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Thinking About Taking Up Photography  
User currently offlineAer Lingus From Ireland, joined May 2000, 1565 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 2 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1403 times:

I'm thinking about it and I'd love to take some really good pics. Although since I have no experience in photography I'm wondering will It just be a "fad" with me ? That is do most of you who start it continue with it and never say "what a waste"
Also I hope to be buying a second hand camera and, since I have no experience about what to get, I'd apreciate some advice in what equipment to get and lenses along with some prices if possible

I'd appreciate your help

Regards,
Martin

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User currently offlineMirage From Portugal, joined May 1999, 3125 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1273 times:

Start slowly, you can expect for sure to take lots of bad photos at the begining, don't create ilusions thinking that at the first shots you'll get wonders. When I say "start slowly" I mean to shot simple profile photos of planes in order to know better your skills, later with experience you can start using your imagination and start discovering new angles and new light conditions.
After 5 years photographing, I'm still finding new spots, new angles, new ideas for photos. My final advice is to use your imagination.

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User currently offlineAer Lingus From Ireland, joined May 2000, 1565 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1249 times:

Thanks Mirage !

Anybody else have any advice ?
I'd appeciate it 'cos I don't want to go out, buy a camera and find that its not suited to me

Martin


User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 745 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (14 years 2 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1254 times:

1 - borrow a 35mm SLR - perhaps your school has a club. Some shops may be willing to rent you one. Spend a weekend taking pictures of anything & everything. Don't worry too much about technique and results. Are you getting a buzz out of visualising and composing the picture in the viwefinder? Or is it just a lot of hassle. If the former, you'll be hooked.

2 - decide what you want your pictures to look like. You need to have a target to work to. There are plenty of photographers worth emulating on A.net, but at the early stages, don't restrict yourself to aircraft. I really doubt there are any really good photographers who started off on just one subject - specialisation comes much later. When I lived in Dublin (12 years ago) there was a great (free) gallery by the Ha'penny Bridge - I spent a lot of time in there looking at the work of other photographers.

3 - your first purchase needn't be too expensive - there are some real good 2nd hand baragins to be had. If you buy 2nd hand, you'll find the depreciation is almost zero, so if after 6 months you decide not to continue, you should be able to sell your camera and get most of your investment back.

Good luck

Cheers,

Colin



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineAer Lingus From Ireland, joined May 2000, 1565 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1234 times:

Thanks CKW !

That'll give me something to think about

Martin


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