Sunday, January 2, 2011

Photography For Beginners: Where To Start

Rocky Mountaineer

This will be the first in a series of guides through photography. Lesson 1, where to start.

Chances are, you've got a point and shoot digital camera lying around. You've probably owned it for a while and are quite familiar with how it works. Maybe you've got something more advanced in the DSLR department. Whatever you've got, you're going to read these posts because you want to take better pictures. This is going to slant towards the DSLR side of the spectrum because you need to take a more active role in shooting but the concepts can cross over to make your point-and-shoot work better for you. I'm a total amateur at photography but I know how to troll the Internet looking for information on how to shoot better photos. So here's where I share what I've found with you.

My advice for when you begin is to start out with a minimal amount of gear. Don't go crazy when you buy things, especially because this is not a cheap hobby. The simplest way to start is to get a combo set sold by most electronics stores which will include a camera body and a lens. The lens that comes with your camera will be referred to as 'kit' lens in most places on the Internet. The kit lens will almost always be something that you can zoom in and out with. This is helpful for giving you flexibility with just one lens. We'll get into how you figure out what the lens can do in a later lesson but for now, just know you need to have one to get the camera to work. By the way, a camera that allows you to switch out lenses is a DSLR. D stands for digital and don't ask me about SLR.

If you already have a point and shoot, lets stick with that. Its something you already own and will help you learn the basics. The first lesson or two will cover techniques that work for any camera you own. Next in the series is Composition: how to set up the shot so it looks great.

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