When it comes down to saving our memories nothing is better than a photograph. Photographs are records of dear people, special events, past times, precious emotions, beautiful landscapes, in one word – memories we like to keep as vivid as possible. That is why photography equipment is not just a piece of gear; it is a piece of memory creation.
What is photography equipment?
Photography equipment doesn’t consist only of cameras. A camera is an essential part of the equipment, but it is not the only thing that matters for making good quality photography. There are many more things to consider, but if you are not a professional and you want to make the best quality hobby photographs, then there are a few things you should consider buying. The right equipment will help you not only in making a photograph but in making a photograph at any place and under different conditions.
Choosing the right camera
There are many different categories of cameras to choose from and that is never an easy choice. You should consider many aspects. One of the choices you must reckon with is choosing a type of camera. There are three basic types of cameras: point-and-shoot cameras, mirrorless interchangeable lens (ILC) cameras and digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras.
Point-and-shoot cameras are small, compact and easy to use. They are pocket size and thus very easy to carry around and shooting more photographs then you would probably shoot with larger ILC and DSLR cameras. They have permanently attached lens which retracts back into the camera after use which keeps it safe. Nowadays point-and-shoot cameras are much improved and produce very good quality photographs, still, you should be aware that they are not of same level quality as with higher-level cameras. If you are looking for more creative ways to express yourself through photography than point-and-shoot cameras may be too limiting for you. But if you are looking for small, easy to carry around a camera that can capture your special moments without manual controls or lots of extras, then it may be the right choice for you.
Mirrorless interchangeable lens (ILC) camera
Mirrorless cameras are named so because they removed the large mirror and optical viewfinder systems of DSLR cameras. Interchangeable lens means you can choose a specific lens to make the perfect photography. ILC cameras are larger than point-and-shoot cameras but are lighter and easier to carry around than DSLR cameras. ILC cameras offer superior image quality, they have many creative options for those who want to express their artistic side and are ideal for more demanding hobby photographers. ILC cameras give you the freedom to shoot high-quality photographs with a light and easy-to-handle camera.
Digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera
DSLR cameras are consisting of two main parts: the body of the camera and the interchangeable lens. It has a mirror (unlike Mirrorless camera) that allows you to look through the lens as you compose the image. This means you will have the exact idea of how your image will look like when you take the photo. If you want to take photos that look like they were taken by a professional, or express your creativity to the fullest, then DSLR camera is the right choice for you. DSLR cameras can be ideal for shootings in somewhat difficult conditions, such as low light outdoor shootings. When it comes to image quality a lens is the name of the game. Choosing the right lens is very important as the quality of a lens is directly proportional to the quality of photography. There is a wide range of quality lenses on the market. Professionals from Fotogenic can help you choose the right studio lighting and lens for the right camera, as this will be essential for the highest quality of your images.
Cameras are the most important piece of your equipment but they are not the only ones. If you want to increase sharpness and depth of field, rest heavy camera gear, allow more careful composition, shoot self-portraits, photograph nighttime objects, shoot extreme macro photographs and many more – you will need a tripod. Tripods come in various shapes and sizes and choosing a right one is not an easy task. There are few things to consider before making a final choice: weight rating, tripod height, its weight and construction, its legs and feet, centre post, head, quick-release system and stability. These will give you some idea about tripod you are looking for. If you want to take your photography gear with you everywhere you go, then you will need a camera bag as well. There are few things to consider before you go out and buy one: bag size, bag style, roller bag or not, quality of the material (make sure it is waterproof), where you will be taking your equipment, how much and what equipment you have. These should help you find the one that suits your needs the best.
There is more to beautiful photography than just capturing the scene. You need to have the right equipment that will make this possible. It is worth it to spend some time and some money to find equipment that will fill all your needs and affinities when photography is in question.