The Best Photography Tips For Beginner Photographers

Getting Started as a Professional Photographer For Beginner Photographers

Getting Started in Professional Photography for Under $1000

Getting Started In Photography – People often ask us “How To Get Started in Professional Photography for Under $1000?”

If you don’t want to spend a small fortune, or you’re a little unsure that you want to get into Photography, consider buying good used Camera Equipment from Amazon.com!

You can always resell it for almost what you paid, if you change your mind later!

Where To Buy The Best Used Sony Alpha Cameras

Where To Buy The Best Used Cameras

Buying Used Sony Cameras

Professional Camera For Under $1000 – Yes, You Can Get Started Today in Professional Photography – For Under $1000, with a used 2017 Model Sony a77 II Camera (Photo: Left), Three High Quality Minolta Maxxum AF Lenses and a Fast Sony 128GB SD Card.

Where To Buy The Best Used Sony Alpha Cameras

Where To Buy The Best Used Sony and Minolta AF Lenses

Vintage Minolta Maxxum AF Lenses
Meta’s Sony a77 II Camera and Her Collection of 1985 Heavy Metal Body Vintage Minolta AF Maxxum Lenses Purchased for Under $500 Total
Photo Left to Right: 35–70mm, 24–50mm, 35–105mm, 100–200mm, 28–135mm, 70–210mm, 75–300mm and 50mm mounted on Meta’s Sony a77 II Camera.

Buying Used Sony and Minolta AF Lenses

Minolta Maxxum AF Lenses – Camera Lenses are the bulk of most Photographer’s Expenses! $750 for a Brand New Sony Camera Lens is about average! Many Photographers don’t know that you can use many Inexpensive Minolta Maxxum AF Lenses on all Sony Cameras, including the latest Sony a99 II Camera, and all Sony E-Mount Cameras (with Sony LA-EA4 A-Mount Adapter) for about 10% of the cost of Brand New Sony Lenses. That’s a Huge Cost Savings Advantage over new Canon, Nikon and Sony Lenses!

Minolta Maxxum AF Lenses – Camera Lenses are a huge investment for any Professional Photographer, which will last many years to come! Camera Bodies, like iPhones and Computers, don’t last as nearly as long as Camera Lenses do! Meta still uses her Eleven 1985 Minolta Lenses (35 Year Old Film Camera Lenses) on her modern Sony a77 II Cameras. Yes, they Auto Focus!

How To Get Started in Professional Photography for Under $1000
Buy a Used 2017 Sony a77 II Camera with Tripod.
• 3 Vintage Minolta Maxxum AF Lenses listed below
Sony a77 II Camera
Manfrotto Compact Tripod
Sony 128GB SD Card

Inexpensive Vintage Minolta Maxxum AF Lenses
Minolta AF 24mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Prime Lens (Small – Great for Interiors)
Minolta AF 50mm f/1.4 Prime Lens (Super Sharp Lens – Great for Landscapes)
Minolta AF 28–85mm f/3.5–4.5 Zoom Lens (Small Walk Around Lens)
Minolta AF 35–105 f/3.5–4.5 Zoom Lens (Small Walk Around Lens)
Minolta AF 28–135mm f/4.0–4.5 Zoom Lens (Good Wide Zoom Range Lens)

How To Check Your Sony Camera’s Current Shutter Count
When buying a used Sony a77 II Camera, you’ll also want to Check the Current Shutter Count (Total Number of Photos Taken). The Sony a77 II Camera is rated at around 150,000 Mechanical Shutter Actuations.

This easy to use online tool will provide the number of shutter actuations of your Sony Camera. Drag and Drop the last photo from the Camera’s SD Card to the Sony Alpha Shutter Image Counter. This works on many Sony Camera Models.

Where To Buy The Best Minolta Maxxum AF Lenses

Five Beginner Photography Mistakes To Easily Avoid

1) Shooting Only in JPEG

Shooting in JPEG is Quick and Easy, but you’re missing out on a lot of details that RAW images capture, plus you’ll never really have a real Digital Negative. Meta has a lot of older digital photographs that she wished she’d shot in RAW, instead of JPEG, so don’t make that mistake too. Start by Shooting in RAW on Day 1. Shooting in RAW does involve learning some Post Production Software, but the software is getting a lot easier to use and the end results will be well worth your effort!

2) Shooting Only in Automatic Mode

You just bought a SLR Camera, but you are still using it as a Point and Shoot Camera? Shooting in Automatic Mode is too easy, but you are not learning what your SLR Camera can really do. Master The Exposure Triangle, then try shooting in Aperture Priority Mode, Shutter Priority Mode and Manual Mode. You’ll quickly become a Better Photographer when you understand how your Camera works!

3) Buying New and Expensive Camera Gear

Your major investment in Photography Gear will be in your Lenses, not your Camera Bodies. Camera Bodies come out about once a year or so, much like iPhones, but your Lens Collection should last you a very long time. Meta still uses 1985 Minolta AF Lenses, which will still auto focus on her 2017 Sony A-Mount Cameras. Meta’s Vintage Minolta AF Lenses were purchased for about 10% of the cost of brand new Sony Lenses. If you’re a beginner photographer, consider buying good used Camera Equipment and good Used Camera Lenses from Amazon.com!

4) Not Learning Enough About Photography Tips and Techniques

These days, there’s no excuse not to learn DIgital Photography and Practice New Techniques. There are many inexpensive ways to learn Photography, through YouTube Videos and Photography Books. Take advantage of these inexpensive and often free Photography Training Resources, and you’ll quickly become a much Better Photographer! Follow the Photographers that you admire, and learn their Photography Tips. Try to reproduce their work!

5) Not Challenging For Yourself Enough

Always be expanding your Photography Knowledge Base. Don’t be afraid to Experiment – Film is Cheap! Set realistic goals for yourself when you go out shooting. Each Photography Adventure should have a clear purpose, but also be a learning experience. Try to master as many different types of Photography as you can, such as: Food Photography, Hummingbird Photography, Landscape Photography, Astrophotography, Night Photography, Lightning Photography and HDR Photography and Macro Photography. Each type of Photography uses different Photography Techniques, Photography Accessories, Sony Camera Settings and Camera Lenses.

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