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Getting great results from budget priced DSLR cameras

by abqstyle / December 26, 2009 8:36 PM PST

I have shot all of the photos seen in my photography blog - with the cheapest DSLR cameras and kit lenses on the market including the Nikon D40, D60, Olympus E-410, and Rebel XT. The camera you buy will not have as much impact on the quality of your photos as the effort you put into developing your skills. Buy waht you can afford, and shoot, shoot, shoot! Your comments and critiques of my photos will be appreciated.

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You are very talented

Your post embodies what many of us here try to pass on, that it's more the photographer and not the equipment. We tell people that you can't buy great photos by buying a DSLR, just like you can't make great meals just by buying pro cooking equipment.

I'm not a fan of flash based sites, but your photos loaded up pretty quick in the slide show.

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Great photos
by hjfok / December 28, 2009 5:12 AM PST

Great photography starts with a great photographer. Excellent composition and exposure with good shadow details (without highlight clipping even in high contrast situations). I like your natural style instead of the dramatic and somewhat cartoonish HDR photos that screams out using PhotoMatrix.

Although one can get great photography out of the cheapest D-SLR and lenses, there are certain limitations on what one can do with a slow lens. One will not be able to freeze action easily with low light actions with the cheapest slow lenses (sorry, there are limitations by the laws of physics). Obviously you know your equipment well and know how to pick the right subjects to maximize the results.

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Budget lenses are amazingly good nowadays
by abqstyle / December 28, 2009 8:15 PM PST
In reply to: Great photos

I agree with your comment regarding the limitations of relatively slow kit lenses. However, they are technical limitations not creative ones! The creative person finds a way to create a statement with the tools at hand. Having said that, 95% of what most people want to do with a camera can be done with the camera's kit lens and an inexpensive 55-200mm lens. Even budget level DSLR cameras and lenses are extraordinarily good nowadays and are not the limiting factor in good photography.

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Here is an example
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Very impressive work with just a kit lens!
by abqstyle / December 29, 2009 9:47 AM PST
In reply to: Here is an example

Thanks for the link to the wedding photog who shot only with the kit lens. The work he did was creative and very satisfying. It proves that developing the skills and putting in a bit of hard work makes all the difference, not the camera!

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Well said
by hjfok / December 30, 2009 5:38 AM PST

Absolutely agree with you. For special situation (low light action) shots, knowing and using the right tools make taking the shots easier, but a creative person can always find some ways to overcome the limitations and make a creative shot. One may not be able to freeze the baseball in a home run hit using a slower lens, but may be able to capture the emotion on the face of that player. Or one can prefocus on the home plate and snap the shot as the athlete slides to reach it, instead of using continuous focus to follow the running person. So having the knowledge of photography and the equipment (ie. better photographer) is always more important than having more expensive equipment.

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Outstanding Photos!
by PlacidDragon / December 29, 2009 10:44 AM PST

You do excellent work! Thanks for the camera tips.

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