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Lisa Viscuso

Getting My Start in Photography

I am just about to start in photography, I been reading about it, and I got a course. But I was wondering, when I go to buy the camera, what other things are good to get? I want to just have enough so that I can start ... I donít want to buy everything at once. So if someone can tell me what stuff is good to buy on the first time that would be great. Also I plan on getting one or two lenses to start with ... which ones would be good ones to get?

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10/6/2004 1:57:42 PM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  What accessories you acquire will depend upon the camera system you have chosen and what you intend to shoot most often.
Since you mentioned getting several lenses, I'm assuming that you are looking into a 35 mm SLR camera system (film, or digital equivalent).
As far as lenses go, again, that would depend on the intended subject matter.
I would think that a good zoom lens in the 80-200 mm range, and a standard 50mm prime lens would be a good place to start. If you plan to shoot a lot of scenics and landscapes, maybe a medium-wide angle lens would be more appropriate than the prime 50.

Your accessory list should include a tripod as PRIORITY ONE ... followed by several filters: a polarizer to minimize reflected glare, and something for lens protection, such as a UV/haze or skylight filter.

As for the rest (flash units, macro equipment, additional filters, etc.), you can build up progressively as your needs and abilities progress.
Good luck.

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10/6/2004 3:49:27 PM

Dev Mukherjee   Lisa:

It would help a lot if we knew what sort of photography intersts you -- landscape, street/documentary, portraits, wildlife, etc.

Assuming your interests are varied -- which are for most beginners, I would recommend you buy a mid-range zoom with your camera as a first lens, and a fast prime. Depending on whether you are buying a film or a digital camera, you should look into a 28-90 something zoom for film, or 18-60 something zoom for digital. A fast prime -- either a 50/1.8 (film) or 35/2 (digital) should accompany your zoom for low-light photography.

As you gain experience with photography, you will realize which other lens will be helpful for you.

Once you sort out your interests, you could invest in fast primes for each area and buy appropriate filters (for example, a polarizer for landscape, a softer (diffuser) for portraits, etc.).

The tripod will be a big help in low-light and smaller aperture (landscape) photography. A sturdy tripod is a good investment from the beginning.

Spend your money wisely and don't skimp on films. Make good pictures and enjoy photography.

Good luck.

-- dev.

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10/12/2004 11:49:02 AM

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