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Old Mar 22, 2010, 4:44 PM   #1
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hi all,
newbie... just got a G11. bought it because my cousin
showed his to me.

with no prior photography experience, its kind a tough
to go beyond auto/auto.

i am now trying around on Av and macro. are these
good place to start or should i start with some other
modes/ function?

thanks.
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Hey Jim (what a great first name). ;-)

Welcome to the forums.

Well... manufacturers work very hard to make Auto modes work as well as possible for users so that they don't need to know as much about how a camera works to get images from it in many conditions. So, that's not a bad way to start. Going to Programmed Auto will give you a bit more control until you understand more about your camera's behavior.

But, I wouldn't be in a huge hurry to experiment with features unless you know why you'd want to change a given setting, as that can often do more harm than good.

What I'd do is get accustomed to how your camera behaves as a first step. Then, when you have a photo that doesn't come out as intended, ask some questions in the forums about what you could do differently to improve it, perhaps posting a downsized sample for other members to look at. Here's a good post on how to post images here:

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

Any good book at your local library can probably help you understand some of the basics about exposure (how things like lighting, ISO speed, aperture and shutter speed work together to give you a properly exposed image). It doesn't have to be specific to digital cameras, as the same concepts apply to both film and digital. You'll probably find some good tips on composition skills in some of the same books you'll find.

I'd get out and take some photos and enjoy your new camera -- then find ways to improve as time passes. We have a friendly community here with members willing to share tips. So, please share some images as time permits and visit often.
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Old Mar 22, 2010, 6:32 PM   #3
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thanks, JimC... for the warm welcome.
this forum has a great community indeed!

i have taken some photos and will up-load
some of them later for some pointers.
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Old Mar 26, 2010, 9:21 PM   #4
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I bought Jeff Carlson's book 'Canon Powershot G10/G11' which is a good introduction to the theory of photography and also tells us how to make the most of our G11. I learnt a lot from it. Yes, the G11 is complex, but it is very capable, and worth the time you invest in understanding it.

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If you find yourself really getting into macro. You can get better results in macro mode if you get the add on conversion lens adapter and a macro conversion lens. It will give you surprising better results.

Glad to hear you are moving away from auto and trying more manual modes.
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thanks, karora... for introducing the jeff carlson's book. i will
go check it out at our local book stores.

shoturtle: would that be lensmate products; are they good?
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There are couple of companies makes the adapter, lensmate is one. And you will need to get the lens also. Opteka makes 10x macro lens that fits on the adapter.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...pf_rd_i=507846
http://www.amazon.com/Opteka-Adapter...d_bxgy_p_img_b
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thanks for the info, shoturtle.
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