Hi there, I am considering getting into photography, last time I did something like this was back in High School where I was one of the main photographers for the yearbook, back then I had my fathers Canon A1 and later I bought a Canon 10s. I will like to consider fashion photography or similar but I don
when i bought my canon rebel xsi, i wanted to improve my photography (i was basically just a point and shooter before). i started buying photography magazines and books. one of the books that has helped me so far is called "digital photography for dummies" by david bush. my photography is not where i want it to be but i've gotten considerably better.
Long ago, when I used film, I got excited when pentax came out with a film camera that had an automatic focus, and a button that I thought would make every photo automatically perfect. It was fun, for awhile. I quit for some time, after spilling a soda on the camera, and when digital came out, I thought about trying a cheapie. It took pen-light batteries, which would burn out after about 20 minutes of use, but I liked the idea of not having to buy film, so I bought a better cameera (at the time, a Minolta Maxxum 7D). I thought that was so cool, not having to turn in film, and never getting crops the way I wanted them; now I could do it all. Like the previous poster, just read, read, read. Subscribe to magazines like Shutterbug (and many others), and if you can get a good editing program, like Photoshop Elements or CS, do that. I "self-taught" myself using books, on-line free tutorials, and anything where a dummy like me could do something 10 or 15 times, and it would finally make sense. Now I can't spend ENOUGH money, becuase everything is so much fun. I'm constantly getting new lenses etc., just to expand my abilities. Not that I'm a super-good photographer, but now it all makes sense, and when you start to feel like you understand a lot of different things, you just keep getting better. For the longest time I didn't know the difference between an "f-stop" and a truck stop, but forced myself to understand that and other basic functions. Seems like every day I have a "duh" moment and realize some new thing that is fun. Above all, have fun!
I'm new to photography myself and the first thing I did after reading my camera's manual was to go and buy a " how to" guide book. David Busch's " Nikon D60" guide book was a great in helping me to find my way around the camera. I'd no idea about aperture and shutter speed and had no idea about just how a DSLR makes an image, I wanted to get out of the just point and shoot the camera.
There is a lot of great stuff online and a lot of clutter too. I've read a few books, I've subscribed to shutterbug magazine and all this is helpful.
The number # thing though is to go out and take pictures.
As far as camera don't go with anything to advance, such as canon 5d, nikon d300. Any brand of entry level dslr will work just make sure it fits your liking. If you wnat something more advance a Nikon d90, Canon 50d, or a Nikon d80. Learning ask specific questions on the forums, Shutterbugs counterpart PHOTOgraphic, and local art center.