Click! Blurry picture! Click! Too dark! Do these sounds seem familiar to you? These are heard most often when you are using a camera phone, a webcam or an outdated camera. Maybe it is time to purchase a new camera whether you are using it for personal or professional use.
What kind you should buy depends upon what you want your camera to do for you. Since there are hundreds of models available, you should first decide on what type of camera that you prefer after reading the following list. Most camera companies tend to talk in a foreign language using words that you don’t understand such as ISO and f numbers.
DSLR – Digital Single Lens Reflex
These cameras come with two main parts; the lens and the body. The lens can be taken off and changed according to your needs. When you are ready to take a picture, you press the shutter and the camera records the digital image on a sensor. The sensor is the largest part of the camera and will take better images in low light and blur the background. The better quality of the lens or glass that you use will create better quality of image or picture. You can interchange the lens with other lens to create the effects that you desire.
The latest trend in photography is the mirrorless camera. It has a smaller body because it does not contain any mirrors. They have the same features as a DSLR camera and are the same size which makes it just as appealing as a DSLR camera. One of the downfalls in this type of camera is the size of the sensor. It is smaller in the mirrorless camera and lacks the same ability is auto-focus speed. Since this is a newer model, more lenses are being manufactured to increase their ability to capture better quality images.
Point and shoot cameras are the most portable cameras. Because of its small size, you might take more pictures than you would with another larger camera. These cameras do not have inter-changeable lens. The lens cover a variety of wide zoom range. When not in use, the lens retracts back into the lens which keeps the lens clean and the camera small. Point and shoot cameras have smaller sensors and because of that the image quality may be lacking when compared to other cameras. These cameras are less expensive than DSLR cameras and easier to tote. This is a good camera to start with because you can easily upgrade to a more expensive camera with more options.
Camera phones are becoming the most popular form of camera. There are a lot of pros to using the camera phone. First, you have a camera readily available. It’s easier to share photos. Most cameras have applications that allow you to save, share or post your pictures anywhere. The image quality may not be close to even a point and shoot camera but they are improving. The camera phone has a fixed lens so it can’t be changed or adjusted.
You have seen these action cameras on sports programs. A headband or wristband with a camera attached so that the audience can see what you are seeing. These are made to take videos but are able to capture still images. The settings are very limited and should be used for only fun not professional pictures.
There are tons of features available for cameras. Some of them you will never use. Others are essential to capturing the best images available.
- There are 3 modes on a DSLR camera; manual, semi-automatic and automatic. For beginners, the automatic mode is the easier to master. The camera sets all of the controls for you. You should make sure, however, that the camera has an M setting so that you can take control of all aspects of the camera.
- The ISO controls the camera’s sensitivity to light. By increasing the sensitivity to light, you are able to take pictures in dark places with a flash. The one drawback to increasing the ISO is that the image becomes grainer.
- Other things to consider when deciding a model to purchase include the weight, if you can reach the button and the feel of it in your hands.
- Autofocus is when the image draws your attention to a precise spot that you want people to focus on. Make sure that it focuses quickly and accurately.
- Panorama Mode allows you to take multiple pictures and have them put together into a panoramic shot.
- Viewfinder is where you can see what picture you are taking will look like when developed.
There are plenty of good manufacturers that make good cameras. Taking a beautiful picture is more on the photographer than the camera. Once you find the camera that suits your needs, then you can purchase other lenses, filters, camera bag and cleaners. Don’t forget to buy additional batteries. Nothing is worse than running out of juice in the middle of a performance. After you have taken your picture, you can manipulate the image using software to rid it of red eye, removing distractions and even whitening teeth. Using some of the software, you can turn your image into a black and white image or add other components to the picture.
The best shots of people are photos that are not posed. Capture your subject doing things naturally. Choosing the right camera, the right lens and a perfect place to take them are important. Now you can start filling up those photo albums with pictures that actually look good.