Choosing the Right Camera

Are you just beginning to learn photography? Are you looking for an upgrade? Are you upgrading from a point and shoot?

Photography is for everybody. It should be fun and exciting, taking you new places and on adventures. 99% of people today use their phones as their main way of capturing memories and events. Some photographers say pfft, you can’t get a good photograph from a phone. Well, believe it or not there are a range of photographers who have put photographs taken on a phone in galleries.

The IPPA run a photography competition dedicated to iPhone photography. http://www.ippawards.com.

Whilst you will never obtain the ‘studio’ finish on a phone you can still get outstanding landscape and outdoor photographs. I will go into more detail in a future blog on why you get better detail and also how to.

Here’s one of my own outdoor photographs taken on my phone.

Beach-iphone
Flash on the Beach in Seaton Carew

Of course, the biggest problem you get from such photography on a phone is the lack of detail. Photography today is mainly about making the photograph as big as you can by zooming in. When film camera was the only medium for print everyone was happy with what they got. With the advancements of technology and bigger and bigger screens with more and more pixels, people are demanding more.

If you decide to print you photographs then you will still get good quality close up on A4 paper these days. Of course you can get them professionally printed in store or online in a small format, i’d recommend no bigger then 10 x 8″ which will preserve the quality of your photographs.

Therefore, as a conclusion to phone photography I would advise you stick to landscape, flowers and bright environments over the studio finish. Trying new angles and places helps and this way you are more likely to obtain clearer results with a more satisfying.

That leads us on the what is the right camera for you?

for me, having the right camera is critical to my work. I need something that provides the definition of quality along with reliability for day in day out shooting. For yourself it should be more about what you want from a camera. Personally I would recommend a DSLR. If you don’t know what one is or need more information then you can find out here. Obviously, some more research from yourself is always a good way to learn too.

As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, back in 2007 I started with a Canon EOS 400D. This at the time was a £400 DSLR which came with a 18-55mm lens. Time has moved since then and the models have changed. The beginner range is always the best place to start. They have features which help you learn, automatic modes and generally a lens which will meet most peoples needs. If you go for a intermediate, semi-pro or pro camera then you are likely to struggle in obtaining photographs which provide quality and clarity.

See the below links for beginner cameras from Canon and Nikon:

http://www.canon.co.uk/for_home/product_finder/cameras/digital_slr/beginners/

http://dslr.nikon-asia.com/beginner1/en/#/common

If you do decide to get a DSLR then make sure you buy the right brand for you, it is a fact that Canon and Nikon users regularly have arguments over who’s is the best camera and lenses. Whilst they are relatively similar if you decide to change it will cost you.

Of course, if you have any questions or want advise on getting a new DLSR then please give me a call or drop me a comment and i’ll gladly help out. I hope you find the above interesting and until next time keep shooting.

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  1. Oftentimes, one thing that many people new to photography don’t entirely understand is that it’s not always easy to get into the business. Not only it is tough to make the right contacts and secure your first couple of professional shoots, but it also takes an incredible amount of an investment in order to purchase all of the gear you’ll have to have to be able to ensure you get great pictures. Having an expensive camera isn’t going to be enough going to cut it: you need to purchase a variety of lenses, flashes, a second camera, and plenty of extra batteries and storage cards to be ready for just about any setback. Also, expect to wind up investing in extra storage devices to keep your files to. This can be a considerable amount of cash to spend prior to actually getting your business up and functional. Of course you can generally rent gear to get started, and this can help for a little while, but if you are actually serious about getting into photography as a business – especially focusing on photographing weddings and other big events – you are going to have to make a sizable investment at some point.

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