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I want to get into photography. I know NOTHING about photography. I have about $150 to spend on a camera. I want something quality, not the budget stuff my friends have. Thanks!
    
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Save up some more money. And read the stickies. They have pretty much all the informatino you need for beginners.
 
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I knew nothing about photography either. If you're really interested in it you can learn pretty quickly.

I'd save up some more and get an old used DSLR online. You're going to learn much more that way. You'd learn even more if you got a film SLR (which is easily in your budget), but not everybody likes film.
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I am not really going for film, my dads camera does 1080P really well (Kodak Zi8). Mostly just still photos.

What is DSLR? How cheap would one be?
    
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A DLSR is like a film camera, but instead of a film plane it has an image sensor. You can get a used one for less than £200 so i imagine they'd be even cheaper over there.

The main selling point of a DSLR over a point and shoot (besides quality) is that they have real optical viewfinders, not a screen like a point-and-shoot camera has. They also allow you to change every possible setting to get the best result. The lenses are also detachable so you can swap.
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My dad has a DLSR, and it's lovely. Never used it myself, but the pictures are gorgeous
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Well I found this very helpful about taking photos of your rig. Hope this helps you understand a bit more.
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Read up on ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture and Depth of Field and how they relate (go beyond wiki)

1) Read about rule of thirds
2) Read about golden ratio
3) Read about diagonal rule
4) http://www.youtube.com/user/PhotoGavin

Knowing all this will not make you a photographer. In my book, photographers are employed (though they don't have to be paid). But you can make it your hobby or become a photography enthusiast.
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YOU ARE FUNNY MAN. Anyway for 150, you can get a F3 and a 50 1.8.
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As others have said, read the stickies for this forum! Asking a question like that is tantamount to asking "Teach me about calculus!"

And $150 will not get you beyond the budget range. If you want anything resembling a DSLR, you'll need $400 at the very minimum, and that's with a used setup in mind. For a new setup, think in the $600 and up range.

And I'm not saying that you can't learn photography with a $150 point-and-shoot, just don't expect anything spectacular. Even high-end p&s cameras are approaching entry-level DSLR prices.
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