Hello, I am really new to the whole photography thing and feel a bit lost with how to use the camera. I have a Nikon D50 and was just wondering if anyone new of any books or online tutorials that might get me started in understanding about which ISO I need to use for shooting certain things etc.
#1. "RE: Where do I start?" In response to Reply # 0
Hi, and congratulations on buying your D50. I've had mine for just under 2 years now and I still love it and use it all the time. That's quite a broad question you're asking though and would take a long time to answer. However, you've come to the right place to look for help with starting out with your D50 and for any questions you'll have in the future.
If you want to start shooting right away without worrying too much about what the camera's doing then put it in AUTO mode (or one of the other pre-made modes, depending on the shooting conditions) and fire away! I think it may benefit you to spend a little time learning about aperture, shutter speed and ISO before deciding to go about setting these for yourself. In answer to your specific question about ISO: broadly speaking, the ISO number determines the sensitivity to light of the sensor in the camera (someone will correct me if I'm wrong). A higher ISO means it is more sensitive to light so will allow higher shutter speeds/smaller apertures in lower light, for example. The AUTO ISO feature of the D50 works very well and allows you to concentrate more on choosing shutter speed or aperture. If you have the manual that came with the D50 I'd highly recommend reading it as I seem to remember it having a good overview of all these things. If you don't have the manual click here to see an online version.
A quick search on Google will turn up some tutorials on photography basics, like this one from Silverlight. Or there's this one here too. These both cover shutter speed, aperture, etc. Also, check out the second hand bookshops where you live. I got a great book explaining the basic concepts of photography and how a camera works for about £2. As it was a fairly old book it didn't have anything on digital SLRs but the concepts still apply.
Start experimenting, read the manual and the internet, and ask questions on here. You'll be a pro in no time
#2. "RE: Where do I start?" In response to Reply # 0
If you're new to photography, the best place to start is learning about photography, rather than about the camera. (Do that part second.)
My recommendation for all beginners is Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson. It's about a $20 book at Amazon.com and widely distributed almost everywhere - your local bookshop probably has it.
Once you understand a bit about photography, the camera manual will make a LOT more sense. I recommend Thom Hogan's Complete Guide to the Nikon D50 for a second book. (Actually it's an e-book, available at the author's web site: http://www.bythom.com)
_____ Brian... a bicoastal Nikonian and Team Member
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#8. "RE: Where do I start?" In response to Reply # 7
Kuala Lumpur, MY
I'm a noob, as well, despite having bought my D40 some 8 months ago.
I'd say start with Auto mode, lens on Auto focus. Shoot, shoot, shoot. Then, still on Auto mode, switch to Manual focus. Shoot some more. Start with well-lit subjects and preferably, those that don't move, so you have time to adjust your focus.
Read a few books or surf the web for some tips on composition. Continue shooting.
Then start shooting using Aperture Priority. Experiment with the settings. See what happens when you change from a low number to a bigger number.
Continue reading and continue experimenting. One day, you'll get yourself frustrated with not being able to control the settings and find yourself fiddling with Manual.
Most of all, have fun! Take pics of anything and everything