Buying your First Camera

If you are in the market for your first real camera, you may find yourself a little confused.  There are so many varieties of cameras on the market today that it is easy to get overwhelmed.  Nowadays, the majority of people have a camera phone, so if you are purchasing a dedicated camera you are probably ready to take your photography to the next level.  This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to spend a lot of money and purchase a sophisticated model. A simple, relatively inexpensive camera may fill all your need. Before shopping for your new camera consider the following things.

One of the most important things that will determine what camera you buy is how big your budget is.   You can take great photos with an affordable point-and-shoot digital camera.  On the other hand, if you are ready to spend some time developing your photographic skill, an SLR camera is a more expensive but flexible option.

Your reason for buying a camera will definitely affect what type you buy.  As mentioned above, if you just want to take everyday pictures to post on Facebook, you can use the camera in your phone.  But what about those special occasions for which you want to capture the moment as close to the reality as possible.  Perhaps you are about to take a once in a lifetime trip and want to take some great shots to document the trip.  If this is the case, portability will definitely be an issue.  A small point-and-shoot camera takes great photos and is easy to carry on long walking trips.  An SLR camera will offer you the ability to add different lenses for different types of shots and will produce some great professional looking shots. But keep in mind this type of camera is also heavy and bulky to carry with you. Perhaps you have just had a child and would love to be able store milestones of her growing up. Depending on how serious you are about photography and the quality of your photos, you could go simple or elaborate in your camera choice in this case.

Ease of use is definitely something else that you must consider.  Many of us dream of becoming great photographers, but in reality, we are afraid to venture beyond the automatic setting of our cameras.  You must be realistic when thinking about your current skill level and how much time you intend to devote to learning how to use your new camera.  If you have the time and interest in developing the hobby of photography and would like to take some photography courses, purchase a camera that will allow you to grow.  Otherwise the best choice for you may be a simple camera that you will enjoy using but won’t require much skill.

Photography can be a rewarding creative hobby no matter what type of camera you purchase.  Spend some time getting to know your new camera.  Practice makes perfect. Relax and enjoy the process.

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