I was reading a blog a little bit ago by a professional photographer about buying a camera and the blogger asked the right questions! I wanted to share them with you and expound on it a little more.
How often will you use the camera?
What type of photography will you do?
What is your budget?
With camera phones taking over and most people thinking that’s all they need, these questions will play a larger role for photographers who know that their camera phones are great for quick, everyday shots but not for creating lasting memories for themselves or for others.
If you are planning on using a camera everyday to just capture quick moments, your camera phone will be just fine. But, it’s important to remember that even with all those “cool” apps that have filters and such, you won’t be able to take a shot you love, blow it up and maybe make it into something bigger. While camera phones are getting larger pixel sizes, taking a photo like this and making it into a wall sized framed piece wouldn’t work.
Now, if you are going to attempt to take pictures like that one every day, you will want to consider a DSLR. This leads to the next question: what kinds of photography are you looking to do?
That picture of Sedona was taken with a Nikon D5100 by an amateur photographer who only uses her camera on vacations or special occasions; holidays, birthdays, etc. This isn’t an everyday use camera unless you are a professional photographer. I don’t know of many amateurs that are walking around daily with their camera and lenses and such. There may be. Let me know if you do!
A smaller point and shoot might be perfect for you if you want better photos than your camera phone and you plan on taking everyday photos as you go through your day. And, you can then work on those photos later on; if you want to use your camera software on your computer to enhance or change the shot, etc.
Now, how much do you want to spend? If you are seriously considering photography as more than just a hobby and want to learn more about the hundreds of features a DSLR offers, then you will be looking at spending more than a few hundred dollars…you might be in the thousands. Don’t get scared off by that price, though. The photos you see in travel magazines or the photos taken of your family by a professional photographer are not taken on cheap gear.
I mentioned the features of the DSLR. The worst part about buying one of these expensive cameras is that you buy it, probably online or at a big box tech store and you try to read the directions and get confused. We are proud here at Lawrence Camera to offer classes where we will show you how to use all those features properly, making sure your investment is used properly for the rest of its life.