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Old 08-04-2012, 11:02   #1 (permalink)
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DSLR advice

I've had my DSLR for a few years now, mainly using it at car shows and on holiday. Does produce some decent shots, but I'm wanting to step it up a gear now.

Its a Sony A200, nothing special, but it does the job.

Its got the standard 18-70 lens on it.

Not really spent any money on it, apart from a tripod, additional battery and a remote wire.


So, any advice on what I need to be spending my money on, be it lenses, filters etc.

I've looked on a few photography forums, but just don't want to go out, spend a load of money to find that what I've bought it just rubbish.


I do tend to edit all my photo's on Photoshop, but in general I just feel they look abit flat, and lacking something.

Heres a couple of examples:





Any help/advice is appreciated,
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Old 08-04-2012, 11:23   #2 (permalink)
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What do you think is limiting you and why?
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What do you think is limiting you and why?

I don't know if I'm honest. Maybe its just me comparing my photos to ones that have had endless hours of editing.

I don't know what it is, I just generally think they could be better.
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Filters IMO with shooting cars are a waste of time although my polarizing filter rarely leaves my 50mm prime lense

There isn't a great deal wrong with the above just as you say alot of images are butchered in photoshop, something that I still have no idea how to even remotely use
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Ever thought of just asking them some tips on editing etc. as gear wise I think your alright. It can be an expensive hobby....trust me lol.

And photoshop is more than enough.
Just need to find your style. Only way is to shoot and edit ( need to listen to my own advice.haha)
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I use Lightroom only because photoshop is a monster and I don't really know where to start lol
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I have both Photoshop and Lightroom. But upto now I've mainly just used Photoshop. I do find something new every time I use it tho haha
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Not specifcally aimed at Nathan but anyone really. I can't really advise with the photography side of things. When it comes to PhotoShop, there is a tuturial online somewhere for ANYTHING that you want to do. You want to learn about a specific tool, there's a tut, clueless about layers? There's a tut for it. Want to add a certain effect etc etc... I constantly go online for tips. I guess it depends how much editing and how much time you want to spend doing it?
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I have this same problem where i feel my photos are lacking something and im not sure what it is. I always found lighting is a hugh part of your photos ( compared to your subject & filters ) if you get some creative lighting in there its can make the photos stand out from the rest.

I would say the easiest way of getting some interesting shots without killing your wallet is take some shots from a step ladder. I found it really interesting just taking shots from a ladder as you gain the advantage of angles that you cant get from the ground.

As Joetography says, just keep going and drive into the unkown and find your style. If you look at some of the photos off the 28 days later exploration site, you can get some good ideas there.
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whats difference between lightroom and photoshop?
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