Photography has been a popular hobby for over a hundred years now. Many get into this because it fascinates them, others just want to take the odd family picnic snapshots while yet others make it their means of living. But there is such a variety of equipment to choose from it can leave the mind boggling. Very often people go and buy the wrong thing, only to resell it at half the price after a few months. The most important accessory to your photography kit is the camera itself, and we will discuss buying a camera in this article.
Three tips on buying a camera
1. Get exactly what is required
Try and read yourself. Are you new to photography? What is the purpose of you buying a camera? Is it for snapshots? Or is it for professional work? A professional doesn’t need this advice, but if you are a beginner do not buy the most expensive automated equipment even if you can afford it. Neither would you want a point and shoot model, which is only for the picnic people. You will want a camera with a few manual controls to help you learn about what changes in the settings can affect the final result.
2. Do your homework
If you are looking to buy a camera, try and get to know about some of the models on the market before you go to the dealer with your money. Read magazines, and websites to check out some of the latest reviews on the new models. Chances are they will help you get your hands on the one that is just right for you. Steve’s Digicams is a website that has been reviewing cameras for quite a few years now, and whichever model you are looking at, old or new, chances are you will find a review here on Steve’s. Once you read about what you want and check it out on the net, it will motivate you to read more about it, save the money to buy it, and buy the right one.
3. Stick to your budget
This is going to be hard, because the more you learn about photography the more sophisticated the camera model that you want. It is quite depressing when you know what you want and why you want it and cannot afford it. But did you know, some of the top photographers stick to the basics to get their images right? Agreed that it is cool to have the latest gadgetry on the market, but that is not what will impress on your folio. Make sure you have a good SLR camera and a good lens to back it up. Concentrate on the basics. Once you make a good folio, and if you become a successful professional, nothing can stop you from buying the best on the market.