Are you in the market for a new camera but not quite sure what to buy? Fashion photographer Lindsay Adler explains the difference between the many types of cameras and what they’re used for, and gives advice on how to spend money on the right camera for you:
Before you set out to buy a new camera, you need to ask yourself these three questions:
1. What is your budget?
It’s not just a simple question because it goes beyond how much money you have to spend here and now. As Adler points out, there’s a difference between budget in the near term and budget in the future. Maybe you just want to spend $1,500 on a camera system now and leave it at that, or maybe you want to spend $1,500 now and continue to invest in more equipment as time goes by.
Think accessories. Knowing the types of cameras that are available will help you decide if you want to just spend now or continue to buy gear into the future.
2. What are your photographic goals?
Are you into photography as a hobby? Want to be a professional?
As a hobbyist, you can get away with spending less money. As an enthusiast or aspiring professional, you’ll need gear that can meet higher demands. And of course, as a professional, you’re going to demand a lot more out of your gear, so you’ll need to spend more money.
3. What subjects do you shoot?
The type of camera you choose also depends on your subject. Do you shoot portraits? Landscape? Sports photography? Figure out your needs so you can choose a camera with the right control for your style.
Answering all these questions will help you make a more informed decision when choosing a camera that is best suited to you. If you’re looking for more control, then you need to consider putting more money into it. Lenses, accessories, cards, these are all things that will better your skills and profession down the road.
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