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Old 01-18-2013, 04:19 PM   #1
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Next step?

So I've had my DSLR for a little over a year, only used it off and on for the first few months. These past 6-8 months or so, I've been trying to practice a bit more. Nothing special, just a Canon T3 (as entry level as it gets), with a 50 mm 1.8. I rarely ever use the kit lens, unless I'm shooting indoors, or for something at school. Everything else, I use the 50.

Really looking to take the next step and embrace this hobby more. Planning on taking a photography class at my university next quarter before I graduate just to learn a bit more. I really want a focal lens next. Kinda leaning towards a Tamron 28-75 or a Sigma 8-16, probably the Tamron.

Oh, and I just got Lightroom, so I'm gonna start messing with that a little bit as well. Any critique is welcome!

Some random shots

Los Angeles by Vatche.K, on Flickr


Los Angeles by Vatche.K, on Flickr


Volkswagen MK6 GTI by Vatche.K, on Flickr


IMG_1660 by Vatche.K, on Flickr


IMG_1267 by Vatche.K, on Flickr


IMG_1232 by Vatche.K, on Flickr


Audi R8 GT #1 by Vatche.K, on Flickr


Ferrari F430 #1 by Vatche.K, on Flickr

The only shot I've used Lightroom with so far

Porsche 911 996 Turbo by Vatche.K, on Flickr




Any tips/pointers? A couple of buddies are gonna let me shoot their cars in the next couple of weeks, so I'm excited for my first amateur 'shoot'.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:02 PM   #2
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I have Lightroom too. I get the RSS feeds from Lightroom Killer Tips site and watch videos from Jared Polin and Allen Learner. Also, the Photoshop Guys.

When I started thinking about the next step, I looked into gear and started buying. Wrong move. I ended up selling a lot of lenses because it didn't fit my needs. So, the next time I decided to rent the lenses everyone suggested I try because I knew that everyone style is different. I don't want a ton of lenses in my bag.

Ask other photogs that shoot landscape or cars which lenses they like best.
www.lensrental.com
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:09 PM   #3
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The Tammy 28-75 is a great lens for all the price point it's at. I shot with one for about 6 years and recommend it to all the people I know wanting to get into photography. I sold mine last summer for a 24-105 in order to get that extra range. They go for ~$325-$375 used so try out that market first.
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:29 PM   #4
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Stick with OEM lenses. You'll never be sorry.
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