How To Choose The Best DSLR Camera

How To Choose The Best DSLR Camera


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Hi everyone! This is Ingrid here from www.camerashyclasses.com and www.beginnersphotographyblog.com. Welcome
to my 1st Camera Q&A session. This is the new feature in the blog that I decided to
do since Irquote ve been so bad in writing the blog post lately and I still really want
to keep answering your questions. Irquote m still getting emails all the time so I thought
what better way is to do a regular feature on the blog called Camerashy Q&A that way
I can help lots of you with a lot of questions.par par
To kick things off today, we have our email that was sent by Emily from Arizona.par
Here is what she wrote: I am sixteen years old and Irquote m interested in photography
as a career choice. Irquote m at a very beginner level. I first got interested in photography
about two years ago and bought a 35mm film camera because I thought it was best to start
with an old camera. But only after about 5 rolls of film with only about 3 pictures coming
out that you could see, I got discouraged. I lost interest for a while. But now about
a month ago, I got inspired again. But I need a camera, I will prefer to buy a bigger, better
and more expensive camera right away. But Irquote m afraid that it will be too advanced
for me. I feel like I have the talent to take good pictures but no idea at all how to use
a nice camera. I also may have the opportunity this summer to display and sell some of my
photos to a popular restaurant. Please help me find a good camera and if you have any
tips for an aspiring photographer that would be appreciated.par
par par
Well, Emily I can honestly say I get asked this question more than anything else in all
of my questions that I get asked. Even now when Irquote m not working in the store I
still get asked on a daily basis via email or from some students. People who are making
a considerable investment on a Digital SLR really are confused by the amount of choices
that is out there. So, Irquote m really going to make it very simple for your, Emily. You
pretty much have two choices. You can choose between either a Nikon or Canon. These are
the two top brands of camera manufacturers in the camera world. There are many other
players, Sony, Panasonic, you will see Olympus and all these other brands. But honestly you
cannot go wrong with either a Canon or a Nikon. For the level that you are at and for where
you want to go, I would suggest the Canon T3I which is their rebel. It is not a very
basic rebel or the brand new Nikon D3200. Either of these two cameras are pretty much
identical in terms of what they offer. The Nikon has got a higher pixel. It has all sorts
of new features and itrquote s red which I personally think itrquote s very cool.
Irquote m nearly tempted to buy it just because of that. But whichever one you decided to
go for, you really have to decide which brand you want to stay loyal throughout your photography
career. Now of course, you can switch as time goes on but you should get more invested in
the technology and using it. More than that invest financially into their lenses and that
partly you have to decide either you should go on to the Canon or Nikon route. That is
your own personal choice. Perhaps you can ask some friends or any family members who
may already be shooting with a digital SLR. What they use can sometimes affect your choice
because if you got a bestfriend that uses Nikon and has a whole bunch of Nikon lenses
then it would be cool to borrow their lenses without having to purchase your own. At least
until you get a feel for what you want. So that sometimes is a factor on what you will
decide, but honestly you canrquote t go wrong with either choosing the two models that I
see most of as a teacher especially here in Atlanta.par
par par
The next thing that you have to decide is wether you will just buy camera body only
or to buy the kit lens that usually comes with it that usually has an 18mm-55mm lens.
Sometimes you might get a twin lens kits that has a 55mm-200mm lens. So whatrquote s happening
with those two lens option is that either you are getting something that will cover
a wide angle to a little bit of a zoom. Probably something like the equivalent of a 2 time
optical zoom. Or something that is going to give you a bigger telephoto zoom like such
as the 250mm lens that will give much more flexibility when shooting. You will be able
to do sports and things that are far away like nature stuff kind of shot.par
par Now, you have to decide wether those are things
that you need judging on the type of photography that you would like to take. Many people will
tell you that the kit lenses that come with your camera are not the best quality. And
that is true, there are a lot better quality lenses that you can buy. But you are just
starting out, you will do a lot of practice shots. Really these kind of lenses are just
ok to get you started. Itrquote s not going to be the worst thing that will happen if
you shoot a picture using thos kit lens.par par
There are certain lenses that I recommend to all of my students and the main one is
a 50mm F1.8 lens. It just so happens that I have one here. You will also see another
video of mine entitled Do you Need a Nifty Fifty? And this is the Nifty Fifty. This lens
is so awesome because itrquote s a great portrait lens which I know you love to do
portraits. Itrquote s a great focal lens allowing you to get nice and close. It also
gives you a nice blurry background as well because it has a very maximum wide aperture.
So, in an investment of about a $100 in addition to you basic kit lenses this is going to be
a good starting point for you.par par
Now, you will learn as your photography progresses, you may like to do a macro work or sports
photography. Whatever it is that you choose to do, then you may add those lenses into
your kit at some point. And by selling and displaying your work in a local restaurant
which I think is a brilliant idea and a very good tip for anybody else who is thinking
of starting to get into photography seriously. You will earn a little bit of money from your
profession and then you can put that money towards improving your kit. Once you have
the camera body, your kit is solid and you will just have to keep adding lenses as you
go on. And thatrquote s a camera that you will probably have in a long time in the future.par
par par
The final thing that I wanted to say to you is you mentioned in your email is that you
are nervous about using a big fancy camera. Most people who have big fancy camera donrquote
t know how to use it or most probably donrquote t have the time to learn how to use it. Itrquote
s good that you are even addressing this before you buy the camera because the final thing
that I want say to you now, is that you really have to commit to learning how to use your
camera because right out of the box you will be able to put on the lens. Put on the camera
to the right direction and take some photos but, you will get to a point where you are
restricted to a type of photography that you can do. You are feeling that the camera is
just not giving you what you know it can do because you are missing shots. Exposures are
incorrect, Itrquote s not the feeling that you want to see in the picture. All of these
things can be achieved by getting out of the automatic mode. So, you need to educate yourself,
you need to read blogs. Look at other photographers works. Read books and take some classes. As
you know I offer an online class courses one out which is ldblquote To Get Out of Auto
courserdblquote , that is available right now. You can take part of that for only $99.
So, regardless of what you choose to do, just make a commitment to learn how to use it and
you are going to be well on your way. I think that you are very responsible about this whole
thing and you can make photography as your job. Yourquote ll never work a day in your
life as they say itrquote s a great way to make money. If yourquote re good at it then
you can do that. Thank you so much for your question Emily, itrquote s been a pleasure.par
par If you would like to take part into the Camerashy
question Q and A, please send me an email at camerashy.info. Hopefully I will be talking
to you next week. Thanks so much! Bye!par }

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