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Starting The Hobby

Fri Mar 04, 2005 3:43 pm


I've finally realized I want to take up this hobby. I live right by O'Hare and Palwaukee airport and sniffed out some good spotting places  Wink.
So...I have a question:

What's a good camera to get? I want to get a digital one.

Is there a good photo program to make the images better? (as from reading your posts I guess I'd have to do that a couple times before I make it  Wink )

I think that's all the questions I have right now...maybe I'll think of others.
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RE: Starting The Hobby

Fri Mar 04, 2005 3:55 pm

What do you want to do with the photos? Upload to I find it funny that someone would spend extra money (by hundreds of dollars) to just get pictures on I certainly wouldn't.

I find it great you want to get involved, but a good digital camera is an investment you should consider carefully.

It sounds to me as if you just want a hobby. I suggest starting with a digital camera that is point and shoot. You can a decent one for a few hundred, and it will create pictures worthy of putting together a personal collection.

If you want to get pictures worthy of, you ought to go a bit higher in price for a point and shoot, or go all out for an DSLR. Go to for more info on which cameras to buy.
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RE: Starting The Hobby

Fri Mar 04, 2005 4:03 pm parents asked me what I want for my 19th b-day...I said camera and they said just pick one Big money isn't my will be later but getting the camera I just want to pick the best one.

Yeah..eventually I would like to upload some pictures into right now I just want to experiment and play around with camera and photos and see how things go. I live by two big airports so I can practise around...but like the long-term investment is shooting great pictures. Kind of like collecting stamps only I would collect plane pictures. And hopefully one day I'll get good and get pictures onto

I guess my question is what's a quality camera that is great for long-term investment. For playing around and later for serious stuff.
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RE: Starting The Hobby

Fri Mar 04, 2005 5:14 pm

I'm at the same point as you. I dabbled a bit with photography several years ago, but feel it's time to get started again. It would be great to get some shots like those posted here, although aviation is just one interest re: photography.

Money wasn't so much an issue for me at this moment in life, so I got a Canon 20D to 'play' with. The reviews speak for themselves and the digital EOS's appear to be quite popular with many photographers here! I believe there is a new 300D (the 350D) just around the corner if you don't want to spend as much, or now might be a good time to pick up a 300D.

Best of luck and happy snapping!

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RE: Starting The Hobby

Fri Mar 04, 2005 5:26 pm


There are many cameras to choose from, Canon, Nikon, etc. Have a look at the link Ryan posted and do as much research as you can. Its really a matter of taste as to which make you want to get. You need to ask what you want to do. Do you want to be able to change lenses, do you need telephoto lenses, 200mm, 300mm etc.

I suppose good entry level DSLR would be a Canon 300D, I don't know the Nikon equivilant, you can invest in better lenses later, and it will give you a feel for digital. A lot of photographers on use this camera and say nothing but good things about it. Also it comes with a baisic software package Photoshop Elements 2.0. Most photogs here use PS.

The decision is yours Big grin

Have fun.


PS Happy Birthday!  bouncy 

Edit: Also go to a camera shop and try out a few cameras, rent them out if you can and see for youself what you like, but do as much research as you can, and practice practice practice. Search the forums for tips on post processing, its been discussed a lot here so just look them up.

[Edited 2005-03-04 09:32:30]
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RE: Starting The Hobby

Fri Mar 04, 2005 5:28 pm

...And, most important, read some books about the basics of photography and editing. Mastering the editing process is a must. A (D)SLR does not guarantee good pictures if you have no clue about what you're doing.
If you want to upload here, experiment with your camera first, and don't start uploading immediately. First try and compare your results to what gets added to the database each day. If you think you've got it going on, try uploading one or two shots and take it from there...

Good luck,
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RE: Starting The Hobby

Fri Mar 04, 2005 10:54 pm

Thank you so much for your help everyone. I will go to some stores around here...I know there's a Wolf Camera store here where they got the Canon 300D so I will check it out. And of course..lots of reading and favorite.  veryhappy 

Thanks for the great advice.  yes 

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RE: Starting The Hobby

Fri Mar 04, 2005 11:14 pm

I agree with Eduard, read as much as you can and compare your work with stuff that gets added to the DB (or show it on this forum before uploading).

There are lots of free digital photography courses on the internet which will learn you the basics.

Set yourself a target for the day. For example, close-ups or gear- shots or side-shots and use different camera settings on it. It will teach you a lot.

But whatever....get out and start shooting!

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RE: Starting The Hobby

Fri Mar 04, 2005 11:58 pm

You should get Nikon D70. Much better choice over 300D.

My 2¢
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RE: Starting The Hobby

Sat Mar 05, 2005 12:10 am

Like Rafal, I have a Nikon D70 (with 28-100 and 70-300 mm lenses), and would highly recommend that. Having handled both D70 and Canon 300D, I think (just personal preference really, I suppose) that the D70 is better built.

I think Canon have got the 350D coming out soon, if it isn't already out.
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RE: Starting The Hobby

Sat Mar 05, 2005 12:20 am

Ahhhhhhhhhh, Rafal, another Nikon user in the plethora of Canonites!!!! Big grin

Seriously, whatever you do, Aerosvit, take your time choosing, take care over your pictures and take every opportunity to learn from this forum. It's a good sight cheaper than a posh course!!!

And most people are helpful, friendly and will do anything they can to assist.

Enjoy your hobby

Andy  Cool

PS - It's my birthday on the 14th - anything from the Nikon range will be fine  old 
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