It's 2017 and with the holidays behind us I bet you’ve been looking over those presents and seeing what your new horde contains.
Oh look, a new camera!
Congratulations, that's a pretty sweet gift you got there!
Now you’re probably wondering “where the heck to do I get started with this?” No worries, I got you.
FAQ About New Cameras:
Q: Is the lens the camera comes with any good?
A: In all honesty, it's not bad. They usually come with a 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 lens, and for getting used to your camera it's a great starting point. They work well for dipping your feet into sunrise/sunset/landscape/street photography.
Now, will this lens be in your bag all your life...no...it will not. Eventually you’ll want to purchase new lenses but we will cover that another day.
Q: What other lens should I get to go with my camera?
A: I always recommend the 50mm f1.8 (Nifty Fifty). It's small and cheap!
The small f-stop makes it great for getting that blurred background effect (Bokeh) in your photos. It's a great walk around lens and a sweet starting point for taking portraits of a person.The Nifty Fifty is under $200.00 CAD and they can take a beating. You will love this lens!
Q: What program should I get to edit my photos?
A: Well Jimmy, I know you know of the crazy out of this world photo editing program called Photoshop, but if you're just starting out I don't want you banging your head against the wall trying to figure it out.
I recommend Adobe Lightroom. This little beauty is amazing, insanely user friendly and a much better way to ease into photo editing. It is a powerful beast that wants your photos. Photoshop is definitely a program I would recommend...but after you’ve got your feet a bit wet.
There are also many free versions of programs like these two available, and I will talk about them in another post.
Q: How do I get better?
A: Practice, practice, practice. Bring your camera everywhere with you. Take pictures of your friends, family, random objects lying about. Just don't stop taking pictures. Google is your friend, there are so many tutorials out there that you can learn from. When I started, SLR Lounge was a group I watched and they opened my eyes to what was possible in the world of photography.
Q: But seriously how to I get better?
A: Learn the language of photography (i.e fstop, shutter, ISO, bracketing, exposure, jpeg/raw etc). Learn how they work together. I will cover these in more detail in another post.
Also, shoot in the RAW format. It gives you an amazing amount of room when you are editing. Look in your camera manual to get it all set up. I will be doing a post for shooting in RAW very soon.
Here's a wee snippet for a quick reference.
If you want to get better then it all comes down to you and how much time you’re willing to put in.
If you have other questions, let me know.
Thanks for reading!
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