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Blog#1 An Introduction

garyfreeman > garyfreeman Blog > Blog#1 An Introduction
29/01/2013 - 1:43 AM

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Despite always having a keen interest in photography it was only a few months ago that I had the opportunity to purchase my first DSLR. Obviously the choice in camera equipment is vast, but certainly in my case and as I would imagine with anyone starting out in photography, a major factor when choosing your camera equipment will come down to one factor – COST.

I managed to get enough money together to purchase a Nikon D7000 and a AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8G prime lens. During the last few years knowing my budget would be relatively small I had always considered a Nikon D90 but simply never managed to purchase one. It wasn’t until I had saved enough money that I really started to research which camera would be best for me and more relative to my price range. It was now that I discovered that the Nikon D90 had been phased out and the replacement was the Nikon D7000. This camera falls into the higher end of the Nikon Consumer range and costing around £645 (body only) is still less than half the price of the Nikon D600 which is around £1450 (body only). I researched what photographers considered the best start off lens and again relative to the price it seemed that the “Nifty Fifty” kept being mentioned. The reviews seemed to highlight that the performance and quality of the AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8G(£164) even bettered that of the AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4G(£278). I would like to highlight that obviously I am not an expert and this was simply the information that I gathered on the basis of my ability and price range. Of course it would have been nice to get a Nikon D3S and AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II but everyone has to start somewhere right?

I don't know if this comment is going to be controversial but having a DSLR far outweighs any point and shoot camera.” It has opened up a whole new world for me one which I only wish I had stepped into a lot of years ago.

Maybe I am totally naive, I understand that photography is an endless journey with on-going opportunities to learn, but I truly feel that I would like to branch out and try to start a career in photography. Is that ridiculous? I hope not.

Anyhow let the journey begin!!


Gary66  3158 forum posts England
29 Jan 2013 - 2:12 AM

Ridiculous certainly not, life's to short, go for it.
Good luck Gary.

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29 Jan 2013 - 2:34 AM

Exactly my thinking Gary, thanks for the vote of confidence......


Welcome to EPZ.

Your skills will improve while you practice with the camera. Get to know the basics. Composition and lighting. You will make mistakes, everyone made and makes mistakes. Don't erase the failures, use them (by looking at the camera settings) to find the reasons of the failure. The forum has a section regarding taking pictures, read, feel free to ask. Look at the inspiration drop-box on top. Read. The critique gallery is another place you can get good advice. To develop your "seeing" opportunities examine the pictures uploaded. Take pictures with any camera you come across and you have access.

Imagine your picture. Then create it. Then review it. Then, imagine your next.

Good luck to your photographic adventure.

29 Jan 2013 - 3:15 AM

Thanks Pablo.....

29 Jan 2013 - 4:25 PM

Hi Gary, Welcome to the site. Look forward to seeing your pics. Regards Jamie.

1 Feb 2013 - 2:18 PM

Hi Jamie

Just getting a few things sorted in Lightroom. Will upload my portfolio as soon as I get a chance. I am still relatively new to this site.

Thanks for the post though I look forward to making some new friends throughout my journey Smile

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