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Old Sep 4, 2010, 4:13 PM   #1
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Hi I am new to DSLRs however currently surrounded by lot of mini waterfalls.

Any suggestions how best to compose this within the image? Any tips that could help me. I also have lots of wildbirds within the area.

Due to being new am hoping for some guildence

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Old Sep 4, 2010, 5:05 PM   #2
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Hey Kingy83

You might want to take a quikc read of this little link:

http://www.basic-digital-photography...ll-photos.html

That should help, and you can try and see what you can get hand held first - say having to take a tripod with you and when your happy that you can get the pic you want and want it tack sharp go back and use the tripod!

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Old Sep 5, 2010, 6:58 AM   #3
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Kingy, welcome to the forum, waterfalls are hard to shoot without blowing the highlights a lot has to due with the time of day you try shooting waterfalls, shoot very early in the morning or late in the evening. The rule of thumb I use for shooting water is, "If I can see the sun in the sky from the area I'm shooting I do not shoot." Overcast days are also excellent days for shooting waterfalls.
The best way to start with waterfalls until you understand your camera is in shutter priority mode with shutter speeds set to 1/20sec.-2sec. which requires a tripod or some solid support. once you master what the camera is doing in shutter priority you can move to ap or manual to get more creative with the water. A circular polarizer is also of huge benefit for shooting water, in that it removes unwanted reflections & lowers the light coming into the camera allowing for the needed slower shutter speeds.

As for the birds there are lots of great bird shooters here, that may be able to give you some pointers in that area.
Hope this helps.

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Old Sep 5, 2010, 10:36 AM   #4
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Thank you i will definately give this a go practice makes perfect they say
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Old Sep 5, 2010, 11:03 AM   #5
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Try posting a couple of examples in here, that way people can see how you're doing and offer tips. Don't worry, most people on this board are very helpful.
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When wanting to learn any new photography topic there are millions of tutorials online that can be found with a simple web search, in this case PHOTOGRAPHING WATERFALLS TUTORIAL...there are usually YouTube videos too on most photographic topics.

Usually it's best to start with that first, then if you have a question specific to applying what you've learned to your Oly camera then come back here.

I also use the public library as one of my resources...it's not that the people here aren't knowledgeable, it's just there's already millions of resources out there already written on obscure topics!
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Old Sep 5, 2010, 2:48 PM   #7
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I will try and upload to the site however my computer doesnt seem to like uploading any pictures.

My apologises if I was too quick to ask advice on here, next time I will search the internet first.
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I will try and upload to the site however my computer doesnt seem to like uploading any pictures.

My apologises if I was too quick to ask advice on here, next time I will search the internet first.
Let us know if you are having photo upload problems, but also check out this link.

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/ge...oto-forum.html

As for being quick to ask, don't worry about it, this is what the forum is here for. Sure it is worth looking on the net, but getting interaction from the members is great and many are keen to help out. Also it might inspire and teach someone else something so more people will experiment in an area they hadn't considered before.
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