A&P learn from a class or from books?

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  1. babygodzilla

    babygodzilla I love rice

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    I want to start learning some serious photography using a DSLR. is it enough to learn from books or is it worth it to take classes? and what's a decent beginner's DSLR?

    thanks!
     
  2. mobbarley

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    books are probably fine, hanging around here will help too.

    buying an slr is generally not enough if you want to get serious, realise that you will need accessories such as a lens or two, etc.

    all current dslrs are good to start on, but you will probably be urged to skip the d40 from nikon.

    nikon: D80, D200, its gets pretty expensive after that
    canon: xti, 30D (runout model), 40D, ditto.
     
  3. brasheye

    brasheye Rotary Crew

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    Take as many photos as you can and learn as much as you can.

    Practice > Theory in photography I believe.
     
  4. NSX

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    Bullshit. I have pro gear that includes thousand dollar lenses and I am still considering getting a D40/D40x just to have a camera to dick around in. It's the perfect camera I'd recommend to start on.
     
  5. babygodzilla

    babygodzilla I love rice

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    thanks for the replies. whats the deal with the D40? is it good or bad?

    well i thought that i should learn enough first to know that i can actually take good photographs before spending the money on expensive equipment. what do you guys think?


    and merry xmas!
     
  6. mobbarley

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    Sure whatever, I said probably because I am not nikon crew.
     
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    Take a class.
     
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    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    practice for a long while, then take a class.
     
  11. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    Practice, trial and error. I've never read a book nor took a class. There's enough knowledge on the internet to learn the basics, absorb the info, apply it, then tweak it.
     
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    D40/x can only use AF-S lenses to autofocus, just remember that.
     
  13. tenxia

    tenxia OT Supporter

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    I have a D40, and there are a ton of lenses out there for D40s.
     
  14. Jhegro

    Jhegro wtf is a jhegro?

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    i would say that it depends. are you more receptive to someone telling you in a classroom type situation, or can you just sit on the computer/book and learn yourself? i did the whole computer/book thing. and it worked out decently, but there are some things where i think a class might help (studio lighting).

    but main thing is to practice and apply whatever u learn in class or from a book. practice hones your skills.
     
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    Very true..im in the same boat

    HOWEVER one important thing you take from photography classes is knowing how to move aorund in the business..and if you're talented your teachers will probably give you a head start in knowing the right people in this business..

    Sometimes I wish I had taken photography classes, just for the opportunity to meet the right people ahead of time.
     

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