New to this board and need direction please :-)

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ChristianMommy's picture
Joined: 01/26/07
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New to this board and need direction please :-)

Hello!

A friend of mine from another board said this is the place to be for photography tips! I just bought a Nikon D3000. I need direction so bad. I have 5 children and I am trying to get good enough so I can do this on the side and be home with my babies. I have one lens that it came with which is a 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II. First off, I have no idea what this means. I also do not know what this type of lens would be good for. I am wanting to take more people portraits and maybe some landscape things since we are avid mountain lovers. So any tips, lens tips, flash tips, and filter tips would be great. Also, should I purchase a studio set that includes the softbox and white back drop for my more professional pics? Whew! This is overwhelming...haven't even thought about photo editing software...Help!! Please Smile

Thank you all so very much for your time!

Joined: 03/18/06
Posts: 391

First off, welcome to the board. There is lots of info in the stickies that will be helpful. I'd also read your manual several times so that you understand your camera fully. Before you go investing tons of money in all the stuff listed above, I would try to master the basics--exposure, focus, etc. You are going to want to have some sort of editing program as well--most here use photoshop in some form, but a few use other tools, so I'll let them chime in. The best way to learn, besides reading reading reading, is to post pictures that you've taken and ask for critique.
Good luck, and can't wait to see what you can do with your new camera!

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Joined: 02/15/07
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Phew! First off...hello and welcome.

I'm gonna suggest that you slow down! You're already thinking about being in business and you don't know how to work your camera yet or even know if this is something you're going to like doing. First things first. Learn the camera. One of the first books people read is "Understanding Exposure". It teaches the basics of how to properly expose an image and is a good read. There are loads and loads of tutorials on-line, and even here.

Read your manual, forward and back...get to know it well. Forget about business....forget about business....forget about business! Seriously, it's a LOT of work and you really have so much to learn before you can get there.

Focus on the basics, then in a year or two when your skills are consistent and advanced enough to start thinking about portfolio building you may want to join a pro-photography site like ILP (I Love Photography) to learn about the business of being a photographer.

I wouldn't even think about buying anything more than a better lens until you figure out if this is something you like doing and until you're good enough to know what you wish you had.

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Joined: 06/22/02
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I'm not all that business-y but wanted to say welcome, you'll learn heaps Biggrin

Cazz

Joined: 03/16/15
Posts: 53852

Welcome!! This board is very helpful so you came to the right place. Biggrin

I ditto everything that was said by Amber. If you would like to invest in something, I'd probably invest in an editing program, like Photoshop and maybe a new lens as well. Other than that, just learning the basics for now. And don't be afraid to ask any questions. Biggrin

Joined: 03/16/15
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"AmberBella" wrote:

Phew! First off...hello and welcome.

I'm gonna suggest that you slow down! You're already thinking about being in business and you don't know how to work your camera yet or even know if this is something you're going to like doing. First things first. Learn the camera. One of the first books people read is "Understanding Exposure". It teaches the basics of how to properly expose an image and is a good read. There are loads and loads of tutorials on-line, and even here.

Read your manual, forward and back...get to know it well. Forget about business....forget about business....forget about business! Seriously, it's a LOT of work and you really have so much to learn before you can get there.

Focus on the basics, then in a year or two when your skills are consistent and advanced enough to start thinking about portfolio building you may want to join a pro-photography site like ILP (I Love Photography) to learn about the business of being a photographer.

I wouldn't even think about buying anything more than a better lens until you figure out if this is something you like doing and until you're good enough to know what you wish you had.

Welcome! and Ditto the above..once you've gotten your skills to the next level you can apply for PrePro at ILP.com and you can learn the biz side of things....its been EXTREMLY helpful for me to learn the biz side of things.

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Joined: 06/09/05
Posts: 6149

:wavehello: I am still a total newbie (althought I've had my camera for almost 9 months or so) but I think the book would be a great start!

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