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Paul Mo wrote:
But the T4i is a crappier camera. If they want to learn photography the 5DC would go a long way.
In objective terms, neither the specific claim ("4ti is a crappier camera") nor the general conclusion that a beginner will go farther starting with the original 5D stand up to scrutiny in the context we are talking about here.
Paul Mo wrote:
It would be most beneficial to learn manual photography first.
I agree the gimmicks could detract from ISO, aperture and shutter speed (chosen exposure; over/under), composition and point of focus.
Have them make 500 acceptably 'great' images manually, and then give them a 'modern' camera like a T4i.
I've also taught in the arts field for some decades, so I think I also know a bit about how young students learn. (Though mine are college age.)
The notion that learning should be based on depriving the student of both fun and flexibility is an old-school notion...
The fact is that restricting students by telling them they cannot use tools that they already know about, that everyone uses, and which are just darned useful and creative tools... until they "master" the use of some arbitrarily limited subset of the tools is a recipe for discouraging them...
The crappier comment was made with the intention of 'paring back' and understanding fundamentals: glass, iso, aperture, shutter speed, subject choice, and composition. No touch screens or 1080p.
I was being stringent, and a tad flippant, with regards to the '500 images' comment. But you know what I mean, as I understand what you are saying.
Call me old school if you like but I believe that with a FF camera and a good piece of glass coupled with careful mentoring, respect and awe for the practice of photography (art history, history of photography) most students would respond well.