I have been a hobbyist photographer with my 5 year old Nikon D40 (18-55mm) until now. I do get occasional good shots, but most of them are not satisfying in terms of good lighting and composition.
I feel now is the time for me to take a deeper dive into photography. I want to take a serious path of learning, both theoretical and practical.
The first thing I want to improve is lighting. To this end, I want to invest in these items for understanding light and exposure better:
- Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson
- Light, Science and Magic
35mm f/1.8G Lensas a companion lens to the kit lens (I can afford it now).
The second thing I want to work on is my composition skills. To this end, I want to invest in these items:
- The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos
10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G(I won't be able to afford it now, but will be in about 6 to 9 months.)
The reason for chosing a prime Wide Angle lens is two-fold:
- I have always loved the perspective a wide angle lens offers.
- The opportunity to compose a photo better is better IMHO with wide angle lens.
I would appreciate it if you would offer your advice and suggestions from your experience on how to become better at lighting and composition, if the lens choice I made is appropriate for my path, and ultimately some additional practical tips and resources that can be useful for my journey.