I love taking photos and I love looking at other people’s photos and I’ve decided that to advance my own photographic skills, I need to equip myself with a proper ‘grown ups’ camera of the digital SLR variety – I think!
I used to own a Kodak automatic point and shoot. Remember the ones? We had to wind the film on and wind it back to the beginning when it was full. We either popped it into a plastic pouch and sent if off (remember the jokey song “One day my prints will come”) or we’d take the film to the chemist to be developed – the chemist! Why was that? When the photos finally arrived I’d be full of disappointment; there was either the strap or a finger in the way of the main subject or view so I’d end up throwing half of them in the bin– ah! the memories!
Over the years I’ve used digital point and shoots of various makes and in recent years have taken some fairly okay shots with my Samsung Galaxy Note S4.
Photography is hugely popular and more people are taking photographs in a single day around the world than ever before. It seems we can’t go anyway these days without photographing our food, our drink, ourselves and posting it online – yes, guilty. It’s a bit of a worry that the next generation is growing up thinking this is the norm and that they must do this too. If they don’t then surely something is wrong with them? – crazy times!
Anyway, I’m going off on one there….I didn’t just pop to the nearest camera shop and purchase the first camera that looked half decent. I’ve been researching for the last few weeks and am now slowly digesting my findings. I came across an excellent site – Creative Live and some really informative, impartial advice from John Greengo . I’ve learned so much BEFORE even making that purchase. There’s the size of the sensor, the quality of photos and the fit for purpose, the functionality of the camera’s manual controls, the availability of lenses and customer care. But really it all boils down to the size of the camera bag you’re prepared to lug around with you and your budget. And now in the mix – a bridge camera – the inbetweener; I’m totally overwhelmed. So, I know there are a few of you out there who shoot with digital SLR’s and perhaps a few of you who shoot bridge cameras – I’d love to hear your views on both.