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1 year 8 months ago #703591 by andyspaces
Hi all,

Excited to start my new journey, learning about photography. I do not own a camera at the moment but I am considering purchasing one - I've had my eyes on Sony a6100 for a while but have started to second guess this.

My long term goal is to take spectacular landscape photos - this is the niche I want to start in. But every camera suited for this purpose seem to be very expensive. 

Do you have a suggestion on cameras, good for landscape, suited for a beginners? Preferably not too expensive, although I rather pay a little extra  than owning a camera not designed for this purpose of course!

Best!


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1 year 8 months ago #703608 by Esseff
Firstly, welcome!  :welcomeclan


Secondly, I'm the opinion that any camera is better than no camera. Even a decent smartphone can take good pictures these days. And I highly recommend the second hand market if you're starting out. Nothing wrong with used gear. Beyond that, I doubt there is going to be too much difference between brands, especially if you're a beginner. Use what you have and get snapping.


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1 year 8 months ago #703680 by Jin Hyuk Kwon
welcome to the site! Im happy to meet you. 


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1 year 8 months ago #703811 by Hannah Williams
Yu! Enjoy your time learning more about photography in the site. 


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1 year 8 months ago #703983 by andyspaces
Thank you all! Just purchased Sony A7 ii including lens. I know it has a few years now but could only find positive reviews about it - hopefully this will do for a learning experience!

Super excited to start taking pictures


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1 year 8 months ago #704053 by Bobby Mitchell
And we are all excited to see your shots! Welcome!


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1 year 7 months ago #705927 by andyspaces
So one week in with my new camera. I have to admit that this is more difficult than I thought! I have learned the basic settings but the most difficult part is to be creative and find nice compositions, especially when you don't live nearby any incredible location..

I have played around a little, mostly to practice so the pictures don't really tell a story at this point tbh. Feel free to provide input!

At this picture, I imagined the boat to be in the centre. Should probably have zoomed a little bit more? It kind of disappears..


This one I am fairly happy with!


Macro attempt. A bit blurry in the foreground, preferably wanted the most foreground to be in focus.


Btw, is a 299 dollar course worth it? Or is it better to keep practicing and learning by doing?

Best


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1 year 7 months ago #706440 by KCook
"Telling a story" is a tough challenge, even after decades of experience. I'm happy to settle for a shot that is just charming or interesting.

#1 - If the boat was your subject, yeah, zoom in a lot. The shot is a little under exposed. And I would crop out the jumble of weeds at the bottom.

#2 - If you're happy, that's all that is important.

#3 - Focusing for macro photography can be a challenge. Experiment by trying different apertures and focus techniques.

I would not pay $300 for a course. You can buy a lot of books for that amount! I have a few examples on my blog -

photographyintro.com/composition-books/

Kelly Cook

Canon 50D, Olympus PL2
kellycook.zenfolio.com/

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1 year 7 months ago #706488 by Stephen Graham
Welcome to the site! We are all glad to meet you!


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