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    Hello from arkansas

    Hello everyone. I'm James and I live in Central Arkansas. I am...not an experienced photographer, and this frustrates me a great deal. So any pointers about subject matter, composition, etc would be great. I am also of the philosophy that sometimes the wrong exposure makes for a better picture...thats just me. anyhow, howdy and hope to talk to some of you soon.

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    Welcome, James, from near Washington, DC. Strive to master the basic techniques so you can do them without thinking. Stick to one film and one developer for a good long time. Don't confuse sloppy technique for "artistry" or "creativity." Learn all the rules before you decide which are the ones you can afford to break. Begin by photographing things you like. Be sure to have fun.
    John, Mount Vernon, Virginia USA

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    My daughter, in her toddler years, (she's a mature 7.5 years old now) taught me the most interesting path between two points is never a straight line. Dive in the deep end, and have fun!

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    Hi James from south central Missouri.

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    Welcome.

    The best pointer IMO is to think of the final print before you click that shutter. Examine the viewfinder very carefully whenever you have the time, and imagine the print that will be made from the image you see there. Next, make prints the way you want to make them; not the way you have been told to make them. If you aren't doing this, then why on Earth are you photographing anyhow? Third: technique can be learned by anyone if they put in the time and effort. If you are having problems, you will get it eventually if you put in the effort. Don't obsess over it to the point that you forget why you are taking pictures in the first place.

    Those are three things that I am glad were hammered into my head early on in my photographic pursuits.
    2F/2F

    "Truth and love are my law and worship. Form and conscience are my manifestation and guide. Nature and peace are my shelter and companions. Order is my attitude. Beauty and perfection are my attack."

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    Welcome from SW Missouri.
    "while a hundred civilizations have prospered (sometimes for centuries) without computers or windmills or even the wheel, none have survived even a few generations without art." David Bayles & Ted Orland Art & Fear

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    Hello James, welcome to APUG. Just take your time and everything will come to ya.

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    thanks everyone for the replies.

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    Welcome, James. Just choose a topic, ask a pointed question and get a dozen pointed answers. Nothing to it.
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    one thing I forgot to ask is whether any photography books can be helpful with technique, and/or fundamentals.

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