Since I started my new hobby I’ve discovered there are people everywhere who want to take better photographs or get a better camera or learn how to use the fancy camera they already have. So I’ve compiled some resources to cover all kinds of different needs.
You can check out my post on Becoming Your Family’s “Professional” Photographer with some tips to take pictures of your kids, too.
If you want to really go for it, a DSLR is a big purchase but a worthwhile one. I have a Nikon D3100 , a great starter camera.
The D3100 is being replaced by the D3200, so now may be a good time to buy the older model for a good price. Another popular choice is the Canon EOS Rebel T3i . Going one way or the other seems to be a modest personal preference. You should be good either way.
While I have Amazon links up here, I do recommend going to a local camera shop to get your hands on one and ask questions. (I went to Boston-based Hunt’s Photo.)
Once you have a DSLR you can’t just put it on Auto and assume everything will come out awesome. You need to learn your way around your camera and its settings.
Another reason to get to know your local photography shop is that they may offer classes. Another great place to look is your local Adult Education Center.
Learn On Your Own
Photography classes are expensive and time-consuming. If you don’t have the time or the money after your big purchase there are still low-cost ways to improve your skills.
I’ve been working with Mom & Pop Photo and I like their approach. A book in PDF format with great images to help you learn plus an online forum where you can get support and help from other people.
My friend Kristin Duke also sells photography e-books you can check out.