Digital Image Dilemma

The story goes:

Shall I buy a camera?

Ok.

What Make? What model? How many Megapixels does it have? What size sensor does it have? How many frames per second does it shoot? Is it weather sealed? Is it good for video or stills? Will it work on my laptop? What software do I need?

Then you look at DP reviews, YouTube, a Google search, followed by more YouTube videos.

You’re confused – 50% of the reviews say it is good and 50% percent say it is bad.

The approach I have found the simplest is to consider the following questions:

  • What is my budget?
  • What will I use it for?
  • How much will I use it?
  • Do I need a top end camera?
  • What type of photography will I do?
  • Compact, Bridge Or DSLR?
  • What will I view images on?

In the last 3 years I have advised people on picking the right camera, and I have very happy reports coming back to me.

If you’re not sure, ask someone who has the knowledge and will give you an honest answer.

Three simple questions can solve all the messing about people do:

  • How much do you want to spend?
  • What do you want to takes pictures of?
  • Have you any experience of using a camera?

We are fixated with Image Quality, ISO and all the technical jargon that swamps the Internet, confusing the average person who just wants to take a picture of a duck.

Last week a lady got a camera on my recommendation. After showing her the controls and the basic way of using it, she told me today she got a great image of a Damsel Fly. I will not say what make of camera but I think they only paid £200 + for it.

Message me if you need advice – don’t get confused by the Internet and waste your money or buy the wrong thing altogether.

The picture below is a Dolphin taken in 1979 using a Kodak Instamatic with a roll of film fed by hand. It took one image at a time, and the only mode then was Auto.

It can be so simple.

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I am 63 years old and and since a boy have had an interest in wildlife and in particular birds. I help my Dad with the rearing of young finches and other birds. I had many small birds as pets and as i got older and joined the Military i purchsed my first Camera, and fold out Kodak. Over a 22 year period i enjoyed many countries outside the uk and observed many species of birds. When i left the military in 2000, i bought my first digital camera a Canon 450D with a Tamron 70-300 and started my journey on capturing images of birds and animals. I quickly learned that there was a lot more to getting a good image of a bird, so i started to research the best settings for my camera in order to capture a better image. Over a 12 month period i realised that needed to invest in a better camera and lens and after research bought a Canon 50D and a 100-400 Lens. It was 2013 when i really got to grips with the setup and came across a lovely Short Eared Owl. From that meeting i started to concentrate on Owls as they fasinated me. From Canon to Olympus i recently jumped ship again to Sony. The variety of birds i have captured over a 10 year period is vast and at present i have a wildlife hide in lancashire where most of my images are captured.

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