Getting Started

camera-preference

Hello and welcome!

This blog is dedicated to those who are new to photography. Don’t know how to work your camera settings? Struggling to learn Manual mode? Confused about lighting and the rule of thirds? We’ll cover all of this. But first, we’re starting at the beginning; finding a good camera.

The first and most important step in starting your journey with photography is getting your hands on a good DSLR camera. Whether photography is your hobby, passion, or career, a good quality camera is a necessity. You may wonder the purpose of buying a camera specifically for photography. Questions may include: “Why shouldn’t I use my phone instead? It already has a camera built-in!” or “Doesn’t a simple point-and-shoot camera suffice?”

The answer to both of these questions is yes… and no. Yes, your smartphone may come with an excellent 10-megapixel camera, but that hardly compares to the quality of a DSLR camera. The DSLR, an acronym for Digital Single Lens Reflex, is a camera that has removable lenses. With the ability to change lenses, the megapixels (for example, the brand Canon) can vary from 18 to 50.6, with the degree of quality depending on the lens attached. With phones, as you zoom, the pixels get larger and the quality quickly degrades. In DSLR cameras, zooming allows the photographer to get closer to the subject while keeping the same quality. This gives pictures a clearer, more professional look, especially when compared to pictures taken via phone.

It’s the same situation with point-and-shoot cameras. These cameras are training wheels, but they still cheat you out of a real photography experience! For most cameras, the settings are primarily automatic (just like most smart phones), giving you control only over the setting of lighting. While these simple cameras are better choices than smartphone cameras with their megapixels (for example, the brand Canon) ranges from 16 to 20.3, it isn’t nearly as sharp as DSLRs. And if you’re serious about entering the world of photography, you will want quality images instead of a pixelated mess.

Last thing: when it comes to buying/renting/borrowing a DSLR camera, the biggest brands to choose from are Nikon and Canon. While I personally prefer Canon, the two are very similar in quality and products. There are a few other DSLR brands such as Sony, Olympus, and Fuji, which you could try. It all depends on your preference and budget. But keep in mind that all of these brands work well.

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