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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

A Camera Right For You - Step 1

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

How do you find the camera that is right for you? 
A question that everyone ponders...

maybe only 30 minutes,
(fast shoppers)

or a couple of hours, or maybe longer...
when camera shopping.

Current Camera - Received as a Birthday Present 8 Years Ago

Do you walk into the closest big-box electronics store 
and start looking at cameras on display? 
Or, perhaps you are in the store already for something else, 
and the camera display catches your eye,
the cute little red one (blue one in my case) that is on sale
Then when you leave the store you have a cute little red blue new camera.

Some of my cameras from MANY years ago

I've bought point-and-shoot cameras that way all my life,
using them for travel and for family photos, but if you are like me 
and are considering buying your first DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex)
that costs a lot more than point-and-shoot cameras, you probably
could use some tips for choosing such a big-ticket item.

Are you ready to start your quest to find a camera right for you?
In a series of posts, you will read about how to search for
the camera right for you.

Get organized by keeping notes on your search
in a special notebook (hard copy or on your computer)
because what you find will include
facts, figures, and prices that will become a jumble
in your mind unless you write them down.
Include the dates, sources, and web addresses where you found the information.

Now might be the time to create a new PINTEREST board
dedicated to your search for a new DSLR camera.
Begin by PINing this first post and then PINing
all of the posts in this series as they are published.


Suggestions for how to choose 
the camera that is right for you

✯ 1...  Analyze how you will use the camera. 

Look at the old photos that you have taken to see patterns 
for the kinds of photos you take or that you want to take.

Do you take pictures that show full views of rooms, 
photos taken under several kinds of light sources, close-ups of 
food for sharing recipes, telephoto shots of birds, outdoor scenery, 
super close shots of plants and flowers with blurred backgrounds, 
or video demonstrations for DIY projects?  

Knowing what kinds of photos you want to take helps
in choosing which kinds of lenses and what accessories you may need.

My list of the kinds of photos I want to take includes
close ups of decor arrangements, full views of rooms, outside shots
of the deck and gardens, and zoomed photos of the garden shed.

That is my list of subjects, but also high on my wish list
is to take photos that are S U P E R  S H A R P with bright white lighting.
No more darkblurryyellow-y, g.r.a.i.n.y photos for me!
A new camera does guarantee all this...  right? 

If you are ready to find a camera right for you,
then begin with analyzing how you will use the camera.

Make your notes,
and come back for the next post,

✯ 2... Read about cameras from a variety of sources,

 in your search for a camera right for you.

Are you considering buying a DSLR?
Will it be your first or is it an upgrade for an existing DSLR?


Please join me at these inspiring sites...

Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic and Refined




  1. I was just given a great DSLR camera - a Canon EOS Rebel t3i and I must say that it is a big learning curve.

    Thanks for sharing these tips at SYC.

  2. I have the same camera that art and sand has the Canon T3-i
    Love it, and yes lots of learning curve on this baby... Yet beautiful photos can be taken on auto while you learn more advanced setting dialing in Raw and white balance. It's great for close ups, I do a lot of art with small book words and when you zoom it the words publish bigger than life.

    The T2-i is equal to the T3-i, but the T3 has much better video capabilities, and a few extras. So for the price difference I feel the T2- is still a great camera.... Plus the lens on the canon don't date themselves, like other camera that you can no longer buy a lens that will fit your outdated camera that is still a perfectly great taking camera. A lens for a canon can always be purchased years down the line.
    I am sure you would love either of these cameras.

    Happy hunting my dear.


  3. Thanks for the great advice. I'd like to get a good camera, but haven't jumped in to make a decision. This will all help.

  4. Why am I not surprised that you have un appareil photo BLEU? I love it! I am also very interested in the series you are presenting here, Judith. I have a little Nikon point and shoot, but I would love an upgrade one day. Opening the dialog is so appreciated as I learned from Dore's input above!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    w / L

  5. Dore,
    Canon T6i is the camera I chose and will share my process of how I chose it in this series of A Camera Right for You. Each reader will get some advice on HOW to find a camera for him/her, not necessarily a Canon, but that is the one that appears to be right for me, also. Thanks for sharing the information about the lenses. Those are some of the biggest expenses in a DSLR, and it is nice to know the lenses can be used on a newer model if you upgrade in the future.


  6. These are such great tips! It is such a joy to have you join the gathering at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. You really help to elevate it to something very special.


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