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Old 01-14-2009, 10:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well,

My name is Dustin, Im 22... Born in kentucky and recently out of the Army.
Immediately following my discharge I got a job managing a chain of adult novelty stores, where, not so coincidentally I gained an interest in photography. Seeing both well done and not so well done photos on a daily basis, I knew it was something I could do in my spare time, enjoy, develop friendships I would have otherwise not developed, AND make some extra money on the side. As of now, I have no experience but can't wait to gain some I figure I better get the ball rolling with this before I lose the passion I have to learn about something that intrigues me so much.

I am very opened minded, and love constructive criticism as I know it will only make me better. Feel free to offer advice and or comments as you see fit.

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dustin

~~~I am currently looking for a decent starter camera, that is, somewhere in the middle of affordability and quality. If you have suggestions, feel free to let me know. thanks
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Old 01-14-2009, 10:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Dustin, first off welcome to Garage Glamour. There is a wealth of talent and knowledge here that I am sure you will find very useful as your photography grows.

As to your question you have opened a real hornet's nest with that one and I am sure there will be 100 posts by the time I get up tomorrow.

The best advice I can give you is to go with a major brand like Canon or Nikon. There are other great cameras out there but with these manufacturers you are not only getting a camera, you are also getting a system that will grow as you grow. Also, with the majority of the Pros using these two brands you will always have somewhere to go when you have questions and you will have questions.

Also, if you are really serious about your photography and plan to stay with it and grow get just as much camera and maybe a little more as you can possible afford. You want a camera you can grow into not a camera you have outgrown 2 days after you take it out of the box.

Best of luck to you and feel free to post questions to the Forums and also let us see some examples of your work once you are up and running.
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Old 01-14-2009, 10:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The formula for a camera goes something like this
Camera Body: $1000 (I'm sure there are a few cheaper bodies out there I bought used)
First Lens: $100-$150
Lenses from then on out: $500+ (each).

Pick the camera that feels best in your hands it is a minor component of your equipment and will change many times, for the most part glass is forever. You could probably make a good start with a cheap P&S if you're strapped for cash just pay attention to composing the image you want to get.
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Old 01-17-2009, 08:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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thanks guys... Im still looking, leaning towards a D40 X Nikon.. Just for starters. It will probably be a month or so before I can get some pics up... The good news is I got a few girls lined up to start my portfolio.
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Hey Dustin,
Welcome to GG. You have plenty of great models to choose from in Kentucky. Your just a few hours from me and I've shot with several girls from there. If you need any help just give me a shout. As far as cameras go, if you considering going the used route, make sure to check out the buy and sell forum on Fred Mirandas site. FM forums. I've bought from several of the guys on there and have had great luck.
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