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My wee bro is looking to looking to take up photography. This is just a hobby at the moment but possibly more in the future. I am looking for anyone into this that can pass on their experience and tha… Read More
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8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
My wee bro is looking to looking to take up photography. This is just a hobby at the moment but possibly more in the future. I am looking for anyone into this that can pass on their experience and that can tell me some info on a decent camera and what sort of equipment you would need to get started. Personally I would say a camera phone would be enough but I am sure others will know better. Any help would be great.
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8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
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1 Like #1
Nah, not a camera phone - you will learn zero about taking shots with that!

Get a basic starter DSLR with a kit lens.

I'd reckon if you didn't wanna spend too much, you could pick up something like a Canon 350D with kit lens for around £150 these days - that would be a great start.

I guess it depends on your wee brothers age - if he could handle the larger camera - if he's still very young, I'd perhaps be inclined to recommend a compact camera.
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A basic SLR is a good starting point and was for me - I have a Canon EOS350D and i'm sure they cost a lot less than when I got mine two years ago. Obviously it does do rather a lot so if they are just getting into photography it will be wiser to go for something smaller.

Some shots from yesterday with my 350D:
http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z106/emasu/Strathclyde278.jpg

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z106/emasu/Strathclyde211.jpg

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z106/emasu/Strathclyde072.jpg

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z106/emasu/Strathclyde213.jpg
1 Like #3
You won't learn anything from a camera phone.

Either get an entry level DSLR or if you can't afford it, see about buying a second hand film SLR and learn about basic photography techniques. Buy a decent camera magazine from WHSmiths and get a book book about photography.
#4
Wow - nice chopper emasu! :lol:
#5
Nice photo's emasu. Not sure how familiar you are with Photoshop but those photo's are pretty soft and would really benefit from some sharpening. Would look 10x better.:thumbsup:
1 Like #6
moob
Nah, not a camera phone - you will learn zero about taking shots with that!

Get a basic starter DSLR with a kit lens.

I'd reckon if you didn't wanna spend too much, you could pick up something like a Canon 350D with kit lens for around £150 these days - that would be a great start.

I guess it depends on your wee brothers age - if he could handle the larger camera - if he's still very young, I'd perhaps be inclined to recommend a compact camera.


+1 to the 350d if you can get one, or a 400d or 450d all come with kit lens which is good enough to start out with.
#7
emasu
A basic SLR is a good starting point and was for me - I have a Canon EOS350D and i'm sure they cost a lot less than when I got mine two years ago. Obviously it does do rather a lot so if they are just getting into photography it will be wiser to go for something smaller.

Some shots from yesterday with my 350D:
http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z106/emasu/Strathclyde278.jpg



Thought you were from Northampton dude?
1 Like #8
heyo, yer defo get a dslr. Some good deals to be had on the older eos models!

Good luck with it, and keep it up, photography is an interesting hobby.!
#9
I rotated a couple of the images so the buildings in the background were level. I aso cropped them a bit more and added some sharpening in Photoshop.

http://www.b3tards.com/u/2ab9adae5715041464dd/strathclyde213_copy.jpg

http://www.b3tards.com/u/2ab9adae5715041464dd/strathclyde211_copy.jpg
#10
I guess it depends on your wee brothers age


He is almost 17.

Thanks for the help guys. I was thinking about getting him the camera/kit for his birthday but wasn't wanting to spend £500 as I am not convinced he will stick to it. I can't seem to see anything much cheaper.

On a side note I was kidding with the camera phone thing.
#11
He could start with a compact camera or a bridge camera depending on budget. Then if he is still snapping away and keen he/you could invest in an entry level DSLR to take it to the next level.
#12
wilbur7;4110109
He is almost 17.

Thanks for the help guys. I was thinking about getting him the camera/kit for his birthday but wasn't wanting to spend £500 as I am not convinced he will stick to it. I can't seem to see anything much cheaper.

On a side note I was kidding with the camera phone thing.


Well I'm younger than 17 so there should be no problem there :thumbsup:

Planearm:- I have fireworks... but not photoshop. I know you can adjust sharpness in Fireworks, so i'll see how i get on.
#13
wilbur7
He is almost 17.

