Friday, June 24, 2016

Photography Basics: Equipping Yourself Part III

We have established the fact that it is probably best for you to invest in an APS-C sensor camera in the beginning. If you are very well off, and you are quite certain you want to do photography regularly, then it may make sense for you to buy a full frame camera. Just be prepared to spend two to three times the amount with both the bodies and lenses.

Next, think carefully about what kind of photography you want to do. By that I mean, do you want to do mostly landscape or portraits? The reason I ask this question for you to consider is that it will make a difference in lens choice. I like variety so I do both, and at times, I combine them. When I think of landscape I also include architectural structures and can mean cityscapes as well. Another common combination of landscape and portrait is street photography. Street photography often incorporates both.

You will find, that in the beginning, the kit lens will be sufficient for all your shooting. Kit lenses usually range in focal length from 18mm to 50 or 55mm. An 18mm focal length is a wide angle and 55mm zooms out to cut down the angle width quite a bit. For most shooting the 18-55mm lens will be sufficient. If you want to shoot at the zoo however, you will likely need a lens with a reach of 55-200mm or 70-300mm. This will allow you to zoom up close when or where you can not walk closer.


The above photo shows my Sony A3000 with a 55-210mm zoom lens on it. This is the lens I use to shoot at the zoo and it is also good for portraits.


Above is a photo I took at the Memphis Zoo.

One of the reasons that I show this image is that many of the starting camera kits have two lenses. In the case of Sony A3000 it was an 18-55mm and the 55-210mm. I have both of those lenses but use them rarely now. The reason is that I have three prime lenses that I use most of the time. A 19mm Sigma for wide angle shots, a 30mm Sigma for most of my landscapes and street shots, and as 60mm for portraits.

The truth is that most all of the shots one wants to take can be accomplished with the most popular two kit lenses. This will work well for you in the beginning but no doubt if you stick to photography for a while you will want to get some prime lenses. I would suggest that you read the first two blog posts in conjunction with this if you have not.

Below I am going to post some of the variety of shots that I do.


Here is a portrait of Vallonda, shot with the Sigma 60mm 2.8 lens


This is a street shot of a down town park in atlanta


This is a covered bridge in Stone Mountain Georgia

In the first three posts I have given you some food for thought in getting your photography equipment. What ever you choose, whether new, used, or expensive full frame gear keep looking for this blog to develop. I will share the techniques and skills that I have gained along the way. This is merely a five year journey so far. I have learned a lot, and quite frankly, I am learning more every day.