I was watching the Fro Knows Photo show and they were editing a pretty nice landscape image and I thought I would give it a go. The original RAW file is submitted by a viewer and then Jared & Greg edit it on the show. Afterwards, the file is made available for other people to edit. Very cool stuff. There are lots of really neat examples of what people did to it on the website. Check it out! It’s a really fun interactive idea! 🙂
Beginners to photography always ask what lenses should I buy (after they ask what camera should I buy). 😉 It is good to have a plan in place so that you don’t spend money on junk glass that you will want to sell later on to buy better stuff. I came across the whole 5 year plan concept on one of Jared Polin’s YouTube blogs and I thought the idea was superb. Have a plan in place that allows you to save your money and upgrade to the very best of lenses and camera bodies over time. Quality is everything! And we pay dearly for it! But it is worth it. 🙂
The plan I present here is for the beginner who has gotten into photography and really likes it & wants to take it to the next level – either hobby or business wise. As such, it starts out with the entry level camera body and kit lens. Then, it encourages buying professional level glass as the next step. Why? Because if you waste your money on junk glass now (because you can afford it), then as you get better and want to upgrade, you’ll have a bunch of junk glass nobody wants. But if you purchase higher end glass, you’ll be fine and dandy as sour candy for your entire photographic career. Camera bodies come and go but lenses last forever (well, a LOT longer than camera bodies!) 😉 As for camera bodies, you want to jump from the entry level body to the top of the pro-sumer line, then to the top of the professional line. It’s not advisable to simply buy the next update of the entry level camera body you already have. They don’t change that much from update to update.
This proposed plan may take you shorter or longer to accomplish and that’s OK. It’s totally up to how aggressively you want to pursue photography and how much cash you have on hand to bank roll it.
Check out this plan for both Canon & Nikon lenses & bodies and let me know what you think. Lists of accessories are also included. The over arching goal is get good glass in your hands that covers the focal range from super wide to long telephoto. But it really depends on what kinds of photography you want to do. For example, if you really want to do Macro photography, that lens will be further ahead on your list than say a 300mm f/2.8 wildlife lens 🙂
I watch a ton of YouTube instead of Satellite TV. Why? Because there is not much on TV worth watching! 🙂 I also like learning constantly. I seldom watch TV to be entertained, that’s what movies are for. Instead, I dial in YouTube on my AppleTV and watch photography videos! 😉 Recently, I have been watching lots of FroKnowsPhoto – Jared Polin’s channel. He has a website too and he makes videos constantly that cover lots of great topics from editing pictures to taking pictures to gear reviews, etc. He also shoots Nikon which makes him OK in my books. 🙂 Right now he’s got a contest on and I decided to enter Phoebe. It’s a self-portrait with something from the show, either the “I Shoot RAW” slogan or the fro or whatever. I figured we’d cover all of our bases for these shots. Notice the depressed cable release? She actually took the shots her self and had fun blowing the motor drive at 7 frames a second! heheheeh….. 10 zillion Phoebe Fro shots! 🙂 The winner of the contest will be selected on their live show. I hope we win because a really cool camera bag is up for grabs! (Ignore the Canon stuff in the picture) 😉