QUESTION: Good day
With reference to commercial photography, taking pictures of real estate and even products for advertising materials.
Is a DSLR Nikon 3200 a good camera? If not what is an affordable and good camera for this usage.
ANSWER: Hi Sam,
Season's greetings to you too!
More than camera bodies, it is lenses and flashes/lighting gear that you should be thinking of spending money on.
For architectural photography, I'd advise picking up a good wide angle zoom, say the Tokina 16-28mm/2.8, or the Nikkor 14-24mm/2.8, although other cheaper zooms will also suffice. SLR Lounge has a really good comprehensive list. It's meant for "landscape" photography, but a good landscape lens will double as a good architectural lens.
BH Photo also has a great guide:
For products, I would highly recommend picking up a macro lens. The Tamron 90mm/2.8 or the Sigma 105mm/2.8 are both excellent lenses. Both are significantly cheaper than Nikon or Canon equivalents.
Finally, for either architectural or product photography, you'll also need a sturdy tripod- e.g. the Vanguard Alta Pro 263 AT.
The camera body isn't as important as sharpness (lenses) or steady shots without any camera shake (tripod).
The 3200 is a good no-frills camera if you're on a tight budget. I would advise a body-only purchase (the kit lenses that they come with are terrible) with separate lens purchases.
I hope that helps! If you need any more advice or have any more questions, please feel free to post a follow-up.
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QUESTION: Thanks for the answers!
Can you recommend a good guide for knowing which lens, flashes etc. work best for different applications. Are there any weblinks that could help with this.
There are plenty, of course. The ones that I would personally recommend are (in no particular order):
David Hobby's blog about lighting, gear, and flashes. I would suggest reading the "Lighting 101" section first, it's educational and extremely well articulated. Also have a look at the book section. One book you should definitely pick up if you're new to photography is Light: Science and Magic by Fil Hunter.
2. Digital Photography School
Self explanatory ;). The tips and tutorials section is quite comprehensive.
3. Cambridge in Colour
This website is a wealth of information on photographic theory if you're interested. The tutorials are very well written and explained.
4. SLR Lounge
Again, good tutorials and photography-related content. It isn't quite up there as the first three if you ask me, but the do come up with good tutorials regularly.
5. DIY Photography
You'll find a lot of resources for building your own light modifiers among tips and useful tutorials.
6. The Luminous Landscape
A fine art photography website by Michael Reichmann that digs into gear, tutorials, etc. Check out the "Understanding" series for lots of insight.
I'm sure these 6 will prove more than sufficient. There are many, many more resources, but these, in my opinion at least, are the best ones out there.
I hope that helps. Happy reading and shooting! As always, post a follow-up if you have more questions, or ask another question if its about another topic.