Great forum. I've been reading for a while now!
I have a few questions if you don't mind, but first, a few things about me:
- I have absolutely no experience taking photographs, other than with my Point-and-click.
- I'm very impulsive, but equally creative and absolutely fascinated by art.
- I'm very very willing to learn.
That said, I've decided I might like to pursue photography as a creative outlet, possibly leading to more in the future (who knows). I've spent about.. 10 hours over the past few days skimming through ModelMayhem portfolios (whilst I'm not at work negiotating contracts, that is) and I've come to the conclusion there's WAY too many 'ordinary' photo's out there, and the world needs more INTERESTING things to look at. Your site has more examples of that, than any other I've found.
Anyway, my questions?
Basically.. I have no freaking idea which camera to buy. Everywhere I go, conflicting advice:
"DEFINITELY buy second hand.." --- "DEFINITELY buy new.."
"DEFINITELY go for Nikon..." -- "DEFINITELY go for Sony/Nikon/Canon.."
and so on. Today I went into the camera store, and the sales person seemed to think my best bet was a Sony a300 which is £400 for the body alone. That's about $600. Plus I'd need a lense, etc. Luckily, I have a friend that works there, and she can get me the camera for cost-price, and a lot of the essential equipment at an extremely discounted price. This should help.
Is that REALLY the best way to go? I particularly like the live-view, and feature set, although I really have no experience actually shooting with any Digital SLR, so I could be way off. Out of all the camera's I've "held and played with" it's my fav so far.
I'm interested in doing some alternative glamour, etc at some point.. so do I really need to be worried about buying new, expensive lenses, or how many MP the camera actually is? (10mp compared to, say, 14mp)
My plan, currently, is to get a camera.. purchase some magazines, buy some books, and get super-creative with my silky photoshop skillz. I've booked an "introduction to Digital SLR photography" course for may. Again, dumb move? What would you advise?
I know you're all busy so thanks for even reading this.. I'm too embarrassed to go back and check how long my message is.. I have a feeling it's.. long. =(