As a photographer and a former photographic salesman, I have a unique perspective of both sides of the sales counter with regards to photography and specifically photographic gear and people’s needs not forgetting people’s wants that are not necessarily the same thing. The main one question I was always confronted with is “Should I buy Canon or Nikon?” and “What’s the very best camera?” And my immediate reaction is “What are you experiencing now?” and “What is it that you shoot?”
Photography is all about variables and trade-offs. Its shutter quickness verses aperture over iso. Up on the one variable and down on another. An intricate dance with specialized parameters in order to achieve one thing, the exposure we wish for that certain specific subject at that certain time. There is absolutely no one single “recipe” for all occasions. The only thing I have come across which is constant, may be the continued and ongoing battle between the two giants Canon and Nikon for dominance on the industry and that is not going to change. You will probably find yourself one day using what is rated the best system, but invariably that may change. Aiming for the very best Brand is like a man trying to find the prettiest girl. That is clearly a title that passes from one girl to another in just a matter of moments. There will always be the next pretty girl.
EASILY had to rank to be able of technical superiority all the available cameras, you will discover you do not have one entire brand following the other, they’re intermingled. And the line-up would depend on your specific requirements. So where does that leave us?
If you are just starting out with photography, don’t get swept up in the Which Brand? Choice just yet. First you must decide what kind of camera you need to get. Compact or Digital SLR? You must give consideration to why you will need a camera in the first place, and what type of photography you are looking at. You have to ask yourself a number of questions. “Where so when would I use a camera?” “How typically would I use a camera? Is it for general purposes like holidays and family occasions? Could it be to photograph my child on the sports industry? Or for one per year when I am in the game park? If those are your preferences then you should choose among the lots of compact cameras available. Small lightweight models which you can drop into your wallet or handbag. For the Game Park and sports field particular person, one of many larger “Bridge” type cameras that provides plenty zoom.
If you are thinking about taking it to the next level and doing some severe and precise photography, you then need a Digital SLR, and you will need to know this from the start: It can be a long and expensive journey, but very rewarding in long haul. They won’t fit into your handbag or pocket or perhaps a tiny camera bag. There are accessories and additional gear you will want beyond just the surveillance camera itself. So small and compact is no longer feature. EASILY had a hundred rand for every time I’ve found someone looking between the tiny surveillance camera pouches for something to place their freshly purchased SLR into, I could buy myself a few more lenses. You will require a bag that is larger than your camera, sorry.
SLR’s offer you a lot more variables to enjoy with. They allow you to take full control of the exposure. Their bigger image sensors provide a broader dynamic collection to play with, more delicate variations in colour tone, saturation, contrast, and publicity levels and much less noise in darker scenarios. They offer one or other RAW catch mode which is perfectly suitable for image editing on your computer or Mac with famous brands Photoshop and lightroom. SLR’s will give you wide range of lenses to choose from, and no, you will not need to buy all of them, they are task specific. What is your task?
An SLR is what you want for anyone who is passionate about photography. Getting that perfect chance, even if this means revisiting that same i’m all over this many different occasions and soon you find that the light is just right, the colors in the sky are best, sufficient clouds at just the right height.
Serious photography requires one to use your left and best brain along. Learn and understand the technological parameters available until they are instinctive, then apply that understanding to the artistic side of the equation, composition and expression. Addititionally there is the matter that I keep firmly in mind when I’m shooting which is my Hit Rate. Understand that the images you have observed that have been mind blowing, that inspire you. The photographers whose job you admire and the iconic pictures you have seen represent a very small percentage of the images they have ever taken. You’re seeing their best of the greatest. If you go out shooting, and you keep coming back home to review your shots on your computer (lightroom is wonderful for this) and you find that most of your shots are ordinary or monotonous, don’t worry or panic! Consider the shots; figure out what’s wrong with them? How may i improve on that chance? What were my exposure adjustments? How could it have been better? And remember those things the next time you are out shooting. My motto in life is the foremost way to work out who you are, would be to realise who you are not. So too, the easiest way to up your hit-fee is realise where you are going wrong, and you will see the more you do that, the better you’ll get. The simplest way to learn is with your camera in your palm. You can explain and soon you are blue in the face how to drive a car, you can give them all the theory, but they is only going to get it, if they are sitting behind the wheel themselves. So, learn what you can, do a study course or two, read some publications, but just keep shooting.
Lastly, back to the two giants. Do not get lost in the eternal struggle between them, and the thoughts of nearly everybody with a tone of voice on web. Don’t get lost in the splitting of hairs of specialized superiority and all the while sitting back feeling indecisive rather than shooting. Both Brands contain their strengths and weaknesses. Your choice is Amazing or Fantastic. The camera and its accessories are simply tools. You’re the photographer. Know your needs, and choose devices that suites those needs. Learn to use your camcorder to its full potential and understand its limitations; all cameras have limitations, consequently work around them. Don’t get things because they seem fancy and outstanding. That would be an incredible waste of money better spent on the specific things you must do what you are doing and remember it’s all about the image and not the apparatus. The Best camera is the one in your hand.