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Basics. When I first bagan, it seemed like there was so much to learn. And there is a lot about phototgraphy that can be daunting. However, like the wize owl responded when asked “How do you eat an Elephant?” “One bit at a time,” he replied.


So, if we take it piece by piece, one item at a time we should be fine.


First, lets live within who we are. Some people are Right brain orientated, some are Left. Do you know where you fall. Are you an Engineer type or an Artist? Looking at what you do now will help determine that.


If you are a nuts & bolts person - and engineer type you may well pick up the relationships between Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO quickly and that is fine. If you are more into art and design, you may wish to set your camera on point and shoot and begin recording images.


For both cases, patience with yourself will be the key to moving forwarrd. Become like a sponge, take in as much as you have time for and accept your progress as it develops - then suddenly one day, it will all come together. Trunt in that, take a lot of images and look at a lot of pictures by others that are known to be good.

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In the beginning…


About equipment…

    Learn to use what you have, as every piece of equipment will have limitations. That mean starting with one lens and using that through you initial period of work.


If you are wondering what brand of equipment to have, think “system.” Which brand will have the pieces you will need as you grow. The old standby Nikon and Canon are safe. Then, Sony, Pentex, etc should be considered only if they can provide accessories like extension tubes, external flash and such.


Important features - Nature

  1. Optical view finder

  2. Min 8Mega Pizeld - digital

  3. Depth of field preview button

  4. Tripod with legs that flair out to the side to allow close to the ground with minimum hassel.


Advanced Features:

  1. Self cleaning Sensor


About camera controls, it is suggested that one set their camera on Aperture Priority, and open the lens up all the way. This way “What-you-see is-what-you-will-get. Almost like an automatic mode; but,  it allows you to stop down to increase depth-of-field and still know what your setting will be at, as you progress.