Starting Photographer!!!!

Discussion in 'Commercial/Product photography' started by dm020486, Aug 4, 2009.

  1. dm020486

    dm020486 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2008
    Messages:
    10
    Likes Received:
    0
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I am a starting assistant photographer. And I need to buy my own camera and lens. I have a Canon XTI now, but I dont think that this camera is the quailty that I need. I would like advice on what camera and lens will best fit my needs???

    My Photos will be of People, wildlife, nature, landscapes.

    I would like the camera to have a dpi level of at least 300 or be adjustable Dpi.


    It can be nikon or canon.

    Any help would be great!!!
     
  2. ocular

    ocular TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2009
    Messages:
    1,107
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    outoftown
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Ok I could be wrong, but isn't dpi only used in printing ? It only matters when you save using dpi at 300 . What is your budget ?
     
  3. musicaleCA

    musicaleCA TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 23, 2009
    Messages:
    2,303
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Vancouver, BC
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    DPI (Dots Per Inch) only applies to printing and has nothing to do with the camera. While megapixels will limit how large a print you can reasonably make (say, I would "only" be able to cover the side of a building with an image from by 12MP 450D using a little Genuine Fractals to increase the image size just a bit to get a little more resolution to play with), they largely count for naught.

    What is it in particular about your current camera body that you don't feel is up to the job?
     
  4. 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
    I would think whoever it is you would be assisting would be a good source for advice.

    As noted cameras don't have a dpi function or setting. It appears you've done little or no research in the last few months. Previous thread . That doesn't bode well for a career in photography.
     
  5. c.cloudwalker

    c.cloudwalker TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2009
    Messages:
    5,394
    Likes Received:
    405
    Location:
    An American in Europe
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    You're question doesn't make sense to me. An assistant doesn't need a camera to be an assistant. If you shoot anything at all, it would be test shots with your boss's camera.
     
  6. 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 and No.

    Dpi = dots per inch, and has almost nothing to do with photography. It is used on the professional level almost exclusively in the pre-press industry. NOTE: Dots are round.

    The correct term relative to continuous tone printing of photographic images is actually ppi = pixels per inch NOTE: Pixels are square.

    For web display ppi is meaningless and pixel dimensions are the only parameters that apply.

    Pixels.......................................Dots

    [​IMG] Image from Wikimedia Commons, under the "GNU Free Documentation License".
     
  7. Christos_2006

    Christos_2006 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2006
    Messages:
    47
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Queens, New York
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    So i haven't posted here in a long time so this is kinda of a re-introduction post. So here goes, camera brand is irrelevant in my book it is just a tool. Although i do prefer Nikons, the D700 is a killer camera that has amazing high ISO capability without breaking the bank.
    But that is something you haven't mentioned how much are you looking to invest? Your largest investment will not be in a camera body but rather the investment will be in quality glass.
     
  8. dm020486

    dm020486 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2008
    Messages:
    10
    Likes Received:
    0
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I will be full time videographer but help the photographer when he goes on vacation, within a year he is retireing so I will become the photographer because I will be the only one that knows anything about that position within the company(budget). Price is about $1000 I am willing to spend for body and lens!
     
  9. 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
    That's not an assistant.

    Lens for what? Weddings? Sports? Product? Portraits?

    New camera and lens or used?
     
  10. Christos_2006

    Christos_2006 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2006
    Messages:
    47
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Queens, New York
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Assuming this is for weddings since you mentioned video as well. I don't know what lenses you are currently using but i would have to say the $1K will not be enough for both a body and quality lenses. you may browse ebay and craigslist to see if anybody is selling anything used.
     
  11. 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
    +1 ^^^^
     
  12. Sachphotography

    Sachphotography TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2009
    Messages:
    1,229
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Tulsa, OK
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Um... I would have to beg to differ.....
    He could pick up a Canon 20d on Ebay.... 250-300 Used
    Sigma 18-50mm F/2.8 300 NEW
    Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6 APO 170 new on Ebay
    2 flash cards 8gbx 2 50 on Ebay
    Flash ( any type) a half way decent on on Ebay 100
    The total for all of that comes to 920.
    That would give her a decent kit to get going.

    1000 will be fine to get going. Keep in mind not everybody is going to be going for L Glass right off the bat. There are lens that work. May not be the optimum best, but they work.

    Daniel
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page

starting product photography