It's good to be finally part of these forums. I'd given in a couple of weeks back and bought myself a Nikon D70s Body with a Sigma 18-200 lens.
I've used it on a couple of occasions and throughly enjoyed the experience of using a Digital SLR. However, as of late, I've beginning to question my efforts in Photography. It seems that I'm simply enjoying it more as a point and shoot.
So far, I've gotten these pieces of advice from my friends:
1. get a speedlight
2. get a pro lens, f/2.8
3. learn to use P setting
4. learn to use A setting
5. learn DoF, that's the most important
6. you need a tripod
And a few others of minor consequence. Such as, 'always use a lens hood'.
What I'd like to ask is simple. If you've got no experience whatsoever but enjoy taking photographs, what does one learn in photography while using a SLR?
It's a little vague, I understand. So as the topic says, let me summarise:
1. What basic skills are important in photography?
2. In what order would you learn these skills today, if you were starting from scratch?
Thanks all. I'm sure that I'll get usable, constructive advice from this community. Which reminds me ... I think point 0 above from my friends would be: go to clubsnap and read