Sorry I haven’t posted any pictures yet. I have been tooling around with the new camera, and having a good time with it. I have a couple of images that are near posting quality, but none has hit the mark yet. I’ll keep working on it.
Now that I have equipment that I deem appropriate, I’ve decided to conduct a self-study on photography. I wanted to do this when I first got my analog SLR, but I was relatively poor at the time and quickly realized that the film and processing required to take the number of shots necessary to really become a decent photographer would cost me an arm and a leg. I really have no idea how beginning photographers ever make it.
My study will ultimately include a number of books, I’m sure, but I’ve got some starting ideas. First, I’m going to spend a few weeks just getting comfortable with my new camera. I’ve already kicked it out of the fully automatic mode, and I’ll get more ambitious as time goes on. Then, starting course materials include Philip Greenspun’s online book, which is nice but includes no “projects,” and his tutorial on building an SLR system (which includes projects). I read another online photography tutorial at one point that included a more comprehensive set of projects (which have specific objectives and gradually increase in sophistication), but I can’t seem to find it now. Any suggestions?
I’m going to stick with the zoom lens that came with the new camera for a while, desite Greenspun’s warnings, but I think my next purchase will be a Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM. With the smaller field-of-view of the digital camera, this looks to be a good, reasonably priced prime lens for everyday photography. (In terms of field of view, it is equivalent to a 45 mm lens on a 35 mm camera. The next lens Greenspun recommends is a wide angle lens, which is actually a tough thing to find at a reasonable price due to the smaller field-of-view.)
Also discovered today was Greenspun’s A Rich Person’s Guide to Aquariums. I found it amusing, though the odds of my spending several hundred dollars on an aquarium filtration system anytime soon are pretty darn slim.
I am turning comments back on, but I haven’t solved any of the problems. Tread lightly, please.