Finally I’ve got my first SLR camera, it’s a Nikon D5100 purchased at Aneka Foto, Pasar Baru, Jakarta. It should be good enough after read many online reviews (e.g. http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond5100/). I decided to choose this one after two months of consulting with some friends since November 2011. Not an easy decision to make.
Glad that many online tutorials are available (gotta download and watch this all):
To take good pics, in simple it’s E D F A T.
Entire – Shoot the entire scene, get it all. This is the overall view of your subject. Here is your opportunity to show the environment and context of your work. Shoot from a distance. Shoot both horizontal and vertical images.
Details – Shoot the detail shots. Get close. Aspects and perhaps some abstracts. Again, shoot both horizontal and vertical images. If shooting people, try photographing hands, feet, eyes, etc.
Frame/Focal Length – Try different lenses and move in and move out. Shoot the scene from many focal lengths. Remember to use good composition rules here; don’t center your subjects. Step forward and shoot, then backup and shoot some more. Different focal lengths will change the way a scene looks. Longer lenses will compress perspective while wide angles will tend to separate subjects.
Angle – Try different angles … high, low, left, right, behind, above, below… How does your subject look from a different perspective? Avoid shooting from eye level. This is too ordinary for the fine photographer. Remember to turn your camera’s axis. Horizontal, Vertical, Odd Angles?
Time – Morning, afternoon, dusk, sunrise. The lighting creates mood and dramatically affects the scene.
■ From a distance, focus on the entire scene. You are looking to capture the environment, the context of the subject.
■ Shoot one or two horizontal shots.
■ Turn the camera to a vertical position and shoot two more.
■ From a few feet away, search for details of the subject.
■ Shoot two horizontal frames and then two vertical frames.
■ Use feet, books, boots, a hat, hair, eyes and even the background elements to compose a variety of photographs; no two shots should be the same.
■ If you’re shooting a person, talk to him or her as you shoot. Get to know the person’s background and personality. Soon they won’t be a subject anymore but an interesting individual.
■ Move around the scene and compose each shot differently.
■ Remember to apply the standard rules of composition; don’t just place the subject in the center of the frame.
■ While shooting, explore the subject through your lens.
■ Move in to about 10 feet away and repeat the procedure.
■ Then move in to about seven feet and repeat the process again.
■ What would this subject look like from a different angle?
■ If all your shots so far are from eye level and straight ahead, now take shots from left and right, and from high and low angles.
■ Look for something to stand on, or even sit down on the ground to get an especially low angle. Next, move in really close to the shortest distance your lens will focus.
■ Study the details on the subject’s face.
■ Concentrate on photographing a shot with just the eyes, nose, lips and hair and features of the face. They are material for a close-up.
■ Remember to shoot horizontal and vertical shots.
During this shooting exercise, you should have been using the fifth element of EDFAT — time — in two ways:
■ As a series of shutter speeds to capture the action.
■ As a span of time that allows you to explore in full details many visual possibilities of a single subject.
Anyway, I just want to take lots lots lots of pics. Just keep shooting…pokoknya jepret aja dah!