Happy New Year and Finding the Perfect Camera
Happy New Year to All. . .
I thought it was time to write about cameras. It seems like it should be simple to go to the store, and purchase a camera. From my workshops, I have met many individuals, who purchased a camera that does not do what they want.
Digital cameras are as diverse in their function as software programs for a computer. First, the camera is a mini-computer. It is programmed by the manufacturer to take pictures. Also, it has the limitations that the manufacturer puts into the camera.
When choosing a camera, the first step is to think about what features you would like, such as: Manual control, full Auto, Scene selection, Flash and Flash control, and what do you want to photograph with the camera.
Many inexpensive point and shoots have a slower processor. So, they are not the best choice to photograph a child playing sports. They are great for subjects that do not move, such as: Landscapes, Still Life, Portraits and Macro.
The upper-end point and shoots usually have faster processors, Manual function options and manual focus. Usually, the manual focus is not as easy to use as it is on a DSLR.
For in-depth information on functional usage of a Digital Camera, I teach a workshop for the City of Edmonds titled Digital Photography 101.
I’ll be talking about DSLRs next issue. . .
More Later. . .Karen