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Old Mar 5, 2004, 3:47 PM   #1
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Default CANON A80 NEWBIE NEEDS HELP!!!!!

I JUST GOT MY BRAND SPANKING NEW CANON A80 TODAY!!!!! AFTER COUNTLESS HOURS OF RESEARCHING AND COMPARING, I DECIDED TO INVEST INTO THIS WONDERFUL CAMERA. AND NOW THAT I HAVE IT AT LONG LAST, I REALIZE THAT I AM A COMPLETE NEWBIE TO PHOTOGRAPHY. I'VE BEEN PLAYING AROUND W/ THE SETTINGS BUT I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW WHAT EVERYONE'S CUSTOM SETTINGS ARE FOR C1 AND C2. IN ADDITION WHAT CUSTOM SETTINGS DO YOU GUYS USE FOR OUTDOOR AND INDOORS? ANY HELP ON HOW TO START TAKING NICE ARTISTIC PHOTOS WOULD BE APPRECIATED. AS YOU CAN ALL TELL I AM SO EXCITED THAT I AM TYPING IN ALL CAPS. HEHE. THANKS YALL.

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Old Mar 5, 2004, 4:07 PM   #2
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I have a G3 that has a similar C1 and C2 setting. I keep my C1 setting at a very fast shutter speed so I can catch those action shots. I keep my C2 setting a a very slow shutter speed so I can take night pictures.

Of course you will need to play around with the camera a bit to see what settings produce the best pictures so you can save those setting.

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The custom function can come in handy if you have a certain shutter/aperture you will be using a lot. I have a room indoors where I can pretty much depend on getting a good exposure at 1/125 sec at f4 (ISO 100, with flash). so if I had an A80 I would use that if I plan on taking a lot of pictures in that room. So I guess I'm saying find a few places where you think you'll be taking a lot of pictures and set your customs for that. Also, RyanH's school of thought is good, too, to have a fast and a slow shutter speed set. (although I think the camera's night mode and sports mode accomplish the same thing)
See what's best for your style and use it.
As far as taking artistic photos, I think a great place to start would be a library. Check out a few books on photography basics that teach you about exposure, composition, lighting, etc. and maybe some books that just have lots of artistic photos. Maybe look at National Geographic magazines for ideas . . . There's also tons on the internet...
welcome to the wild and crazy world of digital photography and remember to have fun!
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thanks for the suggestions!!!
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