So, i'm new
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22-10-09, 07:46 PM
Join Date: Oct 2009
So, i'm new
As the title suggests i'm new to photography and I am basically after a small bit of guidance really.
I am quite fortunate to have a techno-junkie father who often buys things on a whim then gets bored or changes his mind and then passes them on to others bless him, his most recent was a DSLR and when he offered it to me i snapped it up with both hands. I have always enjoyed taking photographs but have never delved deep into the whole mechanics and nitty gritty prefering simply to point and click. I have recently had a complete change of circumstances giving my job up as an engineer and following the woman i love to an entirely new country (sorry for the mush she is sitting next to me and reading this out of the corner of her eye so i'm trying to bag browny points) with this has brought the opportunity and time to actually have a hobby rather than constant work and no play and photography is it.
The camera in question is a Nikon D5000 with an 18-55VR Lens Kit, now from what i understand this is s hybrid camera offering HD video as well as still pictures, now the HD and video is of no interest to me, for that i have a video camera, my first question is due to the fact this is a dual purpose camera will i have lost features that its still-picture taking cousins have that would make some kinds of pictures not worth attempting?
I have looked about on this site for a few weeks now and have been amazed by the pictures that many of you have taken the ones that seem to have the massive wow factor for me are the photo's taken with Macro lenses, really close shots of insects or flowers in such detail amazes me and i would love to be able to do the same, so my second question is (hoping that the answer to question 1 is not "don't try to take close ups") will i need to purchase a new lens for this kind of work if so do you have any suggestions, i have also seen some caps that fit on the end of standard lenses would they be just as good or is it worth digging deep and going for a new lens?
And my third and final question is basically about software, i understand that photoshop elelments is used by this site for its video tutorials and from what i have seen so far it is a very versatile tool and what i am hoping to use, as i now live in belgium local courses are not an option as my Dutch is really not strong enough for me to attempt it yet, are there any online courses that teach the basics of this software (or indeed should i consider other software) that any of you know of that are in english.
Well thank you for lasting this far and reading my post i know i do tend to waffle a bit
I look forward to any suggestions you may have for me.
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