For my 18th, because it was such a special and lovely occasion, I recieved a Canon 1000D as a present from the family, along with a decent carrying case (room for 1-2 more lenses) and 4gb memory card.
I was wondering who on here is into photography? either as an amataur or professionally. Would be cool to see that some of the awesome people of T-Nation share a passion for it, not all photographers are fat and lazy
Some general advice would be appreciated on how to really get going, as i’m starting a Cinema & Photography course at Leeds University in September and want to come prepared best i can. Any strong equipment reccomendations? I also have a sturdy good quality tripod and a sort of general kit bag too.
That is a good amateur camera, you can really get some awsome results. Im a professional photographer (fashion, landscape).
To get going just go out and shoot, shoot everything, and with time you will find out what you are best in. ALAWAYS shoot in RAW, you have to master raw postprocesing if you want the very best results.
Its extremely early to suggest some additional equipment, because you havent decided yet what kind of photography you wish to do. But Ill suggest some basics.
1- Battery grip and extra batteries. ( its very frustrating to miss a shot because u r out of power, and the grip will make de camera easier to grab if you have big hands. )
2- UV Filter for all your lenses, this will protect them from dust and scratches, and it helps prevent haze in you pictures. Just dont get the cheapest ones because they can affect image quality, try japanese brands.
3- Several 256 meg. memory cards. Buying a 4gb or 16gb card is stupid and expensive. If you lose or damage it all your work will be lost. Instead 256mg are cheap and if you brake or lose one you will not lose you entire work.
4- 50mm (1.8) lens, its THE standard lens, very useful for a lot of photography styles. the 1.8 is the cheapest, but if you like to shoot in the dark you should try the 1.4 or 1.2 (EXPENSIVE)
For a good tripod try looking for a good quality ballhead and Manfrotto tripods, YES they are expesive, but they will last you 20+ years if you take care of them, and if one part gets broken you can replace it. You can get on of those from ebay from under 300$.
Im sure you will like photography its a very rewarding hobby. If you need advice in any specific photography style or equipment just PM me.
BTW a lot of photography noobs are like videogame fanboys, always bashing other brands, so excpect to see a lot of Nikon vs Canon vs Sony vs Pentax controversy. And of course there also people who think that a 10k camera can take better pictures than a 500$ one.
Heres a little advice, cameras are tools, you need to know how to use them. Even cellphones cn take awsome pictures if your skills are good. Cameras dont take pictures, photographers do
“image” comes from “imagination” not from “lens sharpness” or “noise levels”
Awesome advice, I completely agree with the some people are more into being tech heads than actually going out and taking photos!
However I just want to say that “not sharp” and “noisy” are usually incompatable with “good image”.
(For most subjects anyway.)
Is there anywhere we can see some of your work?