Wednesday, January 28, 2009


I don't know about others but I just can't seem to sleep much these days due to all the self taught materials I'm encountering! There are a plethora of resources that teach you the nuts and bolts of photography. Not to mention the beautiful blogs that allow me to really see what photography is all about. Here are a few of the sites that have taught me more than words can express...seriously, the sharing has taken me to another level of appreciation to those who spend time walking a novice user like me through this craft. I am still trying to find my style, and know that it will soon surface along the way. Here are a few of the links that have kept my nose in the books and computer these last few months: Ken Rockwell rocks as he has taught me so much about working the camera and the differences between brands, plus the delivery of each camera. This is one man who loves photography and is so willing to share his wealth of knowledge. Photo LoveCat is another favorite that has helped with finding tools to understand how to build a business: marketing, branding, etc. 4 wonderful photographers run its site. And last but not least, the wonders of DPS which I came across through Natalie Norton and her blog. DPS helps deliver instructions about photography in layman terms which made all the difference in understanding the main elements to a shoot, using ones aperature, shutter speed, and ISO. I'm sure there are plenty more, so if you know others that can benefit a newbie, please let me know. At night, I find myself looking at pictures and trying to figure out what manual settings the shots are being taken at.....who does that? :) Addiction? or it may be the fact that I haven't been back in a school/study mode since I received my MSW back in 2001. It feels good to be back in the world of academics so to speak, except this time I'm studying something that drives me to learn more!


Anonymous said...

Thx for recommending Ken Rockwell. I've been wanting to upgrade my current camera but don't know which I'm sure my q's will be answered on his site. Tax time is a'comin so you can bet I'm ready to splurge on a decent cam :)

Spahulu Photography said...

Yeah, he rocks with his explanations and really saved me financially because I thought I needed a real nice camera, many told me I didn't but never got into the specifics and details like Ken. So I initially purchased a Nikon D300 and then returned it to look for a cheaper one. Its all about the lens and your ability to take pictures. If I were you, I'd check online and buy a used professional camera for a few hundred bucks, work that camera til you know it before breaking the bank with a more expensive camera to only discover that you paid more for merely branding purposes, and fancy features that an old camera is still capable of doing. Keep in touch girl and let me know what you begin to unravel and discover with this passion of yours:)

Andee said...

I am a newbie just like you. I got a Canon XSi to start off with and had it for about 2 1/2 months. I just recently returned it though and upgraded to the Nikon D300. I am like you I have only been studying photography now for about 2 1/2 months. I am completley obsessed and find this whole new world of photography facinating and complex. I don't get much sleep! Best of luck to you in your journey. I have a lot of blogs that I follow that are just terrific. I stumbled on to a great blog the other day that was very insightful (read through her whole blog) www.nicholevphotography and also try
Also UTUBE is a great way to get tons of tutorials on cameras, photography etc... If you can take a cheap community photography or photoshop class as well it can reall help. I am taking the beginners photoshop and I love it. I hope you are able to realize all of you photography dreams!

Andee said...

Funny I just read your comments about sticking with a cheaper camera to start with. I probably took the just to the D300 to soon. I wish I would have looked at that site first. Oh well.... I have a top 6 blogs that I look at nearly daily and I know that at least 3 of them use the D300. However, they all have the top of the line fast lenses with large apature openings with are the most costly. And your right, it is totally about the glass. I am on a waiting list to get the new Nikon 50mm 1.4 G lens. But that succer was like $400 bucks. Just for a fixed 50mm (yikes). It adds up!