I'm a coffee loving, travel-obsessed, twenty-something based out of Central Illinois. I'm lucky enough to make a living doing what I love - photographing people! I specialize in weddings (destination + local), senior portraits, + boudoir.
“What kind of camera should I get?”
This post has been updated since last writing my last version, although not much has changed! But regardless, I wanted to be sure to provide the most up-to-date information as I could!
This question is the most common question I receive from other photographers, and even friends and family! So today I want to try my best to answer that for you. Keep in mind that everyone is different and may want a camera for very different reasons, and I can only answer from my own personal experience. I am a Canon shooter, so I can’t really elaborate much on Nikon equipment. I do know that every brand (from Canon and Nikon to Sony or Fuji) will give you slightly different results, mainly in color. Meaning I can pick up a Canon and a Fuji camera in the same scene, with the same camera settings, and still get slightly different color tones. I’ve used other brands but consistently prefer the way that Canon handles their color tones.
My first response to those who ask is, “What do you want a new camera for?” and I usually get a couple different responses, however, I have found most of the time they are wanting to move up from their point-and-shoot camera to a DSLR.
Do you know the difference? Point-and-shoot cameras are usually way more compact, lightweight, and most do not have removable lenses. You usually take the photo by looking at a screen on the back of the device. These cameras are great for consumers who are on the go, want something portable that can be thrown in a purse or bag, and usually don’t have too many adjustments to mess with. The camera does most the work for you in hopes for a great photo. A digital single-lens reflex camera (also called a digital SLR or DSLR) is a step up from your average point-and-shoot by allowing you to adjust the settings to achieve the photo you want, not what the camera thinks you want. You have the control, not to mention higher quality photos! DSLR’s are perfect whether you are just wanting to take better photos of the family, or a professional photographer.
If you’re thinking a point-and-shoot is more what you’re looking for, I’d check out the Canon PowerShot series!
If you determine that a DSLR is where you want to go, I’ll ask, “Canon or Nikon”? Now this is similar to MAC or PC. You have people who will swear to both, and I know professionals who are successful with both, it’s simply your choice. I know it’s not the only choice, we could go on for days about all of the different brands, but these are the two that stick out, and most people are familiar with one or the other. If you’re familiar with Nikon products, I say that’s awesome, and will try to find someone who can help you. 🙂
As I said before, I shoot Canon and have ever since my first point-and-shoot camera. Therefore, I usually recommend first time buyers to look at the Canon Rebel series. The Rebel series is considered the “beginner” DSLR in the Canon world, as its Auto and Program settings are usually pretty good, but you still have the ability to move over into Aperture or Shutter Priority Mode, and even Manual.
If you’re familiar with mirrorless cameras, you’ll know that they’re A LOT lighter and provide much higher quality than the Rebel series. It might be worth doing a bit more research to find one that suits your needs!