I honestly don’t shoot a lot of analog. I shoot on a Nikon FM2, and it’s fantastic. I hear great things about the AE-1, though. It’s definitely a popular choice.
The Nikon D90 is an older camera, but still a great one to start with. I also recommend the lower-end Canons (T2i, T3i, T4i). Lenses will probably be more important. If you really want to hone your craft, I recommend getting a 35mm prime. It won’t zoom, so it makes you work for your photos. Good luck.
I learned about the technical stuff from reading as much as possible. When I was a kid, I probably checked out every book on photography in my library. I remember constantly re-visiting the photography section to see if they acquired new books. Research online was also crucial in my “education” (never had formal training). Asking photographers questions was also helpful!
Thanks for checking out my work. When I’m not shooting for clients/assignments, I do like to document moments from my life. I’m not really sure how I can suggest “creating” those kinds of moments. Just try to meet a lot of people, travel around your city, and observe it all!
I can’t say I’m always focused, but I think I’d be characterized as a productive worker. I make sure to budget my time wisely, and I recommend Google Calendar and the Self Control App.
In the long run, I’m looking to shoot more fashion and commercial work. More or less, what I’m doing now, but I’m always looking to push myself more in all aspects of the business.
Thanks for checking out my work! I really appreciate it, and I’m glad I could be of some inspiration. I’d love to see how your prep-shoot at Princeton goes!
(btw, KP is a cool dude).