I started taking pictures when I was 7 years old, wandering into our back grove of trees, looking to capture birds and rabbits with my dads Argus C-3 camera, instead of hunting them as I usually did, with my BB-gun.
Ok, that was a LONG time ago, and I’ve gone through a lot of cameras since then, learning about aperture, shutter, ASA (we call them ISO now), EV, fill flash, and all the other geeky camera stuff that you almost HAD to learn to get good pictures, back in the “old” days.
But today things have changed… I mean, REALLY changed.
Sure, you say, now we use digital cameras instead of film cameras, so it’s easy to see that photography has changed.
But I don’t agree with that.
The fundamentals of photography have NOT changed, and although digital cameras have electronics and computer chips in them, they are still 70%, good-old “camera” inside.
What I think has changed is this…
Back in the day, to get the best pictures, you typically had to give up your Kodak Instamatic, spend the bucks on a decent SLR camera, and then spend lots of time learning all that geeky camera stuff. A few of us did that, and had a lot of fun. But most folks just settled for the Instamatic, fearing that the geeky camera stuff was just too much for them.
But guess what?
Digital cameras are letting the “masses” become camera geeks, without even knowing it. All these point-and-shoot digital cameras, some for as little as $50, have all the power and features that the old film SLR’s had. But rather than having to become a geek, the computer inside the camera does the geeky stuff for you.
THAT is how things have changed.
Now, even folks who just want to casually point and shoot some pics can take images that rival the professionals, with the camera doing most of the work. Life is good…
But let me make one final point. As great as these cameras are, you are still “painting with light”, and the more are willing to learn about basic photography, and practice what you learn, the better your pictures will be.
What I have for you here is a short eBook on what to look for when buying a digital camera. I update it about every 4 months, so the information should be fairly current. I don’t spend time talking about brands and models here, since to be honest, just about any brand will take good pictures. What I do talk about are camera features, especially those that the average photographer will benefit the most from.
Feel free to share this Buying a Digital Camera eBook with others, and if you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear them. You can leave a comment below, or email me at [email protected]
Happy Picture Taking!
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