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First, yes that's my gallery, the waterfall photo is Niagara from the American side, thanks for the kind comments.

When there's low light, yes you can get more color with a longer exposure. You can also use the white-balance settings to bring in more color too. Daylight while balance tends to bring in more blues as well.
In the case of the waterfall photo, I think it was around a 15 second exposure, but the color is from the lights changing cycle. It's lit up from the Canadian side at night and the multi-colors were from it going from pink to yellow-ish if I remember correctly.

As far as information on photography, the internet is going to give you just as much info as any book. A few things to search for that will really help you learn more are:

F/stop
ISO Speeds
Shutter Speeds
White Balance settings
Lens Filters such as Neutral Density, Circular Polarizers, UV filters, etc
Composition

There's a ton to learn but eventually you'll start to see how everything kinda ties in together. Just going around and looking at other peoples photos really helps too, seeing what is possible, how the photo is composed, and what areas around you might be good spots for photography.
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First, yes that's my gallery, the waterfall photo is Niagara from the American side, thanks for the kind comments.

When there's low light, yes you can get more color with a longer exposure. You can also use the white-balance settings to bring in more color too. Daylight while balance tends to bring in more blues as well.
In the case of the waterfall photo, I think it was around a 15 second exposure, but the color is from the lights changing cycle. It's lit up from the Canadian side at night and the multi-colors were from it going from pink to yellow-ish if I remember correctly.

As far as information on photography, the internet is going to give you just as much info as any book. A few things to search for that will really help you learn more are:

F/stop
ISO Speeds
Shutter Speeds
White Balance settings
Lens Filters such as Neutral Density, Circular Polarizers, UV filters, etc
Composition

There's a ton to learn but eventually you'll start to see how everything kinda ties in together. Just going around and looking at other peoples photos really helps too, seeing what is possible, how the photo is composed, and what areas around you might be good spots for photography.
Thanks for all the help. Do you know of a few photographer that do action sport photography, just so I can get a look at it and maybe see a style I may like to base my own style off of? A snowboarding album would be awesome but just anything with a moving target really. Biking, Surfing, Skateboarding just want to see what some of them might have to offer.
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if your looking for a cheap easy to use video editing software. sony makes a couple lower end products that you can get fairly cheap. you can also download samples of their software so you can try it out and see if you like working with it first
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I'll bump this, as I am interested and a noob as well.


What are everyone's thoughts on the new compact internchangable lense cameras, like the Nikon J1 (not N1), Lumix GH2 (cancel this, too expensive), Sony NEX, etc. ?

Worth it compared to a DSLR?

Edit: Found this online too.... http://www.target.com/p/Canon-EOS-Re...i_detailbutton

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Well feel free to jump in, you may ask questions i otherwise wouldn't lol
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Well feel free to jump in, you may ask questions i otherwise wouldn't lol

Sorry didn't mean to thread jack.

But I have been sort of researching this (not very in depth though) and people were talking about DSLR's in this thread... so I figured I'd throw out the option of these new style of cameras (I guess they are mirror-less or something?).

They seem to bridge the gap between a regular point and shoot and a DSLR, but are much closer to the DSLR in terms of quality.

Plus some of them can record 720p at 60fps and some have 1080p capabilities as well.
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Photography and videography/cinematography are related, but still two distinct disciplines at the more skilled ends. If you are serious about getting into photography, then if you hit up some photography message boards you should be able to find an old entry level DSLR to purchase used and start getting your feet wet.

Yes, you can take a picture with any type of camera, but you will not learn as much about the technical aspects of taking photos from a point-and-shoot camera.

Unfortunately, although camera bodies go down in price with time, camera lenses tend to hold their value very well. Many even go up in price. One hard and fast rule is that it is the glass (lenses) that determines how sharp a photo can be (with a few exceptions). Going with a more common first camera (Canon/Nikon) will give you access to a greater number of compatible lenses.

The best time to get a new camera is when you find yourself hitting the limits of what your current equipment can do.

With me, I was starting to realize how horrible the dynamic range and flash was on my point-and-shoot compared to my uncle's point and shoot. I got a DSLR (used) a couple of months after that.
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The Donohoe:

Sorry forgot to reply about the snowboarding photographers. Jeff Curtes is one of the biggest names you'll see and always a ton of stuff in Transworld from him. Cole Barash (I think I'm spelling that right) is another.

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There's quite a few Canon bodies that will do the HD video, but to the best of my knowledge you have to use manual focusing. In my opinion you're still better off buying a DSLR instead of these hybrid cameras.
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Thank you, I've been really lazy and caught up in school work so camera research has been the last thing on my mind, but hopefully this weekend I can get some research done.
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This is a photography school in New York, they have a very comprehensive website, but also offer correspondence courses. I am subscribed to their newsletter, which has lots of tips and tricks. I have yet to sign up for a course, although I would like to.

New York Institute of Photography
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