I have been looking at a new digital SLR camera for some time now. Since 2004, I’ve been enhancing my freelance writing with the Nikon D70, a 6 megapixel SLR that has served me well. I’ve gotten my photo work in everything from The Pentagon Channel to Chicago-area art galleries using the D70, but it’s time to step up.
Basically the differences between the D70 and the D700 won’t mean anything to you unless you’re already a photographer, but I can say that the Nikon D700 being capable of 12 megapixels and being much more sensitive to existing light than the D70 make it an attractive investment regardless of your experience level. It also features 51-point autofocus, a great fallback solution when you just don’t trust your eyes in that little viewfinder.
All that aside, if you are a complete photo noob, consider buying a D70 (or another comparable brand/model) first and learning your chops before moving up to the roughly $3000 D700. One thing new photographers won’t like about the D700–the 3K asking price is for the camera body ONLY. The D70 comes with a factory lens, the D700 does not. If you are looking to increase your freelance potential with photographs, the Nikon D70 is an affordable way to do it, but be warned–the D70 isn’t as forgiving in low light and you might be better off with a comparable Canon product in the same price range (around $800).
I am definitely investing in the D700 for many reasons, thanks to some informed advice and my own experience with the D70. Spend your money wisely, don’t just take my word for it, do your homework on web forums for photogs such as the incredible DPreview.com. That website is worth its weight in photo gold.
Get some good photography tips from the experts at Fodor’s. Their site has quite a few helpful links and they are specific; things such as: exposure and metering modes, creative camera filters and controlling depth of field. This is a great beginner resource for taking better pictures.
Add this to your list of resources….Encyclopedia Smithsonian offers a super search on a wide range of subjects, both general and specific. Want to know more about the Hope Diamond? What about photography? Why wait? It’s all here at your fingertips…
Are you a writer who is trying to get into photography? Some people find that the world of digital photography is filled with definitions and words that they don’t know. That can make reading directions or following instructions extremely difficult in the beginning. Learn more about the terminology here.
Once you know how to provide photography for your articles, you will add another layer to your money-making ability. I highly recommend it.
Kodak has some great tips for those who are just getting started in photography. Learn things such as:
A great place to start for beginners. Don’t cheat yourself out of making some extra money from your articles. If you don’t know how to do take good photos to accompany your work, now is the time to get started! These basic tips are easy to navigate and will get you on the right road.
The Luminous Landscape is a good place to go for the lowdown on photography. You can browse the categories endlessly and find information on everything from “how to photograph car races” to “bullfight photography”. Too specific? Well don’t panic….there are some great basics as well. There are more than 3,000 pages of product reviews, tutorials, travel articles and photographs here, so you are bound to find something that can help you out. If you are a freelancer who hopes to do photos this is a super place to get started.