photography and camerasMore and more people are taking up photography as a hobby, thanks to advancing technology that means it’s easier to get better shots than ever before. It’s clear to see why photography has such a pull; it’s an art form in itself and yet does not require much talent to produce something that can still be considered special. If you want to take this a little more seriously, though, you may be wondering if you need to buy expensive equipment to produce good photographs. The short answer is, no. But there’s a longer answer too…

The Drawbacks of Expensive Equipment

While DSLR cameras provide excellent shots, they can be very pricey. Not only that, for the inexperienced photographer, using a DSLR can be confusing with the many available settings and customizations. As a complete newbie, investing in an expensive DSLR right away may not be the best idea.

In fact, you might even find that shots that would come out fine on a cheap camera can be completely ruined if you mess with the settings the wrong way on a DSLR! Of course, it’s all part of the learning process, but for a complete beginner the sheer range of settings can be very intimidating, and even tedious to consider with every different situation.

It’s also worth considering that if you decide that photography isn’t your hobby of choice after all, a DSLR camera is a very expensive gadget if you never use it!

So What’s the Best Way to Get Started?

The best way to get started in photography is to first get a sense of what it’s about. To do this, you just need to learn how to handle a regular camera first and experiment with basic settings. An inexpensive point and shoot should suffice. Many people nowadays learn the basics on the smartphones! Even without a technically great camera, it’s still possible to learn a lot about what makes good photography.

Start by carrying your point and shoot (or smartphone) with you everywhere, and taking the time to practice your skills whenever you see something even just slightly interesting. Start with the basic settings and think more about the composition of the image. If you have time, make subtle changes to the settings and see what difference it makes.

Photography is about developing the eye first, even before you understand what all the settings on a DSLR camera even means. For this, a cheap camera will work just as well as an expensive one. That’s not to say you should never consider a DSLR camera, however, and it’ll be a fantastic investment once you’re ready. But, for now, just get started with what you have, or what you can easily get your hands on!

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