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.

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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.

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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:

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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.ISO-101

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.

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f2.5 4″ ISO 6000

Below 2 pictures are clicked in FIJI.

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f18 1/250 ISO 100

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f18 1/180 ISO 400

This is Picture is from Al Qudra Lakes Dubai.

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Picture clicked on Canon EOS 5d Mark IV

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.

 

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30 Comments on “Beginners choice for camera/Beginners Guide

  1. Small, but essential information to work better with the camera and make shots from real professionals! Very useful, thank you!

  2. I actually do need a good camera for my videos so this is such great tips and advice thank you.

  3. Good to know! I am working on taking better photos. I do have a camera, but I tend to use my phone more than I should.

  4. I just bought a camera. Now to go check which features that I have on mine.

  5. The perfect post for me to come across! I just purchased a new camera, and have so much to learn. I appreciate the tips!

  6. This is such great info for beginners! I had a friend who walked me through most of this and it helped tremendously.

  7. Over the years I have learned that people tend to spend the least amount of time on the most important aspects of the camera which are the sensor and the lens. Of course, the third important aspect is the type of photography you want to shoot. Portrait photography is better captured with a fixed lens to get better bokeh. Anyway, I do love the way you illustrated the ISO, F stops and shutter speeds.

    • Sensor & the lens is definitely important. But we are focusing on the beginners choice of camera & terminologies. The part 2 of it will be advanced.. which will focus on lens.

  8. This is really some great info for choosing a great camera for beginners. I ended up going with a Cannon 80 D and there was a huge learning curve but I absolutely love it!

  9. I think that as a bloger I should improve my skills when it comes to photography. However, I lack good equipment. Hope your tips will help me choose a good camera for myself! 🙂

  10. This was such an informative post. The only camera that I ever use is one on my phone.

  11. I have my DSLR camera for years now . I love to travel and take photos and most of the time I used the pre-made setting (aka Auto mode) so embarrassing . You provided me the basic knowledge I need to know esp. for the night photography. Please keep posting!

  12. I have found myself really wanting to get into camera photography. Upgrading myself from my cheap smart phone camera to finding something legit and amazing, but still not breaking the bank for a newbie incase it ends up not being something I want to do after a few months. of course I have no idea what im looking at 99% of the time. Thank you for explaining these things and making it much easier to understand! this will definitely help with my camera choices.

    • Glad we were of some help. Nicole you do not have to burn a whole in your pocket get a refurbished camera which can be very reasonably priced, try your hands on all the features then make up your mind if it is worth your investment.

  13. Love lOve love this. I love taking pics and Fx and ISO are everything.

  14. I just started learning about photographing. This post is very useful for beginner.

  15. Thanks for sharing, lots of great info. These are awesome Pictures. I have been trying to figure out the best settings to take pics with my new camera. I’ll have to try these out. I too am guilty of just grabbing my phone and snapping a shot because its a lot faster.

  16. Great info very useful too. I am still trying to get maximum out of DSLR. this post will help me. Your photos looks really nice.

  17. Good information when it comes to finding a good camera to get it to do what you want it to do. I remember what I went through upgrading to a new camera from just my smartphone. Good to have this information.

  18. I’ve been toying with the idea of buying a camera but this guide really shows me the difference it makes with pictures! I will keep this in mind.

  19. Your pictures are absolutely stunning! You surely know how to work around your camera. I’m learning more on cameras but I really don’t enjoy this technical side of it.

  20. I love how well you explained the parameters of aperture, ISO and speed! I know lots of people who struggle to understand it.

  21. Thanks for sharing. Very useful especially for beginners in photography.

  22. Useful post to know the basics of Photography. High five 🙂

  23. Its really helpful for especially those who bought a camera newly. The only camera that I ever use is one on my phone. Your pictures are absolutely stunning!

  24. I have been recently started to work on my photography skills. I am also wanting to purchase a new DSLR camera and was considering Canon. Your post is really insightful in this aspect. I now know a lot more about photographing through DSLR through your post.

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