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    Question Newbies here...

    Hi Guys... and Gals also...

    I have some question to ask, but let me into myself 1st. My name is Voldi and I am living in Sembawang with my wife. I am Indonesian, and I moved to S'pore in year 2000.

    I am not that new to photography, but I am sure that I am new here in this forum.

    I learned how to use Camera since I was small in the 70s. My first camera that I use is my mom's Canonet QL17 GIII (I still have the camera with me now, and It's still working fine!).

    I started learning seriously when I was in the university (around 1995). I bought Yashica FX-3 Super 2000 with Vivitar 28-200 lens, and I learn the basics of exposure, composition, flash photography, etc. After around 2 years I sold the Yashica and buy Nikon F70D + Tamron 28-200.

    I did a lot of outdoor photography with the camera, and I actually getting money from it. You know, I have some younger cousins and I was introduced to their friends who wanted to be photographed outdoor. I was doing it for about 1 years then when I was graduated I started my full time job. I am an IT engineer, thus I hardly have time to do photography anymore.

    I also have Nikon F3 with Koboron 17-24. A very nice Nikon F3 with a cheap lens which quite surprising it gives me a quite good result.

    After I got married in Year 2000, and my moving to Singapore on the same year, I had to totally give up my photography hobby since It's quite hard working as an IT guy here in Singapore. Sometime I was working on saturday, even sunday. So my cameras and lenses were sleeping inside a plastic box with bags of Sillica gels. (but when I opened it abt 2 weeks ago, it seems that the fungus had moved in)

    My introduction to Digital Photography came when I was working in one Secondary school in Singapore. I use The Fuji S2 Pro that belongs to the school to take student's portrait for their database. I did this every start of school year, and also if the school wants me to take picture of their activities. There was a very basic studio setting in their library which consist of 2 flashes with bouncer/diffuser, and a white muslin background. I did this between 2002-2004.

    I am thinking seriously now to re-learn photography, and this time in Digital. However I can't start soon since I am still saving for my first DSLR.

    My Goals:

    1. I want to re-learn the outdoor model shoot, as I did this before.
    2. I also want to learn micro photography with interest of static product photos.
    3. And, of course, the end goal is that I want to get extra income during my extra time.


    My Problems:

    1. I have no portfolio. My portfolio was all in negative and print format, and I am quite stupid to leave it in my storeroom in my house in Jakarta. There was a terrible flood there last year, and all my photos and negative are gone... completely...

    2. I do not know what camera should I buy. I have a church friend who is a photographer, and he said that if I am serious of my goals and want to get money from my hobby, I should buy a decent camera, not just a cheap one.


    Ok, now here are my questions:

    1. I am thinking that I'm going to buy a Nikon. Between D80 and D200, which do you think is good enough for me now and for another 3 or 4 years?

    2. During my outdoor photoshoot, I always use filters, since I can't do much editing when printing my negatives. Nowdays there is editing software like Photoshop to edit your digital pictures. Should I make an effort to concentrate in choosing filters during photoshoots or should I just think about composition and then edit the image in Photoshop?

    3. I am thinking to join a not-so-basic course on photography. So far I already found one in PSS, but is seems that they only have the beginner course. The NAFA one was quite interesting, but it might burn a hole in my wallet. Any suggestion?

    4. For those shutterbugs who live in or near Sembawang, maybe we can exchange contact?

    Thanks all.

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    Default Re: Newbies here...

    Quote Originally Posted by voldisinarta View Post
    1. I am thinking that I'm going to buy a Nikon. Between D80 and D200, which do you think is good enough for me now and for another 3 or 4 years?

    2. During my outdoor photoshoot, I always use filters, since I can't do much editing when printing my negatives. Nowdays there is editing software like Photoshop to edit your digital pictures. Should I make an effort to concentrate in choosing filters during photoshoots or should I just think about composition and then edit the image in Photoshop?

    3. I am thinking to join a not-so-basic course on photography. So far I already found one in PSS, but is seems that they only have the beginner course. The NAFA one was quite interesting, but it might burn a hole in my wallet. Any suggestion?

    4. For those shutterbugs who live in or near Sembawang, maybe we can exchange contact?
    (1) Go for the D200 and you can find a good 2nd hand one in the Buy & Sell section of Clubsnap. If you can wait, you may want to get the D300.

    (2) My belief is to capture the shot as best as possible and do as little post-processing as possible.

    (3) Learn the basics from a book, try out as much as possible yourself... then get together with photographers, go shoot with them, and learn from them directly.

    (4) Dun live in Sembawang... but happy shooting!
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    Default Re: Newbies here...

    It seems you are also used to the Fuji S2 Pro, you might want to consider that model too or their newer S5 pro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helmiz View Post
    It seems you are also used to the Fuji S2 Pro, you might want to consider that model too or their newer S5 pro.
    2nd that.
    You can consider the S3pro which is going around at 1.2 to 1.3k or the newer S5pro which uses the D200 body.
    Other than that, welcome to Clubsnap !
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    Default Thanks. Re: Newbies here...

    Quote Originally Posted by helmiz View Post
    It seems you are also used to the Fuji S2 Pro, you might want to consider that model too or their newer S5 pro.
    I feel that Fuji S2 Pro was quite slow in writing to the CF card when shooting using the highest resolution, and even worst when I am using the microdrive. But I don't know about later models.

    I'll consider your advice. Thanks.

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    Hi Voldi, I live in Sembawang and is a total newbie in photography. Drop me a mail sometime and we can go Sun Plaza for some coffee too. Oh, there is a newbie's outdoor gathering at Sentosa on 20 Oct. http://forums.clubsnap.org/showthread.php?t=311389. generalsales is the organizer. Great guy.

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    Default Re: Newbies here...

    Quote Originally Posted by js_chia View Post
    Hi Voldi, I live in Sembawang and is a total newbie in photography. Drop me a mail sometime and we can go Sun Plaza for some coffee too. Oh, there is a newbie's outdoor gathering at Sentosa on 20 Oct. http://forums.clubsnap.org/showthread.php?t=311389. generalsales is the organizer. Great guy.
    Hi Chia,

    Nice to hear from fellow Sembawangean. Yes, we'll meet sometime in SunPlaza.

    Abt the gathering, I think I'll skip this one since I will be occupied the whole morning until around 2pm. Thanks for the notification anyway.

    Btw, during the gathering, does all use digital or is there anybody who still use film? *Just curious* Since nowadays newbies usually started with digital.

    Thanks for the reply.

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