Life Through a Lens

Choosing the right equipment

When it comes to choosing the right camera, it is very easy to get overwhelmed. There are many important factors to take into consideration when choosing a camera, such as the brand, how many megapixels it has, its price, size, features, etc. The best advice is to do your research and then make a decision that is tailored to your personal needs.

What are you using it for?

Are you using your camera just for fun? Try a digital point-and-shoot camera with somewhere between 10 and 15 megapixels that will give you good quality.

Looking to get a little more serious? Invest in a digital SLR camera, or a Single Lens Reflex. These cameras can range anywhere from $300 to a couple thousand, depending on just how serious you are ready to become.

What brand will you commit to?

The media creates hype over the competition between the photography industry's leading brands: Nikon and Canon. Professional photographers recommend choosing one and sticking with it. It is not smart to mix different brand's camera bodies with lenses and other additional pieces of equipment-- you're never sure how the different settings are going to react.

Take some advice from The Photo Club: