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I don't have many ready yet, but here's two that I pulled out from the bunch I took on the last evening. I really liked how these came out.

Maui Sunset

Self-Portrait at Sunset

I'll work on getting the rest of the photos from the honeymoon put into some sort of collection that people can look at. Might take me a while, but I'll keep people posted.
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Photographers!

What software do you use for storing photos? I'm taking hundreds of photos with my camera every time I use it, and it's rapidly getting too hard to sort through folders and such in Windows. I'd like to use some sort of software but am not sure what's best. I'm willing to pay if it's particularly good!

In other news, ... well, maybe that's it for now. I'll post some photos later if I get anything worth posting!
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Okay, so taking good pictures is actually a lot harder than one might expect. (Okay, you may laugh now.)

Anyway, I'm looking for any links people have to Really Awesome Beginner Guides! These can be books (I'll buy 'em), blogs, pages, etc. I've already been exposed (har har) to photo.net/learn, digital-photography-school, and some of the stuckincustom guy's tutorials. I've also got a book "35mm Handbook" from Jesse that has a lot of information.

I promise I'll upload some pictures. For now, you get this:

Janine with the Bay Bridge in the background.

I really like that shot. There are some things I could have done better, but I think I managed to do okay with getting the lighting off of her face, a nice general "hey, this is a pretty girl and a big bridge" sort of thing. I didn't do any post processing, so the colors and such I'm sure could be corrected and fixed, my exposure is probably made of fail, and blah blah.

Also, I kind of think it would have been better if she were pensive or thoughtful and not smiling, but I didn't think of that at the time. I'm also pretty happy with how the bridge came out -- you can tell what it is, that it's huge, but it's still definitely background.

Aaaaaaanyway. More pictures below the cut.

Mooooar. )
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Life continues. It's been really, really busy lately, but that's to be expected. I'm not going to talk about the obvious, so instead: camera!

The last time I thought about the prospect of getting a real camera, I did a lot of research on the then-current Rebel XT and competitors. I went into a Ritz Camera and played around with a lot of them, but ended up walking out with a point-and-shoot for a lot less money. Decided that I wasn't really ready to take the plunge into doing more with photography.

Anyway, the wedding and honeymoon gives me a real pressing need to have some good photos. Since Janine and I will be the only people there (for the honeymoon!), one of us needs to take pictures! And since I'm the one interested in it... well, here I am.

I picked up a Canon Rebel XSi kit with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens.

While I haven't done much with it, I am sort of happy about this picture. Note the one on top was before altering the photo in Canon Digital Photo Professional.





I'm actually quite happy with how it came out after all the touching up was done. Okay, so maybe this is just a beginner feeling and that picture is really terrible. I'm okay with that, as long as I learn and get better over time. Oh yeah, and I should point out that shot was taken with a 0.6" shutter speed, so it's slightly fuzzy. Darn being indoors at night!

Anyway.

Next up: need to get some filters as suggested as well as get another lens or two. This lens is pretty good for generally taking photos and will probably work for most things, but I want something else for indoor photos. I've been looking at the EF 50mm F1.8 II which is really cheap (~$80) and seems to have a wide enough aperture to work indoors.

Any thoughts? Any other accessories that are absolute must haves? Preference on cheaper, while I eventually do intend to get some nice lenses, the bank account cannot afford to spend $1,000 on that fancy telephoto do-it-all wonder-lens...
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