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I'm interested in getting into photography. The most experience I have are some lousy cam-phone shots or a somewhat obscure headshots for my page. However, I want to get into serious photo taking and possibly achieve Professional quality work.

Does anyone have any pointers on where I should begin?

What type of cameras are great for novice? DSLR's?


Thanks in advance
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Posted 2/22/12 , edited 2/22/12

loopity wrote:

I'm interested in getting into photography. The most experience I have are some lousy cam-phone shots or a somewhat obscure headshots for my page. However, I want to get into serious photo taking and possibly achieve Professional quality work.

Does anyone have any pointers on where I should begin?

What type of cameras are great for novice? DSLR's?


Thanks in advance


Well for me it's always been Canon but it's absolutely your choice.

IF you do go Canon I'd start with something like a 550D aka T2i or you can upgrade to the T3i.
The only real difference is the T3i has a articulating swivel screen.
Now do realize this part of Canon's Crop sensor series. I'll add a link so it won't get so confusing but it's always good to know
this prior to.

http://www.digital-photography-school.com/full-frame-sensor-vs-crop-sensor-which-is-right-for-you
The T2i, T3i, 60D and 7D have the 1.6 Crop sensor.
The Canon 5D MKII has a FULL Frame sensor.
And that is what is reflected by the BLACK line on the picture.
The Green line is what the crop sensors sees.
So if for example if you happen to buy a 50mm f/1.4 lens, the
5D would see the full 50mm where as the crop sensors would see 1.6 x the 50mm.

50mm x .16= 80mm equivalent ( round it up to a 85mm lens )

A bit much I know but I wish someone had explained this too me before I had bought my
first camera years ago. As for quality the T2i - 7D all have a 18 megapixel sensor which is plenty.
Unless you're doing SUPER large prints 18 is fine.

Learn about Shutter speed vs ISO vs Aperture, read up. Do research and just get out there.
Only real way to get experience is to get down and dirty. I know a bit technical but if you have
any questions feel free to ask. I am far from being a professional but I have been learning photography
and videography for the last few years and I can tell you this... I'm much more poor these days due to
all the equipment I buy but I'm a happier bastard.
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haha ,looks great, a woman is fly away just your hand wa ve.
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thefinalword wrote:


loopity wrote:

I'm interested in getting into photography. The most experience I have are some lousy cam-phone shots or a somewhat obscure headshots for my page. However, I want to get into serious photo taking and possibly achieve Professional quality work.

Does anyone have any pointers on where I should begin?

What type of cameras are great for novice? DSLR's?


Thanks in advance


Well for me it's always been Canon but it's absolutely your choice.

IF you do go Canon I'd start with something like a 550D aka T2i or you can upgrade to the T3i.
The only real difference is the T3i has a articulating swivel screen.
Now do realize this part of Canon's Crop sensor series. I'll add a link so it won't get so confusing but it's always good to know
this prior to.

http://www.digital-photography-school.com/full-frame-sensor-vs-crop-sensor-which-is-right-for-you
The T2i, T3i, 60D and 7D have the 1.6 Crop sensor.
The Canon 5D MKII has a FULL Frame sensor.
And that is what is reflected by the BLACK line on the picture.
The Green line is what the crop sensors sees.
So if for example if you happen to buy a 50mm f/1.4 lens, the
5D would see the full 50mm where as the crop sensors would see 1.6 x the 50mm.

50mm x .16= 80mm equivalent ( round it up to a 85mm lens )

A bit much I know but I wish someone had explained this too me before I had bought my
first camera years ago. As for quality the T2i - 7D all have a 18 megapixel sensor which is plenty.
Unless you're doing SUPER large prints 18 is fine.

Learn about Shutter speed vs ISO vs Aperture, read up. Do research and just get out there.
Only real way to get experience is to get down and dirty. I know a bit technical but if you have
any questions feel free to ask. I am far from being a professional but I have been learning photography
and videography for the last few years and I can tell you this... I'm much more poor these days due to
all the equipment I buy but I'm a happier bastard.


Wow....Thats alot! Thanks, I'll go look into this right away.
Also, what do you think about the oldschool photography?
Someone in my town is selling a Beseler photo enlarger for $100, but I didn't have a regular 35mmSLR so I was really skeptical as to get it or not. I mean, would it be worth it since alot of people went digital???
Posted 3/2/12

loopity wrote:


thefinalword wrote:


loopity wrote:

I'm interested in getting into photography. The most experience I have are some lousy cam-phone shots or a somewhat obscure headshots for my page. However, I want to get into serious photo taking and possibly achieve Professional quality work.

Does anyone have any pointers on where I should begin?

What type of cameras are great for novice? DSLR's?


Thanks in advance


Well for me it's always been Canon but it's absolutely your choice.

