So you’ve picked up a camera and decided to live a life of poverty to follow your dreams… SWEET! Now, all you need are some tips to help get you started (and hopefully make you some money down the line).
1. WHAT ARE YOU?
You should choose a camera (body/lens) based on what kind of photography you want to do. For example, if you’re doing portraiture photography you wouldn’t need a super fast shutter speed on your lens. If you’re doing concert photography, you’ll want to have a good ISO range on the body. Every camera and lens combo is specific, and you need to know what your subject matter is before choosing a camera.
2. CHOOSING A LENS
Most people either shoot with Nikon or Canon but there are a variety of camera brands to choose from. Choosing a brand is important for one very specific reason – the lenses. In most cases, you cannot use a lens on more than one brand type. Some say Canons or that Nikons are too difficult to use (depending on who’s talking). I would suggest going to your local camera shop and testing out a few different DLSR brands. Look up a few different lenses that will suit your photography and check what brands it’s compatible with.
3. GET BODIED
When you choose your brand and lens, it narrows down your choice of bodies. Checking out the tech specs is the next step. Make sure what you’re looking at is compatible with your needs. Do you need a high ISO range? Do you want WIFI on it? Do you want a touch screen? All of these questions (and more) will come up when looking at camera bodies. If you want to shoot video, find the ones that shoot video (and make sure it shoots in 4K).
4. TECH SPECS
Look at the tech specs when picking out your camera. You will need to know EVERYTHING about your new camera before even touching it. The lenses are what make the camera great, but the body is important too. A few things to consider would be: pixel count, FX or DX, shutter speed, compatible lenses, and video quality.
5. BUY IT!
When you get your camera, play around with it immediately. Learn all of the functions so you can work with it efficiently. It could mean the difference between “getting the shot” and missing it.
If you have any questions or comments you can always contact me!