Which Digital Camera? part 1
Variations on the question of, What camera should I get? or Which camera is best? or What camera can I get to take better photos? is the second most commonly asked question*, and the answer I nearly always give is – The one you have.
Let me explain. The majority of people who take photos now, no longer print them out. They are destined for facebook, flickr or some other web use, or they languish in a folder on the pc. There is not much thought gone into the photos themselves – they are in effect snapshots – nothing wrong in that, I hasten to add – However, purchasing a new updated camera every couple of years will not improve your photography. Much better off to take a few simple steps to improve your photography on the camera you currently use.
The following images were all taken on equipment more than 4 years old.
Lg Viewty (original) (2007) – about £10 from eBay. A 5 megapixel camera on this early smart phone. Not so great at landscape shots, due to poor resolution, but changing the style of photography can give pleasing results.
The Fuji S5500 (2005) – about £30 -£40 on eBay. A 4 megapixel bridge camera that’s quite average in all departments, but still capable of producing good results. Extremely tough camera that has being pretty abused, completely soaked, run over by a rally car and still works fine.
Saving the best till last is the 6 year old Canon 5D (2005) – my workhorse paired with Canon’s L lenses for the best in image quality. Around £600 for the body only. I can’t see me upgrading from this one ever. Does everything I need of it perfectly.
I hope these images show that quality can be achieved using older equipment.
If you want to improve your photography, the 4 main points I will give just now is to;
1 – get out there and shoot
2 – study other major photographers’ work whom you admire
3 – learn about apertures, shutter speeds, and ISO speeds and the relation between them
4 – pay no attention to web forums – there is a lot of mis-information out there
Take it slowly, improvement doesn’t come overnight, but with patience and putting into practice what you learn, improvement will come.
If you really do need/want a new digital camera… tbc in part 2
*Most often asked question is – “Do you do weddings?”