tips and tricks – buying a camera

There is an abundance of amazing cameras available on the market today.  Even the humble mobile phone is now capable of producing large images and some people don’t bother with a camera and rely on their phone to capture all their photographs.

Like everything, you get what you pay for and a specialised item will do a much better job than a tool that is a multi purpose device.

So, how do you decide on what camera to buy?  This is a brief guide on things to look for.

Cameras come in all shapes and sizes and many different features, and of course, widely varied price tags.

To decide what to buy, think about the following:

Purpose:  What do you want the camera for?  If it is for travel, you want something small and light with an adjustable lens for capturing the wide range of  scenes you will encounter on your trip.  It should have a good battery life, be more weather proof than a normal camera and be easy to use (if you don’t want to fiddle with the dials).  Most have handy movie options as well.  For most people, lugging a big DSLR and all the lenses around isn’t practical and the modern compact cameras produce high quality results.

If you need a camera for the family, a compact camera is great or why not try an entry level DSLR and learn a little more about photography.  For photographing people, you will need a lens (either fixed or zoom) that will be at least 110mm or more.  The reason for this is that if you set your lens on say 40mm, you have to get close to your subject and the lens will then distort their face (won’t win any friends doing that!).  the ‘longer’ lens allows a more natural look and you aren’t having to stand in their space to get a beautiful photograph.

If landscape is your thing, then you need a camera with a wide angle lens so you can capture the whole of the scenery you are viewing.  But be careful as some wide angle lens e.g. 14mm, will distort the scene and give a ‘fish eye’ view of the world.  Most modern cameras allow you to create amazing panoramas of a scene by taking multiple photographs and then the camera’s software magically stitches all of them together to create the panoramic photograph – sometimes beautifully and other times …….  not so!

Professional work – this is a very different ball game!  To get high quality results you would require a quality DSLR, a range of lens and a removable flash that allows the head to be tilted.  The types of lens you would need would depend on the work you wish to pursue.  For example, real estate photography would require a range of wide angle lens that minimise distortion, whereas a portrait photographer would require longer focal length lens to create their portraits (plus they would need lighting, reflectors etc).  Professional cameras are big and heavy – and so are professional lens – not equipment to take travelling!

Budget:  This often limits any decision regardless of purpose

Skill level:  Just about all cameras, including professional DSLRs offer total automatic control.  Technology has improved enormously in recent years and basically, anyone can aim a camera at something and if the lighting is right, get a reasonable photograph.  Easy!!!  But sadly not all situations offer perfect lighting conditions, so this is where knowledge of how a camera works, what the difference lens can do, composition, framing etc can make the difference between an okay photograph and an amazing one.   Try and buy a camera that offers manual override as this opens all the doors to creativity and total control of how the camera will react.   The more you learn, the better your photos!

The Future:  Point and shoot cameras generally don’t offer any interchangeable parts like lens.  So what you buy is what you will have until the camera dies.   However in recent years, a new line up of high quality point and shoot cameras have been introduced that allow users to change the lens and thus allowing for higher quality images and greater flexibility in what the camera can be used for.   Some even have adaptors to take the main brand lens like Nikon and Canon.   If you enjoy photography, you will find that you will start with a cheap option and then build up a kit over the years.  So even when starting out, think about where you may end up with photography as this will affect your buying decision.  For example, you might buy a low price Nikon body and use a kit lens with it (plastic lens), but over time you can purchase new lens that will fit the same body OR you can upgrade the body and most of your existing lens will still fit the new body.   You can then add external flash equipment, gps, Wi-Fi etc      So the life of the initial camera equipment can be extended and developed as your experience level increases.

Canberra couples photography – vintage Kombi

A few years ago I photographed Maddy and Ash’s wedding and since then we have done a couples photography session around the anniversary date of their wedding.

And neither of them have changed a bit over the last couple of years – still fun loving and very much in love!

This year we did something a little different.  I took ‘Sunny’ the 1964 vintage Kombi along to add a different feel to the photographs – a bit more retro!

We also had some fun playing on the logs and luckily, there weren’t any injuries!

pre wedding photography Canberra

Affordable wedding photographers Canberra

Creative Image Photography makes high quality professional wedding photography always affordable!

But even more so in the cooler months.  If you are looking for a wedding photographer for June, July or early August 2015, then please contact us as we are offering extra special affordable wedding packages for the Winter months.

Why???  Well Canberra and the surrounding area is fairly quiet on the wedding side of things during these months, so due to the lower demand, we are able to offer great deals on our packages – you won’t be disappointed!

Call or email and we will create an affordable wedding photography package for you.

family portrait photography session

After the wedding and a few years later – the first child comes along and then followed by another one and maybe one more for luck. Steph and Leon’s family has been growing over the last few years and I have been lucky enough to photograph each new arrival. We organised a family photo session and managed to get some great family portraits of the whole family and lots of the two older kids being themselves.  A fun shoot.

Canberra family portraits