Beginners choice for camera/Beginners Guide
Photography, a form of visual impressions has always been a crucial part of our daily lives, and even more crucial for our travel diaries. As beginners, making the right choice for cameras has a lot of influence on how your photos will speak for themselves.
Of course, nowadays there is an easy way out. Settle for a good phone with a great camera and choose the convenience of sharing images on social media platforms, over the quality of the image. No matter how many megapixels your phones offer and how amazing the images look on the phone screen, they are no match for even the most basic SLRs.
So if you have a knack of clicking good photos, willing to understand jargons like shutter speed, aperture, and ISO settings and want to take your photography skills to a higher level, then read through this will be your Beginners Guide.
1. Let’s begin by understanding how an SLR camera works and refer to the image below.
SLR stands for Single Lens Reflex, wherein a camera uses a mirror and prism system (hence reflex from the mirror’s reflection) allowing the photographer to see through the viewfinder, exactly what will be captured. When a photographer presses the shutter button, the angled mirror flips up, allowing the light to be captured straight on to the recording medium. In this case a film. When the above optics and mechanism is combined with a digital photosensor, the camera becomes D-SLR.
2. Now let’s try and understand jargons like Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO settings.
Aperture – Literally meaning a hole through which light passes, the size of which can be modified in camera settings to obtain different results. In the photography world, we refer to different aperture settings as f-stops. For example, f2.5, f8, f18, f22 etc., and this is the only rule which works inversely. As in, smaller f-stops depict a bigger aperture and higher f-stops depict a smaller aperture.
What difference do big and small apertures make? This is what it does. Notice the background get blur with the subject still in focus.
Shutter Speed – Refers to the time frame a film or digital photosensor is exposed to light, in a given setting, when the shutter button is pressed. Usually depicted as seconds or fraction of a second, this feature does wonder when clicking objects in motion or combined proper aperture settings for low light photography. The below images serve as ideal examples:
ISO – In simple words, this setting in your camera regulates the brightness of your image, the higher the number, brighter the image and vice-versa.
A combination of all of the above-mentioned terms, at the right parameters and with your creativity will produce your best shots. There can be thousands of hours of tutorials teaching you to click great photos, which are definitely helpful but are no match for hands-on experience. The more you practice, the better you will get with your photos. Its all about experimenting and learning.
Now the question arises, which one is the right camera?
There are hundreds of camera models in the market today ranging from a couple of hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. It is always advisable to try your hands on basic DSLR cameras first. Get a great practice of all settings at the back of your hand before upgrading. People usually stick to the same brands with their DSLRs as different brands have minor differences in terminology and functions which you won’t bother knowing when you are used to a certain brand.
I have stuck to Canon cameras ever since I had my first DSLR. Started off with a Canon EOS 600d and now have my hands on Canon EOS 5d Mark IV which is a supercomputer by itself. There are of course many other offerings from Nikon, Sony, and Olympus which are at par and offer great products for beginners. Camera dealers also offer refurbished certified cameras which can be great to start off with.
Check out the images below clicked on my previous DSLR Canon EOD 600d with its two standard zoom lenses 18-55mm and 75-300mm.
Below 2 pictures are clicked in FIJI.
This is Picture is from Al Qudra Lakes Dubai.
Will be writing more about the above picture in more detail in Part 2 so stay tuned. If you have any concerns or questions regarding your DSLR cameras, feel free to leave your queries in the comments box and we will get back to you with a solution.
So get out there, grab your camera and start clicking. Do remember to be patient, the perfect shots might take a while to come through. Please share your experience your comments your pictures below or #taletrips. We would love to be a part of your experience through pictures. To stay updated with our latest post subscribe & follow or follow us on any of the below social media links. Safe travels.