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Please Help DSLR newbie need Help 2 Years, 5 Months ago  
Hello All,

I just won a Canon EOS Rebel T2i camera with a EF-S 18-55mm IS Lens. I am ignorant with camera technology. I purchased 2 recommended books on amazon and they will arrive tomorrow. Now some background why I am reaching out to my favorite BB. I have always enjoyed stop animation and adding as many props as I can to my games. We game every 2 weeks. We are starting a new campaign in a city. I would like to create a Stop motion video short 1-2 minutes in length in between our gaming sessions to give the players some information. I am looking at purchasing Dragon Frame. Does anyone know anything about it? I also have a question for the photo literate folks out there. Should I invest in a macro lens? Canon has a 60mm macro lens. Dragon frame recommends a nikon macro lens with an adapter kit to remove potential flicker. Any thoughts on a regular macro lens or the nikon? Would my lens be ok to get started and have some fun? Thoughts? Am I getting over my head with the idea to create a 1-2 minute film every other weekend? The math I did that is about 1500 pictures over a weekend. If it takes me 5 seconds to set a picture, snap and reset that is about 2-3 hours of shooting and maybe another 1-2 hours post production. Am I crazy?


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Re:Please Help DSLR newbie need Help 2 Years, 5 Months ago  
Hi Shadox! I asked similar questions in Kronos' thread:

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His tips helped me a lot.
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Re:Please Help DSLR newbie need Help 2 Years, 5 Months ago  
Stop motion is not quick to do. Are you crazy..?? Errrr we are on the DF forum, and we save our hard earned pennies to spend on rather pricy lovely scenery so the answer is probably yes!

On the issue of getting to know and use your new toy. And congratulations by the way. I would say, join a local camera club. There are clubs all over the place. They will show you how to properly use your new toy and get the best out of it.

You may even find some friendly folks who may lend you some specialist bits and bobs to help you.
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Re:Please Help DSLR newbie need Help 2 Years, 5 Months ago  
Congratulations! :)
Cool Cam, a great one to start with. The 18-55 is fine. I use a 50mm lens for my shots, I don't own a Macro lens because it's just not necessary. Since your lens is a zoom lens it will do a fine job. It will not be as sharp as a macro but that should not concern you at this point.
If you feel the need to buy one anyway: buy a Canon lens. Don't deviate. You have a canon cam, use a canon lens. They make awesome lenses. They really do. Sadly, they cost more. But they are worth it.

Am I getting over my head with the idea to create a 1-2 minute film every other weekend?
Depends on how much free time you have in your hands. What you have in mind will be very time consuming. Very, very time consuming.

The math I did that is about 1500 pictures over a weekend. If it takes me 5 seconds to set a picture, snap and reset that is about 2-3 hours of shooting and maybe another 1-2 hours post production. Am I crazy?
We are all crazy, we are gamers. ;)
That said, I don't think you look at this in a realistic scale. Photography takes time. A lot of time. I don't mean snapshots, I mean real photography which I assume you will need to do when you want to create a stop motion film. But it's the best thing just to try it. It's always the best in photography to make your own experiences and learn while you are doing it. That's how I learned the craft. It's a fun journey, if you are dedicated.
I wish you the best of luck and good times with your EOS Rebel! :)
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Re:Please Help DSLR newbie need Help 2 Years, 5 Months ago  
Here is an update.

I have read through the books and now that I know what function equals what button. I need to learn how the functions will affect my photos. So as a result I have signed up for some basic classes and some one on one time over the next 6 weeks from a home town tutor. (www.everydayphotoclass.com/). Once I get through the 3 classes and a couple of the one on one private lessons my goal is to enroll in a local college photography class and if I can find one, a stop motion animation class.

I know a little about what I do not know right now... I am sure in 6 weeks I will know more that I do not know. As for now I am putting the videos on hold for this game. To be resumed later for a big "reveal" However it does not mean I will not attempt to play with it over the next few months. I just took a new position and I feel that I have WAY too much time now and if I do not fill it with my hobbies, my wife will fill it with her hobbies. I am estimating I will have 8-10 hours a week minimum to work on this. a couple hours here or there during the week and a 5 hour block on weekends.

One day I will post something here on the forum.

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