Starting my photography journey - very slowly!

Today is my birthday - and I am now the proud owner of a Panasonic Lumix FZ 1000. It's very exciting, since I've never had more than a point and shoot camera (in the dim and distant past) and an Iphone for happy snaps more recently.

I visited Lackford Lakes (near Bury St Edumnds, Suffolk) for an hour or so this morning with my hubby, and just missed some bramblings. The Volunteer at the visitor centre was most excited about seeing them. But I did see a siskin on one of the feeders and a lovely grey wagtail stalking about on the ice at the edge of a shallow pool - however I had hardly switched on my camera before he had disappeared again. I did get some shots of the siskin and a few blue tits, but they looked quite blurred through the viewfinder (I had it set on IA - Intelligent Automatic - something I am not!!). 

Luckily for me, I was able to find a 10 week beginner's course running at the revered and well established Ipswich Institute and attended my first session on Wednesday evening. Getting to grips with all the acronyms on the dials, plus function buttons - not to mention puzzling out why turning the focus had no effect (I had it on autofocus, so I guessed that disables the manual focussing) is a challenge. I came away from the session with head spinning, but am hoping for gradual Enlightenment over the weeks and months.

We wandered off to a hide and I saw some Egyptian Geese, Teal, Tufted duck, cormorants, coots, swans etc - so that was a delight. I even managed to get a few shots of the scenery, though light levels were pretty low!

Many thanks to all the friendly folk (Angus, Mike and others) who helped me find the right camera (see the thread "Bridge camera for a complete beginner"). 

Karen B Suffolk
  • Well done Karen I'm sure you will enjoy the FZ1000, one tip I can give and that is to have fun with it.

    The best thing about digital cameras it won't cost you anything to take photos, while you're out that camera will shoot anything from insects, landscapes along with snap away and we look forward to seeing your photos.

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  • Hi Karen,
    If you have not already done this then get the person to show you how to adjust the diopter to suit your vision.

    If you want to know how its done click the link below.

    LINK- - -Diopter adjustment on the DMC-FZ1000


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  • Good luck Karen, if anything gets a bit confusing, come back on here and ask, we'll be sure to help between us.  There's also a wealth of info available from this Index thread don't forget


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  • Hi Karen,  firstly belated Happy Birthday for yesterday;  sounds like you received a fantastic present and hope you have many a happy hour with your new camera.    As with most new gadgets and gear, it takes time and practice and most of us end up with more photos we take being consigned to the bin than those we actually keep !!    Photography can be very rewarding as well as frustrating at times as we can all tell you about !    Good luck with the lessons, it is a great place to start to give you more confidence with settings and I guarantee when you've had a few days and then weeks practicing  it will all slowly fit into place like a jigsaw puzzle.    As  WJ says,  if you need help then just ask away and hopefully someone on here will be able to assist  -  I have gained a lot of valauable tips from the experts on here and the link that WJ gave you is a good place to start.  Most importantly, enjoy the camera and getting out and about to photograph subjects and we all look forward to seeing your photos.    By the way, is there any spare birthday cake left ?    LOL


    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • In reply to HAZY:

    Many thanks, Hazy. I had to laugh about the fantastic present - it certainly is, but I saved up and bought it for myself!! 

    My hubby bought me a niger seed feeder for the garden - not as glamorous, but equally useful - I am looking forward to seeing more goldfinches as a result.

    As for the spare birthday cake - if I'd had one, I would have gladly shared it with you. 

    I will definitely ask lots of stupid questions on this forum - everyone is so friendly and helpful!

    Once I work out how to resize the enormous photos for posting, I'll put a few up. They won't be good, but hopefully they will gradually show some progress. At least they aren't ones of my feet and are vaguely straight... LOL

    Karen B Suffolk
  • In reply to Karen B Suffolk:

    Once I work out how to resize the enormous photos for posting, I'll put a few up.

    Are you using a windows PC/laptop Karen and if so what version of windows?

    Windows 7 and 8 came with windows photo gallery and you can resize them in that, there is a 5mb limit on here.

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  • In reply to Karen B Suffolk:

    Hello Karen, welcome from Caithness, up at the very top of Scotland. Enjoy your new camera, look forward to seeing the results, whatever and however they may be! It is all in the learning. A niger feeder is a great pressie, as you say the birdies love the seed, no doubt you will have many. Enjoy

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  • In reply to James:

    Thanks, James. I'll give that a go. I am long sighted, so I imagine that's the problem...

    Karen B Suffolk
  • In reply to Alan:

    Hi Alan - many thanks for the suggestion. I use a Macbook Air - and Quicktime for video editing, and in the very distant past I used to use Photoshop, but only at work. There is some editing facility on Photos, so I guess I should just experiment a bit...

    Karen B Suffolk
  • In reply to Alan:

    thanks, Alan - I went to our wonderful local park this morning - sun, frost, and lots to see. I'll post some pics later...

    Karen B Suffolk