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    I personally prefer Nikon, I own a D70s(wish I waited for the D80). I was deciding between it and an XTi until I held them. The Nikon has more weight and feels "stronger" if that is an applicable adjective. The Canon just felt small and fragile.

    Does not take away or add to eithers ability to produce great pics. JMO
    Do yourself a favor and go to a camera store and hold a few. Either Canon or Nikon DSLR, you cant go wrong with what ever budget frame you will work with.

    And Yes you WILL spend the same as or more money on lenses than your camera, so budget accordingly.

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    Hey well after all the useful insight i'm finally about to order a rebel xt and a scandisk cf ultra II memory card to get me started.

    What i've really wanted to know is how to take and manipulate pictures to look like this http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...vid/mybike.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thursday View Post
    Hey well after all the useful insight i'm finally about to order a rebel xt and a scandisk cf ultra II memory card to get me started.

    What i've really wanted to know is how to take and manipulate pictures to look like this http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...vid/mybike.jpg
    You and me both. I picked up the XTi about 2 months ago but still have not had a chance to mess with photo shop.

    I can do something similar to that with my wide angle lens. Took a picture of a 45 story building just across the street and was able to capture the sidewalk I was standing on along with the top of the building.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thursday View Post
    Hey well after all the useful insight i'm finally about to order a rebel xt and a scandisk cf ultra II memory card to get me started.

    What i've really wanted to know is how to take and manipulate pictures to look like this http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...vid/mybike.jpg
    shoot with a fisheye and expose a little under what the meter tells you. pop some fill flash. Then add vignetting, saturation, and contrast in adobe camera raw. thats really a very very simple picture. the hardest part was composing it and finding decent sunlight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by c00lbeans View Post
    shoot with a fisheye and expose a little under what the meter tells you. pop some fill flash. Then add vignetting, saturation, and contrast in adobe camera raw. thats really a very very simple picture. the hardest part was composing it and finding decent sunlight.
    wow I guess i'm gonna have to learn a plethora of new camera jargon, that is like a foreign language to me.

    EDIT: any guides to help me out in my journey of the photography realm? I've been reading up on ken rockwells site but anything would be helpful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thursday View Post
    wow I guess i'm gonna have to learn a plethora of new camera jargon, that is like a foreign language to me.

    EDIT: any guides to help me out in my journey of the photography realm? I've been reading up on ken rockwells site but anything would be helpful.
    buy this book
    Amazon.com: Photography: Barbara London, John Upton, Jim Stone, Ken Kobré, Betsy Brill: Books


    and put your camera on manual and never take it off
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    Quote Originally Posted by c00lbeans View Post
    buy this book
    Amazon.com: Photography: Barbara London, John Upton, Jim Stone, Ken Kobré, Betsy Brill: Books


    and put your camera on manual and never take it off
    Appreciate the help man

    EDIT: ordered the book
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    If you are just getting started, learn how to frame and compose before "vignetting, saturation, contrast..." .
    Albeit, all that stuff can make a crappy pic look good.
    Fisheye lens was the main enhancement in that photo anyway.
    Learn how to take good pics without using that stuff first.
    Altering good pics will make great pics.
    Enjoy

    If investing in an "expensive" lens, look for one that will stay at a 2.8f(or less) at 100-200mm. I went to Charlotte Dirt Speedway, and they have Musco brand lighting, the lights they use for NASCAR racing. At 150yds, you didn't even need a flash to shoot. Plan on $1,000-$2,000 budget.
    A powerful lense on an inexpensive camera can still be utilized to it's potential.
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    Take a look at this pretty well done site by Canon that explains shutter, aperture, ISO among many other things and how they are all balanced.
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    Yea that canon site is the first thing I stumbled over, pretty niffty.
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    I think to start out i'm going to keep the camera on some of the built in "creative" settings especially the TV Shutter-Priority AE and just mess with the white balance and exposure compensation until I get a hang with everything. Then in a few weeks or so move up to full manual.
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