(Closed) NWR – Any photography hobbyists?

posted 6 years ago in California – Northern California
Post # 5
Hostess
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m interested! I’ve had my Nikon dslr for a few years now. πŸ™‚

Post # 8
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10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@HeidiInWonderland:  What Canon model did you choose? What lenses did you get? I shoot with a canon 50D. I’m not “pro” but I do shoot quite a lot. My husband and I did an 8 month trip through Asia for our honeymoon, and it was a dream photography trip!

Post # 10
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10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@HeidiInWonderland:  Definitely get the 50mm – even the cheapest one is far better than a kit lens (I have the mid-tier one). It’ll give you the ability to play with depth of field and shoot in low light without flash, not to mention be crisper! Since you’re new to things, i’d recommend starting out in either aperture or shutter priority mode so that you can play with either one or the other till it’s second nature. It’s really key to learning the limits of your lens/camera! It’ll help you know what to look for in your next lens purchase, and be able to take better photos on the fly.

Adorama.com and B&H Photo are great places to get used lenses if you don’t want to try your luck on eBay. Lenses are an excellent thing to get used if you can get them from a trustworthy source :-). Camera backs are a little more touch and go, because of the shutter wearing out over time. Two of my favorite lenses were purchased used, and they were definitely like new :-).

 

Post # 12
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323 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’d love to join in! In Australia I am a professional wedding photographer but we just came to Silicon Valley (I think it’s still technically Bay Area) for FI’s work and I can’t work and am back and forth between Sydney and Santa Clara. I don’t know anyone here and I am utterly bored our of my brain I’d love to come along and would be happy to share some tips with you πŸ™‚ 

My major recommendations re: buying gear would be to buy the fastest glass you can afford. I started my career with a 50mm 1.8 and a Tamron 17-50mm 2.8. I still use a Tamron when travelling, actually! If you can afford a jump up to the 50 1.4 I love it and tend to use that for personal stuff because the heavy 1.2 isn’t fun for carrying around unless it’s for professional purposes πŸ™‚ 

Post # 14
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323 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@HeidiInWonderland: 

Hi Heide – I know what you mean. It’s been five weeks and I am feeling pretty lonely. I don’t drive and can’t get a license here as I am here on temporary visas while the Mr is working here so it is very lonely! I am not working, either, so that makes it harder!

I will join in on the Flickr group. Definitely happy to share my tips with people πŸ™‚

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