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Top Camera Picks for New Photographers - Photography Tips

Disclaimer: Lesson #1 of photography is good equipment doesn't make a good photographer. (Brides listen up, just cause someone you know owns a nice photographer doesn't mean you'll get nice wedding photos).   Example: Chase Jarvis an extreme sports and advertising photographer at the top of his game uses his iPhone to take thousands and thousands of pictures.  Even with the horrible camera on an iPhone he captures amazing photos (much better than a newbie with a pro camera). 

With my little disclaimer out of the way, I can begin.  There are pieces of equipment that may help you in learning photography.  If you want to get serious about photography, I will lay out two systems that will get you started.  I have listed both with lenses that have an aperature of 1.8.  These lenses are professional and can created that "blur in the background" that professional photos have.  They also work better than other lenses inside.  I recommend either 35mm 1.8 or 50mm 1.8 lenses to all new photographers, they can't be beat for the money.

I personally use Nikon - specifically the Nikon D700 but for new photographers I recommend the most inexpensive DSLR (digital single lens reflex) currently made.  Here is why, the image sensor (the digital film) in the cheaper SLR cameras are usually the same ones as some of the expensive cameras.  These cameras are easier to use for beginners and can take just as good quality photos as a much more expensive cameras.  The difference is that they don't have all the bells and whistles of an expensive camera.

The Nikon Camera System:

Here are all the pieces for my recommended Nikon beginner system.
  1. Nikon D3000 with 18 - 55 lens
  2. Nikon 35 mm - f/1.8 Lens
  3. Sandisk 8GB SD Card 
Total Approx = $679

    Canon EOS Rebel T1i 15.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS LensCanon Camera System
    I am not a Canon user but they do make great cameras.  So I will list my pics here: 
    1. Canon EOS Rebel T1i with 3-Inch LCD and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
    2. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens 
    3. Sandisk 8GB SD Card 
    Total Approx = $830 

    Photo Editing
    Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3We recommend Picasa for simple photo management.  It is simple, easy to learn and FREE.  Once you are ready to get more advanced we recommend Lightroom 3.  Yes, it is as good as everyone says!

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