I thought it would be fun to do a quick series on the introduction to DSLR Photography. I've gotten a lot of questions about getting started with DSLR photography and thought I would put together a basic introduction. The best place I thought to begin is with the "why", is a 'big camera' worth it?
With the growing technology on our cell phone cameras, it is becoming easier to leave your big camera at home. I am guilty of it myself! Lets be real, by the time I get myself, the kids and the hubby out the door it is almost a guarantee that I’m going to leave something behind and most likely, it is my big camera. But I am getting better about this…sort of!
Why should we make it a priority to take that heavy camera with us, when the cell phone is so much more convenient?
Better Image Quality
It’s obvious that the DSLR camera will produce better quality of images. Cell phones are making vast improvements in this area, some of the phones now have more megapixels than a lot of entry level point and shoots. Phones are great for snap shots that you do not plan on printing large canvases of; however, if you ware wanting large prints then you will want to use your DSLR camera for best quality.
As you can see from the two images above, the iPhone produced a beautiful image. I even edited it slightly with Apples built-in editing feature. But the DSLR camera capture more details in the scene, notice the difference in the moss hanging from the trees!
A faster shutter and the option to control your aperture are two big factors I think about when I decide to take my big camera with me. With two littles running around, I know the iPhone camera will do the best it can to catch their motion in a still photograph; however, being able to adjust my shutter speed to really freeze their movement produces much crisper images. On that same note, I LOVE blurred backgrounds in my pictures. Some times I want to capture the details of the image close up and leave the background nice and creamy. This is somewhat possible with the latest iPhone 7 (I’m cannot speak of other phones, I haven't really experimented with them.) but the DSLR does a much better job blurring out the background.
Notice the soft and creamy background in the DSLR picture. The iPhone 7 also captured more of the surroundings in the picture, whereas the canon 50MM lens produced a more narrow image. Note- both of these images were edited the exact same in Photoshop, but you can see the clarity difference between the two if you look at the background!
Less Room for Technology Errors- Lost Photos
My biggest fear is loosing my pictures. I think I would have a heart attack if my pictures were lost. With that being said, I take very little pictures with my iPhone. It is usually used for snap shots as things happen in the moment and I depend on my big camera for the planned pictures. I also download my iPhone pictures almost monthly, because anything can happen and I rather them be saved on my hard drive than on my phone which gets beat up daily. With my DSLR, I’m just as picky…my memory cards are downloaded as soon as I get home. I back up all of my pictures to my external hard drive and even upload my favorites to Facebook and Instagram for another storage location. I cannot say it enough, save and store all of your images…technology can fail and it would be devastating to loose precious moments!
Basic DSLR recommendations-
don't have a DSLR? Change that ASAP! ;)
I’m trying my best to keep this post short, but I could talk about cameras all day. My first DSLR was a Canon Rebel. This camera was perfect for everything I could have imagined as I began learning about DSLR photography. It truly was amazing and I couldn't recommend a better entry level camera. They are reasonably priced, and often are discounted around the holidays- hint, hint, for those hubby’s out there! Canon is very user friendly and can be learned very quickly. I hope to post some basic DSLR tips for those getting their feet wet!
Camera Bag Suggestions
We know how much us ladies love our accessories, and bags are no different! I knew when I started carrying my camera with me more often I would need something to keep it protected. Tossing it in my purse with my keys and wallet, not to mention whatever the kiddos also tossed in there, was not an option. We take pride on our equipment and spend hard earned money on it, we should also protect it. I wanted a stylish bag that also had adjustable compartments to keep my gear safe. My hubby surprised me with a Jo Tote, and I cannot tell you how amazing this bag is. When I take my camera with me, I leave my purse behind. I can put everything in this bag: laptop, keys, wallet, phone, lipstick, lenses, camera bodies, memory cards, extra batteries, and more! I highly recommend adding this to your Christmas list also- hint, hint!
I have to say as much as I try to keep the big cam on me, and as good of pictures as it takes…there are still some awesome shots I capture with my phone.
This is from Halloween night. I didn't want to carry my bag around with me trick or treating, so I snapped this with my phone. I hit myself, because imagine how much better it would have been if I could have controlled those settings a little more!