I started this website almost exactly 4 years ago, as an outlet to post my photos that felt a little more legit than making a Facebook album. I have always been a photographer, and I use that word not as a way to define myself professionally, because I am not, but as a person who has a sincere love and appreciate for cameras, both digital and film, and the desire to capture the world around me. My first DSLR was a Canon Rebel T1i, and it has been such a fun learning experience the whole way. These days I am thrilled to be able to use a Canon 5D, and often play around with film in various old plastic and metal cameras. This guest post highlights the ins and outs of choosing your first DSLR. Enjoy 🙂


While using an ordinary camera usually does the job very well, using a DSLR will give you maximum results on the pictures that you will take. A DSLR camera can give you more options than a simple point and shoot. If you want to make a career out of photography, one of the first things that you should do is to have your own DSLR camera, and learn how to use it well.

Are DSLR cameras for professional photographers only?

You don’t have to be a professional photographer just to have the permission to buy the SLR camera. Any person who wants to take quality pictures can purchase their own DSLR camera.  A DSLR will allow you to indulge into your hobby and even make a career out of it especially if you’re good at taking pictures.

What’s a good camera for a beginner?

If you are still a beginner in photography, there are plenty of options in that might confuse you when it comes to choosing a DSLR camera. Therefore, it is recommended for beginners to get DSLR cameras with just the basic features. Basic features include adjustable lens, LCD screen, and adjustable picture elements. Canons Rebel line is a really great camera, as it lets you learn all of the basics of shooting manual without the extra bulk or advanced options.

This is not to say that you shouldn’t go for DSLR cameras that has high-end features. However, if you are still at the stage where you don’t know what you want in a DSLR camera then you should go for those with few basic features. Buying an expensive DSLR camera is not recommended for beginners. If you’re still a beginner, then you are probably in the explorative and experimental stage in photography. In this stage, you won’t know how to make the best out of specific DSLR camera features. If you’re going to buy an expensive camera now, you might regret it after some time.

Prior to buying an expensive DSLR camera, you should first learn how to maximize basic features. You might not even need the features found in an expensive DSLR camera. For this reason, it is suggested that you first do some experiments and explorations.

Good DSLR cameras have parts that can be easily modified. Over the course of time, your preferences in a camera may change. You might feel the need to change the specifics parts of your camera. This is the reason why you should choose cameras that can be easily modified. This can save you money for buying a new camera with different features.
Where to Buy a DSLR Camera

To make sure you are getting a decent DSLR camera, you should make it a point to only purchase cameras from well known manufacturers or stores. This way, you can easily make complaints or ask for assistance regarding your camera purchase. You should also make sure that the camera you are purchasing has warranty.

This is to ensure that the camera that you will purchase has no damage or any functional defects. You might want to ask professional photographers for camera brand recommendations. Professional photographers are your best source of advice when it comes to purchasing your own camera since they have already tried different types of cameras in their professional career and they can give you the credible camera recommendations.

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