General Photography Tips and Education Thread
I decided to create a new thread on making art with photography. I am doing this to keep things a bit more organized than last time. Here I hope to establish a place for people to talk about photography techniques, equipment, and related things to help us make better artwork.
I'll start it off by saying I've been researching a lot of lenses lately to see what I can get that won't be too expensive, but get close as possible to the results I am looking for.
I've been looking at wide angle lenses for landscapes,
telephoto (zoom) lenses for wildlife such as birds
and closeup or macro lenses for insects and plants.
I recently purchased the 12-24mm Nikon lens used for $650. I have only tested it in my ugly backyard so cannot give a report on it yet,
and the 55-300mm Nikon used at only $250. You can see a recent photo with that lens here. This lens so far is fairly decent in bright and medium light, though for cropping I would say it's not that great. If you zoom in with the lens itself and get a good shot then it's been satisfactory.
For closeups of small subjects or for general low-light shooting I am considering the 35mm F/1.8 Nikon. It's low-priced and seems similar to the 20mm f/1.7 Lumix lens I had before I sold my Olympus PEN. A friend of mine would like me to take some photos for his wedding in December and I think this lens will be good for that.
I told him I'm not sure how good of a job I could do since I am still new to photography but he said I only needed to the stuff outside and I wouldn't be the main photography guy. So I suspect it would be basically walking around taking photos after the ceremony itself is done. Egads, I hope it goes well.
Eventually, I would like to upgrade to a full-frame camera (called by the designation FX with Nikons) as they can apparently handle higher ISO (sensor sensitivity, like film speed of the old days) with lower noise than non-full frame (called DX cameras with NIkons), but that will cost me around $2000-3000 so don't know when I will be willing to do that (willing and able are two very different things, lol).
The lens I would get with a full-frame would probably be the 28-300mm Nikon so I could do landscape and birds in one lens.