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Photography: How to make sure you choose the correct camera

Are you considering purchasing a camera that will allow you to reach your full creative potential?

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Are you unsure which camera to look for and purchase? Are you frustrated with your point-and-shoot camera, not locking-on the “focal-point” that you had in mind? If you answered “yes” to either one of these questions, then this article is for you.

Choosing your first DSLR camera

Cameras, as well as photography equipment in general, can be pretty pricey; and many of us just don’t have the capital layout to start with the very best. Therefore, buy within your budget. Be wary of creating debt with the thought of making money with your camera in the future. Practicality when purchasing your first camera is essential.

Give careful consideration as to what your objective is for purchasing this camera; is it just for capturing happy times with family and friends or the family pet? Or maybe your objective is to pursue photography on another level, at a later stage?

There are many good brands out there to choose from. Examining all of them without real knowledge of what to look for can lead to confusion, frustration and much time wasted. But don’t despair. By considering just a few basic features on what to look for, it will make things a whole lot easier for you.

Canon EOS 600d

A good example of what type of camera to look for, is the Canon EOS 600d with a kit lens. Although this camera has been on the market for some time, it’s well priced and boasts some attractive features and controls that are relatively easy to master; allowing you to become confident as well as creative in using it, in a relatively short period.

What features should I consider in a DSLR camera?

For those of you who are new to photography, DSLR stands for Digital-single-lens-reflex.

LCD screen: Features such as a 3″fully articulated LCD screen, found in some models, allows you to capture images using various angles, heights, positions, therefore allowing you to become very creative.

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Image quality: If possible, look for a camera with at least 14/18MP (megapixels) capacity as well as a CMOS Sensor.

Remote control: Ability to capture or trigger your camera with remote control is also essential to look out for.

Shooting modes: Option of shooting in various auto modes as well as fully manual mode; you will need fully manual mode to explore your creative side.

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Adaptability: Interchangeable lens facility is a definite must-have, allowing for different styles of photography.

Anti-shake: Built-in “anti-shake technology” is also essential to prevent “camera shake” in your images.

These are a few basic but essential features needed when considering a decent entry-level DSLR camera. Many functions within these features make consideration of a DSLR camera so practical.

Sounds confusing and scary?

Don’t allow these few technical terms to scare you or dampen your aspirations and dreams of what you would like to achieve with your camera. All of these things and more will be learned once you have purchased your new camera and what’s more, you will have fun doing so.

Although these guidelines are focused on helping you make a wise decision, ultimately, it is your choice which brand of camera to purchase.

Keep the box that your camera came in. If you find yourself becoming a little despondent, or your “photography spark” becoming a little dull, look at your box and relive that excitement you felt when you received your camera for the first time.

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