Tim (littlebluedog) wrote,

camera question(s)

This year I resolved to budget for, purchase, and learn to use a DSLR. An incredible number of folks on my flist are pretty good photographers, so I'm hoping that some of you will read this and respond with your suggestions of what I should get, or at least what I should think about when comparing different brands and models.

At this point I know nothing about cameras beyond the idea that you point at something and push a button, and it takes a picture. Terms like exposure, focal ratio, aperture, shutter speed, etc., currently have no meaning for me, and I'm not familiar with image-editing software beyond the tweaks I can do in iPhoto.

So, my approach might be a little backward in that I want to invest in a tool before knowing much about how to use it. Whatev.

Here are a few things about what I want to do with a camera:
  • Take both close-up and long-distance shots of subjects (people, landscapes, plants, other objects).
  • Avoid the lag with point-and-shoot models between pressing the button and capturing the image, and take a series of shots in rapid sequence.
  • Take shots under a variety of incident lighting conditions, especially at night.
  • Avoid the type of parallax error in a shot in which, for example, a building takes up most of the frame, but the vertical edges lean in toward the center rather than appear vertical.
  • Do a lot of macro work.
  • Get clear, crisp images with no processing.
  • Do some really cool processing.
  • Learn how and when to use a tripod.
Suggestions, criticisms, all input is welcome. Thanks!
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