Beginning Photography

            Taking photographs around the country and sometimes abroad is fun and challenging at the same time. The camera equipment doesn’t make the photograph great; the photographers experience, foresight, and patience makes a great photograph. When I mean by foresight, I mean the ability to look at a scene, moment, or location and have an idea of how to compose the photograph. All these lessons can be learned. What is great about photography is that you can learn the skill on your own if you have the drive.


            When I started in photography I started with a Sony point and shoot camera. Using this camera I started learning the basics of how to take great pictures. Some of the basics I learned were shutter speed, ISO, and aperture. Even though the Sony point and shoot was very basic, it had enough functionality and changeable settings to learn the basics. Going out in my local area, first at night, helped me to focus on the fun aspects and basics of photography. I quickly knew that I needed to grow my abilities by purchasing a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera.


            My first DSLR was a Canon 60D and the kit lens 16-135mm f:3.5-5.6. I chose Canon for my first DSLR because even though Nikon makes great cameras and lenses as well- Canon stood out in my mind. At the time I thought that Canon makes slightly better lenses and a better user interface. I knew this was a significant leap forward; both in learning different settings and knowing how to manipulate the camera quickly and efficiently. I only had the kit lens because that was what my budget would allow at the time. As time went on, getting better lenses and different focal lengths would is most important. After doing some research my next lens would be the Canon 50mm. Some call it the “Nifty Fifty”. Now with this new lens, I was able to see the difference both through my camera and in my photographs. I saved up some money and purchased a Canon 16-35mm f:2.8 L for my next lens. I purchased this lens to focus on landscape photography. After practicing with the Canon 60D, it became clear that even though Canon makes great cameras and lenses; I personally saw the future in photography in mirror-less systems.


            After much research and reading reviews, I purchased my first mirror-less system. It ultimately came down to the Sony A7R. I first used my Canon 16-35mm f:2.8 L on my Sony A7R body. After learning the importance of buying better and better lenses; I purchased the Sony 70-200mm f:4. Very shortly later, I purchased the Tamron 150-600mm lens. I used both of these lenses along with a Sony A6000 for my airshow photo-shoot. Returning back to landscape photography- I purchased the Sony 35mm f:1.4. While shooting with this equipment for a while; I can safely say it is easy to use, very intuitive, and more importantly fun to use. In the foreseeable future, I will be staying with Sony equipment. I look forward to see what Sony comes out next in camera bodies and lenses. What I like most about Sony is that they are moving forward and pushing the envelope.