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04-27-2015, 11:36 PM   #1
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help problems for a beginner

how can a beginner, who do not so much money have, the hobby to continue?

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why do you need money? what do you have? what do you need / want?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Elbe Quote
how can a beginner, who do not so much money have
Invest wisely.

QuoteOriginally posted by Elbe Quote
the hobby to continue?
Be happy with what you have?
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'Continue' means that you have already started so you must have some type of equipment already.
So I suggest you keep using what you have, there is no need to have to buy anything more.

Unless you work with film, and then you do have to keep buying film and developing supplies or pay to develop and print your photos.
If that is the case then you have to decide how important it is to you in comparison to other things like food and shelter.

If you cannot go with either of those then perhaps find a wealthy relative that can give or loan you money.

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if you already have a digital camera then it's easy, keep shooting. And invest time in Tecnique (composition, exposure...) and Post Processing (photoshop, lightroom...), you'll see some improvements shortly

this thread : https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/173-general-photography/277712-must-read-...phy-books.html will suggest some superb books on everything except buying new gear ^^
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If you need a new camera, have you considered getting a used one? There are many older models that are very capable of making great images.

Cheers,
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I hope you have easy access to a public library which has photo books and magazines and which might even offer the ability to borrow books from other libraries. Some libraries also offer loans of e-books.
Some photo equipment can be made as do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. You can learn about those in posts here at Pentaxforums.com and elsewhere on the Internet.
Best wishes.
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QuoteOriginally posted by smf Quote
I hope you have easy access to a public library which has photo books and magazines and which might even offer the ability to borrow books from other libraries. Some libraries also offer loans of e-books.
Some photo equipment can be made as do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. You can learn about those in posts here at Pentaxforums.com and elsewhere on the Internet.
Best wishes.
This is the best advice. Many of us began our hobby in the 1970s and 1980s with only one camera and only one lens. With no internet in those days, I spent many hours in libraries reading about photography. I still read about photography nearly every day. If you have a camera and a lens, all you need to continue the hobby is the desire to learn and to keep taking pictures.

Pentax Forums is a wonderful resource for learning, and seeing what other photographers are doing. Be an active member of Pentax Forums, Watch YouTube videos, go to the university library. Never lose your curiosity.

Do not believe that you must have a large amount of equipment in this hobby - all you need is that one camera and that one lens, along with your intelligence and creativity.

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Used cameras several generations old are very affordable. Lenses you'll have to be savvy and persistent to find anything but basics.
If you don't mind manual operation, you can often find older lenses which are very good. That way you can have a kit lens which is fully automatic, and some more specialized manual lenses.

Use the Marketplace here to keep an eye open, use the keywords to "watch" for equipment you have identified. You can also put a "want" ad in the Marketplace and often a sympathetic forum member will make a great deal to get older equipment into the hands of people who will use it, but don't have much money. The generosity of enthusiasts is heartwarming.
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how can a beginner, who do not so much money have, the hobby to continue?
The solution is to buy older, cheaper used manual focus lenses. And always remember: You need far less lenses that you think you do....
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You need far less lenses that you think you do....
Heresy!

But of course, Elbe, veterans, not just beginners, can take satisfying pictures with a cheap body and kit lens.
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Welcome to the forum Elbe.

We love to talk about expensive cameras and lenses around here but the truth is that you can do a lot with little. Photography has never been more affordable. Even your phone has a camera now. A good DSLR about 8-10 years old (e.g. Pentax K100D Super) can be bought for something like $100. There are plenty of good lenses available for less than $50.

And there is plenty of free software available to process your images.

And the main ingredient for developing as a photographer is improving skills - which can cost next to nothing. Good advice above about checking your library. I found the Micheal Freeman books and DVDs very helpful (e.g. The Photographer's Eye), and there are many others. Of course there is also a huge amount of information on the internet - this site alone has a wealth of advice. Other people's photos are a good source of inspiration too.

If you would like more specific advice, I suggest you describe what you have, and what sort of photos you would like to take (indoors/outdoors, flash/no flash, wildlife, streets, buildings, portraits, macro etc).

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There are plenty of good lenses available for less than $50.
a 50mm is a good start (every company make good 50mm for beginners), cheap and easy to find. If I can recommend one lens, I'll say out loud without hesitation Helios 44 for sure !
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