Looking to getting into Automotive Photography and photography in general

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    Hello there, let me start this off by saying that I have had SOME experience with DSLR cameras, Nikons. My dad and Uncle both did some hobbyist photography and I've used a D3200 and D800 before and done some shots of my own for a family wedding, nothing really good I had a very basic understanding of ISO and shutter speed but beyond that -- stuff like lighting and how to get the best shot I had no idea, nor did I know much about the cameras I was using or which cameras are the best. Anyway I'm a huge car fan and I've been to a lot of car shows and I had an interest in photography but stopped doing anything or learning because I was busy with exams and starting college, now I'm in my second year of college I've been looking to getting back into it, but this time, automotive but I have no idea where to start. So my question is this: What's an ideal camera for this? Since we no longer own the DSLR's I'd used before I can't use them. Is a D3200 okay? I don't mind spending more so long as I have something that would be ideal for what I need it for whether it's entry-level photography or I get better and start doing more serious shots. As well as this, any other tips for getting started with photography from pretty much scratch?

    Also, next year I will be in Australia for 6-7 weeks visiting my sister and I'd love to take some beautiful photos of the cars, landscape and such there so I was planning on buying a good camera again anyway. I would show some of the photos I took last time I used my dad's SLR but I don't have them anymore, but they were pretty much just point and shoot. I didn't spend much time thinking about angles, light, ISO, shutter speed etc. and that's what I'd like to learn more about this time round. It'd be so cool to be an automotive photographer for a magazine or something some day.

    Update: Found some old photos, can upload them if needed.


     
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    For most automotive photography, which tends to be out-of-doors using ambient light and/or supplemental strobed light, or in the studio with all strobed light, almost any body will do the job. A D3200 would indeed be a good starter body, 'though I would consider a used D700 as a budget-friendly option for it's far superior build-quality and full-frame FoV. Lenses and lights will be where the boys are separated from the men. Fast, quality glass from UW to probably 60-70mm will be where you want to be ideally for most automotive photography. To do a really good job, you will also need to be able to control light; reflectors are a cheap & cheerful way to start.
     
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    Thank's for the response, I think I will get a D3200 again since I'm at least a *little* comfortable with that camera. I actually have some shots I took with it about two years ago, none of them automotive but that's what I'd like to do once I get myself started and get better, if possible if you'd be interested in seeing them and giving some tips. If so, can I post a link to them or do I have to post them on this forum somewhere? I'm new to this place too :)
     
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    You can post or link to the photos, however many members are hesitant to follow off-site links, so putting the images in your post will yield best results.
     
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    Thank-you. Mind if I link it for the first time? I will post anything else I'd like comments and feedback on on the forums next time :)
     
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    Welcome! I would much rather see you post one or two of your best photographs right here in this thread. They don't have to be automotive photographs, but something large and shiny out in the daylight would certainly be in the same ballpark.

    Posting a link to some photographs is almost completely a waste of time, IMO.

    Way more important that which camera body is the photographer's vision and a good understanding of light and composition.
     
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    That didn't work. My bad. How do I attach an image? I feel like a newbie for asking this as someone who works with computers.
     
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    The image has to be hosted somewhere (Flickr, Website, or in your personal image gallery here at TPF).
     
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    Does Imgur work? That's what I used.
     
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    Did you use the "image" tool in the header?

    Also, you can simply upload a file directly from your computer using the large tab below your reply post.
     
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