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originally posted by: ThePeaceMaker
a reply to: Golantrevize
Hey Golan i thought I'd give my opinion and view on starting off doing night time photos as I've only been into doing those kinds of photos for the last couple of months in this thread www.abovetopsecret.com... on page two there are a few of my beginner shots that I done while I was getting into it and trying to understand how to get the shots I wanted
I started off with buying a second hand Canon 450d DSLR camera which I purchased for £100 and then I purchased a second hand canon 75-300 mm zoom lens which costs me around £85. You don't need to go out and spend thousands on equipment
Once you got you camera the only advice, which is what I done, I purchased one of those 'dummies guide to' books for my relevant camera. I was able to purchase this on eBay. You don't have to but it helps understanding your cameras settings and what they do. Also I went on to YouTube and searched for videos that could help me. So get use to your camera first and understand the settings then once you've got some basic knowledge get yourself out and start snapping away. I've always believed there is never a bad picture you take, any pictures that come out a bit poor you can work out where you've gone wrong then you can work on narrowing down as to what settings you've used and eventually start getting the pictures you want
Don't be afraid of thinking for example you look outside and see the weather is pants, some pictures I've took I've thought 'no that's going to come out terrible in these conditions' only to find that the picture has come out better than i thought it would. Photography can be a bit of trial and error when you're starting off but it's the beginning stages is where you learn
So to summarise, don't go out spending thousands on equipment, learn your cameras settings and what settings are required for the environment you're in and lastly just get out and snap away .. oh and never doubt yourself stay positive even if some pictures come out terrible you'll soon learn as to what you need to do never be discouraged by bad photos
Good luck and happy snapping !!