Photography is just like smoking. Once you feel interested and are passionate to take a shot then can’t stop that means you are addicted to it. Then you will start to buy photography books, magazine and even enrol the online or offline photography courses. You want to take amazing shots but don’t know where to start? This article may give you a bit of ideas that guide you what you do and what you buy.
1. The Body
Have you decided to buy a camera? There are various camera brands on the market, as we all know, Cannon, Nikon, Sony and Olympus etc. They have all different features and functions so it is totally up to you which camera you want to buy. Although the body does not affect the quality of photos, it is still important part. For photography beginners, you don’t have to buy a luxury and expensive body in the beginning, it could be a waste of your money because you may not notice what’s the difference between a expensive and cheap body. Why not start with a entry level body? Get more experience then purchase higher version as time goes by.
2. The Lens
The lens is maybe the most important part of camera than the body as it directly affect on the quality of photos. Some cameras have a fixed camera that means you are not able to swap the lens when you need. Many professional photographers take a shot with a DSLR camera that allows photographers to interchange the lens at any time. Now, you may ask what lens are used by photographers.
- Ultra-wide angle
- Standard (normal)
- Short telephoto
- Long telephoto
You need all these difference lens in the beginning? Of course, NO!! Don’t waste your time! If you don’t have skills and have an eyes for photography, it does not help you at all. Start with “Standard” lens.
3. Memory Card
You can purchase the memory card at anywhere and anytime. Many beginners are not aware that the memory card is directly relevant to the quality of photos. Viz, if you purchase the 2GB memory card which does not provide enough storage capacity, so you have to reduce the size of photos. How to solve this problem? Bring many memory card! Nowadays, camera manufacturers provide extra functions that integrate with a cloud service so you can save photos on the air. You may consider this factor when you buy a brand new camera.
4. Aperture & Shutter Releases
How the image is captured? When you press the button to take a photo, the camera opens the shutter and letting in light through the lens. Then, this light hits the camera sensor and it is processed as an image. Three important three factors that you must remember:
- Aperture:Sound very technical, isn’t it? Aperture means how big the lens opening is. In general, photographer use the following term.
f-stops (f/2, f/2.8, f/5.6, f/8, f/11, etc).
The smaller the number = The wider the aperture = The more light
- Shutter Speed:The term “shutter speed” is self explanatory. It tells how long the shutter is left open. Similar to Aperture, shutter speed is measured in seconds (1/250 sec, 1/60 sec, 10 sec, etc).
The slower the shutter speed = The more light comes in.
In addition, shutter speed closely relevant to sensitivity to motion, for instance faster shutter speeds produce freeze motion whilst slower shutter speeds make motion blur.
- ISO: A higher ISO allows photographers to take photos in darker situations in particular at night, but the trade-off is noise, it is often called
100 ISO – low – no noise (during a day)
6400 ISO – high – noise (at night)
5. Lens Cover
You must have the lens cover when not in use! This is the most important things! Many people do not realise that how important the lens must be covered.
Think this way. You buy an expensive lens but you can’t keep it properly, then? Your lens could be covered by dust that may lead to the scratches. Sometime, the lens is broken without the cover due to your recklessness.
If you are think of participating in the photo competitions, purchase the quality tripod is one of the best options that you could think of. In order to buy a quality tripod, you may pay for over $200 or even more but it is worthy if you have a strong passion in photography. Some camera have built in stability control but it does not work at all times. What you pay for What you get! Especially, if you are enjoy taking a shot at night, the tripod must be carried with you.