Buying a new digital camera

Written by Nick Stubbs

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Again, my advice would be to go for quality. These cameras are more expensive anyway and you want one that will last and put up with a bit of knocking from your "getting creative in photography" moments! Once you have your advanced digital compact, don’t be swayed byrepparttar latest upgrades, updates or releases. Get to know what you have, learn how to use it effectively and learnrepparttar 135489 photography side of photography, notrepparttar 135490 technical side.

Once you are happy with your progression and feel that you want to move on, be more in control and maybe even start to earn from photography, only then should you splash out and upgrade to a Digital SLR.

The Semi Professional Digital SLR or consumer DSLR is a fantastic thing in photography. Many ofrepparttar 135491 "die-hard" film photographers are seeingrepparttar 135492 light and going digital. Many aspects of film are still widely used and will do for some time, as large format film photography producesrepparttar 135493 absolute finest detail I have seen (atrepparttar 135494 time of writing. In 2020, who knows?).

However,repparttar 135495 latest batch of Digital SLR's have now reachedrepparttar 135496 point where they match or out perform 35mm film. It is predicted that next year (2006) will be "boom time" forrepparttar 135497 sales of DSLR's asrepparttar 135498 quality increases andrepparttar 135499 prices come down. There has never been a better or cheaper way to get into 35mm photography!

The BIGGEST thing to consider when buying a DSLR kit is to choose your brand loyalty. Look at Canon, Nikon, Konica-Minolta, Olympus, Kodak etc., and make your choice, why? As you progress and become more enthusiastic or serious, you will want to add more lenses to your kit. Wide angle, telephoto, zoom, macro, standard….there is a massive choice.

Withrepparttar 135500 way technology is going, you are much more likely to upgrade your camera than you are your lenses and it will be a lot cheaper to do so once you really get into this hobby, believe me! One decent lens in my kit cost €2,000 (£1400) alone. A decent lens will, with care, last you a lifetime. There is only a certain level of quality ofrepparttar 135501 glass you can obtain with optics so remember this point when buying your camera.

My choice? Canon. I used to work for Nikon and had a preference towards them, but nowadays all my kit is Canon. I feel they are one step ahead with technology andrepparttar 135502 lenses (especiallyrepparttar 135503 nice white ones) are amazing! Just look atrepparttar 135504 next major sporting event on TV, how many "White" lenses you see. Only Canon makes white lenses.

Again, once you have made your choice, BUYrepparttar 135505 camera, ENJOY it and LEARN from it! Ifrepparttar 135506 sensor (i.e. 8MP of bigger) produces LARGE, high quality prints, why be swayed byrepparttar 135507 newer, latest upgrades? Photography is about "learning" and enjoyment, DO NOT be intimidated by technological gobbeldy gook, as long as your camera hasrepparttar 135508 features that you need, quality to match and you build a nice set of lenses over time, who cares ifrepparttar 135509 latest model has 0.1% better white balance control, or flashing lights?

If you are new to Digital SLR's, I have a section on my website that explains allrepparttar 135510 bits and buttons…

Digital SLR Newbie?

Allrepparttar 135511 best and enjoy yourselves!

Nick Stubbs All Things Photography

Professional photographer with more than 20 years experience. Started at 13 by building own darkroom, progressed to become an apprentice at 16 and have not looked back since.

Is your digital camera compatible with your computer?

Written by Doug Rogers

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computer. When you plug a memory card intorepparttar memory reader, you should notice a new hard drive on "My Computer." Your computer will considerrepparttar 135177 memory device to be a hard drive and will allow you to manage pictures as if they were files on a hard drive. Many new cameras are directly supported by Microsoft XP If you plug a USB cable intorepparttar 135178 camera and a USB slot onrepparttar 135179 computer, you might discover that your computer knows how to readrepparttar 135180 pictures offrepparttar 135181 camera. Digital cameras offer an economical way to get into photography. After you pay forrepparttar 135182 camera, it doesn't cost anything to take pictures. You just need a computer to allow you to view and save your pictures. After you have saved a bunch of pictures in your computer, I suggest you to transfer them to a CD or DVD. If you do not, someday you may lose all your pictures if your computer ever crashes. One other thing you need to be aware of is that older computers will have a hard time workingrepparttar 135183 large megapixel cameras that are being produced today. If you have an older computer and go out and buy yourself a 8 or 10 megapixel camera, you may suddenly find you that you may have to buy a new computer too, or at least upgraderepparttar 135184 one you have. The hefty picture files that are created by these large megapixel cameras use a tremendous amount of computer memory and can cause an incompatible computer a lot of problems. The average needs of most people really do not require a large megapixel digital camera unless you plan on printing large photos. So it is best to keep this general rule in mind when considering a digital camera. A typical 2-megapixel camera will produce a very good 4 x 6 inch image using a typical desktop color inkjet printer. With a 4 -megapixel camera, you can turn out a very good 8 x 10 print, which isrepparttar 135185 largest print anyone who is not a professional is likely to need.

Doug Rogers has worked as a freelance photographer for the past 25 years in various fields of photography. In the past two years he has become an avid and devoted fan of digital photography. For tips on better digital photography and the latest reviews on the newest digital equipment that hits the market, Subscribe to his monthly Newsletter “The View Finder” at

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