Chapter 1

Choosing the Right Camera

IN THIS CHAPTER

Bullet Finding the best camera for your photography style

Bullet Understanding critical camera specs

Bullet Deciding what camera features you really need

Bullet Considering convenient extras

You've probably heard the saying “It's a poor carpenter who blames his tools.” Well, the same is true for photography: A knowledgeable photographer can produce a masterful image from even the most basic camera. That said, certain camera features make photographing some subjects easier. A fast autofocusing system improves your odds of snapping a sharp shot of a lacrosse game, for example, and a lens that can capture subjects from a distance enables you to photograph a wild cougar without getting dangerously close.

This chapter helps you figure out whether your current camera offers the features you need for the type of photography you want to do, and, if not, guides you toward more suitable gear. At the end of the chapter, I provide some tips for getting the biggest bang for your buck if you go camera or lens shopping.

Choosing the Right Level of Camera

Digital cameras ...

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