Getting into Photography

Discussion in 'Photography' started by David G. Stinner, Jun 29, 2003.

  1. I've been taking pictures lately with my HP 3MP digital camera and I've been
    getting a lot of compliments on my picture taking ability (even from a
    professional photographer). Unfortunately my digital camera is a P&S with
    very limited settings I control. I do have a Canon AE-1 Program 35mm camera
    lying around that I've had for close to 20 yrs now. I've never been that
    interested in photography until now (the compliments help). What I would
    like to know is, is the AE-1 Program a decent amateur 35mm for me to start
    out with? If so, should I just go out and start taking pictures and playing
    with the settings (making notes of what I did of course) to see what the
    results would be?

    David G. Stinner, Jun 29, 2003
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  2. David G. Stinner

    John O. Guest

    The AE1 is a fine camera to start with. But rather than just taking notes
    on settings you've tried, why not just buy a book on basic photography to
    get grounded on the basics? It is actually pretty easy.

    John O., Jun 29, 2003
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  3. If you can afford it, get a better digicam with manual setting capability.
    It has advantages for a learner over film. You can see the results quickly,
    with helps learning. You'll even learn from the small images on an LCD
    screen, for example in setting exposure.

    It costs you nothing to take many pictures, unless you print other than the
    few best. In fact, if you do some back-of-envelope calculations, you'll
    find that it is cheaper to learn on a digicam than on a film camera.

    Part of learning photography is learning to improve photos in the darkroom.
    You can do it on a computer with excellent software that sells for about
    $100, with no ocnsumabe costs until you print the few you like best,
    Marvin Margoshes, Jun 30, 2003
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    Jeremy Guest

    x-no-archive: yes

    No point in reinventing the wheel. Instead of trial and error, buy some
    books. Michael Freeman's "35mm Handbook" and "John Hedgecoe's Photography
    Course" come to mind. Kodak's "The Joy of Photography" and "How To Take
    Good Pictures" are filled with practical information, and are worded so even
    novices can understand the concepts.

    Try to learn one thing at a time. Master the concept. Your photos will
    show some degree of improvement immediately. Don't try to immerse yourself
    in everything at once--you will be overwhelmed. Remember that any image is
    better than no image. No image is, theoretically, "perfect." Start with
    the tools at your disposal, and better tools will become available to you as
    you progress.

    You might also check out the Agfa online photo courses:
    Jeremy, Jul 4, 2003
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