November 19, 2009 marked one year that I’ve been shooting with a DSLR. I started with the D90 and then upgraded to the D700. It’s been one heckuva ride. I’ve learned a lot and have had quite a bit of fun.
One of the most important lessons that I learned during my journey is the importance of good gear, namely a tripod. When you’re new at this, there’s a tendency to not want to spend money on things that you don’t percieve as important. Although I’m still a novice, let me make one thing clear: GET A GOOD TRIPOD. I’m not talking about the $15 variety. I’m not saying that you have to take out a second mortgage on your house or anything, I’m just saying spend a little coin. Take your camera and heaviest lens and head to a camera store. Yes, head to a camera store….not just a store that sells electronics.
The second most important thing I learned is that advice from gear-heads is not gospel. I’m talking about those people who are always on the hunt for the next best thing. They constantly complain and never add anything substantive to any civil conversation and constantly whine. When Nikon made the D90, they wanted a D90X. Not that they had tried the D90, they just wanted something to complain about.
Last, take pictures. Don’t be a post whore and post nothing but your opinions. Get out and shoot.