I haven’t published a Post in a while. Why? Because two Saturday’s ago, I was having a gay ol’ time on a boat celebrating a close friend’s birthday, and at one point I gave someone my camera to take a picture of me to capture the moment; as he was taking the picture, the boat stopped sharply and my camera slipped, fell and went kaput.
In summary, I’m pretty devastated about it. Yes it wasn’t a great camera and to be honest, I was looking into changing it but it was still my lil’ shitty baby…And the death of my camera has caused a ripple effect, one of which being, I’ve kinda lost the inspiration to blog, on account of I can’t take pictures. Yes, I can download from the net but I don’t want to do that presently. Yes, I can use my iPhone but I don’t want to do that either. Yes, I understand that the lens or whatever in there can take better pictures than many camera’s on the market today, but I’m searching for My Prince and that Prince is a camera.
But I’m not one to wallow in the slimy pit of despair for long, the fact is I love blogging and I love photography, so I’ve decided to move forwards and buy a camera in the next coming days. This is where I need your help. Yes, I can go on Google and type in the requisite Search Words to come up with a few options that match my budget, preferences etc. But I would also love my readers who know a thing or two about photography and cameras (for newbies) to chime in here.
Ok. So. Imagine, I am sat down with you, I’ve just told you my tale of woe, and I ask you what kind of digital camera you think I should purchase. What camera options would you give me bearing in mind:
1) Purpose of camera
a) To take images for the digital platform of the fashion magazine I work for. They require images in High Resolution.
b ) To take pictures for my blog.
2) Size of camera I want/complexity desired
My camera that died was a Canon, Digital Camera, IXUS 115 HS.
It didn’t take the quality of pictures I wanted, however it had factors I really liked which I want in my next camera:
a) Super easy to use, i.e it was pretty simple to take a picture, play around with different settings and transport images from the camera to my laptop: I love photography but in no way do I wish to be a photographer, so I don’t want a camera where I feel I need to do a Photography PHD to understand how it functions.
b) Small/Compact (as the image hopefully shows): this is super important to me. My camera has to fit in my evening bags, Dhhharlings.
3) The Quality of Pictures I want to take are:
A few of my favourite fashion blogs for photography include:
See how the colours P.O.P, you can see each leaf so cleary, and the imagery is so vivid? My R.I.P camera could never do that and that’s what I want. I went to the FAQ section on her blog to see what camera she uses and she uses a, ‘A Canon 50D with a 50mm 1.4 lens. I also used to take pictures with an Olympus E-500 with a 50-150mm lens and still use a Nikon D5100 with a 50mm 1/1.8G lens and a Tamron 18-200mm zoom lens and an occasional super wide angle lens’.
Naturally, I had to get a Photography mate to translate this code and basically, the gist is her cameras are rather large, you know those ‘serious’ looking ones. Here is an image of the Canon 50D:
Hmmm, is this small, super easy to use, fits into my evening bag, I’m thinking No. But correct me if I’m wrong.
b) I also love Louis’s photography and I will be asking him what camera he uses:
I was told by a photographer lover that when I buy my camera I should focus on the lens. Apparently, it’s all about the lens. My RIP camera lens was 5.0-20.0mm. This is Goobidy Gook to me, but since my camera didn’t take good quality images, I’m guessing this is not such a good measurement…
5) And saving the best for last: Budget
This is tricky for me because in the last 3 years, I have had two cameras die on me in the exact same way, so I’m hesitant in investing. Especially because I don’t take pictures in controlled situations, e.g. a fashion shoot set.
That being said, I have all these ideas for my blog and I need a good camera to see those visions turn into reality, so my budget is: 300 euros maximum and this includes the memory card, camera case etc.
And there you have it, so Readers please chime in with which type of camera you think I should buy based on your experiences and what you’ve heard on the grapevine? If you have any questions, based on what I’ve said above, please ask. Your questions will really help me think and make me more certain of what I want, learn more about cameras etc…
In the meantime, I’ll get stuck on this great article by IFB titled:
5 Fantastic Digital Cameras For Fashion Bloggers
Have a good weekend everyone, I hope it’s Disaster Free!