The Best Digital Photography Tips and Techniques For Beginner Photographers

How To Get Started as a Professional Photographer For Beginner Photographers

How To Get Started In Digital Photography

Getting Started In Digital Photography – People often ask us “How To Get Started in Digital Photography for Under $500?”

If you don’t want to spend a small fortune, or you’re a little unsure that you want to get into Digital Photography, consider buying good used Digital 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 Digital Cameras

Buying Used Digital Cameras

Professional Digital Camera For Under $500 – Yes, You Can Get Started Today in Professional Digital Photography – For Under $500, with a used Sony a65 Digital Camera, (Photo: Left), Three High Quality Minolta Maxxum AF Lenses and a Fast 32GB SD Card!

Used Sony Digital Cameras – For Professional Photographers, Meta recommends buying either a used Sony a65 Digital Camera, 10 frames per second. When Meta purchased her Sony a65 Digital Camera back in 2011 for $1,200, it was way ahead of its time. Canon and Nikon are now just catching up with Sony!

Upgrade For Under $1000 – You can upgrade to the latest 2017 Model Sony a77 II Digital Camera with a Compact Tripod, that Meta uses today!

Where To Buy The Best Used Sony Alpha Cameras

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 and the end results will be well worth the effort!

2) Shooting Only in Automatic Mode

You just bought a SLR Digital 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 Digital SLR Camera can really do. Master The Exposure Triangle, then start shooting in Manual Mode. You’ll quickly become a Better Photographer when you understand how your Digital 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 auto focus on her 2017 Sony Digital 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 Digital Camera Equipment and good Used Camera Lenses from Amazon.com!

4) Not Learning Enough About Digital Photography

These days, there’s no excuse not to learn DIgital Photography and Practice New Techniques. There are many inexpensive ways to learn Digital Photography, through YouTube Videos, Photography Books and Online Training Classes. Take advantage of these inexpensive and often free Digital Photography Training Resources, and you’ll quickly become a much Better Digital Photographer! Follow the Photographers that you admire, and learn their Digital Photography Tips and Techniques. 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 Digital Photography as you can, such as: Landscape Photography, Astrophotography, Night Photography, Lightning Photography, HDR Photography, Hummingbird Photography and Macro Photography. Each type of Digital Photography uses different Digital Photography Techniques, Sony Digital Camera Settings and Digital Camera Lenses.

Where To Buy The Best Digital Photography Books

Where To Buy The Best Used Digital Camera Lenses

Buying Used Digital Camera Lenses

Minolta Maxxum AF Lenses for Sony Digital Cameras – Camera Lenses are the bulk of most Photographer’s Expenses! $500 for a Brand New Sony Camera Lens is about average! Many Digital Photographers don’t know that you can use many Inexpensive Minolta Maxxum AF Lenses on all Sony Digital Cameras, including the latest Sony a99 II Digital Camera, and all Sony E-Mount Digital 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 all of her Eleven 1985 Minolta Lenses (35 Year Old Film Camera Lenses) on her modern Sony a77 II Digital Cameras. Yes, they still Auto Focus!

How To Get Started in Professional Digital Photography for Under $500 (2011 Sony a65 Digital Camera 3 Minolta Maxxum AF Lenses)
Sony a65 Digital Camera (About $365 Used)
Minolta AF 50mm f/1.7 Prime Lens (Photo: Top Left – About $15 Used – Fast Sharp Prime Lens – Can you believe this price)
Minolta AF Zoom 35–70mm f/4.0 Lens (Photo: Top Center – About $35 Used)
Minolta AF Zoom 70–210mm f/4.0 Lens (Photo: Top Right – The Famous “Beer Can” Lens – About $65 Used)
Sony 32GB SD Card (About $10 Used)
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Total: $490

How To Get Started in Professional Digital Photography for Under $1000 (Upgrade to 2017 Sony a77 II Digital Camera and Tripod)
• Same 3 Minolta Maxxum AF Lenses listed above (About $123 Used)
Sony a77 II Digital Camera (About $729 Used)
Manfrotto Compact Tripod (About $65 New)
Sony 128GB SD Card (About $38 New)
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Total: $955

Buy More Inexpensive Minolta Maxxum AF Lenses for Sony Digital Cameras:
Minolta AF 24mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Prime Lens (Meta Paid $35 – Small – Lightweight – Great for Interiors and Wide Landscapes)
Minolta AF 50mm f/1.4 Prime Lens (Meta Paid $160 – Super Sharp Lens – Great for Portraits, Low Light, HDR, Sunrises and Sunsets)
Minolta AF 28–85mm f/3.5–4.5 Zoom Lens (Meta Paid $35 – Small Walk Around Lens – Good Low Range Zoom)
Minolta AF 35–105 f/3.5–4.5 Zoom Lens (Meta Paid $55 – Small Walk Around Lens – Good High Range Zoom)
Minolta AF 28–135mm f/4.0–4.5 Zoom Lens (Meta Paid $90 – Good Wide Zoom Range – Great Walk Around Lens – ø72mm)

Where To Buy The Best Minolta Maxxum AF Lenses

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