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  1. #1
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    Newbie Here

    Hi All - I hope this forum will help me with my many questions. At the young age of 55, I've decided to learn how to use a DSLR. I decided top use an older used camera, Nikon D3000, to learn how to use the basics, before spending more into a newer camera. I am totally confused about the use of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, as it relates to indoor/outdoor pictures, as well as finding the correct balance to keep my subject on focus with a blurry background versus all on focus. Although I do understand the basics - I think - it is tough to find the settings that work for each situation. I'm trying to find a method for taking pictures while remember the settings I'm using. I've watched videos, and I have bought a training video. I also bought Luminar 2018 - they gave me good deal since I am a teacher. All help will be appreciated!

    Thanks,

    Aldo


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    Re: Newbie Here

    First off welcome to the forum. Now for the hard part.

    DON'T TRY TO LEARN EVERYTHING AT THE SAME TIME.

    Pick one task and learn it thoroughly first. Once you are comfortable pick a new task and learn it. Trying to learn everything all at once is just confusing.

    You say you are a teacher. My wife is a retired school teacher (English) As a teacher you certainly do not give your students the entire book to learn the first day of class. I have been in photography for close to 40 years now and I still am learning It takes time. Just slow down and enjoy just the act of taking photos. Try the program mode for a while to see what the camera picks as settings.

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    Re: Newbie Here

    Good idea. I guess I was over anxious and too excited. You are right - maybe I will start working on some close ups. The idea of the Auto is a good one. Thanks for the awesome suggestions.

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    Re: Newbie Here

    Quote Originally Posted by ajredaelli View Post
    Good idea. I guess I was over anxious and too excited. You are right - maybe I will start working on some close ups. The idea of the Auto is a good one. Thanks for the awesome suggestions.

    Never Auto....Program. This lets you make some of the decisions like ISO.

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  5. #5
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    Re: Newbie Here

    Right - that’s what I meant. Learning terminology! Actually I tried the Program mode yesterday. For some reason, sometimes when I would zoom in or when I would use portrait (vertical shot) or sometimes a horizontal shot the camera would not shoot. I could hear it trying to focus but it wouldn’t let me take the shot. Is that normal or do you think that’s a problem with the camera? I tried to research that but I couldn’t find a good answer. This happened under very sunny Florida conditions. Thank you Don.

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    Re: Newbie Here

    There are several focus modes so you need to know which one you are on. The D3000 is older tech so i can not tell you right off hand what to check. You are just down the rode from me so you can just run up here for the day and I can walk you through all of it. I live in Prattville, AL. Just slightly north of Montgomery

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    Re: Newbie Here

    Awesome and I appreciate the offer. I may take you up on that offer. Trust me, I am very aware that it is an older camera. I just didnít want to spend $600 or so on something more expensive without knowing how to use it Iím hoping to do so eventually. Trying to take baby steps! Thanks again Don. Would love to see your pictures sometime.

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    Re: Newbie Here

    Quote Originally Posted by ajredaelli View Post
    Awesome and I appreciate the offer. I may take you up on that offer. Trust me, I am very aware that it is an older camera. I just didnít want to spend $600 or so on something more expensive without knowing how to use it Iím hoping to do so eventually. Trying to take baby steps! Thanks again Don. Would love to see your pictures sometime.
    You can see some here and if you are on Facebook you can see more of them. The link is to the left.


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  9. #9
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    Re: Newbie Here

    Will do. Thanks.

  10. #10
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    Re: Newbie Here

    Welcome aboard. Enjoy the ride.
    We look forward to seeing more posts and samples of your work.
    Brent: Poway, CA
    D7200, D200, D70, F100
    Tokina 12-24mm
    Nikon 18-200mm
    Nikon 18-70mm
    Tokina 28-70mm f2.6-2.8
    Nikon 80-200mm f2.8
    Sigma 150-600mm
    Nikon 50 AF f1.8
    Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro
    Nikon SB800





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