You Don’t Take a Photograph…

“You don’t take a photograph. You ask, quietly, to borrow it.” ~Author Unknown

My whole life, I have dreamt of becoming a photographer. Of traveling to all the countries I could in the span of my lifetime, and taking images that capture beautiful moments in time; and in so doing capturing the imagination of everyone who would ever lay eyes on those images. I’ve wanted to change the way a person feels about the world with just one photograph. The concept is amazing to me. But so far, I haven’t really pursued it.

Don’t get me wrong! I take pictures every chance I get. But seeing as how I still don’t have a camera to call my own, that is not very often. So here begins my journey. I’m going to write every week about how much I love this profession, and everything it entails. It fills my mind how amazing it would be to do what I love. So feel free to accompany me on my journey to buying my first camera (which I really hope it’s going to be the Nikon D3000 or D5000).

For now, though, I have some serious learning to do. I don’t know the first thing about lighting, or ISO, or shutter speed. I know that the slower the shutter speed, the cooler the picture (depending, obviously). And the higher the ISO, the grainier the picture. Correct me if I’m wrong? I could use all the help I can get.

Does anyone know any good learning sites? Different techniques? What camera(s) might be better than the Nikon D5000 for a person just starting out, but planning on making this a life choice? I would appreciate absolutely every bit of advice received.

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