Wednesday, July 17, 2013

What DSLR should I get?

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Taylor B


I've been borrowing my friend's canon t3i and now I think it's time to get my own camera. My price range is around $700-$900 to start, I've been considering the canon 60D or T4i. I would be using it for amateur short films/weddings/sport events/music videos, and random photography. Opinions and suggestions for lenses, bundle deals, or other cameras would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!



Answer
Even though the T4i has auto-focus in video, I would still recommend the 60D because it's better in almost everything. Plus, the auto-focus won't focus on the right subject 100% of the time and getting good at manual focus allows you to do that. The 60D has a faster shutter speed and continuous drive, which is better for sports.

If you're doing short films, then a lens that has image stabilization (IS) is necessary. You also might want a fast lens (like f/2.8) in case of low light situations. Will you be buying this camera used? Both of these cameras, without the kit lens, is already at $800. The only lens I could recommend is the kit lens. Maybe it's best to buy a T3i? It has the same sensor as the 60D and it will allow you to get a better lens.

New to photography tips...?




Cj Hurley


Just recently bought Canon - Bundle EOS Rebel T4i DSLR & EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens with EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II Zoom Lens.

This is my first Dslr, i love taking scenery/landscape photos, i dont really care about video at all, just learning how to take great photos on my travels....any tips to start off on the right foot would be great



Answer
First, pay no attention to "This is me talkin' dude!". If you do, all you'll ever do is take poorly done snapshots.

Second, if you really like landscape photography invest in a good tripod. Landscape photography calls for a deep depth of field and use of a slow ISO such as 100 and that translates into a shutter speed too slow to hand-hold even with an IS lens. A tripod also makes it easier to keep the horizon horizontal. Nothing ruins a landscape picture faster than a tilted horizon.
http://www.basic-digital-photography.com/how-to-choose-a-tripod-for-your-camera.html
http://www.cowboystudio.com/product_p/triple%bubble.htm I use this to make sure my camera is perfectly level.

Learn about Light, Exposure, Composition and Depth of Field (DOF).

LIGHT
http://photographyknowhow.com/quality-of-light-in-photography/
http://photographyknowhow.com/direction-of-light-in-photography/
My favorite time to be out making landscape pictures is the first 2 or 3 hours after sunrise.

EXPOSURE
http://digital-photography-school.com/learning-exposure-in-digital-photography
Although I shoot my landscapes in Aperture Priority I still know and use the Exposure Triangle.

COMPOSITION
http://www.photographymad.com/pages/view/10-top-photography-composition-rules

DEPTH of FIELD
http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/depth-of-field.htm
Knowing what DOF is and how to control it and when to use a deep or shallow DOF will greatly enhance your photography.

Deep DOF:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/drifter45h/3529681412/

Shallow DOF:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/drifter45h/7308480918/

Now do you have a better understanding of why I advised you to ignore "This is me talkin' dude!"?

Good photography requires THINKING. You have to train yourself to actually THINK about Light, Exposure, Composition and DOF before you release the shutter.

Learning about photography is an on-going, never ending experience.




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