The full-frame camera selection has been almost exclusively a professional-level market for many years. Even now, very few full-frame cameras are available for less than $2,000 brand new. This places them well beyond what a beginner or even intermediate photographer would be comfortable spending. The Sony a7 rocked the digital camera world by being both the lightest and least expensive full-frame camera available. In addition, it’s a mirrorless camera, which means it does not have a system of internal mirrors like a DSLR. Instead, the sensor functions as viewfinder, image creator, and autofocus system. The mirrorless design helps cut down on weight. But being lightweight and having a budget MSRP only scratch the surface of this camera. Quality-wise, what does the Sony a7 bring to the table?
The Canon EOS Rebel SL2 is an entry-level DSLR camera that balances features, affordability, and ease of use extremely well. It is the latest in the Rebel series, one of the most successful lines of DSLR cameras around. The Rebel SL2 is the successor to the lightweight and budget-friendly Rebel SL1. While the SL2 has gained a few ounces over the SL1, it’s also gained some excellent upgrades. The beginner DSLR market is very competitive with lots of great camera options. How does the Canon EOS Rebel SL2 match up? Let’s find out.
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is a mid-priced mirrorless camera with a nice suite of features to explore. Like all mirrorless cameras, it has done away with the space-consuming internal mirrors of DSLR cameras. Instead, the sensor acts as viewfinder, autofocus system, and image creator all-in-one. The lack of mirrors gives mirrorless cameras a compact form that’s more comfortable for longer photoshoots. With the choice of a silver or black-framed body, and a vintage film camera look, the Mark II has a very classy feel. But how do the features of this stylish camera really measure up?
The Canon EOS M100 is the successor to the Canon EOS M10, released a few years earlier. Canon has a small selection of mirrorless cameras; the M5, M6, M10, and M100 make up the current lineup. The M100 is the new entry-level model. The price tag is in line with other entry-level mirrorless cameras. For those who don’t know, mirrorless cameras differ from DSLRs in that they don’t have a system of internal mirrors. In a DSLR, the mirrors are used for the viewfinder and phase detection system. A mirrorless camera uses a well designed sensor to handle these functions in addition to image creation. The result is a much more compact camera, though the extra power requirements do lead to poor battery life. The EOS M100 is the next step for Canon’s mirrorless line and we’ll examine it thoroughly here.
Now that you’ve taken your first step into the world of photography by reading this crash course, it’s time to buy your equipment. There are countless camera and equipment options available that it’s hard to know what to buy. We want to make it easy for you to make your purchase decisions. That’s why we provide equipment comparisons and reviews to you. Read on to find out what products are right for you.
Photography, like any art, takes practice to improve your skills. The knowledge you’ve obtained from this course will be invaluable in honing those skills. But time spent taking pictures is just as important as study. When you apply what you’ve learned about the Exposure Triangle, or The Rule of Thirds, these techniques can be fully understood. Sometimes it can seem a bit frightening to get out and start taking pictures. You’ve learned so much, and where and when to apply it all can seem overwhelming. But with all of the examples and suggestions here, everything you’ve learned will become second nature in no time.
The technical specifications of your camera often sound very impressive. On the camera box, you’ll see words like “20 megapixels on a high quality CMOS sensor.” Or “powerful VR II lens included.” Sorting through all of the jargon to understand exactly what you’re buying, might be difficult for those new to photography. How do you know if you even need all of your camera’s features? If you have a user manual, now’s a good time to open it. Then turn to the tech specs section and make sure you understand exactly what your camera can do. Or if you’re in the market for one, continue on to ensure you’re making an informed decision.
Exposure and composition are the foundations for creating great photos. If you don’t understand these concepts, you will never be able to take your camera out of auto mode. Images are created when light hits a camera sensor. Controlling the amount of light and how it hits the sensor is the most important thing to master.
Highly coveted by many photographers since its release, The LX100 is a point-and-shoot camera with a fixed 24-75mm f/1.7-2.8 Leica lens. With a weight of just over 14 ounces, a relatively compact form factor, and classic rangefinder-style controls, you have one of the best bridges between a phone camera and an interchangeable lens mirrorless or DSLR. The fast, very sharp Leica lens is paired well with the 12.8 Megapixel sensor. It makes for a fun and precise shooting experience for most travel, street, and general photography. If you’re going out for the evening with friends, this is the camera to bring.
While photography is essentially capturing an image of a subject using a camera, there are several types worth considering. The types discussed here are what most people think of when asked about photography. Therefore, they are general overviews of how you can classify photos. A macro photo can also be a wildlife photo and a portrait. A landscape can also be black and white, or a night photo. There are also many other “subcategories,” such as architecture or fashion photography. Fashion photography is related to portraiture in most ways, but also has some differences. So use these as rough guidelines to consider what style you prefer and what gear is needed.