I recently went for a meander with my dad, who owns the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 Lens and kindly let me borrow it for a few shots.
Overall the lens performs quite well and gives great wide shots. The biggest problem with the lens was how close I had to be to the subject I was shooting and I quickly found I had run out of things to shoot in the immediate vicinity, and ended up changing back to my 55-300mm Nikon lens.
I think this lens definitely has its uses in certain situations, but I don’t think I’ll be running out to buy one any time soon.
It’s now been a month since I got my first DSLR and embarked on my journey into photography. So far I’ve taken a couple of thousand photos, deleted half of them, taken some more and discovered that my Macbook pro is filling up quickly with RAW files. I thought I’d share some of the things I have aquired so far and what I think of them, as well as share some resources I have found useful so far.
So far I have aquired the following equipment.
Fomito F-1 Quick Rapid Shoulder Sling
I decided to give a shoulder sling a go after suffering some neck pain while carrying the Nikon D5300 around for a while on its included neck strap. This strap is awesome and solved all my problems straight away. It is incredibly comfortable to the point I forget I’m even wearing it and I can recommend it enough. I bought mine from Amazon UK here.
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
I bought this lens because I wanted more focal length to get some really long shots of wildlife. I love this lens. It’s sharp at even 300mm, which probably has something to do with the optical stabilisation, and very easy to use while tracking moving subjects. It’s also very fast to focus.
Lowepro Tahoe 150 Backpack
I didn’t strictly buy this myself, my wife bought it for me from my amazon wish list along with my camera. It’s a great day bag with enough space for a water proof jacket and some essentials as well as my camera gear. My only complaint is the lack of a tripod carrying system.
- Adobe Creative Cloud Photography subscription
After attempting to use the built-in Photos app on MacOS to manage RAW image files and discovering it is extremely lacking, I tried a few different products. First of all I tried Apple’s Aperture since I own a license for it. Unfortunately I couldn’t bring myself to use a product that no longer receives updates to store and manage all of my photographs.
I settled on Lightroom, which is included in the Adobe CC Photography plan, along with Photoshop. I arrived at LR based on recommendations from a few YouTube channels I started following.
Since owning the equipment is only half the battle I also consumed a lot of content from various sources to help me get started. The majority of the resources I found on YouTube, although I also joined a few forums and received help from members.
The first place I found was FroKnowsPhoto.com along with their YouTube Channel. I liked this channel mainly beacsue of the personality of Jared Polin, who makes a point of trying to make viewers get out of Auto mode on their cameras. I have learned a lot from this channel.
Another YouTube channel I frequently watch is YuriFineart. This channel contains some great Adobe Lightroom tutorials that are a must watch for any beginner.
Another great resource is Flickr. I started looking for photographs I liked and started following some Photographers. I find it very inspirational to see how others compose their photos of similar subjects that interest me and go out any try it it myslef.
I’ll leave you with a few shots taken with the 55-300mm lens.
A few photos from a recent visit to Northumberlandia.
After struggling with a decent work life balance for a while I realised (albeit with a bit of professional help) that I should probably look for a hobby that isn’t similar to my work. That meant not spending every available hour at home sitting in front of my computer. I though about hobbies for a while and tried to decide what would be a fun thing to do in my spare time, while at the same time allowing me to spend more time with my family. I settled on photography.
I spent days on YouTube learning about different techniques, how cameras worked, how to use a camera properly and how to manage photographs and process them once they have been taken. The whole process fascinated me.
I finally decided to buy a camera and decided I wanted an entry-level DSLR and after watching review after review it was pretty obvious that the Nikon D3300 was the way to go for value for money. Unfortunately I decided to climb on the DSLR ladder a week or so before Nikon released the D3400, meaning nowhere had any stock of the D3300. I started looking on the next tier up and settled on the Nikon D5300. This camera gets really good reviews across the board, and since it has been superseded by the D5500, is now coming down in price. I voiced my desire to save and buy the D5300 to my wife who agreed a new hobby would probably help. Being the best wife in the world however, she went and bought the D5300 for my birthday, and then proceeded to give me it 3 days early, which might have been down to my constant nagging to tell me what she had bought me.
Anyway, long story short I am now the proud and very happy owner of the Nikon D5300.
Now to plan the next few months’ weekends visiting places with the family to get some good shots, which I’ll no doubt share on this site.