Thursday, March 24, 2016

Where to begin, Photography Basics; Equipping Yourself Part I

Well, it is always an adventure for me to launch a new blog. This one will allow me to share my experience and journey from being an occasional point and shoot photographer to a developing amateur photographer who has made a lot of mistakes along the way, but has learned a lot because of it. If you are just starting out in photography then perhaps, this will be just what you need. Feel free to advance beyond where I am, but allow me to share my experience and benefit from it.

Right now you are asking yourself, where do I start? What kind of equipment do I need? How can I learn to master the skills necessary to do photography? I would give this answer first. Do you love to take photos? Are you always trying to capture scenes and moments with your smart phone? Have you always wanted to take photos with the urge to learn more about photography? If your answer is yes to these questions then you are ready to take the plunge. If not, then you really should just stick with your phone or an inexpensive point and shoot digital camera. I don't want you to think that you are going to have spend thousands of dollars on equipment. You will not, but you will have to spend some money and you can build your gear over time.

I will be able to show you how get good gear at a very reasonable price. You can slowly build it up over time and you can spend as much or as little as you want. I just want you to know that you can begin making very nice images for under $500 U.S. You can do this by purchasing used or entry level gear.

I began with point and shoot cameras, and frankly, I stayed with them too long, spent the price of a great camera and lens kit in slowly upgrading with point and shoot bridge cameras. If I had it to do over and knew what I know now, I would not have spent all that money on P&S Bridge cameras. It was a waste for two reasons. First, I spent money that could have used to build my gear quicker and secondly, I took hundreds, if not thousands of photos, that no longer meet the standard of excellence that I demand for myself today. Hopefully, if you follow this blog and you are just beginning you can benefit from my mistakes and make a smoother transition from rank amateur to enthusiast.

Just to let you know that you are not wasting your time, I will share a couple of shots I have made to show that progress is very possible, and that with trial and error as well as watching some You Tube videos you can make a lot of progress.

You can enlarge these images by clicking on them, and then you can scroll through all the images in this post.

The three photos I have selected were all done with fairly inexpensive gear. The two camera's you see above were purchased for less than $400 each for the camera body and lens. The lenses are prime lenses, and we will share more about that in subsequent blog posts, but I am really doing photography on a shoe-string budget. I am semi retired and do not have the kind of resources to spend an unlimited amount for my gear. One thing I can promise you is that you will be getting results like this in no time at all. You will have to spend some time with a learning curve and you will have to apply what you learn but it will be really quite easy.

I will advise you about what kind of gear to buy and where to get it. I would strongly recommend buying used equipment in the beginning and I can also help you select it wisely. A real good source is eBay and Amazon. There are others as well. The thing that I can help you with the most is determining what is a good buy and what is not. I will try to do several posts per week for a while until you get to the point where you are comfortable.

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