Life with a Canon 70D

Discussion in 'Photography chatter' started by Martyn, Apr 9, 2016.

  1. Thought it was about time I bought a decent SLR. Decided on a 70D because of the wireless, ease of use, price was reasonable with a 18-135mm kit lens and it seemed pretty quick. I'm a novice when it comes to cameras but thought it would be good if I documented my progress and where I've been with my camera.

    First few shots were trying out the settings. There's lots to get used to but the 70D is quite helpful in that it tells you what the setting does and what result you should get. Started with mainly aperture priority, first few shots were a bit random.

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    Had a go at shooting the moon. Think I'll need a bigger lens to get it bigger.

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    Kit wise so far is a lens hood, a Velbon tripod which is pretty sturdy and has plenty of adjustment and an intervalometer as I do want to do moon and star shots eventually. Still looking for a decent bag. Wherever I take the camera and take decent shots I'll post an update. Hopefully this will end up being something I can look back on and see improvement.
     
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  2. Living in Wales means being near to the coast. Went to Mwnt beach near Cardigan, somewhere hardly anyone goes. Was also the first time I took the tripod out which gave me a good chance to leave the camera in one place and mess with exposure and ISO settings, just so I could start to understand what they do and how they affect the shot. Did fiddle with this one in PS a bit. Something else I want to learn how to do properly.

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    Also reminded me about keeping level. I liked this photo apart from the sea running away

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  3. Always a joy to play with a new camera! You have captured some great light in those outdoor shots. The first couple I especially like the light. Keep going!
     
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  4. Lovely stuff @Martyn

    Have you considered making a pinhole for your 70D?
     
  5. Pinhole?
     
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  6. Snowdon. Perfect chance for the camera. Here's some of the better shots, nothing edited just as they were. I'd have loved to have spent more time taking photos but walking with someone else meant time was an issue. The rest are on my Flickr. Having this on my doorstep is great. A hard climb in the snow but well worth it.


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    This one reminded me of an Uncharted level

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    [​IMG]IMG_1325 by Martyn Phillips, on Flickr
     
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  7. Been ages since I've been out with the camera. Work, life, the usual. Caught a sunset down Aberaeron a few weeks ago, setup tripod and just played again.

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  8. There's a few dark sky spots withing a hour of where I live so last night knowing it's been warm meant clear sky I went up to Usk reservoir. Was just as sun had gone so next time I'll stay longer. Again just playing with exposure time, ISO, etc. Still on the standard kit lens. Hardest part was trying to manually focus in pitch black. Lots of trial an error but useful.

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  9. Good work! The 3rd sunset one is my favourite and the first starry sky one.
     
  10. Really struggling lately with time and finding things I want to shoot. Went down Oxwich one night for a look and to learn how the intervalometer worked. Pictures are OK but I have a better idea what settings to use next time.

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    Wind caught the stand so slightly blurry

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    Can just make out the milky way in this

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    And a shot of my brother's 86. Really need to take more photos of this

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    I'm home for 2 weeks at Christmas so hopefully a chance to take more night shots.
     

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