Just bought a Nikon 5000. Now what? lol

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by Guinness Man, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. Guinness Man

    Guinness Man TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2009
    Messages:
    160
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    So I bought this new camera today and just started playing around with it.

    I have 2 lenses 35-50 and 50-200
    f stop ranges from 3.5 - 22

    I plan on just playing around with it and reading the manual but I was curious if anyone had any knowledge to it and what some of the benefits are that may not be obvious to the beginner.

    I plan on doing portrait/fashion photography. Ive done it before but this is my frist DSLR.

    I'm especially interested in a shallow DOF where the background is blurry and I understand f3.5 is good for that.

    Thanks for any input
     
  2. Darkhunter139

    Darkhunter139 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2009
    Messages:
    773
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Valley Forge, PA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Get understanding exposures by Bryan Peterson. I am new to photography as well and that is the best advice anyone has gave me so far, it is an amazing book.
     
  3. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2009
    Messages:
    38,255
    Likes Received:
    5,010
    Location:
    Iowa
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Yes, but most lenses when used wide open loose a fair amount of focus sharpness. That's why many get a lens(s) that have a maximum aperture of somewhere from f/1.4 to f/1.8. Then they stop the lens down to f/3.5 or smaller to regain the sharpness lost at maximum aperture. Focal length & camera to subject distance also have a big effect on DOF.

    I was wondering what brand lenses you got with your new D5000 since Nikon doesn't currently make a 35-50 nor a 50-200. One of the Nikon kits contain the AF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G and an AF-S 55-200mm f/4-5.6G kit lenses.
     
  4. TJ K

    TJ K No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2008
    Messages:
    2,093
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Sunny South Florida
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Read your manual! then read it again there is a lot of info in that baby. You can also pick up understanding exposure. 2 great reads. GL
    TJ
     
  5. SrBiscuit

    SrBiscuit TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2008
    Messages:
    2,721
    Likes Received:
    44
    Location:
    NH
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    take some pics too ;)
     
  6. Guinness Man

    Guinness Man TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2009
    Messages:
    160
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit

    Yes those are the 2 of them. Sorry for the confusion.
     

Share This Page