns, shapes, random designs etc are always appealing..

    anyone can take great images of a great location
    a good photographer can make a dull subject look interesting..

    let the creative juices flow!

    These will help you get started

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    Re: Having trouble figuring out what to shoot...

    What about street, architecture, night photography, landscapes, sunrise/sunsets, fog, cars, cityscapes, fireworks. Then go out and say today I photograph persons wearing red...tomorrow wearing yellow.
    Come on you can do a lot with one lens.
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    Re: Having trouble figuring out what to shoot...

    Quote Originally Posted by Smoke View Post
    So I purchased a D5200 a few months ago with the kit lens (18-55). Took a bunch of pictures of Flowers, my dogs, Kids, City of Pittsburgh when it was a nice day and not raing or hazy.....I'm running out of ideas of things to shoot. I feel I am limited with my lens. I would like to get a zoom lens so that I can take pics of my Daughters playing softball so they don't get camera shy but I have to save up for a lens. Any creative ideas I can shoot with my 18-55?
    There is no limit to what you can shoot with that lens.

    Take a look at as many of the photos in the 365 section as you can every day. There are so many creative people here and some of the shots they come up with that are common everyday items is amazing. Take the ordinary item and look at it in a different way. Shooting a shot that you have taken many time and just go there at night and see it in a different way. Don't be afraid to raise the ISO to whatever it takes to be able to shoot fast enough. They results will surprise you. There is a old mill downtown where I live that everyone here just loves. I shoot it all the time especially when I am testing new equipment of a new technique. I decided to shoot it at night once and it is probably one of my favorite photos of that site.

    When you are ready the 55-200 is a good next step lens and it is not to expensive either.
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    Re: Having trouble figuring out what to shoot...

    Go find some interesting fences to shoot. Shoot them from a different perspective, such as from the ground up, lengthwise.
    Get some colored water and an eye dropper. Set your camera up to shoot fast (Shutter priority - S Mode) at a drop hitting the water at just the right time.
    Any unusual mail boxes where you live? Go shoot them!
    What about playground equipment? Look for a different shooting angle to make it look interesting.

    The possibilities are endless. And the 18-55 lens is one of the most underrated lenses out there! It is a GREAT lens to have. Just be creative.
    Now go out there and have fun!
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    Re: Having trouble figuring out what to shoot...

    Quote Originally Posted by Smoke View Post
    ... I'm running out of ideas of things to shoot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smoke View Post
    I feel I am limited with my lens.
    Trust me when I tell you the limiting factor is *not* your lens... It's your thinking.



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    Re: Having trouble figuring out what to shoot...

    Do you have a photo club in town? If so join. Take a photo class at a local community college. That is what I have been doing this summer. We went on photo walks with specific assignments. Really opened my eyes on what I was seeing.
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    Re: Having trouble figuring out what to shoot...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tracsoft - Don Kuykendall View Post
    Do you have a photo club in town? If so join.
    D'oh! This made me think of Meetup. This is a great way to find/connect with other photographers in your area and find organized photo shoots. It's free and there's no commitment since each meet up is it's own thing you can sign up for, or not. It's pretty convenient, really.

    The site will bombard you with email, however, if you don't clear all the boxes about getting email. If you do, they respect that, but wow will they ever flood your inbox if you don't. Still I've had many a good experience with Meet Up.
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    Re: Having trouble figuring out what to shoot...

    Quote Originally Posted by Horoscope Fish View Post
    D'oh! This made me think of Meetup. This is a great way to find/connect with other photographers in your area and find organized photo shoots. It's free and there's no commitment since each meet up is it's own thing you can sign up for, or not. It's pretty convenient, really.

    The site will bombard you with email, however, if you don't clear all the boxes about getting email. If you do, they respect that, but wow will they ever flood your inbox if you don't. Still I've had many a good experience with Meet Up.
    I had not thought of that. Good idea

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    Re: Having trouble figuring out what to shoot...

    go to "learning photography" here on nikonites, many subjects to pick from. TRY SHOOTING THE MOON TONIGHT.
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