Welcome... By the way, I will pay you $15.00 for the Nikonos and whatever you have left from the garage sale find. That way you are free and clear of any expenditure with a $10.00 profit. You say "No"????
i am big into art and have mental images of wat i want things to look like but i cant transfer it from my mind to paper or clay or anything. so i decided i want to try photography. i want to do it the original way. black and white photos, home developed. it doesnt seem like art when u buy a $5 disposable camera and get it developed for $3. imy problem is that i dont know where to start. what kind of camera to buy, what i need for the darkroom, what kind of film i need. im just clueless.
i know wat i want my pictures to look like, i know wat i want to take pictures of, i just need help on what kind of camera to get mainly. i dont want digital, i want good zoom, but other than that i know nothing about cameras. i just something i can put effort and heart into. when ur not doin the work in creating the pictures from stage 1 to the end i dont consider it to be art. i can understand taking digital pictures and modifying them and considering it to be art.
I think that everyone here, even those who have been involved in photography for decades, are constantly struggling to make their finished prints match the image that they see in their mind. Photography is a fascinating and rewarding form of creative expression that will challenge you all of your life. The more you learn, the more you realize that you don't know.
APUG is a great resource with many very accomplished creative photographers with a huge variety of backgrounds, interests and expertise. Just lurking here will expose you to a wealth of all aspects of photographic information. Questions almost always receive quick, helpul responses.
As far as not creating "Art" with a $5 disposable, a lot of talented photographers are doing some beautifully creative things with $10 Holga cameras.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think we have a double Hello! here so welcome to both of you - jhastie from Wisconsin and queen_of_dragons2002 from lorain, ohio...BTW on the topic of creative work with a cheap camera (ok $100 is not cheap in my book) but Holga now has a version with a Polaroid back..could be pretty cool.
The term "Photography" is pretty broad around here. Perhaps if you would give a more descriptive example of the types of photographs that you are interested in making, someone could suggest the best direction to go in choosing the proper equipment and materials. Many fine examples of a wide variety of work, (Color and B&W, 35mm to Ultra Large format, Portrait to Landscape), can be found in the APUG galleries.
hi, im new too in apug.
about the camera and what u want...
well first of read, read here it is a great place. step by step u wil understand what is it all about. ask questions. i think u can find here planty of helfull comments.
the camera depends on what u want to do. i wouldnt recomened zoon any way. my recomendation is a normal lense. that means (in my opinion at least) =
1. a 50mm lense if u want to be more solid in perspective. if u work indoors i consider this focal lebght to be normal.
2. 35mm lense if u want to open a space a bit. that can be normal outdoors since the sesnse of space outdoors is diifernt.
the main think is to study visualizing your photos. u cannot do it with zoom. u have to study working with a normal lense. then a dasy will come and u will know what other lense u do want.start working yourself and look others works trying to understand how they are made and what u like. study masters. it is always important.
about the camera body - i guees u r talking about the 35mm format. there is a choice of slr and rangefinder. which one??? for my self i do have answer (35mm - rangefinder) but u have to think what is best for u. if u imagine yourself seeing something, focusing, framing and clicking to maek a photo then this is a rangefinder. this si not point and shoot. actually u have to be more expirieanced with your visualization here since what u see through the viewfinder of rf camera is almost identical with what u see with the naked eye. u dont see what is going to be on the film - u have to sense it. this photography is called by many intuitive with mental involvement.
the slr - u see through the viewfinder aproximatly what u gonna see on the film. but when u look through it u loose the sense of what is out of the viewfinder = u loose the visual contact with what inspired u.
find out more about the cameras and their utilities. again, this is a good place to study and good luck.