Camera Photography Tips

With so many cameras on the market, it is easy for the average buyer to become confused and shy away from buying a camera all together. However, choosing a camera doesn”t have to be overwhelming. With a little help, you can find a camera to fit your not only your lifestyle but also your budget.

Digital Cameras or Film Cameras?

When shopping for a camera, you will first need to decide whether you want a digital camera or a traditional one that uses film. While many people enjoy the instant gratification of digital cameras, others appreciate the art of traditional photography.

There are many similarities between traditional and digital cameras. Both cameras feature the following:

  • lenses
  • the ability to measure light
  • zoom features
  • flash capabilities
  • power sources.

Here are a few differences between digital and traditional cameras:

  • Digital cameras feature LCD (liquid-crystal display) screens to display images. These allow photographers to instantly see the images they”ve captured. Traditional cameras don”t offer LCDs.
  • Digital cameras require a longer delay between shots than traditional cameras.
  • Digital cameras store pictures on memory cards, which are easily accessible via computer. Traditional cameras store pictures on film that must be developed.

Here are a few things that you”ll want to consider when deciding whether traditional or digital is best for you:

  • cost of related supplies (film, chemicals, papers, memory cards, printers, etc.)
  • how much time you want to spend on the development of your photos
  • the amount of control you want over the development of your images
  • whether or not you want to be able to digitally manipulate your images without using a scanner
  • whether or not your want to easily share your images with family and friends via the Internet.

Camera Budget

Before you purchase a camera, you need to ask yourself the following questions:

  • How do you plan to use a camera? Will you use it for family pictures, or do you plan to take professional images? While the average person might need only the most basic camera, a person who plans to sell his images might need a camera with extra features.
  • What is your budget for buying a camera? While you can buy a basic camera for very little money, a professional digital camera can cost more than $1,000.

Your answers to these questions will determine whether you buy a low-end, middle-of-the-line or a more high-end camera.

Camera Terms to Know

When gearing up to shop for a camera, whether digital or traditional, you should brush up on your photography terminology so that you”ll be able to communicate effectively with the salesperson. Also, by learning some basic terms, you can ensure that the camera you buy will have the features you really want. Here are a few terms you should know:

  • Auto Focus: A camera with auto focus automatically focuses the lens. If you don”t know much about cameras or are not a professional photographer, you will probably want to consider buying a camera with auto focus. Without it, many of your photos could come out blurry and unrecognizable.
  • Flash: Flash is a very important tool for anyone who plans on taking photographs indoors or in low light conditions. Flash systems emit a brief, intensely bright light, illuminating the camera”s subject. The short flash is timed to coincide with the exposure.Most flash systems are self-contained on the camera. However, with more expensive cameras, the flash system can be replaced with a separate lighting kit. If you are looking for a camera for everyday photos, you”ll probably want to invest in a camera that offers flash.
  • Telephoto Lens: A telephoto lens is a specialized lens. It is a lens with a very narrow field of view, essentially the opposite of a wide-angle lens (see below). Telephoto lenses make objects in the distance appear closer and, therefore, larger.You might consider purchasing a telephoto lens for your camera if you will be shooting pictures from a distance (if you are going on a safari, for example).
  • Wide-Angle Lens: A wide-angle lens provides a large field of vision, typically one that is larger than the field of vision of the human eye when the head remains still. Wide-angle lenses make objects that are relatively close to the camera appear large and objects only a short distance away look small.You might consider buying a wide-angle lens for your camera if you will be doing a lot of landscape photography.