When I tell fellow photographers that my first dSLR was an Olympus E-500, they cringe at hearing that I even considered owning such a brand. I knew very minimal about photography at the time and thinking that because it came with 2 kit lenses (14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 & 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5) that I wouldn’t have to ever invest on any other equipment to fulfill my photographic needs.
During the day both lenses were decent but they were absolutely horrific in every possible low-light condition imaginable due to their high f-stop. Needless to say that I wasn’t too educated prior to buying and I was more gratified in saying that I owned one but clueless on the understanding that was needed to use it.
There’s no substitute to learning more about the craft than actually going out to do it. I take pleasure in reading articles, books and picking people’s brain on the topic not because it’s mandatory but because the natural inclination to familiarize oneself on something that’s already surpassed hobby status should be there.
As a form cultivating what I already know, I’ve been turning to YouTube videos specifically from Jared Polin who’s energy and enthusiasm for the craft truly does make any complex concept about photography uncomplicated and here’s a few of my personal favorites. Don’t let his afro hair distract you. -
- Digital Photography, A Beginner’s Guide
- Vibration Reduction Explained
- How to Hold the Camera
- Nikon 70-300 4.5-5.6 or Sigma 70-200 2.8 Which to buy? I’m in the process of purchasing a full zoom lens so I found this particular video absolutely valuable.
- Long Exposure
- My Nikon Pro Photography Equipment (So jealous)