-I shoot with a SONY A5100, sony 18-55mm lens, sony 55-210mm lens
-My process: Go for a run with camera in backpack (not recommended for safety of camera), either explore or know what I want to photograph and go to places off the beaten path (usually find good shots there).
-I just jumped into photography with little knowledge and decided to learn as I go
-some other non important stuff follows below, just wanted to get a blog posted = ] . There is one decent joke too if you read ahead.
What do I shoot with?
I use a Sony a5100 camera with two different lenses- Sony e 18-55mm and Sony e mount 55-210mm.
I definitely did not know much about cameras when I bought these (I still do not know very much) and I just wanted something small, compact, capable of high quality images and a high pixel count. I wanted a DSLR for the quality, but they tended to be too large and bulky, but also more expensive. I found the cropped sensor made the cameras smaller and the mirrorless style also helped, but they still maintained a high quality. I bought this camera before I left for a trip to Europe and also wanted to use it for photographing some of my artwork.
I am learning every time that I go out to shoot and by reading books and online stuff frequently. I am constantly watching youtube videos and searching online forums to see and learn things. I find this approach the best way for me to learn, by doing, failing and trying new things. I still am not using the camera to its full potential I am sure, but I know it has the capabilities if I need a certain function. For instance, this camera has the ability to shoot in RAW format, which is very useful for editing purposes. If you are looking for a camera, obviously, it is helpful to go to a store and ask questions. I researched a lot online and found forums and youtube videos that helped me make my decision for quality, price and other aspects that I was interested in.
I usually like to go out for a run or bike ride and take pictures while doing so. I find this way useful because it allows me to clear my head, get some good exercise and cover a large area while being able to get to places that driving would not allow.
I run with my camera in a backpack that I stuff with either towels or old shirts to cushion it. Since I am very cheap I use beanies to wrap the camera and my lenses for a little more cushion (and hope they do not break). I just try to spend less money on all the extra materials that you may want, but are not necessary (if something breaks I am sure I would then think it is necessary, but I just do not want to spend the extra money and I enjoy my process so). For example, when I was traveling in Europe, I would try to get up at sunrise every morning and go for a run with my backpack to explore the city and take some photos. The night before I would research areas that I could run to and check them out. This process really helps to get two birds stoned at once (or kill two birds with one stone, whatever your preference). I get to work out and exercise while also exploring and taking photographs.
I just wanted to share how I got started into photography. I had a basic interest in it and just went for it learning as I go still to this day. I am not the most savvy photographer, I am not going to bog you down with camera specs, aperture, shutter speeds, ISO and all that fancy stuff (which is very important and can thoroughly help and expand your talents and skills as a photographer) that I am still becoming accustomed to as well. I enjoy the process of learning as I go and asking questions when they come up. I think anyone can be a good photographer like an skill if you put the time and effort in to learning. I think the subject, message, angle and the place you go is important, maybe more important, than all the stylistic things you can do with all the other specs. It definitely can be intimidating with so much that I do not know about it, but I enjoy the process and seeing the results and hopefully the improvement each time I go out to capture a moment in time.