Camera Courses

Submitted: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 21:14
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Hi All, wife just bought me for my birthday a new Digital Olympus SLR and also bought additional lense and some other stuff to go with it. Was just wondering if any body around the Penrith area knows of where I could do a camera course. Have looked in local rag but not sure where else I should be looking. I need a friggin drivers licence to use the thing so many features and buttons to push. Im use the to old digi, turn on push the button take a pic. Any leads appreciated. Regards Steve M
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Reply By: madfisher - Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 21:27

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 21:27
Hi Steve,
Check out any adult education classes held locally, or your local taft
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: Stephen M (NSW) - Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 22:39

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 22:39
Saw some of them adult adds but wasnt any thing to do with classes may have been some educaton for some I suppose LOL. Will have another look tomorrow in the Penrith Press for the education ones. Thanks for that. Regards Steve M
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Follow Up By: Richard W (NSW) - Friday, May 23, 2008 at 07:25

Friday, May 23, 2008 at 07:25
Steve,

Have a look here:
Site Link
Haven't done one myself though.
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Reply By: Saharaman (aka Geepeem) - Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 21:38

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 21:38
HI Steve,
Try the shop where your wife bought it - most camera places run in house courses for the cameras they sell.
I just bought a new Canon EOS 400D from a specialist camera shop in Brisbane and they gave me a free membership to their photography club, free training course in the use of the Canon, on going newsletters etc.
The outside courses may not be specific to your camera - so I would ask the camera place where it was purchased.
Good luck,
Cheers,
Glen
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Follow Up By: Stephen M (NSW) - Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 22:41

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 22:41
Thanks Glen, never thought of that. Will ring and ask tomorrow. Regards Steve M
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Reply By: Member - David P (VIC) - Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 22:19

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 22:19
Hi Stephen,
for what it's worth, interesting article in latest OVERLANDER mag. in a general sense.....cheers,
silvverback
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Follow Up By: Stephen M (NSW) - Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 22:43

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 22:43
Hi David, will take a trip down the newsagent and check it out tomorrow arvo. Thankyou. Regards Steve M
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Reply By: RalfR - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 06:14

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 06:14
If you don't have ready access to a course, you could -

Read a book from the library, something like a beginners guide etc.

Visit and joinn the Photo.net site - this is a communiy of very knowledgable photographers. Join thier forum and ask questions. (just gooogle photo.net)

Take lots of photographs and study the results.

If you are intimidated by the complexity of the camera, just slip in into "green" mode for a while and take some photos - most consumer cameras have a "green" setting where the camera will control all functions, you just push the button. Also called idiot mode, but I wouldn't dare say that in case I offend.

Cheers

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Follow Up By: Stephen M (NSW) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:21

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:21
Thanks Ralf, yes it does have the green mode for fully auto. I have sort of been playing with the settings and taking pictures on auto then flick to a manual mode and take the same pic just to see what adjustments I am making to the pictures. Even the flash has time delays etc and surprised at how it changes the picture different light etc. Thanks for that. regards Steve M
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Reply By: cackles - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 08:04

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 08:04
Hi Stephen,

Once you start you will be surpised at how quickly it comes together.

Most cameras have the same basic featues but have different ways of changing the settings so keep your manual handy.

here are some sites that will help you on your photographic journey.

slr photography guide

This forum has regular meets in sydney,
dslrusers

Cackles
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Follow Up By: Stephen M (NSW) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:30

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:30
Thanks Cackles, will check all that out tonight. And yep the book wont be left behind thats for sure will be securely in the camera bag.Quit sure I will be referring to it quit regulary Regards Steve M
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Reply By: Member - aussichef (SA) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 12:10

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 12:10
Diamonds camera stores do in house courses for Canon & Nikon & a general knowlage one for other brands
try either of thses forums i belong too the fist is an Australian one has a wealth of knowlage & great people
there is even mini meets in each state where u learn first hand of other photogs
http://www.dslrusers.net
The second is DPreview
http://www.dpreview.com/
which has many many forums for brand & subject spesific forums
both of which are free to join
if you have any questions please MM me here or email me & i will either point you in the right direction or answer your question
i take a photo now & then lol
warren aka aussichef
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Follow Up By: Stephen M (NSW) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:23

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:23
Thanks Warran, will be doing some googling tonight when I get home and check out all the mentioned sites. Regards Steve M
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Follow Up By: Member - aussichef (SA) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:49

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:49
I am a member of both those forums & a few paid ones too so any help just let me know
what Model dslr cost you $2000 + that wasnt a Nikon or Canon ???
warren aka aussichef
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Follow Up By: Stephen M (NSW) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 19:00

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 19:00
Hi Warran, sorry its a Olympus,DSLR E410 plus 2 additional lenses, first one is ED 40-150mm (filter size 58mm ?? what ever that means LOL) the other on I am waiting for it to come in (dont have the model number in front of me sorry). They only had the one on display and my wife knowing what Im like wouldnt take that one so should be here next week. Hope these numbers make sense to you.Regards Steve M
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Yalgoo) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 14:06

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 14:06
you do know that in camera terms an Olympus is the 4wd eqivilent of a Landrover,
those that have them love them and those that dont...........
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 15:52

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 15:52
they leak oil as well?????

Andrew
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Follow Up By: Stephen M (NSW) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:28

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:28
Both previous digital cameras have both been olympus and never had any trouble what so ever so went with the same again. Actually has one extra feature that none of the other brands in the same value have, thats only one that was mentioned to her when she was looking for me. Over 2 grands worth so cant be too bad a camera. I'd even own a Landrover especially the new one LOL. Regards Steve M
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Yalgoo) - Friday, May 23, 2008 at 12:55

Friday, May 23, 2008 at 12:55
No never heard any reliability issues its more that evryone has a Nikon or cannon (nissan or toyota) and couple with the Olympus 4/3 sensor system qnd a few other different ways of doing things they can be treated with suspiscionby "mainstream" users

Seem good vaue though if I were going DSLR I would have aclose look
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Reply By: Mike Harding - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:49

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:49
You don't say which Olympus SLR you have (I have the e500 - with which I am very pleased) you probably have the e510?

Take a look at this, outstanding, site particularly the "Help and guides" section - Olympus should pay this guy to write their manuals, if you think this site is as helpful as I did please e-mail Andrzej and tell him - anyone who provides this much effort to help others deserves a lot of thanks.

Olympus SLR information

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Stephen M (NSW) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 19:06

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 19:06
Hi Mike its an, Olympus,DSLR E410 plus 2 additional lenses, first one is ED 40-150mm (filter size 58mm ?? what ever that means LOL). There is another one (bigger/longer) that we are waiting for it to come in. They only had the one on display in the cabinet and she knows what Im like and dont want some thing that has had some one playing around with it so am willing to wait for it to come in. Too dear or not I wouldnt have a clue but she said he gave her a good deal for it all. Will check out the website and get back to you. Thanks for the help think Im going to need it LOL. Regards Steve M
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 19:27

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 19:27
Hi Steve

Don't worry too much about the 2 million settings available - the vast majority are "set and forget" or simply accept the default values.

I'll guess the e410 is very similar to the cameras I mentioned in regard to software so have a look at the site and I think it will alleviate many of you concerns.

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: HGMonaro - Friday, May 23, 2008 at 11:04

Friday, May 23, 2008 at 11:04
Stephen,

If the lens you've got is 40-150 and your getting alonger one, you're going to need a wider one, unless all you take pictures of is birds and other wildlife. My sis has a E510 and the std zoomy is a 14-something I think.

Nige.
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