IF you do go Canon I'd start with something like a 550D aka T2i or you can upgrade to the T3i.
The only real difference is the T3i has a articulating swivel screen.
Now do realize this part of Canon's Crop sensor series. I'll add a link so it won't get so confusing but it's always good to know
this prior to.

http://www.digital-photography-school.com/full-frame-sensor-vs-crop-sensor-which-is-right-for-you
The T2i, T3i, 60D and 7D have the 1.6 Crop sensor.
The Canon 5D MKII has a FULL Frame sensor.
And that is what is reflected by the BLACK line on the picture.
The Green line is what the crop sensors sees.
So if for example if you happen to buy a 50mm f/1.4 lens, the
5D would see the full 50mm where as the crop sensors would see 1.6 x the 50mm.

50mm x .16= 80mm equivalent ( round it up to a 85mm lens )

A bit much I know but I wish someone had explained this too me before I had bought my
first camera years ago. As for quality the T2i - 7D all have a 18 megapixel sensor which is plenty.
Unless you're doing SUPER large prints 18 is fine.

Learn about Shutter speed vs ISO vs Aperture, read up. Do research and just get out there.
Only real way to get experience is to get down and dirty. I know a bit technical but if you have
any questions feel free to ask. I am far from being a professional but I have been learning photography
and videography for the last few years and I can tell you this... I'm much more poor these days due to
all the equipment I buy but I'm a happier bastard.


Wow....Thats alot! Thanks, I'll go look into this right away.
Also, what do you think about the oldschool photography?
Someone in my town is selling a Beseler photo enlarger for $100, but I didn't have a regular 35mmSLR so I was really skeptical as to get it or not. I mean, would it be worth it since alot of people went digital???


Well the major PROS of going digital is you're not hindered by a small amount of shots you can take, I have a 32GB SanDisk class 10 SD Card and I've never run out of room. So what sounds better to you? Being to take thousands of photos which if you dont like you can delete or film which is set in stone. Of course there's a more intimate feel to film as it takes more skill to perfect but there's also much more NEW things to learn such as color grading and histograms. It really depends on you but I recommend going digital, you won't regret it.
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thefinalword wrote:


loopity wrote:


thefinalword wrote:


loopity wrote:

I'm interested in getting into photography. The most experience I have are some lousy cam-phone shots or a somewhat obscure headshots for my page. However, I want to get into serious photo taking and possibly achieve Professional quality work.

Does anyone have any pointers on where I should begin?

What type of cameras are great for novice? DSLR's?


Thanks in advance


Well for me it's always been Canon but it's absolutely your choice.

IF you do go Canon I'd start with something like a 550D aka T2i or you can upgrade to the T3i.
The only real difference is the T3i has a articulating swivel screen.
Now do realize this part of Canon's Crop sensor series. I'll add a link so it won't get so confusing but it's always good to know
this prior to.

http://www.digital-photography-school.com/full-frame-sensor-vs-crop-sensor-which-is-right-for-you
The T2i, T3i, 60D and 7D have the 1.6 Crop sensor.
The Canon 5D MKII has a FULL Frame sensor.
And that is what is reflected by the BLACK line on the picture.
The Green line is what the crop sensors sees.
So if for example if you happen to buy a 50mm f/1.4 lens, the
5D would see the full 50mm where as the crop sensors would see 1.6 x the 50mm.

50mm x .16= 80mm equivalent ( round it up to a 85mm lens )

A bit much I know but I wish someone had explained this too me before I had bought my
first camera years ago. As for quality the T2i - 7D all have a 18 megapixel sensor which is plenty.
Unless you're doing SUPER large prints 18 is fine.

Learn about Shutter speed vs ISO vs Aperture, read up. Do research and just get out there.
Only real way to get experience is to get down and dirty. I know a bit technical but if you have
any questions feel free to ask. I am far from being a professional but I have been learning photography
and videography for the last few years and I can tell you this... I'm much more poor these days due to
all the equipment I buy but I'm a happier bastard.


Wow....Thats alot! Thanks, I'll go look into this right away.
Also, what do you think about the oldschool photography?
Someone in my town is selling a Beseler photo enlarger for $100, but I didn't have a regular 35mmSLR so I was really skeptical as to get it or not. I mean, would it be worth it since alot of people went digital???


Well the major PROS of going digital is you're not hindered by a small amount of shots you can take, I have a 32GB SanDisk class 10 SD Card and I've never run out of room. So what sounds better to you? Being to take thousands of photos which if you dont like you can delete or film which is set in stone. Of course there's a more intimate feel to film as it takes more skill to perfect but there's also much more NEW things to learn such as color grading and histograms. It really depends on you but I recommend going digital, you won't regret it.


Thanks again!!! My b-day's coming up so I've already made certain to everyone I want to poll together some money for a camera!!!
I'm really psyched about it, thanks for the advice!!!

(oh, and I just discovered the wonders of the Holga yesterday!- I'm really really considering getting one of those as well!!!!)
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