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Introducing My DSLR – Canon 450D/XSi

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I love gadgets especially cameras. So I really enjoyed spending time looking at which DSLR I wanted to buy. And now I have my very own Canon 450D/ XSi. That I’d like to introduce to you and share some of the first shots I took with it. If you’d like to know why I upgraded to a DSLR, then take a look at my 7 Reasons to Upgrade to a DSLR. You may also be interested in how I went about choosing a DSLR and how I got my short list down to the final 3.

Beginner DSLR

As this is my first DSLR it was important to me that it was easy to use, and the Canon 450D is definitely that. Obviously it is very different to mybuell-tank point and shoot. But it still has the functionality of a point and shoot camera through it’s automatic mode. This was great for me because it meant that I could go out and shoot straight out of the box. Without worrying about all the different settings.

I’ve actually read a lot of advice from professional photographers saying that for the first couple of months at least, it can be a good idea to keep your DSLR in automatic mode. To get used to the camera before trying to figure out the more in-depth controls. The idea being that it’s best to get a good grounding with the camera to start with, and get to know how it works. So you can focus on the composition of your shots and learn the rules of photography. Like the rule of thirds. This way you can get to the point with your camera where you can set the shot up looking at the composition and lighting without thinking about it. And therefore you will find it easier to then turn to the more technical side of the camera.

Getting to know the Canon 450D – What are all these buttons on the back for?

And that’s what I’ve been concentrating on for the last couple of months, getting to know my 450D. Getting used to the feel and weight of the buell-wheelcamera. Finding out how the 9 AF point focusing system that the 450D uses works. And looking at my composition of shots. And where the light is coming from when I’m shooting. Looking at shooting in Manual mode, aperture priority, shutter priority, fstops, focal lengths etc… Can be very daunting and overwhelming for a beginner. Once I’ve had more experience trying different composition and lighting techniques. And learned how I can use them to enhance and improve my photography. Then that’s when I will move onto the more technical side of the DSLR.

I’m really enjoying my photography now I use a DSLR. And lots of different shooting opportunities have become possible. The shots I’ve added are actually some of the first shots I took with my new Canon 450D Camera – straight out of the box!

Mandy

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  1. I shoot with a canon 7d. Am going to Ireland for a month. Anyone have any suggestions for an Inexpensive netbook so I can store pix instead of take a zillion flash cards? Is there a better way? Do not want a laptop, too big. Can I just upload pics raw data to google or email to myself? New to this technology. Need help, please.

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    How about an Epson P-6000 80gb Multimedia storage unit or a LaCie Rugged portable hard drive? I’d say they’d be easier to transfer images onto while out shooting than using a laptop?

  3. Great start-up story – I’m right there now and have my eyes set firmly on the Canon EOS 550D (kind of today’s 450D?). I plan to keep it in auto mode for a bit but am dying to get better depth of field, try some macro and get better low-light shots. I noticed you praise your 50mm f/1.8 lens and I wondered – if you had your time again, would you just buy the camera body and that 50mm lens, and not worry about the 18.55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens that comes when you buy the camera in a ‘kit’? Or do you like having both to play with? Thanks – happy snapping. Love your awesome advice.

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      I’d buy the 550D with the kit lens and then buy the 50mm.

      And yes you’re right I do like having both to play with!!!

      It’s handy to have a zoom lens and a prime lens, it gives you more options and the 50mm is so reasonably priced?

      Nice choice of camera by the way, you may find tip 1 helpful of 12 tips for DSLR beginners It’s got some good links for depth of field (aperture priority) and low light (shutter priority)?

      Happy shooting…

  4. Thanks for your thoughts on that Mandy.

    And although I have read your 12 tips for beginners (soooo useful!) I will be re-reading them again when the new camera arrives. Cannot wait until aperture and shutter speeds become second nature… but will be happy to stay in Auto mode to start with.

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