I recently purchased a Nikon D7100 and a 18-140 mm f3.5-5.6 DX VR lens. I also have a Sony A77 with a 50 mm f 1.8, 18-55 mm f 3.5-5.6 and a
55 - 200 mm f 4 - 5.6 lenses. I have a speed-light for the Sony but not the Nikon. I have tripods and remotes for both cameras and good camera bags as well. I have some spare time and thought it would be nice to get some good photos but being -23C here im at a loss as to what i can take pictures of and i need the practice as im just getting started (and really enjoying this hobby). I have very active children in dance, indoor sports and concerts but have been struggling to take good shots due to the challenges of low light situations and being a fair long distance from my subjects. I have a camera store that lets me (borrow/buy and bring back with no questions asked for 14 days anything they have). So that being said i have been thinking about some macro photography and indoor sports photography as i can try the lenses. Considering what i have and my potential photo settings is there some recommendations for lenses and subjects to shoot on boring cold days.
Nikon D7100 (Gone), Sony A77, 18-140 mm f3.5-5.6, 50 mm f1.8, 18 - 55 mm f3.5 - 5.6, 55 - 200 mm f4 - 5.6, Lowpro bags, tripods and speedlights..cleaning assories ect.
... And no time to use them.
... And no time to use them.
While I could suggest purchasing a 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII Nikkor for the dance, using ISO 6400 with no flash, and shooting until you understand how to do this, I think you need to do your trials with what you have, and determine what the problems are, bring them back to the forum with the image, Exif data, and ask a question about the process.
You might want to consider ordering a reversing ring for the 50mm lens and seeing if Micro is your thing. I like Micro work, and if your do, the D7100 has a motor and you can use older lenses. Mine are from the 80's.
A flash with an extension will really help, too.
May not be the best example, but it is a photo you can do at home with not a lot. You can do this with the 50mm and a reverse ring (it goes on the front of the 50mm and reverses the lens to the camera) and use a household lamp as a light.
It's a toothbrush.
The micro does give you a different perspective to view the world.
While I was writing this, I see that Msmoto suggested the 70-200 lens - from my view, I wouldn't. I'd opt for the 105mm at f2.8 on a DX camera, which would give you a 150mm perspective (although without zoom). A lot would depend upon what you ultimately shoot. I only shot sports when I was assigned to shoot them, but I don't have that lens and don't miss it.
If you don't belong to a place of worship, try volunteering to photograph at the local retirement home or senior activity center. I'm sure it would be welcome.
My photographic philosophy is that if I don't record it, it will cease to exist.
"Discovery consists in seeing what everyone else has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought"--Albert Szent-Gyorgy
Personally I like to hybernate and watch non stop tv/netflix etc.
I also prefer to use this time to catch on my personal stuff and edit photos,re-visit the archives, delete the marginal photos, fix any issues with the computers and update my website.
I lost a month due to health and other family stuff but I did have a few portraits accomplished.
Try something like a coceptual theme.
Just google photo groups and your zip code AND (here at least) so many show up! ;;)
They way, you can find a club that might interest you. I've already joined two.
D3 • D750 • 14-24mm f2.8 • 35mm f1.4A • PC-E 45mm f2.8 • 50mm f1.8G • AF-D 85mm f1.4 • ZF.2 100mm f2 • 200mm f2 VR2