One of those things I know least about is choosing a camera [technically speaking] and even less about lenses. This can make for an interesting and maybe stressful experience. Always is when spending money is involved. But at this point, I know what I need from a camera and perhaps that is more than half the way there. I'm an artist and that is how I view things. As an artist you decide what is art to you because no one will ever see things the way you do and always explaining can steal creativity. I don't think of cameras as artist tools necessarily. For me they provide a way to document. But they can be, and are used for both in brilliant ways and I love that about photography.
Like the photo above: A foggy day at the entrance to a local park. It was a nice shot. But I decided to dabble with it. Just something I felt after I uploaded the photos that day to my computer and I was pleased with the digital results. Other times I wouldn't use any processing except minor photo adjustments which all photographers use. I do prefer doing as little as possible to a photo.
Choosing a camera this time around is easier and I realize what an individual process it is.. My first camera I was clueless. A few years from now, I might sound more technical and experienced. For now, this will have to do:
1. Budget limitations always makes things easier. I look at this as a blessing.
2. I chose the Nikon D7000 after a suggestion from professional photographers who work in the local camera shop. They know what I do and I knew what I needed. Afterwards, hours of searching and researching.
3. I walked through a lot of photos at Flickr Nikon D7000 groups and more than half a dozen blogs. Comparing what I saw to photos from other cameras in a similar category.
4. Since my main interest is gardens and flowers - sharpness, saturation control and how good the camera does in low light is important. Being a natural light photographer and preferring early mornings, low light is something I've encountered often and the D7000 appears to have this as a primary feature. My current outdated D40 has done well in low light considering it's age and outdated features, but I had to work too hard for it.The new camera is heavier. Not a plus, but I'll adjust. Of course it has video, which the old camera does not. I may never use it, but it's there.
4b. I like taking pictures in fog, light rain and after it rains too. The new camera is supposed to be improved in resistance to the elements. But one of the first things I learned is that there is a good reason many photographers don't specialize in photography in the rain-- no camera can hold up too long with regular shoots in the rain. Every machine has limits in terms of functioning in contact with water and moisture.
My current camera is on the blitz again after finally caving to moisture while I was out shooting last year. Many photographers learned early, some the hard way, to check weather reports when they have a shoot scheduled. Weather is something gardeners do as a matter of course. But I admit I haven't always checked the weather before going out with my camera. Hope to improve in that area.
The new camera has to grow with me. I have no plans to buy another DSLR for a good while. I need a new computer and thinking of getting a laptop. Tired of desktops, though I do believe for heavy use like photography, desktops are more qualified. But I need the mobility of a laptop at this juncture.
5.The truth is I really won't know all I want to know until I have the camera--and use it. All research and suggestions are limited because every photographer is different and unique in what they like and need in a camera. With so many cameras today of every possible kind, including phones, you just have to do the best you can and choose.
©vanessadjones|ThePlottedGarden Nikon D40
The final chapter in choosing a new camera has to do with lenses. Four plus years ago, I had no fixed idea as to what I wanted to specialize in. Now that I know, a macro lens as well as a telephoto are next. There is nothing I enjoy more than gardening and shooting gardens. Mostly flowers and would like the macro lens for that. And there are trees, like the Arborvitae tree [Thuja] above. Yes, the trees! I've mentioned so often that give my garden beds a fit. I've always liked trees but have been forced to appreciate them more since they're in my face constantly.
I saw the cones maturing in the garden one day. They are green in the spring before they mature to brown. They were so beautiful through my lens it took my breath away.
A telephoto zoom lens is for when I want to photograph birds, bees, butterflies as well as other shots a macro lens cannot cover.
For lenses a local camera shop is invaluable. They can help if they know what you need to get out of a lens. Everything else is skill you acquire and I don't think that is dependent on a camera. It's you-- behind the camera.
It's a learning process. No shortcuts. Learning as I grow keeps me anchored. I believe if you've chosen to do something and to do it well, you have to invest first in yourself and then invest in what you need to accomplish your goals and add patience. Oh the patience.
You're the only one who really knows what it will take. To others your goals may seem foolish, uninteresting and even irresponsible. But if you know it's right and the right time for you, go for it. Have a plan, push your faith and make the move. Start where you're able to start. That's part of the hard work it takes to accomplish anything anyway right? Faith is not a wild card. It's foundational to the life of every believer in Messiah.
Right now I'm waiting for Spring, the warm months [garden season] and to have a new camera in my hands. Some days the waiting is unbearable .
And to tell you the truth there are so many other changes this year is bringing, one day at a time is probably as much as I can handle.
What's your favorite camera? What do you like to shoot most?