Hello everyone! Ahh, I'd like to start by saying this is my very first post in these forums. I admit I'm both new to these forums and the world of photography . So I'm as green as they come - little to no knowledge on anything. I just kindly ask not to laugh at me too much over my goofy newbie questions. (And of course if I'm posting in the wrong section I apologize and please feel free to correct me!)
I'm AJ and I've been considering on getting a DSLR camera for about 3 years now. I've read on and off about them - but not consistent enough for the information to stick. Which is why I keep rereading all the same subjects on google. This is the year I told myself I'm going to do it. I'm taking the plunge into getting a nice DSLR camera and getting my own stock images. I work as a freelance artist so I really like to take reference pictures of just about anything and everything to I can take it back home later to practice drawing or painting.
I've been doing some reading over the past couple of weeks and I've come to the conclusion on my own that I think a Canon T4i would be a nice starting camera. But before I make any hasty decisions I want actual input, tips, and advice from people who know the photography world. Who know the equipment and what to use for what subjects.
What am I looking to take most of my pictures of?
- I really like getting photos of still objects like a building, a parked car, a tree... Just some standard stuff. Now these I can do with any point and click camera - but I want more than just this.
- I love taking pictures of my pets. I have 2 dogs and 4 rats. And as you can imagine animals - They love to move! It's really tough to catch them without constant blurring or grainy effects with my phone camera and point and clicker. I would love the option to take pictures when they're outside and indoors that's pretty low lit.
- I would like to take pictures of wild life or just animals in general. I'd love to get snap shots of birds, squirrels, go to a farm just get basic shots of horses in motion? I also visit my brothers farm often - I've always wished I could get pictures of the deer that are far away! Just sit in a pasture and take pictures without spooking them. This is where I'm hoping to step up too.
- I also get pretty bored sitting indoors all winter long. I don't get to go out much so I'm going to have a lot of dim room or low light pictures, I'm not sure how to counteract this? Doesn't help that I'm usually a night owl....
- Also people, I personally love having pictures of events, friends, and family. So I need to personally learn how to take better people pictures.
My friend is letting me play more with her Nikon D3000 to play with and make sure I do want to upgrade to this level. And honestly? The more I play with it the more I'm getting addicted!
***Here are a couple of shots I took of my pet rats as practice. It's very hard to the the babies, they're complete blurs most of the time. But then again I have no idea what I'm doing and learning as I play with it.
I guess the advice I'm looking for... Do you guys think a T4i is a good place to start with a DSLR? Can I ask for advice on a couple of starter lenses? I'd really like to be able to zoom in on far off wildlife. Any suggestions on settings or how to keep it orderly? I'm not even sure on cases I should look at... I just know I'll be walking around a lot with this baby and I want it to be safe and secure.
As I learn more I'm currently making a wish list of DSLR needs so I can roughly estimate how much it will cost me to get started for this summer.
I'm not sure what else I should even be asking so please if you have any advice or pointers I'm happy to hear them out! Thank you for reading.