I Don’t Even Own a Freaking Camera!

Okay, so you don’t even own a freaking camera.

Where do we start?

First things first.

I’m going to tell you something that you won’t hear in any camera store.

Since you don’t even own a freaking camera, odds are that you don’t know what you’re doing, and your pictures will stink no matter what you buy.

So let’s get you two things: an affordable camera, and more importantly, EDUCATION. Don’t skimp out on learning. You’ll be far better off in the long run if you spend a little less money on camera and lenses so you can put money towards books, DVD’s, and other educational materials.

Let’s get the education part out of the way first.

No matter what camera you end up buying, I highly recommend picking up either of these two books:

LIFE Guide to Digital Photography by Joe McNally

The legendary Joe McNally is one of the world’s great living photographers, having shot countless groundbreaking photo essays for magazines like LIFE, National Geographic, and Sports Illustrated. The LIFE Guide rocks because it’s written in plain English without heavy technical jargon, and its practical tips will instantly improve your photos. It’s also only $17 and is rated at 4.5/5 stars on Amazon.

Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs With Any Camera by Bryan Peterson

To make a long story short, this book tells you how to set your camera t0 get the photos you want without unnecessary bullsh*t. You don’t have to take my word for it. It’s been a best-seller for over a decade, which is an eternity in photography. I haven’t yet met a photographer that doesn’t own and whole-heartedly recommend it. Plus, it’s only $15, and like the LIFE Guide, it’s rated 4.5/5 stars on Amazon!

Okay, let’s get you an affordable camera.

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