Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58
I would advise anyone to set up a Flickr
account, This is not the best for critique of work, as everyone seems to comment favourably so the constructive critique of your images that is needed to improve is lacking but you can find discussion groups for your camera brand and often the particular model, or even the Camera and Lens combination, also there are subject interest groups. Of course the free Terabyte of storage space for displaying & Sharing your images is useful
Best overall advice I can give for a beginner is to take as many images as you can - Switch off "Auto" mode and shoot RAW rather than jPegs
I love photography too -- I HATE mobile phone "Cameras" which I suppose are OK for recording say traffic accidents -- but even a small portable digital camera is streets ahead of a mobile phone one -- there's more to shooting pics than the number of mega pixels the camera has.
While switching off AUTO is great advice I would recommend that beginners especially choose Programed AE mode which gives the best compromise between fully automatic and more complex settings like fully manual or Aperture priority / Shutter priority.
Check what the camera has set and then play around with some settings -- unlike old Film cameras you can delete and with decent size storage cards there's no problem with "running out of film".
Avoid also mid-day as the sun is at the harshest and decent pictures are hard to obtain - and as Barman says shoot RAW if you camera has that setting - there's loads of post processing you can do afterwards.
There's a HUGE difference between a decently composed Photograph and a typical Snapshot. !!!
Have fun - and if you can get a proper DSLR you'll never regret it. Mobile phone pics can have uses for those one off situations like I mentioned (Traffic accidents - evidence for Police / Insurance claims etc) but a REAL camera will lead you into a life long (and quite healthy too) hobby which might even turn out to be profitable too.
In addition to the Fred Miranda site I've previously mentioned - THIS site (as others have posted too) is one of the best easily accessible places for photographers of whatever skill to learn from the basics to taking outstanding pictures.
There's also some interesting articles on the new "Mirrorless" gear - I'm going to look further into that as money starts burning a hole in my pocket again after a couple of years of "belt tightening".
The Luminous Landscape
As for Analog cameras I still have the old T90 whenever I can find some film for it --great fun though to do Black and white Infra Red !!
I also have one of the old Professional Pro Canon adapters to adapt the old FD (pre-EOS lenses) lenses to work on the EOS cameras. This is the original (and now quite rare and very expensive if you find one now) professional model with optics in it and a "conversion factor" of 1 X 1.26 aperture values reduced by 2/3 a stop.
AE mode can still be used on the camera - and it gives me access to some really HIGH QUALITY PRO 'L' grade Canon lenses which can be had for a song these days - only certain lenses can be used but iy's the nice big pro ones that I use like the FD 400 2.8 'L' and the FD 200 1.8 'L' - the EOS equivalents are HIDEOUSLY expensive. !! (Don't use the cheap "look-alites" for EOS=>FD - these Don't work. Only the pro version is of high quality and IT WORKS brilliantly with the lenses I've suggested.