Oops! Didn't pay attention to the stickied threads before posting this. Here are my answers to all of the questions in the thread that 1337 made.
1) What is your budget? How much money can you spend right away, and do
you think you can get more money to invest in the future?
The initial budget is around $900, but I can probably spend as much as $1,200 initially. I probably won't be investing more money in my camera for quite a while, as I'm heading off to college soon and will have a lot of expenses to worry about.
2) What experience do you already have with cameras? Have you ever even
used one before? Have you helped your friend out with his camera? Have
you owned your own?
I have essentially no experience with DSLR cameras, besides for shooting on auto. I've used my friend's cameras before to take some pictures, but like I said I only used auto.
2) What gear, if any, do you currently have? (tripod, old camera lenses, mics, etc)
I have no gear.
4) What are you planning to shoot and how do you want to use your
camera? Are you going to use this with the sole purpose of shooting
skiing? or do you think you might try other stuff as well (movies,
documentaries, short films, etc)
I'm probably going to shoot skiing less than I shoot anything else. For the project I'm purchasing the camera for I'm taking portraits, and I also plan on taking landscapes and experimenting with other types of shots. I'd also like to make some tramp edits with it.
5) Do you want a camera that you can hand to your friends, that could or
could not have film experience, and let them shoot you? or will you be
doing all the filming?
I'll be doing most of the photography/filming, but I would like a camera with an auto setting that I can let my friends use when I want to be filmed/photographed.
6) When filming skiing, how do you tend to shoot? (follow cams, leave it
on record on a tripod and hike, film from a tripod, etc)
I probably won't be using it to film skiing for a while, but a tripod would be ideal. I assume I'll get follow shots as well though.
7) What computer do you currently have/use to edit (if not currently
editing, what would you most likely use)? If you can provide specifics,
such as hard drive space, RAM, processor size, that would be great.
I have a fairly old Macbook, but unfortunately I don't know many of the specifics. For my senior project I'm going to be using Photoshop and Adobe Premier to edit, though.
7) What program do you currently edit on? How familiar are you with it
(1- just learning; 10- I can make tutorials and know the keyboard
I have no current experience, but I'll be learning how to use Photoshop and Adobe Premier
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1) Do you think you might consider using a DSLR?
I plan on purchasing a DSLR
2) Do you have any knowledge about the HDSLRS?
Very limited knowledge.
3) Do you know the limitations to using HDSLRS?
I have no idea.
4) Are you willing to take the time to learn about a DSLR, and how to shoot with manual lenses?
I'm buying the camera because I am learning how to use it for my senior project. I have 4 weeks to learn how to use the camera, Photoshop, and Adobe Premier. I will be required to spend at least 100 hours learning how to use these programs, so yes, I'm willing to take the time to learn about a DSLR and how to shoot with manual lenses.
5) Again, do you want a camera that you can hand to your friends, that
could or could not have film experience, and let them shoot you? or will
you be doing all the filming?
I'll still be doing most of the photography/filming, but I would like to have a camera that my friends will be able to use on occasion if I give them a little help.