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Abstract / Soft Focus & Pictorialism
« on: October 22, 2012, 07:27:26 PM »
Hi all,

I'm taking my first digital photography course this semester and learning a lot about my new DSLR.  The Canon Rumors forum provided me with great advice when choosing a camera, so I'm coming back for some new advice   :D

This week's photoshoot is to replicate pictorialism.  From what I gathered, this involves:

-Soft focus
-Slight blur effect
-A photo which tells a structured story.

What do you know about soft focus/blurring and how to achieve it?  The professor told us to take photos at dusk.  Is it more about the location/time of day than it is the camera?

I'm not sure what to take 3 to 5 images of, let alone how to create some of these effects.  Still life?  Landscapes?  I'm shooting on a t4i, 40mm f2.8

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Lenses / Good, inexpensive zoom lens? Beginner here.
« on: July 02, 2012, 01:40:45 PM »
Too long; didn't read:  what's a good, somewhat cheap, zoom lens to compliment the 40mm 2.8 pancake?

Newbie here,

Last week I got my first DSLR (t4i) with the 40mm 2.8 lens. 

I don't know much about photography or lenses for that matter, and I was wondering...what zoom lens would make a good compliment to the 40mm?

I'm going to school for video, so keep that in mind.  Sadly, I can only spend about $500 tops on a lens, since I spent the rest on camera gear.  I wish I could get a 70-200mm  :'(

I was thinking this one...anyone have any opinions on it?  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/169267-GREY/Canon_6473A003AA_75_300mm_f_4_0_5_6_III_Autofocus.html

I would mainly be using it at sporting events, concerts, etc.  I don't necessary need a zoom that long, either.  I was also considering:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/689620-REG/Sigma_583101_17_50mm_F2_8_EX_DC.html

^but that's if you guys really convinced me.  I wasn't blown away with the continuous AF with the STM lens (I'm probably just using it wrong), so I figured any focusing I'll really be doing with the t4i will be manual.

As always, thank you for the advice and enlightenment.  :)

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EOS Bodies / Just got my first DSLR, confused...
« on: June 27, 2012, 06:18:33 PM »
My t4i arrived today and I'm already having my mind blown (in a bad way).

I'm using the 40mm 2.8 STM lens, and I was wondering...is it supposed to make a creaking noise when I turn it counter-clockwise?

I'm very new to photography and basically have no idea what I'm doing.  I don't want to break anything.

Also, the AF was working but now it isn't.  I turned the camera off/switched the AF up and back and nothing.

I know, I know, I'm a huge newbie.

Any help would be very much appreciated.  I'm afraid to touch the thing.

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EOS Bodies / Starter Gear (newbie here)
« on: June 11, 2012, 08:08:08 PM »
Too long; didn't read: what are some important/useful pieces of gear to purchase for a person who is getting their first DSLR?  Do lens filters affect video quality in any signicant way?  What is a nice hard or soft case for a DSLR body + lens?

Hi everyone, first time poster and long-time lurker of the forums here.

To keep this as short as possible...I'm going to be getting a t4i as soon as it is available.  What I'm wondering is, are there any important investments I should make for my first DSLR?  I mean besides multiple batteries and multiple SD cards.

I'm planning on getting a tripod/shoulder mount, too, as well as a battery grip and lens filter (I know nothing about lens filters)

I'm a poor college student (hence getting a Rebel and not a 5D3 or a C300  :P) going to school for video production.  I don't know a whole lot about photography, just the basics.  And I know about b&h, but I'd like to hear from some experts.

Thank you kindly for all advice...please enlighten me!  :)

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