Which camera kits should I buy for my first DSLR?

How much money do you want to use?

First question I would like to ask you is "How much money do you want to use?"
It will define which gears you can go and what is the most suitable kits for you.
It can be under 500 or under 1000 US dollars, which will limit your choice to the entry or mid-level models in each manufacturer's range. You can also hunt around for some bargains whenever a new model is announced.

Secondly, try to find the latest or second latest camera within your budget. A second hand camera is not a bad choice. But remember to ask for the shutter-count and investigate carefully.

14 YouTube Channels for The Best Photography Tutorials

Learning photography takes time, and it’s all the more enjoyable if you can pick it up at your own pace. It’s in situations like these that YouTube comes in handy.

There’s plenty of channels out there that are dedicated to this topic, and many that cater for those who are new to the craft by breaking down the many aspects of photography into small, easy-to-digest video segments.

Here’s a list of YouTube channels that will help inspire as well as improve your photography skills (in no particular order):

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COOPH or The Cooperative Of Photography has only a handful of videos on their channel so far, but they’re worth watching because there’s lots of practical photography tips and tricks that you can put to use right away. Videos of interest include 7 DIY Photography Tips Using Household Objects.

6 Reasons Why Your Travel Photos Don’t Look the Ones in Magazines

Have you ever looked at your travel photos from somewhere and thought that they didn’t do that place, or your experience there, justice? It’s one of the big frustrations that newbie travel photographers face, that they feel their photos don’t look as good as the ones in travel brochures or magazines. Travel photography is a rewarding hobby or profession but it’s also challenging. Here are six reasons why your travel photos don’t look as good as the pro’s shots.

1. You’re Not Patient Enough
Often one of the biggest differences between professional and amateur photographers is the time spent waiting for the perfect photo. I’ve lost count of the number of times that I have been waiting at a location for the perfect light only to see a host of people turn up with the latest camera equipment, take a couple of photos and then leave.

8 Tips for Mastering Your Portrait Photography

Becoming a master of portrait photography takes lots of patience and practice. It’s likely there are a few mistakes you are making with your portraits that hold them back from excellence. In this article, I will walk through eight tips to instantly boost your portrait photography game and take it to the next level.

#1 Adapt to the available light
Light is one of the most important elements to keep in mind when taking portraits – specifically how the light looks on your subject’s face. Proper lighting, or lack thereof, can make or break your image. Direct the person you are photographing to turn their head towards the main light source, whether it’s a street lamp or the sun. If you’re having them look towards the sun, tell them to look in a direction that won’t cause them to squint or be unpleasant for them. You don’t want people going blind on your shoot, right?

How to Create a Desaturated Cinema Effect in Lightroom

In this tutorial we’ll walk through the process of creating a desaturated, cinema-inspired effect in Lightroom’s develop module. The process is pretty simple, it works well with a wide variety of photos, and it creates an interesting and dramatic effect.
Here is a look at the sample “before” photo.
How to Create a Desaturated Cinema Effect in Lightroom, Plus a Free Preset

And here is what the sample photo will look like after the cinema effect.

14 Snazzy Lightroom Before and Afters

Lightroom will surprise you.
Many photographers see it as a tool for basic adjustments, like exposure, white balance, and contrast, but think that creative processing needs to be done in Photoshop. Once you really dig into Lightroom, however, you’ll see that you can do so much neat stuff, it may just blow your mind.

We’ve been using it as our primary editing program for a couple years and it still regularly amazes us! So we’ve thrown together 15 snazzy examples to show you just how much creative editing you can do using only Lightroom!

Note: All of these have had the colour balance adjusted, some had tone curve adjustments, and some had profile corrections. The creative editing has been described after each example to give you an idea of how to achieve the look yourself! These are all processed fairly heavily, so you can see how much can be achieved. Make sure to edit to your own unique tastes!
1. Frost Branch

Basic adjustments – increased exposure, contrast, saturation

11 Steps for Basic Portrait Editing in Lightroom – A Beginner’s Guide

I love Lightroom, and use it for the vast majority of my portrait editing. You can achieve a wide variety of portrait effects in Lightroom, from harsh and grungy, to soft and dreamy. My technique varies depending on the kind of portrait I’m editing, although the workflow remains consistent.

The photo I’ve selected for this exercise, is one you can easily replicate at home. It was shot indoors, with a large window as the only light source, and is one of a series shot in the same location.