I have been trying to write out something on Photography related post especially on some guides / tips / suggestions on choosing a camera for beginner or just simply someone that want to get a camera but have failed since they often became a long boring grandmother story. All those are still sitting in my draft folder until now and never get posted.
So, in stead of writing long stories and not get posted, I decided to just post some mini articles when I have something to say… I have no idea how many parts will be posted.. just keep your eyes open.
Part 1 : Which is the BEST, the PERFECT camera to buy ?
If you google for these words, you will probably ending in some Forums’ posting having some newbies throwing these type of questions and get hammered heavilly on the replies (or you eventually get to this posting from google). Honestly, these are the one of those most annoying questions that most photography forumers hated to attend to. Some time, they get smarter and starting to ask, questions like “which are the best compact camera under RM1000 ?, “Which are the best dSLR for biginner under RM2000 ?”.. yet, these are still annoying if you wonder if you are smarter to ask these.
Myself is not different from any others that I actually don’t like to attend to this type of questions but I do most of the time, try to reply them asking them to be more specific on their questions, before I can try to helps in giving some suggestions.
Change your mindset of what is the BEST Camera meant to you ?
I have always agreed that the BEST camera IS the camera you have with you when you need one at that exact moment. To refine it further, the BEST camera IS the camera that you have when you need one and can do the task reasonable well. Giving you a RM40K camera that is high-tech, having fast response, producing great colors and great pictures but having it left at home most of the time will not make it THE BEST camera that capture every moment when you need it… in most cases, the camera phone in your pocket has became the BEST camera for most peoples because that is what they have when they need one most of the time.
So, think about it, do you want a camera that you can have with you most of the moments without the burden, weight, inconveniences ? or you want a camera that is too big, too troublesome to carry with you most of the time or ocation and eventually leave that at home for most of the time ?
Don’t buy the camera just simply because you see someone using it & producing stunning pictures.
It is very frequent that I saw peoples simply make a purchase of the camera because they saw someone with great pictures are using the same camera. I would like to borrow a phrase that used often by one of my friend, “Buying the best Piano available in the market does not make you a great Pianist”… and I also always say “buying the most expensive paintbrush in the world does not make you a great artist.” ( Talking about painting, the reason I take photographs is simply because I cannot paint and hence using the camera as my paintbrush ) I think I don’t needs to further elaborates this and most of you will understand what I am trying to say.. but having say that…. I do agree that having a good, efficient tool could helps a lot on getting those amazing results no matter what you are trying to do. For those that knew Mandarin, 工欲善其事，必先利其器. ( In order to complete a task, we must first have a good tool )
So, if you really understand that camera is what you are looking for, then it is fine to get it. If you only wanted to buy it because you knew someone taking good pictures using it but don’t understand how you can do it or why that camera can do it.. then stop and do more thinking and learning before you cash out the camera. ( If you are loaded with $$$.. then ignore what I just said here )
Try to learn the basic of Painting with Light and make your own decisions.
If you really want to know why there are so many camera models, price ranges and which is the BEST camera you can afford, which camera will be able to do the tasks you want whether the pictures are for competition, blogging or simply snaps and keep for memories / sharing with friends and families… please spend some time to learn the basic. There are not much to learn if you just want to know the basics like what is Aperture ? what is Shutter Speed, what is ISO and what they will affecting your pictures.
For those that want to do more learning, the topics like what is Anti Shakes ? what is Mega Pixels ? What is Depth Of Field ? How to Freeze a moment, what is White balance ? Knowing all these simple theories, it will make you feel comfortable in browsing through the catalog for the camera or even have some time spent looking at the camera’s technical specification and make your own decision without just being the victims of some camera sales persons trying to push the sales for some old models, more gross margin models that they have in the stores.
Ask yourself these questions and get the answers before you want to ask someone for suggestions.
These are exactly the questions I will ask someone that came to me asking for suggestions, recomendation for cameras.. and in fact, they are the same questions I am asking myself before choosing a camera. Hopes they can helps you on knowing what you want for yourself.
- Why do I need a new camera ? ( Especially if I already have other cameras )
- What do I want to use the camera for ?
- What is the budget I have for the camera ?
- Do I have a particular brand / features to look for ? ( This is rather
hard for newbie to answer as it is normal that they do not know what
they need / looking for or why they really need them )
There are other questions that I didn’t list out.. but these are the fundamental that can get the ball rolling.
Next topic, I will try to write something on Compact Vs dSLR… until then.. happy reading & /photo .