I’ve entered the world of digital photography with a DSLR. A good friend of mine said I have “entered the money pit”. This has become true. Suddenly, things like aperture, exposure, shutter speeds, etc – have entered my vocabulary. I’ve spent way too much time on Ken Rockwell’s website. Researching lenses, flashes, shot composition, and have opened the firehose of information.
I bought a Nikon D40. I found that after researching, reading, debating, and re-reading, it is the best option for me right now, as opposed to overspending on a body. By purchasing an older body, with a kit lens, I can really test the waters of how far I want to go with this hobby. If it turns out I take crummy pictures, I’m not out as much money. If I fully dive in, its still a great body to learn on, and by realizing its faults, I’ll be better prepared to upgrade. On the D40 itself, it’s a 6.1MP camera. Now many people, including myself up until about 2 weeks ago, think that higher megapixel count automatically translates into better pictures. Not necessarily true. You can take a blurry 15MP shot just as well as a blurry 6.1MP shot. Granted, getting that awesome shot with 15 megapixels allows you the flexibility to crop more, but I’d like to hope that I can grow to a point where the shot I take doesn’t require much editing. Plus, staying with the Nikon line, I know any lens I buy will be compatible with the next body I decide (if ever) to buy.
I’m still learning about the camera, but I think the next items on my list are the following:
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Some sample shots that I’ve taken with the D40 and the 18-55mm kit lens.