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Do You Really Need A DSLR Camera?

When To Get A DSLR Camera?

If all you have is a point and shoot camera or a cell phone to shoot with and wondering whether it is time to upgrade to a fancy professional DSLR camera keep reading, you may find your answer here.

DSLR Camera

When I was starting off, all I had was a red camera that I got free with a ceiling fan (you read that correct a CEILING FAN!). My father wouldn’t buy me a color film since he thought that the camera wasn’t capable of shooting anything at all and it would all be a waste. I somehow managed to get a color film from him after all and there I had 36 precious shots.

Film Camera

The Story Those Days:

In those days, photography was quite an expensive hobby. The cameras were super pricy, the films were costly and varied depending on ISO, color or b/w and film size. You couldn’t look at your photographs before they came out as prints and even the prints were very costly to wash and develop.

I took utmost care to frame my shots and in the end the camera did perform quite well. All the photos were well exposed. I had my first photo album. Years later, I realized that I was quite fond of taking pictures and thus, my one-eyed journey began.

DSLR Camera

Answering The Actual Question:

Coming back to the question of whether or not you should invest in a DSLR camera, I need to say, it depends on two facts:

  • How much time you got?
  • How much patience and diligence you are ready to offer?

Let me be absolutely clear, please DO NOT buy a DSLR camera because you have seen “Pro” photographers shoot with it and well their photographs are fantastic. The photographs are fantastic alright but not due to the camera. Think of a DSLR camera as a heavily armored Russian Military Tank. It is a lethal weapon of mass destruction alright but only when in the right hands. If you were to be placed inside that tank will you be able to operate it? Probably not! The reason is quite simple, you are not trained for it. But the tank is lethal your abilities notwithstanding.

Russian Tank

My Advice:

If you are a newbie and have no idea about DSLR cameras and just think that buying a fancy camera would improve your photographs then you are thinking about it wrong. It is a great tool alright, BUT in the right hands only. Okay, don’t be so disheartened. Your hands could be the right hands if you are ready to invest your time in learning and offer due diligence and patience. Nobody was born a great poet or a great dancer or a great photographer. They all had to learn their craft and really hone their skills before they could be called great. Even you could be great too, someday!

If you ask me what is then the difference between a normal point and shoot camera and a DSLR. I would say that a point and shoot is camera for a novice who wants a good photograph but doesn’t know how. So, he uses a camera that has been programmed to perform in a particular manner in a particular situation; so as to come up with a reasonable image most of the time. A DSLR, on the other hand, is a camera that can be told exactly what the photographer wants and made to do that.

like a boss

So, the fact is simple if you are the one who has to tell that camera what it should do…..you have to know yourself first, what it is that you want. You need to know how to command the camera and how a particular effect can be achieved. It is the same as any other art form. The camera is just a better tool to help you in your endeavors.

What You Should Do Now:

Ask yourself the questions about time and the diligence and I am sure you will be able to decide for yourself whether or not you want a better camera, a DSLR.  Whether you are a budding photographer or a videographer or a film maker; a DSLR is an invaluable tool that can really create magic if you stick to it. It is the one best thing that happened to me. It is still my escape. When I have my camera with me, I never feel alone. It is the perfect companion and a very faithful one too. It is your license to do all sorts of crazy stuff that you wouldn’t do otherwise just to get the perfect shot.

So I say again, the answer is within you. Reply to those questions honestly and there you have a decision,right here.

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Aalok is a passionate photographer at heart. A night owl and a person who lacks the basic understanding of fashion and clothes. Movie Buff and now in breathless anticipation of the next Christopher Nolan movie.

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