We are starting a new series of blogs answering our most Frequently Asked Questions. By far #1 is: "Which camera should I buy in order to take better photos?"
As you would expect, this is a tough question. We are going to break the answer into two parts.
This question leads to other questions of: What is your budget? What types of things would you like to photograph? Are you comfortable carrying a big heavy DSLR or would you be better off with a point and shoot, 4/3 camera, or even an I Phone?
Let's toss those out the window for the moment and go deeper- Do you simply want to take better photographs? If you answered "yes" I would suggest you do something other than spend your hard earned money on a "Big New Camera".
What? Yes- learn to use the camera you currently have. Save that money for a little bit. Until you learn how to use a camera, that "Big New Camera" you want may not get you the results you are hoping for.
I believe that this is the golden age of photography. It is accessible to anyone, and everyone can share outstanding images on the web and be recognized for it. What determines success is the quality of the image. This is mostly dependent on the skill of the photographer behind the camera- not the camera itself. You can see this simply from going over to Flickr on the Explore page. There are amazing images and not all of them were taken with expensive cameras. Images taken with an I Phones or point and shoot are right beside images taken with $5000 cameras.
That leads us to the next question: “Where do you learn to take better images?” The answer to that is easy- read a book, take a photography class from your local community education, or search the internet. There are many great photography sites that give you a wealth of information for free. A great site to start at is: http://digital-photography-school.com/. They have many great, free articles and tutorials to give you a start. You can even email me your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org . I would be glad to help and give you some suggestions.
Do some Google searches, and watch and read some photography tutorials. Get inspired, take the camera you have out of the dusty drawer, and take some pictures. Then check back next time for "Part 2: Which Camera Should I Buy?" where we will discuss some actual cameras!
Next post: Part 2 “ Which Camera Should I Buy?”
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