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    Tips for getting into photography as a hobby. Where/how to start?

    Hi, as above iv been really keen on getting into photography (as cliché as it sounds)

    But generally i want to be able to log my experiences down through photographs, and would prefer something better than the family point and shoot digital camera.

    Is there any tips or equipment you guys recommend for a beginner. I would ideally like to work with a SLR and learn through experience.

    So any tips or recommendations would be greatly welcomed.

    Cheers

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    Get a decent dslr, bare in mind entry level is fine but as you might regret it pretty soon as your skills improved in no time. I have bought 3 dslr in a year in the past

    dcx_badass

    Step 1: Buy a camera.



    Wrong, Step 1 would be to seek advice on which is the camera that best suits your needs!

    The best place to start would be either a local camera club or shop to discuss what you need and what you can afford.

    Like pugw$ash, I think that the best starting point is to figure out what you want to do with your camera. There is also a lot of advice online.
    see this at What Digital Camera - for instance

    Point and shoot cameras are perfect for logging your experiences, are easily carried etc, very tough and many take fantastic photos. Now-a-days you pretty much get what you pay for but not always, so look through reviews (plenty on-line).
    If you really want a DSLR you are going to have to be very careful in choosing as they and their lenses are very expensive.
    Anyway, the bottom line is to make sure that you get the camera that you feel is right for your needs just now.
    When you have got one and want more advice and to show us your pics make your way to this thread.

    Good Luck!

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    Entry level DSLR. All the manufacturers are roughly the same quality wise at that level so just see what the best deal is. Don't get bogged down with too much research or listen to too much advice as you'll never make a decision and you'll be wasting valuable "doing" time.

    try pick up a nice second hand bundle with a load of random bits to have a play round with.. as if you start from scratch doin it new yourself you'll be in quite deep (financially)

    If you are looking for a dSLR then aim at the big names Nikon or Canon, the reason I say that is becuase they are the bigger players in the dSLR market you will find a much wider range in the second hand market saving you big pennies.

    Not only that they have a much wider range of kit.

    Start with an entry level model whichever feels more comfortable there are plenty of forums online with reviews and recommendations.
    In all honesty the best thing is to go to shop and have a play!

    The trick is to buy decent 'glass' (lenses) if you go down the Nikon/Canon route you will only ever need to upgrade your camera not the lenses. The cameras are relatively cheap in relation to the lenses.

    I started out with the Canon 350D and bought the best lenses I could I am several jumps down the camera line now and still have the same lenses.

    My simple hobby some 6 years ago has paid for itself by doing the odd wedding or event, this also funds more gear now.
    Edited by: "Celticsun" 13th Apr 2011

    Don't worry about it sounding like a cliché: it's a great hobby once you get into it, even if it can get a bit expensive.

    I would also recommend perhaps getting a book about the basics of using a DSLR because- for me anyway- the biggest benefit with using one of these is that you can shoot everything manually, or least have a lot more control over the settings when taking your pics. So, you can manipulate it as you can/could a film SLR, which allows for a lot of creativity. I bought a really good book called "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson, and I found it really helpful. If you know what you are doing with the DSLR you will really get the most out of it, otherwise they just turn into a bit of a glorified point and shoot.

    I would also agree with everyone here who has said that an entry level body is a good idea, and then you can put your money into the lenses. There are a few very reputable camera shops which sell second hand equipment with guarantees, and this can be a very good way to go, as for something like this it isn't always necessary to have the most up to date model. There are some good deals around, have a look online.

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    Celticsun

    If you are looking for a dSLR then aim at the big names Nikon or Canon, … If you are looking for a dSLR then aim at the big names Nikon or Canon, the reason I say that is becuase they are the bigger players in the dSLR market you will find a much wider range in the second hand market saving you big pennies.Not only that they have a much wider range of kit.



    And Sony

    colinsunderland

    And Sony




    Limited on lenses though and selection of bodies.

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    Celticsun

    Limited on lenses though and selection of bodies.



    not really, taking into account old minolta lenses work too

    Celticsun

    Limited on lenses though and selection of bodies.


    Not really, you've got the whole Konica Minolta range of lenses to choose from.

    Snap!


    Edited by: "Goonieman" 13th Apr 2011

    I use a Nikon D3000 for car photography, and even astrophotography , it is basically an entry level DSLR, it scores highly in reviews and tests. I bought it starting out with the intensions of upgrading if needed, and have no reason to upgrade at this stage. Excellent value, although I am far from an expert, here are some of my car pics. I also recommend using Photoshop. Also I bought it from Curry’s with the lens kit btw

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v138/MarkInIreland/DSC_0644copycopy.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v138/MarkInIreland/13JPG.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v138/MarkInIreland/DSC_0702copycopy.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v138/MarkInIreland/DSC_0643copycopy.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v138/MarkInIreland/DSC_0633copycopy.jpg

    Find some birds to take pic's of.

    Then when your more confident , you can do HDR's on em

    Goonieman

    Not really, you've got the whole Konica Minolta range of lenses to choose … Not really, you've got the whole Konica Minolta range of lenses to choose from.Snap!




    Duh of course ...my bad X)

    Must be honest I never really liked the Sony Alpha series can't get on with them just felt a little mickey mouse, I feel the same about the Minolta/Konica stuff but thats just preference like we mentioned earlier probably why the Minolta/Konica A fit slipped my mind.

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    I think thats the most important thing, try the camera's out, see which you like the feel of most. Most of them around each price point are pretty similar, but if you buy one that you cna't hold properly you are never going to take good photo's!
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