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Things You Should Consider Before Buying A DSLR Camera

Whether you are a novice in the field of photography or just looking for an upgrade to your existing setup, getting a DSLR can be a really good investment. There are quite a few of them capable of producing amazing photos without burning a hole in your pocket. As there are many factors you need to think about before you actually purchase a camera, there are just as many cameras available with different specs and at different price points. Here are a couple of things you need to consider before getting a new DSLR camera.

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Photography type

This is probably the single most important starting point you need to consider before investing both time and money into getting a new DSLR. What camera type you use depends greatly on the type of photography you’ll be doing. Specializing in wedding photography would require of you to always bring a lot of equipment, such as different sized lenses, tripods, light boxes and more, whereas a photojournalist who is constantly on the move would consider gear being no more than a hassle to carry around.

Hobby or Profession

Just because a person is considered a professional photographer doesn’t necessarily mean that they use a DSLR. In addition, most experts continue to rely on using 35mm film cameras for their work. If you are taking photography as a hobby, it’s often best to start simple and try out a point-and-shoot first and gradually progress onto using an Ultra-Zoom camera. Once you’ve become comfortable with your UZ camera and have gained some practical experience using it, then you can take it a step further in getting and entry-level DSLR.

Camera Maintenance

Cameras and camera gear can be quite expensive, so regularly checking your equipment for maintenance is an essential step in avoiding future problems. Make sure to double-check the camera lens and the sensor, a tiny speck of dust in the middle of the lens can literally ruin a complete photo-shoot, or worse, make a permanent scratch and rendering your camera essentially useless. Invest in a camera cleaning kit. They are not expensive and can be used to clean both the camera and the lenses.

Price

This is of the deciding factors when it comes to getting a DSLR camera. Before actually buying one, make a budget plan which contains not only the price of the camera but also the prices of various accessories you might be using for your specific type of photography. These range from carrying bags, tripods, lenses, filters, to memory cards and lens caps, all of which can be found at your local camera shop or purchased online. Shooting with a DSLR can be a very expensive hobby, and unlike point-and-shoot cameras, DSLR’s need to be cleaned regularly and kept in the best condition possible.

Making a profit

So, you’ve finally purchased a DSLR and some lenses, and you want to know is there a way to actually do it for a living. Fortunately, we live in the era of internet and stock photos are often in marketing by advertising agencies. These are often made in the studio, some of them outside and often portray still objects or models doing various tasks. You can also try selling prints but have in mind that they require a lot more work put into making them. Some people rent their lenses, which can be a little risky because this is fertile ground for theft. Other opportunities include shooting weddings, portraits, and commercial photography, where you get paid for each shot you take.

In Conclusion

Choosing a right camera for your particular line of photography can be a little difficult, as there are numerous manufacturers who offer similar cameras with different price points. Comparing them to one another and researching the specs will give you a better idea of what you can get for your money. Purchasing new gear can be exciting but have in mind that you don’t need the latest and most expensive model that comes out, often there are older models which can be just as good, for a fraction of the price.

By John Stone

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