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Which camera should I buy?

I get asked this question all the time. I understand how the search can be daunting with all the choices out there. I felt the same way when I was buying my first DSLR. I didn’t know which brands to consider, what camera details mattered, and what I should be looking for or thinking about.

 

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Do you often feel like you wanted to take a picture a certain way and your camera wouldn’t let you? The focus was not on what you wanted or the picture didn’t look like what you imagined? These are signs you’ve outgrown a point and shoot camera and should consider moving up to a DSLR.

In general, using a DSLR is the best way to take better pictures: not because the camera itself can magically take better photos, but because a DSLR gives you the ability to control the things that are going to make the biggest difference in your photography. It will be able to freeze motion, which is obviously a big deal for photographing children. Using the right lens on a DSLR allows you to choose what is in focus and what is not, which one of the best ways to create a pleasing portrait. It has a larger sensor, which means your images can be sharper, more detailed, and higher quality than anything a point and shoot can produce.

Please understand that a DSLR is a creative tool, and not a magic fix for your photos. There is a bit of a learning curve, and not all your photos will look amazing if you stay on automatic all the time. A DSLR will produce sharper pictures, even on automatic, but at some point you’re going to have to learn how to use that expensive camera if you want to take the pictures you’ve been hoping for.

If you are a beginner in the DSLR world, and have no idea what aperture or shutter speed is, I suggest you get a camera that has automatic mode and some good scene settings. You’re pictures will be noticeably better, mostly because they’ll be sharper and have more contrast than what your point and shoot could capture.  They will become MUCH better when you get better at understanding your camera’s capabilities.  When you’re ready, explore aperture mode, and work your way into shooting in full manual.

Some things you should think about:

1. What do you plan to use your DSLR for?

What types of photos will you be taking? Where will you be using your camera?

Most cameras have similar capabilities that will cover a general range of situations, but you should know if you plan to take mostly landscape photos outside or if most of your photos will be of your kids inside your house.

This determines factors like how it handles low light and your lens choices.

2. What is your budget?

There are cameras that span a very wide range of price points, from around $500 all the way up to$7,000 and beyond!

Most entry level cameras will range between $500-$1300.

By knowing how much you can spend, you’ll know which level of camera you can consider.  That being said…don’t buy too much camera for your needs.

 

ENTRY LEVEL DSLR SUGGESTIONS:

Nikon D3300  DSLR with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VRII Zoom Lens

 

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Details of this camera:

  • 24.1 Megapixels
  • ISO up to 25,600
  • HD Video
  • 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VRII Lens Included  <– a great starter lens.

 

 

Canon Rebel T5i DSLR with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens

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Details of this camera:

  • 18 Megapixels
  • ISO up to 12,800
  • HD Video
  • 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens Included  <– a great starter lens.

 

If you have any desire to take pictures inside your house—and let’s face it, your kids will be cute inside too—then your simply must get yourself a lens that can handle indoor lighting!  Plan the cost of a fast prime lens into your initial camera purchase. You won’t regret it! The one I recommend you start with is a 50mm fixed lens, [it doesn’t zoom, you have to use your feet instead] and gives you MUCH more indoor shooting ability to create amazing portraits.  You can purchase both online at Amazon.com.

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These lenses will definitely NOT add a lot to your grand total.  The Nikon is $131 and Canon $110.

Happy shopping and happy shooting :)  Let me know if you have any questions.  I will also do another post in the future about great mid-range options.

Thank you for stopping by!

~lisa

A wedding budget can get maxed out pretty quickly and easily. When you are close to that budget or have even gone over the limit you have set, there are decisions that have to be made on what you can and cannot live without. There are many times when a bride & groom have set aside a certain amount for a photographer or have gone over their limit in other areas, so they need to cut back on what they spend for photography. What that usually means is that the wedding album is something the couple may choose to not include. Trust me…I really do get the stress that one can feel when a budget is blown. This is exactly why I tell my clients that I am more than happy to allow them to come back up to one year later and purchase an album without an increase in cost. It makes a fabulous anniversary gift AND family members will often pitch in as a gift to the newly married couple. So…are albums worth it? The short answer is yes. It is how you will share, tell and preserve your love story.

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Here is the long answer. Imagine this…your kids are all grown up and are ready to get married. During a family get together, you decide to share your own wedding day photos. That special day when there was nothing else but the two of you. Your photographs share a story of your big day. The both of you looking nervous but extremely happy, getting ready and looking your best, and you tell them about how the day progressed. The first look, the walk down the aisle, the tears of joy rolling down his cheeks, the first dance, the laughter and joy captured within the moments… your friends and family dancing along with not a worry in the world. The grand departure from the venue under the stars running through a tunnel of sparklers into your getaway car while everyone wishes you well…

Question: How do you see yourself telling this story?

Gathered around in front of a computer screen? Will DVD’s still work in newer computers? Is Facebook still around?
Gathered around a phone screen or tablet?
Or would you like to be able to pull out a professionally designed heirloom quality wedding album showing the day exactly as it unfolded.
Your story is too important to be archived in a digital domain never to be touched, appreciated or enjoyed in the company of your loved ones. The emotions felt when actually touching and holding your images in your hands are the closest thing you will feel next to actually being there.

It’s my responsibility to share with you options that can best fit your needs and budget as well as finding a professional lab that creates amazing albums to last a lifetime. I love that my lab takes care of me like I take care of my clients. Miller’s Lab is AH-mazing! They sent me cover samples in these way cool wood boxes with my logo on them and I just had to share them with you. This is the perfect way for me to sit down with my brides and grooms to show them how we can create an album that they will want to share and hold dear to their hearts.

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This first set shows their Distressed Leathers

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This set shows the Standard Leathers.  All are gorgeous!

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Pearlescent and Exotic Leathers.

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This next set shows a variety of Custom Covers with your chosen image.  They range from canvas to acrylic to metal.  Stunning!

 

 

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Linen Covers are awesome for engagement books or guest sign in books as well as a wedding album.  They come in a wide variety of colors.

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Album sizes are: 5×5, 6×9, 9×6, 8×8, 8×10, 10×8, 8×12, 12×8, 10×10, 12×12, 15×10  

Paper types: Classic Felt press paper, E-Surface photographic paper and Fuji Pearl photographic paper with Linen Texture.

Here are a few sample albums I have on display in my office

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I look forward to creating your perfect album soon!

Thank you for stopping by!

~lisa