Originally Posted by verynecessary
Im thinking of getting the D5000 as my first DSLR since my mom
has a D40 it wouldnt make sense having 2 D40's in the house bestbuy has it for 799.99 is that a good pick up? school me on it whats the pros and cons..
My problem with the D40 is getting that all out professional look without having to od mess with settings i did a shoot for my wifes portfolio and it took me
about an hour to get the cam shooting semi decent shots (at night) and it totally pissed me off.. will i have this issue with the d5000?
to be blunt, it shouldn't take you that long to get something decent. if you want a professional look, you have to learn the settings. auto
ain't gonna cut it. first, it seems like you might be unfamiliar with the most common settings (iso, aperture, shutter speed, white balance). try using
aperture (A) mode, set your aperture to f/8, set your iso to 200 (make sure it's not on auto), dial in +1.0 compensation, use incandescent white balance
(the light bulb icon), stick the cam on a tripod, check your composition and focus, and then shoot a frame without flash. that should get you something sharp,
pretty much noise free, and with enough detail in the shadows to play with.
of course, to get a real professional look, you should be more concerned with the light overall. that's a whole other bag of tricks you have to learn
though. do you have any shots you can show as examples?Im pretty familiar with shooting in the manual modes to get the shots u see bellow i messed with both the shutter speeds and aperture on a tripod .. i set the shutter speed to its highest and set the aperture between f5.6-8 heres most of what i got in 2 diffrent lighting conditions on the promenade in brooklyn.. i didnt edit them in apeture so i could find out exactly what i need to do to get the best shotsDifferent lighting/Location with flashNo flashBONUS finally getting my long exposure game correct (shouts to the bmw with blue lights that came by making the lights look even more intresting)