I shoot with a Zenit-ET. You can get them off eBay for pretty cheap, and you learn loads because they are fully manual. They come with an in-built light meter, so you get an idea of which shutterspeed and aperture to use.
Any cheap manual camera would be good to start learning on, but if you are into the circular blur effect, which I was, I recommend getting a Zenit. They are Soviet-made and built like absolute tanks
(Original post by Miss Mary)
Since this thread is followed by many people I'm going to ask: is there any website that shows one picture taken by both a compact and a DSLR camera? I can't find any
dpreview reviews cameras and use the exact same set up for their test shots. If you use the studio comparison tool you can compare some of the SLRs and compacts that they have in their database. It's not particularly extensive but you can get an idea.
Not sure about the composition of this one, it doesn't really feel like it's very intentional.
Cropping it gives it a bit more focus but personally it still doesn't quite work for me.
(Original post by philistine)
I've been taking a few odd self-portraits over the past fortnight or so, and have decided to share a few:
After Halsman's photograph of Dali (Dali Making His Skull of Nudes)
Interesting style, it's cool to see someone doing something really different. Really good compositions, the photo where you've got all the frames lined up must have been a pain to do. The only one that doesn't really work for me is the mirror one, it just doesn't look right for some reason.
Looks good to me, the colours are great and the angle you've taken the photo from makes the lizard look really quite majestic! The fake background (I'm assuming) gives it bit of b-movie charm in a way, you could apply some quirky filters to play on that or you could boost the saturation to make it look more fake and it might work really well.