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Discussion in 'Photography Forums' started by Gordon @ Convergent AV, Sep 19, 2005.

  1. Gordon @ Convergent AV

    Gordon @ Convergent AV
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    Hi Everyone.

    I am in a lucky position. I've been gifted a camera by a cousin who in USA. He's actually my mothers cousin and he was a very very keen photographer. In fact, his claim to fame is that he worked for Playboy for a while...if that's fame on infamy...I collected my gift when I was in US at CEDIA. It's a Kiev88 with a couple of lenses and film backs and a pile of film.

    Now I know this is a medium format camera. I do not know much else. I've downloaded the instructions of the web and I've found a Kiev lovers site as there appear to be alot of Kiev haters....I know it's a copy of a Hassleblad. He gave his Hassleblad away to someone else though so I'm stuck with this. Well not stuck as I am very touched at being given it at all.

    I'm not clued up on photography other than I like to think I can compose a decent image. Taking the picture is where I get lost. So can anyone recommend a good read or have any suggestions where to start or what to do. I'm thinking of perhaps taking a course when I move down South next month.....

    Really, any and all advice gratefully recveived.

    Cheers,

    Gordon
    Got my Cub Scout badge for photography you know......
     
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    these sites although for 35mm may help
    exposure, composition, depth of field etc all applies to medium format

    what type of photography do you want to do?

    you may want to use a tripod

    If you are new to photography you may be interested in these free online "books" guides
    have a look here
    http://www.dpforums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2162


     
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    theres some other great forums around
    I'm a member of the one mattym posted great forum
    also
    http://www.dpforums.com - i like the gallery in this one, also a moderator there
    http://www.photo.net - long established forum - 1st one i joined many many years ago - probably 1998ish
    http://photography-on-the.net/
    This is dedicated to canon really - but a great forum non-the less

    there the ones I have seemed to keep going back to...

    and recently joined here for the AV bit - but also like this thread "Digital Cameras, Photography & Photo Editing"
    hope thats OK with the folks here posting other forums
     
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    This is excellent. I read the first par tof th eonline course etaf and it all made sense. Goign to look at the rest and these other links later. Looking forward to getting out and using this thing now...

    G
     
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    glad to know they helped - i found them to be a good introduction also useful for any level of skill.
     
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    "worked for Playboy for a while" :eek: The lucky begger, sounds like a dream job :smashin:
     

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