In terms of making an investment in technology for the long-term, Digital SLR cameras are definitely the way to go. They are able to capture moments for you in ways that your smartphone simply can’t. And (even though there are upgrades available) if you have a decent camera then you can stick with it for life.
A new camera can generate hobbies, careers and even a lifestyle choice for you. Where you point your camera can be a massive reflection to others of the life that you are currently leading. Here’s how to get ahead and make a good use of your new toy – or how to blow the dust of a DSLR that you haven’t thought of picking up in ages…
Join a photography club
There are so many photography clubs around, you simply have to look online for the one which is most local to you. Here you will be able to listen to talks and show your photography to like-minded people. You will be set challenges each week under a theme, and each week you can present your interpretation of said theme to the other members. The theme could be a place, a person, or something abstract – the sky’s the limit and it’s an amazingly creative way to get your cogs whirring with your camera.
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Going to a seminar or a talk on cameras, or even enrolling on a course to learn more about them will certainly pique your interest. There’s so much more to photography just pressing down a button and hoping for a good shot; the angles, settings and lenses that you uses are all crucial components to getting a great photo. Once you know the basics and how to put them into practice, you’ll be a lot more confident.
So many photos are locked away on computers or hard drives nowadays that it can be hard to appreciate the art that you are creating. It doesn’t have to be expensive to print out your shots, either – get discounts on printing by using coupon codes to encourage you to make real what would otherwise remain digital. Printing and framing your work can instill a sense of pride, and get you thinking about framing at the point of shooting. But there’s also the aspect of having something physical to take around with you to show your friends and family. There’s something a bit unique about passing around photos rather than giving someone your smartphone to flick through.
Take it everywhere
If you carried your DSLR around like your do your phone, there would be a lot more opportunities to get some great photos. While some shots can be planned, spontaneity accounts for a lot of the amazing photos out there. You need to get the most out of your kit by having it available to capture any moment that you may come across. After all, there’s no point in having something that is capable of snapping precious memories tucked away in your house!
Let me know what other ideas you can think of for getting the most out of your DSLR camera – any advice or inspiration? Please share your tips by leaving a comment below 🙂