New to photography, where to start?

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  1. brettbran

    brettbran TPF Noob!

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    My wife and I are expecting our first child in March and we both would like to purchase a nice digital camera and learn to take proffessional style pics of child. Neither of us have any photography expeirence other than your typical point and shoot type digital cameras.

    I understand that their is alot to learn about every aspect of this hobby but we are willing to learn. I also am an avid outdoorsman and would have a secondary instrest for the camera to take mid to long range photos of wildlife while hunting or fishing.

    if you could shed any light on where to start or a good store to visit to explore different cameras it would be greatly appreciated.

    Our current camera is a Sony Powershot 6 mp camera. ($140 when we got it)
     
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    Whats your budget? Lets start at that.
     
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Honestly, any entry level dSLR will meet and exceed your expectations. Go for what feels best in your hands...

    Lens selection is a consideration too, Nikon & Canon are the kings of the hill in that respect.


    My advice - get what feels good. If you think photography will become a serious hobby, get what feels good, but limit that to Canon or Nikon, lol.
     
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    vinniemac3 TPF Noob!

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    haha, im in the same boat as you. but a few members on here suggested 2 books to me.
    1. understanding the exposure by bryan peterson
    2. digital portrait photography by steve sint

    i just got them in and started reading understanding exposure and im learning a lot of great info and is really helping me understand how things work and what to do. i found them both on amazon for about $15 each
     
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    I would recommend a dslr camera. I started with a Canon Rebel but there lots of other great cameras and brands. I recommend a local camera store somewhere close and going in to talk to them.(Not a chain place)
    They can show you the differences between the models and give you an idea of what each can do. Sorry I can't be more specific but not sure where you are located.

    There are a LOT of great entry level dslr cameras out there and it would be hard to give you all the info you will need here.
     
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Nikon D5000 with kit lens
    SB-600
    USED Nikkor 55-100 VR lens off Amazon
    Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson
    Photography Field Guide by Bryan Peterson
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    After determining your initial budget, the next thing to do is learn how to use an Internet search engine and discover some of the camera brand web sites. Entry level digital SLR's with a basic kit lens for outdoor use will start at about $500, new.

    Lenses that can do outdoor, daytime long range wildlife photos start at about $1000.
     
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    Thanks for all the info, we are located in the Kansas City area. Also we are looking to spend no more than $600. I have been looking at the Nikon D3000. what do you think of D3000?

    What is the difference between the lenses that come in the kits?

    thanks in advance.
     
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