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Starting out

Hey all

Firstly, I love all your photos! Some of your siggy pics are adorable Smile

I am looking to get into photography, mainly as a hobby and because I'd like to be able to take pictures of DD and love the way the photo turns out.

What do I need to start? Obviously, a camera helps HA, but does it need to be a proper one with the different lenses etc or can you start with a normal one? For example, I want a Lumix but it's just a 'normal' camera. However it takes really crisps pictures.

Also, what else would I need? Software on my computer? How do you develop your pictures? In store or in the basement like you see on TV?

As you can probably guess, I haven't a clue so any and all advise would be great Smile


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First thing you need is a camera with manual settings. There are some "regular" point and shoot cameras that allow you to control settings, and you definitely want and need that option. As far as what kind of editing software you need, I think a lot of people here start with photoshop elements. It'll run you around $60, but I know there are a few here that use a free online program, so I'll let someone else tell you about that.
I'm not sure what you're talking about developing in the basement like you see on TV...are you talking a darkroom? that's for film cameras, not digital. I think most cameras that you see now are digital. So, after you edit them, you can either download your pictures to an online lab, or take them to a local store to be printed.
If you're truly wanting to learn how to take nice pictures, you'll need to know how to use your camera properly--with those manual controls I was talking about. Go to your local library and check out the book "Understanding Exposure" by Scott Kelby. It's a great starting place on understanding how to get a crisp, well developed photo. Also, posting pictures here and asking for critique can really speed the learning process as well.
Hope that helps!

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Ditto everything Lisa said!!! Biggrin Welcome to the forum. Smile

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I have seen good pics from some of the cameras in the Lumix line. My MIL has one with manual settings...would be great for learning with.

I think it depends on how serious you want to be about photography and what your budget is, but you don't "need" to have a top of the line camera to take good pictures...either way you just need to learn how to use it. That's what I'm trying to do!! Wink


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i have nothing to add, just wanted to say WELCOME Biggrin

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I agree with the previous posters, it's not just the camera. If you truly are into photography, then you need to learn manual. It's tough, but sooooo worth it! I don't know anything about the Lumix line, but I would check out reccomendations before you purchased anything along with holding it in your hands! Glad you are joining us!

Oh, I have Photoshop Elements and it is a great program. Not too hard either. I would love to have Photoshop one day, but that can wait!