Photography Newb: What am I missing? What don't I need?

Started Jul 22, 2013 | Discussions thread
DanCee Senior Member • Posts: 1,659
Re: Photography Newb: What am I missing? What don't I need?

Who Is Christopher wrote:

I am very new to photography and am jumping in feet first here. I plan to explore lots of different facets of photography. I hope you'll indulge some newbie questions and forgive my ignorance.

I'm starting a new photography hobby and have inherited and/or purchased the following lenses and equipment for my new Canon EOS 7D :

Which, if any, of these lenses is redundant? Would the money I've spent on these be better spent on another lens or different piece of equipment?

Do I need filters for these lenses? What do I need to keep in mind when purchasing filters? My understanding is (please correct me) that UV filters are primarily used to protect the lenses. Do I need polarizing filters too? Or any other kind?

What about photo editing software? Where should I start? Right now I have PaintShop Pro X5. Should I spend the big bucks and invest in Photoshop?

I also have the following items:

I may be getting some equipment for portraits: lights, umbrellas, backdrops, etc. What about additional flashes? What should I purchase? I am considering Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite Flash or Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash.

What about gels? Diffusers?

Where am I going astray? Am I on track? Overdoing it? Missing something vital I'll regret later?

Please forgive me if I am asking too much at once. I appreciate any and all advice you have to give. Thank you so much

You have received great advice from the rest which mainly slow down, learn photography, start shooting and find out your interest.   I just want to add, if you have fund at your disposal, you might want to add Wide Angle lens EF-S 10-20mm in your collection.   Good luck n happy shooting!

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