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    As part of our new initiative on TPF you can come and take part in a series of new in-depth articles and discussions every month. Featured this month are the methods that one of our top avian photographers, Kristofer Rowe uses to get his stunning photos (as also featured on Tamron USA website as well!). So drop in and take part, I know that Kristofer will be happy to answer your questions and hear what you do out in the field with your camera!

    Capturing Distinctive Bird Images

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  1. photogirl33

    photogirl33 TPF Noob!

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    hi everyone!

    My name is Cassie, always enjoyed taking photos and just recently decided to learn more about photography, i am completly new to this world but more then eager to learn. any advice for newbies?? right now ive been using my iphone for photos but want to eventually purchase a Nikon, ive done a little research on the different types but its all so overwhelming to someone who doesnt know much about it. anyone have any pointers or suggestions? :D
     
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    texkam TPF Noob!

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    Consider Canon. :popcorn:
     
  3. IceCanAm

    IceCanAm No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Welcome to the site.
     
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    snowbear Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Welcome aboard, Cassie.

    Depending on your budget, you will probably start with an entry-level dSLR and a kit lens. This is fine for learning, and will work for you for a few years. Most of the cameras in the same price range will have the same features, so go to a store, pick a few of them up, and go with the one that feels best in your hands. Nikon gives you a bit of an advantage in that the lens mount has not changed, so there are a bunch of quality used lenses available (though there may be some focus or metering limits).

    Read the manual that comes with the camera; get to know what all of the buttons, switches, and menu options do.

    Learn about exposure, art composition, and a little color theory - there are a number of books and videos available, both in libraries and online. There are a few free online courses that are worth checking out. Don't forget to browse through the forums, here. There's a lot of good information, you just have to search.

    Once you have a few shots, post a couple of the best ones for some honest critique. Listen closely and you can learn a lot.
     
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    smalltowngirl13 Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Hello and welcome to the forum Cassie!
     
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    cgipson1 TPF Noob!

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    jwbryson1 TPF Noob!

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    Then make the right decision and buy Nikon. :headbang:
     
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    photogirl33 TPF Noob!

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    Thanks everyone for the advice!
     
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    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Welcome to the forum! As you can see, we don't have opinions on much around here. ;) Keep reading on your own, think about what best suits your needs and yes, ask more questions at places like TPF. Have fun with your new journey!
     
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    photogirl33 TPF Noob!

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    Good advice! Thank you :)
     
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    Welcome from New York. Steve
     

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