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    Any updated photography tips,books, etc. I have a Canon SX40HS. I see some of the excellent photos that get posted. In short my photography skills stink. I will appreciate any help.

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    A sky-blue sheet with some white spraypaint clouds makes for a nice (and cheap) temporary backdrop -



    Bright light = better pictures



    But don't use a flash, yuck -



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    Tripod, tripod, tripod! Like Mark said, avoid a flash. The light output won't be even enough for layout photography (thus the tripod). Also, if your Canon has a macro mode (often indicated by a Flower icon), you may need that to get some closeups (not entire layout) shots.

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    I feel like I've seen a more brief and just as informative version of this somewhere, but this is a pretty good write-up.

    http://mrr.trains.com/-/media/Files/...OTOGRAPHY1.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalbert View Post
    I feel like I've seen a more brief and just as informative version of this somewhere, but this is a pretty good write-up.

    http://mrr.trains.com/-/media/Files/...OTOGRAPHY1.pdf
    Thanks for the link
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingmeow View Post
    Tripod, tripod, tripod
    Any suggestions for Tripod. Would be looking for one that is lightweight, sturdy and not break the bank.
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    Since your camera is not a big SLR you don't need one that breaks the bank. HOWEVER, if you are eventually going to get a DSLR or a big one at that, then you may want to get a beefier one now so you don't buy twice. Consider a pan head if you are going to do videos as a pan head allows you to pan smoothly as you follow the train.

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/searc...t&N=4075788742

    For what you have now, just get one by price and people's review at B&H Photo. Some of the low cost better named ones are Slik and Sunpack. The bigger costlier ones are Bogen/Manfrotto, Sirui, Gitzo, etc.

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    I have 2 Manfrotto tripods. They are very good and sturdy, one is a compact tripod the other beefier. They are expensive retail but I got them for a great price used. Then upgraded the heads for a quick release, worth it’s weight in gold!

    If you get a cheaper one to start that’s lightweight, make sure it has at least a spot to add weights, some use a bag of rice. Adds to stability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coffeeman View Post
    I have 2 Manfrotto tripods. They are very good and sturdy, one is a compact tripod the other beefier. They are expensive retail but I got them for a great price used. Then upgraded the heads for a quick release, worth it’s weight in gold!

    If you get a cheaper one to start that’s lightweight, make sure it has at least a spot to add weights, some use a bag of rice. Adds to stability.
    Would this tripod be Ok not that expensive https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073XM1TLS...4PRNSLEW&psc=0
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    It only has 1 review and it's an off brand. I would get this one instead. A lot of good reviews, cheaper and Sunpack is known in the photography world. The way it's constructed, it looks like Slik made it and rebranded for Sunpack.I

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...UT_Tripod.html

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    This what I have now https://www.adorama.com/tpaip50.html want to talk about junk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingmeow View Post
    It only has 1 review and it's an off brand. I would get this one instead. A lot of good reviews, cheaper and Sunpack is known in the photography world. The way it's constructed, it looks like Slik made it and rebranded for Sunpack.I

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...UT_Tripod.html
    I just bought this for less then 20 bucks https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-...ywords=tripods
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    I just got the 20 buck Tripod (had a coupon). I must say it is not bad for the price, Much better than the one I had.... Not that it will help me take better pics. The weight, the controls,etc seem pretty good.
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    It will sure help. Even set the timer to 2 seconds, this will help reduce shake from pushing the shutter. Now you u have a stable platform and next it’s just getting into settings and composition

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