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    Question Choosing my first DSLR and very confused.

    Hi there
    I'm new to the site, new to DSLRs, pretty much new to photography as in I love it, I love taking photos and trying to capture the essence of a scene but half the time don't know what I'm doing. In my head I see what I'm aiming for but am limited by my knowledge of photography, what can be achieved and what my Canon G9 can do.

    So basically, I am looking to get a DSLR in order to have more control over my photos and learn more of what can be achieved pre, during and post production. I'd really appreciate some advice. I've loved my G9 and, as a result, have been looking at the 1100D and 600D both of which I seem to be able to get good deals on at SLR Hut. (Are they any good? is another question.) I understand they are both good cameras but it would take me longer to outgrow the 600D. I do love technology and I'm excited at the prospect of seeing what can be done with a DSLR. My passions are landscapes, flowers, portraits and animals.

    I am open to other suggestions. I lean towards Canon because that's what I know and a lot of reviews have the two as being the best entry level DSLRs.

    Any advice would be most appreciated.
    Thank you
    Britt

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    Hi and welcome first thing to ask is what modes do you shoot your g9 in at the moment.

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    Well, I've tended to use all the preset functions ie portrait, landscape, indoor, beach etc. I've also tried to use the manual settings but I don't know how to get the depth of field I am looking for. Again my lack of knowledge could be to blame but, from what I understand, it all seems to be to do with aperture and I struggle to get that right with my g9. I've also used the macro settings a few times which is brilliant for flowers and last week I got a really special photo of my cat. I have taken some lovely photos with it, I just think it might be time to upgrade. Unless it's me being a numnut and what I am looking for is actually possible with my g9.

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    the g9 is a very capable camera what i would do is get a book or look for a course that will teach you the basics of how to use the shutter priority, aperture priority and manual mode. You will need to know these to get the best out of a DSLR

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    Thank you so much for the replies and advice. I can't do a course as I have to look after my daughter but shall definitely buy myself a book. Are there any you would recommend? I feel a browse in Amazon coming on.

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    Hi, the Canon 600D is the better buy and has the articulated screen which I have found useful on various cameras I have bought. Review it here http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/equ...3i-review.html and here http://www.photographyblog.com/revie...s_600d_review/

    If you would like to see how a DSLR works and all the basic functions in visual form, then http://web.canon.jp/imaging/enjoydslr/index.html You will also learn a lot about the basics of photography. It will also help you understand your G9 better as well.

    If you want to learn more, then on WDCs sister site Amateur Photographer. I have a page with various tutorials - look down the bottom under 'Photography tutorials for the beginner' http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk...-Free-programs

    Don't forget, post processing is an important part of photography and should be used to sharpen and enhance pictures taken with any camera. If you don't have an imaging editor, then use the one in my signature below. There are 32 video tutorials to get you started. The most useful is the http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/...06_Levels.html and for the advanced user. The http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/...07_Curves.html is a must (it's my favourite all-in-one adjuster). My Resize-Crop-Sharpen tutorial below, will get your pics ready for the internet


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    Chris
    Thank you so much for your reply. Those links are so helpful and the canon tutorial explains things in language that I actually understand! Hooray! I'm halfway through part 1 and already feel like I've learned loads.

    Thanks again. I've ordered a couple of books from Amazon and now I feel I'll understand them.
    Take care
    Britt
    PS Leaning more and more towards the 600D. Although the 550D is attractive too. I think I should stop researching. Is the Nikon 3100 any good?

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    I'm glad the links helped

    I quite like the Canon 550D as well. As for the Nikon D3100... well, what can I say. Another good choice lol

    Have fun!

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    hi one thing i always say when looking at a DSLR is you are buying into a system so make sure that system fits your needs.

    Canon and Nikon have the most lenses to choose from including third party such as Tamron and Sigma.

    the canon 550d is a great camera you would have to see if such features as swivel screen and wirless flash are some thing you require with the 600d.

    The nikon d3100 is on pare with the canon 1100d. the nikon d5100 is on pare with the 600d and 550d.

    Good Luck

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    Thank you Wave for that heads up. Why is choosing a camera so difficult? I think I might pop into a shop and have a look at them to see which one feels best. I am tempted by the swivel screen as I have been known to put the camera above my head to get a better shot.

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