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Choosing a Camera | PixelBing

Tips: Shopping Time – Selecting the Right Camera for Yourself

I generally receive many of the inquiries about “What all things to keep in mind while selecting a camera?” “Which camera shall I buy”, etc. So here in this post, I will be your helper guide to a camera shopping. Bit first of all, let me be very clear, I will not go brand or model biased here. Being brand biased is all your decision, and not mine, and I will all say the general stuffs here. So the beginners, kindly carry on and continue reading. And the Professionals, please wait and stay tuned for more coming up shortly. Here you have to ask these basic 7 questions to yourself before purchasing a camera.

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Q1. What is your Budget for the camera?

Money comes first. This is the first and foremost question I ask to anyone who enquires about or seeks my recommendation for any camera. You may have a little variation in it, but you can always fix a lump sum basic budget, that will help you getting the best deal while shopping for a camera. For those who are seeking to buy their first DSLR, save a few more bucks, as you will also need lenses. You should have, in general language, a medium range, and a long range lens, if you are desperate about photography. Hence, keep in mind the price of the lenses that you are going to buy, and the lenses which are sometimes included in the kit, and then decide the range which you are going to spend for the camera body accordingly.

 Q2. What is your Purpose of Photography?

This is always my second question after the first question gets answered. You must choose a camera wisely; afterall the cameras come with different features. For a person who has to shoot nature and wildlife shots, the zoom is a major deciding factor. For zoom, do not go for the cam which has higher digital zoom, but optical zoom. For shooting sports, athletics, kids, pets, etc you need a camera which has higher shutter speeds, so that it clicks faster. If you are a party animal, you need a camera that shoots well in low light, and make sure the images are stable, as generally in low light, you do need a tripod stand to shoot good photos, which surely don’t slip in to your pocket. Some cameras even come equipped with macro modes to shoot the closer objects. If you do not want a camera for serious photography, or are confused between the main purposes, or rather want to shoot everything; better choose quite an all-rounder camera which suits all your needs.

 Q3. How far do you rate yourself on your experience level? (Please be honest here)

Having the money power will not help you buying great cameras, but may mess up something. Beginners must always try themselves on the basic cameras. Buying a Nikon D3x or a Canon 5D Mark II in the very first level won’t serve the purpose. Though, a complete beginner must start from a fully automatic point and shoot, whereas a bit experienced can go for a camera that has more of the manual controls and settings.

Q4. What have you decided for the size and style?

This is sometimes a big issue. Depending on the main purpose for buying the camera, the size, weight etc can also change. If you are a party animal, and love the things which come handy, you should go for a slim camera which easily slips in your pocket or purse. The ones who need something that is easy to grab in hand, must go for the bigger ones. Outdoor photographers must choose the lightweight cameras, the size is the second aspect after weight in that case.

Q5. How many megapixels do you actually require? (There’s a difference between ‘Want’ and ‘Need’)

Large numbers of megapixels are not everything. They are alone not responsible for a good quality image, but also the lens, and most important being the image sensor. So anything above 6MP is good. Now a days, camera manufacturers seem to race around this particular point of megapixels. Out of today’s available models, getting a 12MP camera is more than enough. More megapixels also increase the picture size, which eventually, affects the storage. Just for an example (no, this ain’t any comparison between a DSLR and a Point and Shoot, but just for reference) my 10MP Point and Shoot (Canon Powershot A480) shots great pictures, with each photograph ranging from 1-2 MB storage space. On the other hand, my 17MP DSLR (Nikon D5100) shoots images ranging from 8-9MB. A 6 MP camera image can clearly be printed on a A4 size paper too. So have the comparison in your mind.

Q6.  What are the important features you are looking for in the camera?

There may be a list of features in every model, but you may not need every feature while using. The features add to the cost of the stuff. For example, a camera which is waterproof and has larger controls for assisting a trekking or snow-climbing thing may not necessarily be purchased for just shooting indoors.


Q7. Have you done enough enquiries in the market? (Homework stuff, eh!)

You do have to search the market for the shops that provide the best deals, also, I would suggest reading reviews by experts (easily available on the web), striking out the excessive options, and including just a few brands, to narrow down your search so that you get a better stuff in your hand. Check for the accessories, and compare the prices. Some companies may provide camera bag, memory cards, etc for free, another company may sound cheaper, but they only provide the body, sometimes even devoid of batteries. Purchasing all of them separately adds up the cost and the price of latter exceeds the former. Do check for the warranty card, the terms and conditions, and also make sure every moment that you are not being cheated by a grey market product.

At last, buy the camera, get a genuine bill/invoice with all the taxes paid (yeah that’s necessary stuff) and you’re all set. Happy Clicking!

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Becoming a better Photographer | PixelBing

Tips: How to become a Good Photographer

Photography is amalgamation of art as well as science, but more inclination is towards an art. The art of photography can be learnt, and innovated more than it could be taught. Yet, here I’m providing a few tips, following which, one can aspire to be a better photographer. Of course there may be many more points, but these are just for a start. Once the spark has been set up, the fire finds its way always.

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  1. Get a Camera: What is the importance of a photographer without a camera? So if you like clicking, and are fascinated with photography, so first and foremost thing is to get yourself a good camera. By a good camera, I do not mean to mortgage everything around you to purchase a superior quality heavy and professional DSLR sort of thing. if you want to begin, you can start with the entry level DSLRs, or even a good point and shoot digital will do. So, get a camera, and get yourself acquainted with its features and settings, control etc before you start some serious shootouts. ;)
  2. Invoke the Artist in you: After you got your camera, start clicking, but with an artistic perspective. Photography according to me is showing your perspective, your point, your vision to the world. Remember, everyone can press a button and hence click a picture.  But what shall make you different from them is the vision that you will have while clicking the same picture.
  3. Meet people that are like you or influence you: We learn from books, but more help comes if we have a tutor with us. So you must either go for a group study/combine class, or search for a tutor. In simple words, find and meet photographers who are either like you, or are your role models. Trust me, more is far better than a single. Many new ideas, concepts, and your talent of course, will get a chance to groom and flourish after studying them and their way of photography.
  4. Join communities, offline or online: There are many photographer communities, clubs, and societies running everywhere. All you need to do is make yourself a part of the family. There’s a lot of learning for the family members everywhere. If you can’t find a real photography club, try going virtual. Join some online website, communities, forums etc. Remember, virtual has more reach than real, but also, nothing can beat the real.
  5. Join a photography school: If you are willing to do some serious shooting, I recommend you to go to some good accredited photography school for a certification course. There, you will not only develop your skills to a great extent, but also will get a chance to learn from good photographers who will be there to guide you always.
  6. Head for photowalks and workshops: A photowalk is a term used to denote often a community level activity organised by photography clubs, online forums, etc, sometimes in the form of a walking tour. The main aim is to practice and improve one’s own photography skills, alongwith a specific focus on documentary or topic based photography. Interesting? So search for a photowalk near you, or plan one with your friends, and click click and click.