OK, Let’s Get Started

I need to make a few disclaimers and disclosures since today marks the first “live feed” of this page.

I’m not an expert on every single thing photography related.

In fact, I would argue – no one is.

There are so many different types of photography.

There are so many conflicting opinions on photography related subjects, even among the most expert of the experts.

I can give you my opinions.

I can share with you my experiences.

I can teach you what works for me, and/or what I enjoy doing.

Take from it what you want, or what is useful.

Disregard the rest.

In time, you will have your own style, your own opinions, and your own art.

And guess what?

That is how it should be.

Photography is an ongoing journey.

The information you find here will vary.  Some of you are beginners; some of you are not.

On one day you might find the information I provide in a post too “simple” for you.

On another day, you might find it too complex.

I will intentionally be varying the topics and level of depth I write about.

(Remember, if something is a little over your head right now – you can always come back to it when you’re further down your very own photography path.)

What do you need to get started?

Well, you obviously need some type of camera.

If you’ve got access to a DSLR, that would be ideal.

If you’ve got nothing more than your phone –

You’ll still be able to learn about composition, lighting, and filters.

Personally, I use a DSLR camera.

My photos go from my camera into Lightroom 4, and sometimes into Photoshop CS6.

Photography can be a very expensive hobby, but it doesn’t have to be.

There is a lot of good quality used photography equipment (and software) for sale in camera shops/on eBay/etc.

Think about what you want from photography.

Do you want to keep memories for yourself and/or your family?

Do you just want to have fun with a camera?

Do you want to develop friends through a hobby that interests you?

Do you want to create artistic images as a form of creative expression?

Is photography a part of your job/work?

Do you want to exhibit your photos in art shows and galleries?

Do you want critical acclaim?

Do you want to become a famous photographer?

How much time (and money) you invest in photography will be different, depending on your ultimate goal.

(Or, how photography obsessed you become.)

As most of you know, I’ve partnered up with B&H Photo with the hope of providing you with some good info/cool stuff via this feed.  When it’s relevant, I’ll provide you links to products/specials/sales/etc., if I think they might be helpful.  I’m not trying to push product down your throat.  I’ve bought (I’m guessing) about 90% of my photography-related stuff through B&H.  If I share a link here, it’s because I think it might be useful to some of you.  Just ignore the things you aren’t interested in – and take a look at those that peak your interest.  I promise not to link-load you to death with items no one really cares about.

(I’m working on developing affiliate relationships with other companies too – the more fun stuff to review/give away/learn about – the better!)

For today, I’m thought I’d share a link with you to B&H’s Used Department.  It’s a place I check frequently, just to see what’s available. (It’s also a good place to sell gear you no longer need/want.)  They not only sell used cameras and lenses, but they also sell used computers, filters, accessories.

B&H Photo Used Department

Now that the disclosures/disclaimers are out of the way, we can move forward with fun stuff next time!

One Response to “OK, Let’s Get Started”

  1. Jan's Sushi Bar

    I’m really anxious to see what you’re going to do with this page. Now if I could just find a course in food photography near me, I’d be a very happy camper.


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