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Old Oct 14, 2010, 4:35 PM   #1
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I've seen in flickr there are a photos taken with a Dslr that look like as if it was taken with a compact camera and there are incredible photos taken with a mobile phone (with autofocus)

If i buy a Canon 5D , i just need to press a button to take photos like this?


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Old Oct 14, 2010, 5:25 PM   #2
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Mobile phones don't autofocus. They use fixed focus lenses, like the Instamatics of days gone by.

You may be able to take photos like those by buying a Canon 5D and just pressing a button, but it may take you a while to develop the necessary talent and accumulate the necessary experience to know how and when to press it.
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... not to mention a good deal of planning and maybe even a little luck.
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Agree with TCav. You may be able to get photos like that by just clicking a button but you will need to learn from experience to consistently take great photos and even then, some people simply lack the eye for it.
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good photographers can take great photos with less expensive equipment, and bad photographer can take bad photos with very expensive equipment. Know how to use the equipment in hand and the skill of photography with lighting and exposure will yield great results.
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As long as you spend a bit of time walking around, observing the area and watching the background, wait for the light to be just right, determine what sort of DOF you want, and the framing of the shot, then, yes, all you have to do is press a button.

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As long as you spend a bit of time walking around, observing the area and watching the background, wait for the light to be just right, determine what sort of DOF you want, and the framing of the shot, then, yes, all you have to do is press a button.
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I looked at a site where the guy was saying about how you dont need to spend to get great pics. He took a load with camera phones an instamatic and throw away cameras. the pics were all Amazing creations. He knew the limits of the cameras and used them to his advantage. Like very atmospheric pics from a 2mp phone making a pic that worked with grain and without great detail. It was a great read.
Yea if you cant compose a pic it wont help much having a 20mp mega lump apart from you'll be able to crop like crazy when you get home to try and make something from it.

I got a great compact camera that can take nice quality pics, I'm not great with it but get a few ok pics now and then. I'm going to get a SLR soon, not because I think itll make my pics brilliant but because It'll allow me to try different pics that are outside the parameters of the compact. Like fast autofocus, Long exposures and macro.
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Go out and buy the Canon 5D.

As you develop your skills your photos will get consistently better.
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Go out and buy the Canon 5D.

As you develop your skills your photos will get consistently better.
... that is, if the steep learning curve doesn't make you throw up your hands in frustration first.
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