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Old September 10th, 2004, 03:54 PM   #1
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This is probably a longshot; but does anyone know of a referral service or list of places by geographic location where someone could get training on the use of an XL1? I would be interested in getting trained in both the technical aspect of it (what each feature actually does), as well as the artistic production aspect (when and why I would want to use that feature). I live near Denver if that helps. Any suggestions are much appreciated. Thanks!
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Old September 10th, 2004, 06:01 PM   #2
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Welcome Eric,

You have already made a step in the right direction by coming to this forum. You can utilize the search function to obtain answers to many of the questions you may have. Practically every aspect is covered in here somewhere.

If you have a specific question, go ahead and post it. Someone here will take the time to explain it. You need to specify whether you have the XL-1 or the XL-1s. They are similar but different in some of their features.

Also, be sure to check out the main pages of the site. There are numerous articles and tips there as well.

Hope this helps you out.

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Old September 10th, 2004, 08:33 PM   #3
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I will tell you the advice I received here from one of the other wranglers years ago on this issue: Enroll in a photography class and learn all you can about composition and exposure.

The other thing to do is place special emphasis on the differences between digital and film photography. Some of that info is available on this site.
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Old September 13th, 2004, 09:04 AM   #4
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To Greg and Nathan

Thanks to you both for your quick responses:

<<You have already made a step in the right direction by coming to this forum. You can utilize the search function to obtain answers to many of the questions you may have. Practically every aspect is covered in here somewhere. If you have a specific question, go ahead and post it. Someone here will take the time to explain it. >>

I think I need something more in the line of a "101" class. I am what you might call unconsciously incompetent; I have no specific questions precisely because I don't know what to ask. Unfortunately, my doctorate in humanities offers me no help with this issue :)

<<You need to specify whether you have the XL-1 or the XL-1s. They are similar but different in some of their features.>>

I have an XL-1, not a 1s.

<<Also, be sure to check out the main pages of the site. There are numerous articles and tips there as well.>>

I have done that for the most part. Most of the techniques are clearly over my head at this point, or require that I purchase accessories I don't currently have.

<<I will tell you the advice I received here from one of the other wranglers years ago on this issue: Enroll in a photography class and learn all you can about composition and exposure. >>

I think this is part of what I am looking for (the artistic part). The other part is, how would I perform these techniques using a XL-1 (the technical part)?

<<The other thing to do is place special emphasis on the differences between digital and film photography. Some of that info is available on this site.>>

I anticipate that all my productions will be digital (I can foresee no use of film for my purposes).

Thank you again for all your help. If you have an idea of where I might go to get the basics on both the artistic and technical use of my specific camera, I would be most appreciative.
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Old September 13th, 2004, 02:07 PM   #5
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Hi Eric,

I'm not sure if there is a formal training that starts from scratch--that is, explaining the functions of the XL1. You might look up DV Revolution Workshop, but I think they might assume you're comfortable with the workings of your camera.

Now, if informal --very informal--training with several XL1s users would be up your alley (they aren't that different) maybe you could save some money and come on over to Idaho! If my friends were game, we could show you everything we know about the camera. Should take about five minutes. (just kidding)

Then we could have some fun shooting different scenes so you could apply the features. Your only cost would be your travel expenses.

We don't profess to be experts by any means, but if basics is what you're looking for, plus some experimenting with lighting, etc., we could probably help with that. Sounds like you're just looking for a start, along with some moral support from fellow shooters.

My only warning? Just remember that you often get what you pay for. :) But I think you'd have a good time getting to know your camera. If you're interested, let me know and I'll talk it over with my friends.
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Old September 13th, 2004, 03:22 PM   #6
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Lorinda,

Thank you for that very generous offer. I am indeed interested. Please let me know what you and your friends decide.
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