As a photographer and a previous photographic salesman, I have a distinctive perspective of both sides of the sales counter when it comes to photography and specifically photographic tools and people’s needs not forgetting people’s wants which are not necessarily the same thing. The main one question I was always confronted with is “Should I get Canon or Nikon?” and “What is the best camera?” And my immediate reaction is “What are you experiencing now?” and “The facts that you shoot?”

Photography is about variables and trade-offs. Its shutter rate verses aperture over iso. Up on the main one variable and down on another. An intricate dance with technological parameters in order to achieve one thing, the exposure we want for that certain specific subject at that particular time. There is no one single “recipe” for several occasions. The only thing I’ve come across which is constant, is the continued and ongoing battle between the two giants Canon and Nikon for dominance over the industry and that is not going to change. You might find yourself one day with what is rated the best system, but invariably that may change. Aiming for the very best Brand is like a man looking for the prettiest girl. That is a title that passes from one girl to another in just a matter of moments. There will be the next pretty girl.

EASILY had to rank to be able of technical superiority all of the available cameras, you will discover that you don’t have one entire brand following a other, they’re intermingled. And the line-up is dependent on your specific requirements. So where does that leave us?

If you are just starting out with photography, don’t get swept up in the Which Brand? Decision at this time. First you must decide what kind of camera you need to get. Compact or Digital SLR? You must give consideration to why you need a camera in the first place, and what type of photography you are interested in. You have to ask yourself a few questions. “Where and when would I take advantage of a camera?” “How typically would I take advantage of a camera? Is it for general purposes like vacations and family occasions? Could it be to photograph my kid on the sports industry? Or for one per year when I am in the game park? If those are your preferences then you should choose one of the very many compact cameras available. Small compact models which you can drop into your pocket or handbag. For the overall game Park and sports field individual, one of many larger “Bridge” type cameras that provides plenty zoom.

If you are thinking of taking it to another level and doing some severe and precise photography, you then need a Digital SLR, and you may need to know this from the start: It’s rather a long and expensive journey, but very rewarding in long run. They won’t match your handbag or pocket or a tiny camera bag. There are accessories and additional gear you will want beyond just the camera itself. So small and small is no longer feature. EASILY had a hundred rand for every time I have found someone looking amongst the tiny cameras pouches for something to put their newly purchased SLR into, I possibly could buy myself a number of more lenses. You will require a bag that is bigger than your camera, sorry.

SLR’s offer you a lot more variables to participate in with. They let you take full management of the exposure. Their greater image sensors provide a broader dynamic variety to play with, more subtle variations in color tone, saturation, contrast, and exposure levels and far less noise in darker scenarios. They provide one or other RAW catch mode which is perfectly suitable for image editing on your computer or Mac with famous brands Photoshop and lightroom. SLR’s will give you wide range of lenses available, and no, you won’t need to buy all of them, they are task specific. What’s your task?

An SLR is what you want in case you are passionate about photography. Getting that perfect shot, even if it means revisiting that same spot on many different occasions until you find that the light is merely right, the colors in the sky are ideal, just enough clouds at just the right height.

Serious photography requires you to use your left and ideal brain collectively. Learn and understand the complex parameters at your disposal until they’re instinctive, then apply that expertise to the artistic side of the equation, composition and expression. There is also the thing that I keep firmly in mind when I’m shooting and that is my Hit Rate. Remember that the images you have seen that have been amazing, that inspire you. The photographers whose work you admire and the iconic images you have seen represent an extremely small percentage of the pictures they have ever taken. You’re seeing their best of the greatest. If you venture out shooting, and you come back home to review your shots on your computer (lightroom is fantastic for this) and you discover that most of your shots are simple or dull, don’t worry or panic! Consider the shots; figure out what’s wrong with them? How may i improve on that chance? What were my exposure adjustments? How could it have already been better? And remember those things the next time you’re out shooting. My motto in daily life is the best way to work out who you are, would be to realise who you aren’t. So too, the easiest method to up your hit-rate is realise what your location is going wrong, and you may see the more you do this, the better you’ll get. The ultimate way to learn is with your camera in your hands. You can explain and soon you are blue in the face how to drive an automobile, you can give them all the theory, but they will only get it, if they are sitting when driving themselves. So, learn everything you can, do a study course or two, read some books, but just keep shooting.

Lastly, back to both giants. Don’t get lost in the eternal struggle between them, and the opinions of nearly everybody with a voice on web. Don’t get missing in the splitting of hairs of technical superiority and even while sitting back feeling indecisive and not shooting. Both Brands own their strengths and weaknesses. Your choice is Great or Fantastic. The camera and its accessories are simply tools. You are the photographer. Know your needs, and choose apparatus that suites those needs. Figure out how to use your surveillance camera to its full potential and understand its limitations; all cameras have limitations, so work around them. Don’t invest in things because they seem fancy and extraordinary. That would be an incredible waste of money better allocated to the specific things you need to do what you are doing and remember it’s all about the image and not the apparatus. The Best camera may be the one in your hand.