Beginner in Photography? Starting Out in photography?
This is how I started out Photography on 2010. I had the same problem with getting my first camera.
“Which brand should i go, Nikon or Canon ?”
“DSLR or Mirrorless System ?”
I was getting my first camera & i was so stressed out by canon & nikon. I know nothing about Photography. I don’t know what’s Aperture , Shutter Speed & ISO.
I went to look into the specs sheet & I go for the Canon 550D *I know you guys PROS out there probably know that megapixels is not the matter* But i chose the 550D/T2i because it’s has 18 megapixels compare to the Nikon D3100 which have 14 MP.
After i got my 550D kit, I was totally shooting every image using AUTO. I don’t know what’s AV , TV , P , M on the mode dial.
I decided to open up my camera manual & read every single page & get to know what’s all this mode for.
I brought magazines, spend 10 hours watching video at youtube & learning about photography. Thanks to Karl Taylor, Joe Mcnally, Jared Polin, Greg Cazillo for their video & photography lesson.
I then get out of AUTO & started using AV *Aperture Priority* mode , I learn what’s aperture, shutter speed, ISO and understand them well. This is how i started. I then went into learning Composition *Rules of Third* , Exposure Compensation , Panning movement , Reading Histogram , Focal Length , Depth of field , Long Exposure.
I decided to shoot everything & anything keeping in mind the rules of third & constantly reading my histogram. I can tell you it’s not really easy.
At first, i was really into landscape , So i learn that i need a tripod. So i went looking for one. Manfrotto has a wide range of Awesome tripod. I went for it.
I brough the NeoTec *I think* manfrotto tripod. I find it very heavy after using it for quite some time.
I sell it & i get a Benro tripod which is carbon fiber & light weight. I have been using that tripod ever since.
I brought a 17-40mm for landscape work & 50mm 1.8 for shooting headshots when i was really into my landscape work.
Couple months later, I feel that i have outgrown my canon 550D so i decided to upgrade.
I decided to upgrade to Canon 5D mark II because i wanted full frame to make the most out of my wide angle lens , 5D mark II is really an awesome camera. It’s has great shutter sound & excel in High ISO performance.
After i brought the 5d mark II , That night was the worse night for me… I was influence badly by Joe Mcnally & Chase Jarvis.
They were using Nikon D3s ! I watch youtube videos about it & it’s better then 5d mark II. I was thinking of jumping ship at that moment. I can’t sleep for the whole night thinking if i should change camera system.
I read about Nikon stuff & it’s blows me away !
I decided to Change System & using the 5d mark II for 1 week ,I sold all my canon lens & i brought NIKON D700 which i never regret buying with 50mm 1.4G, It’s has more AF points , High ISO performance is ON-PAR , Faster FPS & feels better in the hands.
I really never regret changing to NIKON. I brought the SB-700 to learn about FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY . bouncing flashes everyday & i use the CLS system to fire the flash off-camera.
Learn about flash photography almost everyday till i sort of master it.
I slowly upgrade tons & tons of gear. You can read the Post on Billingham camera bag to know what gear i’m currently using.
I brought lightstand , umbrella bracket & i was really into shooting portraits now.
I still have alot to say about how i get started but gonna just stop here now .