Thanks for the help guys. I was thinking about getting him the camera/kit for his birthday but wasn't wanting to spend £500 as I am not convinced he will stick to it. I can't seem to see anything much cheaper.

On a side note I was kidding with the camera phone thing.


Think you will prob get a better deal than 500 for a 400 or 450d tbh.
17 is a great age to start out in photography :thumbsup:
#14
esq3585
Think you will prob get a better deal than 500 for a 400 or 450d tbh.
17 is a great age to start out in photography :thumbsup:


It may be because I am looking at Jessops as they are about the only camera shop I know. If anyone knows of a specific deal or brand please let me know. There seems to be many different things you need but not sure what is necessary.
banned#15
I am a 350d user. It's a great camera and as others have said, you can get a used one at a really good price

This and all the other stuff on my site was taken with a 350D:

http://www.dan-jackson.com/smilies/tree.jpg
#16
wilbur7
It may be because I am looking at Jessops as they are about the only camera shop I know. If anyone knows of a specific deal or brand please let me know. There seems to be many different things you need but not sure what is necessary.


try [url]www.camerapricebuster.co.uk[/url]
Would go for a 400d and a nifty 50mm canon lens to start out, will make you realise perspective in realtion to pictures as the lens is fixed.
Also the lens takes very sharp good quality pictures.
#17
If he wants to start out there is a good sony deal here. £220 with £30 quid cashback
Would recommend nikon or canon myself but for this price you cant go wrong.
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/321095/sony-dslr-a200k-digital-slr-camera-/
#18
planearm
I rotated a couple of the images so the buildings in the background were level. I aso cropped them a bit more and added some sharpening in Photoshop.

http://www.b3tards.com/u/2ab9adae5715041464dd/strathclyde213_copy.jpg

http://www.b3tards.com/u/2ab9adae5715041464dd/strathclyde211_copy.jpg


Would have shot with a slower shutter speed to give the rotors more of a blur affect :thumbsup:
#19
if your brother is starting photography, and is going on a course, then he is likely to be told to get a traditional 35mm SLR and not a digital. Only a few shops currently still stock new 35mm SLR. Heres one example:
http://www.pixel-store.co.uk/productdetail=pentaxmz60.html
#20
peter_griffen
if your brother is starting photography, and is going on a course, then he is likely to be told to get a traditional 35mm SLR and not a digital. Only a few shops currently still stock new 35mm SLR. Heres one example:
http://www.pixel-store.co.uk/productdetail=pentaxmz60.html


Ah the good old days, takes me back.
banned#21
You should be able to pick up a decent DSLR secondhand.

I paid £500 for my Canon 300D... probably only worth £150 now. (And still good enough even though its only 6.1 mega Pixels.)

Every now and then good offers come up where you can get a DSLR for about £200. I'd go for one of those.
banned#22
emasu

Planearm:- I have fireworks... but not photoshop. I know you can adjust sharpness in Fireworks, so i'll see how i get on.


Need any help with that? :whistling::whistling:
#23
im just taking up amature photography myself, i went for a nikon d40 as its about £240.. i got a lense kit 70-300mm on top of it and it comes to over 330 but was a good deal.

something that wasnt meantioned here. but is incredibly important. Pick up a tripod. 70+% of shots would normally been taken with this. makes taking shots alot easier. I got a cheap one for £12 on ebay.
#24
planearm
I rotated a couple of the images so the buildings in the background were level. I aso cropped them a bit more and added some sharpening in Photoshop.



http://www.b3tards.com/u/2ab9adae5715041464dd/strathclyde211_copy.jpg


I thought i would have a go too, as i think this picture is really great.

http://i43.tinypic.com/2pq86eb.jpg

Desaturated the background, altered the levels to bring out the colour of the chopper and removed the cranes (?) from the background, thought they were a little distracting!!

Still is a great pic though.

OP - 350d is a good option as many have said, my mate's just upgraded his to a 30d after he got the hang of it. It's much more important to buy a decent lens though!!

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