With so many new cameras and new software hitting the market, does anyone have good sugggestions on how to get started in digital photgraphy? All the photography books and websites seem to only give you the bare basics and often deal more with marketing products than teaching you how to be a better photographer.
Has anyone found a good site or forum in which to share practical knowledge and truely learn this reemerging art form?
i use to read <digital camera> magazine because there are a lot of tips and nice photos in it. i use it to learn how to take photo like that. besides, it has video tutorial free download for digital photography using photoshop elements and also photoshop itself. and also some camera comparison. so far, it is my first choice of source to learn digital photography.
A lot depends on how far you want to go. It's always good to know the basics, but you also need to find the subject your most likely to be into. Choosing a particular subject will help you. Then you can read up and search information and expand on that subject.
It's best to just start browsing a ton of people's works. See what images work for you and what doesn't. I've found it's how I developed my own style and processing in my own photos.
All of the options above are great, but I think the best things are learned through experimentation and trial and error. Get to know your camera inside and out. Figure out how it works mechanically. Learn about the features it has and play around with each. Don't be afraid to take "bad pictures" (it happens even to the best of photographers and know that a good chunk of the most beautiful photos out there are often quirks of luck.
I would have to say to not get a kodak easyshare.
I have had two of them and they both messed up... my brother dropped it.
bought another one because it takes pretty good pictures and it's 8MP.
it now wont even flash and it hasn't been used that much.
all the pics are so dark. you have to put it on candlelight to make it work.
There is a lot of good advice here. One thing I tell everyone who is thinking about purchasing a good camera is to put most of your money into the lenses and not the camera body. If you stick with the same system, you can upgrade the camera body as you get better and are able to save for the better camera body. If you do it the other way and just get a good body but not good lenses, the more expensive body will pick up every imperfection in the cheaper lens.
One other thing I would say about buying a camera is to not just look at the megapixel count. This does not tell the whole story. Also look at the image sensor size. Most (if not all?) amateur level cameras do not have a "full frame" 35 mm sensor. I'm not saying you need a full frame sensor, but it is something to think about. Bigger is better when it comes to sensor sizes.
In buying lenses, look for good quality glass with lens coatings designed to minimize flare, etc. Also, I always look for mostly metal construction, especially for where it connects to the camera. Plastic breaks very easily, and is a sign of a cheap lens anyway.
Finally, I would try out different cameras if you can to find one that fits in your hand and that you feel comfortable with.