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Help plz - 1st time using DSLR

:iconemmil:
emmil Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I have Canon Eos 1100D.
So far I still use auto focus. I want to try using the A-dep, TP, AV, M, P, with manual focus but everytime I set the setting to those mode and take a photo I only get black blank result. Anyone know how to use them? Thanks.
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foreverCTY Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I learned a lot about operating cameras on digital-photography-school.com. They're a good resource, and they have articles on stuff ranging from theory, gear usage, and post-processing.

In general, make sure that you're exposing properly. I'm a Nikon user, but I'm pretty sure your camera has something the equivalent of an exposure meter inside it's viewfinder. It usually looks like this: <------O------> And has bars around it to show where you're exposed. You'll want to ensure that those bars are lining up to the O in the middle. That's a good start.

One way I've seen people learn is to wade into M mode by jumping into P and A mode. I liked to use A mode when I Started out. this would let me adjust the ISO and the Aperture, but did the shutter for me, so it was one less thing to worry about as I got the hang of changing the different settings. Usually try to keep your ISO between 100 to 400 for most shoots, as this will help reduce noise. I shoot up into the 3200 rarely, but I think I've shot that high only 3 times for a purposed shoot (IE something I was making money off of or intended to show here on dA.)

As for focus, I continue to this day to use autofocus except in rare instances when manual serves better (ie, on my most recent shoot I experimented shooting into the sun for flares, and autofocus would often focus on the flares over my subject.) I think the best way is to build into it slowly, like with any art form.

I hope that's of some help. If you've got any other questions let me know. Always happy to answer. And happy shooting!
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:iconemmil:
emmil Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'll check the website. Thanks for the info :)
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N-Maulina Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
simple saja

semakin besar asa/iso, semakin besar cahaya yg diterima
semakin kecil f, semakin sempit depth of field, semakin banyak cahaya yg bisa masuk
semakin cepat shutter speed, semakin sedikit cahaya yang bisa masuk.
tinggal atur2 ketiga itu aja sih. semoga membantu kk :D
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:iconemmil:
emmil Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
pk kamera yg sama??
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:iconn-maulina:
N-Maulina Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
aku pake 550d. tapi semua penggunaan kamera DSLR dasarnya itu, merek apa pun juga
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:iconemmil:
emmil Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
ok. Aku dah cek gallerynya kok ga ada fotonya ya? Ga ada yg dipajang di situ kah?
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:iconn-maulina:
N-Maulina Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
aku cuma bangun brand sebagai ilustrator di dA.
Di DKV ada kuliah fotografi tahun lalu jadi tau
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:iconemmil:
emmil Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh OK, kl gitu. Thxs buat infonya :D
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Fudgee0 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I remember I was so confused about this too when I first got my DSLR. Try turning your shutter speed down as well as your aperture. Turning up your ISO helps too, but this can sometimes make the picture look more grainy. Balancing these three settings together makes for a good photo. :)
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:iconemmil:
emmil Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I think I need to practice more. I was panic because I didn't know that it was normal that a camera can open its diaphragm for more than just 3 seconds when I use the manual mode.
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Fudgee0 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:lol: Yes, practice makes perfect!
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toshema Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It's your settings, the camera is not receiving enough light so the result is black. Aperture or focus also controls how much light reaches the sensor so you have to balance it out with your shutter speed, f/stop, or ISO. Here read this ---> [link] . Since your photos are turning out black your shutter speed is to fast (Example: 1/4000 is a real fast shutter speed) you need allot slower shutter speed to allow longer exposure to light (example: 1/30 is a slower shutter speed). But be careful to slow of an shutter speed you can over expose your shot and "blow it out" and it will become completely white, it all depends on situation.
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georgewjohnson Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
In one basic sentence, each one of those modes has other controls on the camera that control how an image is captured unlike automatic mode where the camera does everything for you.

If you want to use those other modes you need to learn where and how to adjust those other controls that are switched on by using the other camera modes. You can usually download the camera manuals from the manufacturers website. Other than that the question is too general to answer on a forum like this. You need to spend time reading the manual or lots of time playing and working out how the other controls affect how the image is captured in those modes.
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MatchstickART Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Did you take the lens cap off?

In all seriousness, read your manual. It explains the uses of each mode, and the details of what the different functions do. I found that to be massively helpful. It will help you with learning the controls, what the shooting modes do, and some basic photography terminology. I have the previous model, the 1000D, and literally everything you need to know about using that camera properly is in the booklet provided when you bought the camera.

As for those modes, P is essentially for portraits. M is fully manual shooting, and the other three are variations of different styles/levels of optimisation.
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wolfysilver Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Get a book dedicated to the camera you have, it's what I did when I bought my SLR as before then I had no clue how to use one!!! It's been very useful in explaining all what you can do in each mode and how to get the best pictures.
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CriticalCatalyst Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You might have the settings wrong. Try bringing your ISO up to 400, F-stop as high as it'll go, and shutter speed down to about 1/60. And/or use flash. Make sure you're on M. If you're still getting a blank result, I'd suggest taking it to someone, because even if the picture isn't good (wrong settings or being fuzzy or something) you should at least get something. If you can find a troubleshooting guide for your camera as well, that may help. Without the camera in my hands, I'm not sure what else I can say.
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:iconemmil:
emmil Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'll try to call a local friend to talk about it. She has used DSLR longer than me :)
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Shirei-Shou Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
can I speak Indonesian here? ==a Dont know how to explain it in English

Ini kata suami ci.
Coba set ASA nya di gedein. Asa 800 sampe 1600.
F nya dikecilin sampe 5

Semoa berhasil ci
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:iconemmil:
emmil Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
minta no telpon yg bs dihubungi dong....
Kl bs bkn hp, biar ga ribet jelasinnya pk tulisan.
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Blackrosekane89 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
This site was extremely helpful to me learning how to use a DSLR [link]
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:iconemmil:
emmil Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry, that site is too general and more about theory. It's not helping my problem.
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:iconblackrosekane89:
Blackrosekane89 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's not really general. It's a day by day breakdown of how to use your camera. Didn't you wanna learn how to use your DSLR?
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