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What Camera Should I Buy? Beginner Photography Webinar Class: Photography 101

For those that don't know, I broadcasted on Facebook LIVE about four different topics in January. The first night, I did "How to choose a camera and camera basics." Over 900 people were reached!

The goals of my broadcast were to give as much knowledge as possible in a short time but be as basic as possible.

I really wanted to appeal to moms and dads and grandpas that were looking for a particular kind of camera for a particular reason.

You can watch my broadcast here:



I talked about first,

That Photography means "Writing a Story with Light." Every different kinds of lighting tells a different story.


Here is an example of my son, all taken with the same camera and the same lens and no fancy flash or studio lighting. And all the natural light is telling different stories.


Let's talk first about about all this megapixel stuff.. Yes, It's important to have good megapixels in a camera, but the most important this is the sensor- the "mind" of the computer gathering, storing and "seeing" your image. Only more expensive cameras can do that!


Let's then talk about the four main type of cameras that you are going to see on the market.

First, your phone.

Convenient and great for sharing on social media. But not so great for fast action or dark settings. The image quality really suffers inside buildings. Plus, the ways to modify your camera lens are limited.


Then there are point and shoot cameras. These are the least expensive cameras on the market. They have many great beginner level options, but the lens CAN NOT be removed to put any other lenses on. This is great option if you don't want to use your phone, but any other camera might be too advanced for you.


The newest player in the game, are the mirrorless cameras. These are supposed to be much better image quality (almost the same as a DSLR) and can still change lenses. They are lighter weight and smaller than DSLR cameras. They are meant for travel and street work. Low light situations, long battery life and high action shutter is not what they are known for though.


Then there are DSLR cameras. They are a bit pricier (depending on which one you get.) But they can be customized very easily for more advanced picture taking. They have so many lens choices, depending on what you want to take pictures of.

DSLRs are a bit bulky and do required some training to get used to it. Editing and storing the images will be a factor since it is not instant upload to social media platforms.


These are different types of lenses that you will see for different cameras. A FIXED or a PRIME lens is a lens that DOES NOT zoom, but yet opens up wide to recieve a lot of natural light.

A zoom lens, on the other hand, zooms in closer, but can't open nearly as wide to get natural light in. Personally, I LOVE shooting with prime lenses. I always tell people to sell the lens that always comes with their camera and buy a 50mm 1.8 prime for the same price.


Here is one example of why it's important to have a prime lens, the background is buttery and soft!


Hope you enjoyed the first session of my webinar!



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