(Closed) Photography Bees!

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Camera shopping is fun, but also incredibly overwhelming!
The first step to buying a new camera is figuring out what type of photography interests you–portraits, landscapes, still-life, etc… You’ll also need to determine your budget. If you’re wanting a higher-end, professional camera, you’ll need a couple thousand dollars to get the body, and a lens or two.

(I’m a Canon shooter, so my recommendations are Canons.)

When buying a camera, you should definitely try it out–Camera stores have tons of different models at different levels so you can try out what works for you.

 
If you’re just looking to shoot for a hobby, and if you’re just getting started, I strongly suggest the Canon T2i. It’s a great camera for people who are just getting started–but it can certainly produce some very nice images. It’s a big cheaper than the newer T3i, too, which is good–and from what I’ve read, and from some of my photographer friends who compared the two, it’s equally as good.)

If you’re not looking for something so expensive and you’re not interested in having to buy lenses and learn a lot about DSLRs, there are multiple awesome point-and-shoot cameras on the market. Any and all of the Canon PowerShots are great. My personal recommendation is a fairly new model the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS.

If you’re an advanced shooter and looking for an advanced replacement, I’d suggest the Canon 7d. I shoot with it and LOVE it–it produces wonderful images for me. It’s significantly more complicated to handle than the entry-level DSLRS (such as the T2i and T3i), but it is perfect for my workload and the subjects I shoot.

Just about every camera has a user guide, and if you type in your camera’s model on google, there are thousands of results demonstrating how to get the most out of your camera. I also suggest subscribing to Popular Photography magazine–it’s just a darn great read, and there’s tons of information regarding beginner, mid-level and experienced shooting.

Best of luck in your camera search!

Post # 5
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436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

As a beginner, it sounds like you’d be the happiest with a compact Powershot! The Canon I recommended to you has a whopping 12 megapixels which is INCREDIBLE for a point-and-shoot!

You can get some incredible pictures with that camera, and it’s not as big as a DSLR, so you can haul it around without feeling like you’ve been lifting weights all day! (My 7D+Battery Pack+Flash weighs almost 10 pounds!!!)

Post # 6
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1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@missjewels:  If you want to take portraits of people I think starting off with an SLR with a fixed (or “prime”) lens is your best bet.  Go into a real camera store (i.e. not Best Buy) and ask to handle some SLRs.  Most go with either Canon or Nikon, and you will have an equally immense number of options with either brand.  To real photographers they are simply tools.  Like comparing hammers, they have slight differences but the photographer makes the photo good.  Avoid salespeople that actually believe that one brand is better than the other.  It should come down to ergonomics.  You will likely be purchasing a cropped sensor DSLR for the first time.  Look to a fixed lens in the 30-35mm range.  Canon has a 35mm f/2, Nikon makes a 35mm f/1.8, and Sigma makes a 30mm f/1.4 that will work on either camera depending on the mount you buy it in.  Fixed lenses make you a better thinking photographer.  By avoiding a zoom you have to physically move closer or farther away from your subject.  You will think more about your compositions.  Buy a DSLR, use the optical viewfinder, buy a fixed lens in one of the ranges I recommended.  Then buy some sort of post production software.  Lightroom is probably the most affordable, or Photoshop Elements.  Shoot in RAW.  Take a class.  Join a photography group.  Meet other photographers.  You will learn so much by just hanging out with other photographers.  And resist the urge to buy new stuff and upgrade.

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