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    Greetings from the Midwest

    Greetings everyone. I'm Ted. I live in Indiana. I'm 24.

    First off, suffice it to say that I'm a true beginner when it comes to photography. I think it's an absolutely beautiful form of art and like all other forms, I didn't get the gene. With school being such a joy and all [sarcasm], I don't have a lot of time to devote to anything, but I love being outdoors, I absolutely love to travel, and so I think photography would be a wonderful fit for me.

    I purchased a Sony alpha-100 DSLR last year and have used it on and off. Yesterday, on whim, I made my first analog purchase. I bought a Minolta x-370 with four lenses that appear to be in decent shape. I need to make a run into town and purchase a new battery and some film, but I'm excited to start experimenting.

    Maybe when I have some free time I'll take a class. I'm curious to learn how others became proficient [e.g., an influential person, a class, parents, significant others, savants, etc.]

    Hope everyone has a lovely Saturday.

    Cheers,
    Ted :wave:

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    Ted welcome from another midwesterner (chicago area)

    I can't say as i'm very proficient at the moment but i started reading books and have learned alot from this site. At some point i'd like to take some class instruction.

    A member of this site J. Brunner has some you tube videos on developing film and other things that might help also.

    Kevin

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    Ted
    From my own experiences most people I've met are self taught with a little help along the way. But with the www you can be in touch with someone everyday. Welcome to APUG.

    Cheers
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    Ted - welcome to APUG from western Massachusetts. I am self-taught... asked a lot of questions of friends back before internet access. Then just exposed a lot of film and made a lot of prints. Still learning!

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    Ted,

    Hi from a fellow Hoosier. What part of Indiana are you in?
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    Fine Art Photography of Indiana and other places no one else photographs.

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    Welcome! This is a good place to start learning! There are also many sites where you can learn the basics of focusing, shutter speed, and other cool things. But when it comes to developing B&W film, or making slides, or doing color film, this is the place to be!
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    Thanks to everyone who said hello!

    It's nice to hear that people are self-taught (there's still hope for me yet!)

    Another question I thought of: do you guys generally prefer analog > digital exclusively? in some media but not others? just as a hobby? etc.

    Chris, I'm currently in Indianapolis, but I've lived elsewhere in the state. How's Ft. Fun? [name I learned for it at tennis camp as a kid]

    Cheers,
    Ted

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    Good Afternoon, Ted,

    Welcome about 250 miles WSW of you in your neighboring state. Learning: Trial and error, with emphasis on the "error."

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    Hello from Richmond Va! I'm sure you'll love the Minolta X-370.

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    Welcome! I'm three hours north of you, in South Bend. I got started in photography by taking the family cameras along with me on school trips. Then my brother gave me an Argus C3 that I could call my own, and the adventure began in earnest. This was all back in the sixties and early seventies.
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