Julia M Cameron PRO 10:25am, 7 March 2012
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TranceGender 6 years ago
I am a little confused at the rules , how I read it , you have 1 week for an instruction , after that a new instruction is given .

But I see pics from older instructions with a later date , I don't mind that but how does it work then ?
Julia M Cameron PRO Posted 6 years ago. Edited by Julia M Cameron (admin) 6 years ago
Hi Lizard,
You can take and upload one picture for a challenge only after it has been set.

You can go back to previous challenges and put up pictures for those you have missed.

The only limit is that you can only submit 2 pictures in a week.

You are new to the group, but if you take pictures for 2 challenges each week, one old and one new, you can complete all the challenges (I think)

Hope that helps.
TranceGender 6 years ago
Hello Julia

Ok , that helps and I understand now .

Thank you .
Greenman1986 6 years ago
I would be keen to try and do some of the old challenges. Is there an easy way to get a list of the challenges?

david_gillett 6 years ago
The easiest way would probably be to look at the website:
Palofperu PRO 6 years ago
Hi All
I want to develop my skills so I need to make the necessary leap from my Sony digital camera to a camera that doesn't frighten the pants off me and which comes in at around £700. I'd appreciate any guidance.
Julia M Cameron PRO Posted 6 years ago. Edited by Julia M Cameron (admin) 6 years ago
My jump from "point and shoot" was to a DSLR....a Canon 400D, now superseded by newer models. There are quite a lot of models that come in your price range and come as a kit with lens, battery charger etc. You may also need an extra lens..a 70-300mm possibly.
There are also lots of cameras and kit available second hand. Much of this is in excellent condition, some barely used as camera lovers up-grade to have the latest and newest kit.

The only consideration is that you will almost certainly need to learn Photoshop or some other system for editing your pics. There may be courses for this in your area and there are lots of guides available as well as Photoshop tutorials in many of the photography magazines.
At first you can still shoot in full auto...but as you move on to manual mode...many more possibilities (creative) emerge.
~ Meredith ~ 6 years ago
Best bit of advice I was given was to try before you buy. £700 is a decent budget and it would be disppointing to buy a camera without having tried it only to discover you hate the "feel" of it.

If you have an idea of which model/s you want go into a shop and try it out. Ask an assistant to take you through the basic functions then press the buttons etc and assess how comfortable it feels. Most camera shops on the high street are quite happy to let you spend some time doing this too.
TranceGender 6 years ago
I don't know how many £700 are , is that around 1000 euro ?

What I am thinking of is maybe the Canon Eos 550 D but I am with ~ Meredith ~ , you need to go to a store ( without money !!!!!!!!! because salesmen can be real pursasive ) and try the models that are in your pricerange .

What I like about the Canon 550D is that he has the sensor ánd the lightmeasurement of the professional 7D , easy in use and a good price for the body , so that allows you to invest in a good lens .

It is a somewhat older model , that means the price has already dropped a bit , his follow up is the 60D ( not in series but the 60D has the same sensor and lightmeasurement ) but is twice as expensive.


So how do you decide for a good camera ?
- It needs to feel logic in your hands , so that is why it is important to go to the store ( without money :) and hold the camera's in your hand and let the salesman explain how it works .
Are all the buttoms logic , do you need to go to a menu first and do 10.000 moves before you can finaly change the iso , f , or speed.
So basic moves , like changing iso , speed and f needs to go fast and logical for you .

- If you like walk on the beaches and dance in the rain , ok then a watertight body is important for you , but it will cost a lot more then .
If not , then choose for plastic , it sounds cheap , it is more cheap but if you handle your camera with love , he will love you back , plastic or not .

- It needs to have a good display , large and clear so you can preview your pics and make conclusions from that , is the pic overexposed , too dark , and so on .

- Before you go to the store , try to read a bit about sensors , in a digital camera , the sensor is the heart of the camera .

- Many megapixels does not mean that the camera is better !
If you want poster format of your pics then a lot of pixels are nice because many pixels means more detail but also more noise .
So don't go for that salesrap that this or that camera has 20 million megapix , if you read a bit about sensors you understand that the x amount of pixels only works with a larger sensor .

- You need to stay real , so what does the body offer , do you need all gadgets , do you need a very fast camera ( sportsfast ) or are you more a landscape photographer , how important is the autofocus for you ( if you are a streetphotographer , you will bennefit from a fast autofocus ) , do you like to photograph in low light , then the isovalues vs noise is important .

So first try to figure out what kind of pics you wanna make and then find a camera that offers you the options that you need.

So try to be as basic as possible with your body when you have decided on what photographer you are , and then try to figure out what lens you need .

Most of the time the kitlens ( that is the lens that goes with the body in the stores ) is not the best lens .
So lets say you decided on a body , ok , go home and read up about the kitlens .
If the reviews are not good , then only go for the body , that saves you money too .
Again try to figure out what kind of pics you wanna make and choose a lens with that .

If you have more questions , just ask .
Steve Leverett PRO 6 years ago
All very helpful advice - marvellous ... thanks
Palofperu PRO 6 years ago
Fantastic responses, very helpful many thanks- I'll take on board what's been suggested :O)
~ Meredith ~ 6 years ago
I'm with Lizard - Rotterdam on the money front too :-) Leave it at home till you're certain
Mark W Russell Posted 6 years ago. Edited by Mark W Russell (moderator) 6 years ago
Pamela - I think Julia, Lizard and Meredith all make good points. I just wanted to add a couple of points; firstly, as Lizard says, decide what are you going to need a camera for, specialist use (?), say Street or landscape, macro close-ups, etc. I bought a Canon G11 about 14 months ago for street shooting, my logic being it was light, relatively discreet yet still had a reasonable sensor. I have this week just picked up a second hand SIgma DP2 for under 200 pounds.
I have in the last 2 years also picked up lots of second hand film cameras, from car boot sales and e-bay (see list in my profile) both 35 mm and medium format, because I love the feel of many of them and I particularly like the quality of output film gives.
So purpose, weight, feel, are all starting points, then you can think about lens after, for instance do you want say a prime wide angled lens for say street shooting or a zoom with a good range as a catch all?
Last piece of advice, do not rush, do your home-work and make comparisons. Perhaps a review site like :-

Up to the moment reviews

Retro cameras
Palofperu PRO 6 years ago
Mark - Thank you I really appreciate your helpful advice too. I'll check out the links and see what will suit me and my budget. I've always enjoyed taking photos, like most people, and have just had bog standard commonplace cameras over the years but do want to take more than jolly snaps these days. I've got a Russian Fed4 camera my dad bought about 35 years ago, never fully used. Maybe I should learn how to use it effectively as well as getting a new modern beast. Many thanks again.
Mark W Russell 6 years ago
Pamela - I've just bought a Fed4 and a couple of lens. Not used it yet but looking forward to it.
Here is a link to a site that has lots of "free" manuals for old cameras. This is the main page thru' to the Fed4.
Palofperu PRO 6 years ago
More thanks heading your way Mark!
Palofperu PRO 6 years ago
Thanks to Meredith too, apologies for not mentioning you by name previously.
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