May be you're the mom with the camera. Ya know the mamarazzi #guilty. Or may be you wanna take ya slammin skills to the next level, but aren't sure what to invest in. Photography isn't cheap. It's truly an investment, but what other better thing to invest into than your memories? If you're ready to make the investment and not sure where to begin, I get it. It can be overwhelming coming from a point and shoot to a DSLR camera. I remember the days when I was a wee little photographer starting out and my first time purchasing a DSLR. I wasn't exactly sure where to start, but I knew I wanted to pursue photography and having a camera that doesn't actually take the photo when I click the button drove me NUTS. How could one work like this? #lame. The crazy thing is with the invention of the iPhone, these camera phones are actually way quicker than the good ol' point and shoots I used to have! Riddle me that, so wild. But anyway, I get asked pretty frequently this question about which camera to purchase. So I decided to create a series devoted to teaching some photographic skills, starting with this very question. This series will address topics for the mamarazzi, as well as those shooting professionally who want to improve and grow in their skills. I'm going to do my best to break it down as simple as possible. As well as keep it short short, because I know mamas, you have no time!
So first things first, Canon or Nikon? Truly, there isn't a wrong answer. I may get some flack for this statement, but oh well. Because honestly they both produce products that are of beautiful quality. They're just different. So first thing I want you to do, is to go into a store and hold them in your hands to see how they FEEL. Notice where the buttons are, and how your hands and fingers have to move to access them. Which one feels more natural to you?
Once you choose a brand, it gets easier from here. If this is your first DSLR camera, you want to choose an entry level DSLR. They will be the most cost effective, as well as the most simplified version of a DSLR to use. The ones I would recommend would be:
As far as which one, that call is completely up to you. Personally I would go with Nikon for the cost alone, but I tend to err on the side of simplicity. Besides which, camera bodies are much like computer models and they need to updated every so many years. On top of the fact that they are always coming out with the latest and greatest. If you really want to save some $$, try for a refurbed model, or something lightly used! You could also skip the kit lens and try for a prime lens! What's that? Well I'll be covering this and lens selection in my next mom-tog post!