I wanna learn photography but I don’t know where to start, it’s all so overwhelming. What Camera Should I buy, What Lens should I use, What should my settings be?Does this sound like you? Please help. Relax, take a breathe, you are going to be ok. These are common questions and we want to answer them.
Q. What Camera Should I Buy?
A. what camera, there is no way to answer that specifically because cameras come in all types, all brands and all budgets. I would say your best camera (outside of the one you have with you when it comes time to taking a photo) would be any camera with Manual Settings. If you truly want to take control of your artistic visions, Manual is the best option. Some point-shoots or inexpensive consumer brand camera eliminate manual control. Don’t buy those.
Q. What Lens Should I Buy?
A. what lens should I buy. Again, lenses come in all types, all brands and all budgets. Not only that, photography is about perspective. We must see before we capture. Seeing is part of the creative process, so what lens you chose can have a huge effect on the outcome of an image. Therefore, there is no one size fits all lens. However, some less expensive lenses are out on the market such as Tamron, Tokina, Sigma (please note that the links attached are just some examples of lenses I am referring to and that these are not the end all, be all. Also, any of these after market brands should be bought with the mount for your specific camera, Nikon for Nikon or Canon for Canon, and may not work with all cameras, Such as Full Frame Sensors. So make sure you have all the facts before purchasing a lens so that you are not disappointed. A great website for finding out information such as this is DP Review or PhotoRec Toby) . These after market brands make fantastic lenses if you are on a budget. Another cheap lens is the 50 1.8, just be sure to buy the make for what ever camera you have (Canon for Canon or Nikon for Nikon as an example). You could easily get about with a great lens for under $500.
Q.What Should My Settings Be?
A. Settings all depend on the available light. Manual Settings as I mentioned earlier and then it is a process of elimination. Think of it like a game. Start with the best ISO (1 down 2 to go). Then it’s either Shutter Speed or Aperture. Choosing the next option depends on what is most important. If your subject is moving, then Shutter Speed is the next choice. If your subject is not moving then Aperture should be your next choice. (2 down 1 to go) which ever you did not choose in the 2nd option then you just adjust than final element until you line the light meter up. Again, this is easily explained live versus in writing. Think of it like this. Juggling 3 things, if you don’t know how to juggle, is pretty difficult but just about anyone can take one object in one hand and continuously toss it up and down in one hand. So, the faster you can go from 3 elements down to 1 the easier it will be to take pictures using manual. For more on this, please refer back to the, Understanding Exposure Triangle Article.