Yep got this in just a bit ago, a quick charge and off to playing around. So yeah soo many buttons and soo much different then anything I've ever used consdiering I mostly used point and shoots previously. Pictures are stunning from the few I played with and have the IS lenses is great for freehand shooting. Definitely want to get a Macro lense when I can afford one maybe for christmas.
So yeah any tips and tricks anyone wants to pass a long I would love. LOL
Nice! Its always amazing when first going from a point and shoot to a DSLR, it funny how you don't realize how much you've been missing until you look at your first shots from a DSLR.
As far as tips, here's one, DONT GET A TRIPOD! (especially for aquarium photography)
You may be saying to yourself, "Elmo, Y U NO LIKE TRIPODS?!?!
Because they're not needed for aquarium photography. I guarantee you an external flash (speedlight) will be infinitely more useful than any tripod for aquarium/fish photography.
The suggestion to "Get a tripod!" pop up and spreads around here more than herpes in a college dorm, and I have no idea why. If I had to use a tripod when I do fish photography, I swear I would throw it across the freakin' room!
People claim you can use it to get good full tank shots by using a slow shutter. BS! Yeah great, you got a low ISO shot of your tank, too bad there's motion blur trails all over your tank from the fish swimming around. Fail!
People claim it helps you get steady shots of fish. BS! It makes tracking a fish 10x harder, and would only result in frustration (and throwing it across the room) A much better alternative is to use an external flash(speedlight), then you can use a shutter speed of 1/250....at which point you don't need no stinkin' tripod! (plus you're pics will be much better, and you can use it for other things too)
I guarantee any tripod you're likely to buy, including those at bestbuy or the usual department stores are so completely unstable and unsteady, that I would just advise avoiding it all together. If you really need a steady platform, I'd rather see you use a snack table or something. Heck, I guarantee you could make a stack of books into a more stable platform than any of those tripods. Hell, give me a few shots of whiskey, and I guarantee I will hold your camera more steady and securely for you than any of those three legged contraptions they have the nerve to call a tripod.
A real tripod costs at least $500, plus a ball head, plus the kirk style plates to go on it. Most real setups cost around $800. Do you need such a setup? NO! I don't even have one, and I've been doing professional photography for a while now. I do want to get one eventually, but even I don't have a pressing need for one. They are very useful, but you'll know when you get to the point that you need one, when not having one limits your creative ability (and I don't mean to take pictures of your cat)
GAH! Stop suggesting tripods people!
Thank you, this has been a Public Service Announcement on Tripods.