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You are ready. You have mastered the point and shoot camera with the low mega pixel rate and understand the basic composition rules of photography. You are ready to upgrade, you are ready to get your first DSLR.

 Buying a DSLR isn’t something that fast and easy. You need to take time to research and decided which, of the thousand kinds of DSRL models and brands would best fit your need.

 I’ll share with you my personal camera transition story, for the first year of taking up photography I had an Olympus Sp-590UZ with 12 mega pixels, for my first year learning all the basics of photography I was ready to learn the next advance settings. I was lucky enough to have DSLR at my finger tips in school, we had basic Canon Rebels, 18 mega pixels and with those I learned everything about aperture, shutter speed and ISO.  So now going into my third year, graduating from high school, transitioning into college, my camera needed an upgrade, a professional upgrade. I researched for months until I found my match, my baby, my world, my Canon 6D.

 So here are my tips on what to do and think about when you are buying a DSLR


Are you ready?

Are you ready for a DSLR, do you feel knowledgeable enough to upgrade to real camera functions, different than a point and shoot’s auto / scene settings? Are you ready to take the time and learn if you do not already know?


What’s your budget?

DSLRs are expensive, I saved up for two years to buy my own.  Determine what you want to spend, remember you may need to purchase other things such as lens, bags, extra batteries, flash attachments, remotes, memory cards, etc.

*And remember, just because you buy a $4,000 camera doesn’t automatically mean your photography is going to improve. Even in college, some of my photo buds shoot with a Rebel still and create fabulous work, some knocking out what someone with a Mark III does. Its not about the equipment, it’s about your passion and your desire to create.


Remember you can always upgrade!

Go back to my camera history; I used a Rebel for a year before transition to my current camera body. Don’t jump in and get the most expensive best camera out before you know basic functions­– unless you feel confident enough, by all means go for it!

But from personal experiences I’m happy I started off with a simpler camera then transitioned. If you buy a rebel or are able to rent out similar models from school or something, take advantage of that and learn. Also when you feel you are then ready to upgrade, you can sell your DSRL to help contribute to the cost of your new camera.

Research what cameras fit your style

What do you mainly take pictures of? Portraits, wild life, sports? Some cameras are better for certain subjects and fields of photography.

Compare brands/Models

I know I have been talking a lot about Canon, not saying it is the best, ideal camera brand, that is just what I was taught with and I felt comfortable continuing with. Be sure to look at all types, compare Nikon with Canon and see which best fits for you.


Look at unbiased reviews

This goes along with comparing brands, its very hard to read reviews comparing brands because most of them are biased, lean towards one brand and tell you only how the “other brand sucks” compared to this brand.  Non-biased reviews are out there; just look closely at what you are reading.

Also, head to YouTube and watch a few reviews, those helped me out a bunch seeing the actual camera in action.


Look at sample pictures
Speaks for it self


Other things to consider when looking for a new DSLR
-Mega pixels
-Crop or Full Frame Sensor
-Auto Focus points
-ISO rate
-How many pictures it can take per second
-Does it record video?
-Different features (Example: My 6D has WIFI, GPS, I can pull the pictures I took on the camera to my phone and I can also use my phone as a remote.) 

We want to hear your tips or stories concerning purchasing or choosing a DSRL!


Hello to all our lovely members!

This month we are looking forward to being super active with the group.

We want to know what you all would be interested in seeing!

Would anyone be interested in taking part in weekly photo critiques in a chatroom?

Do you want a certain photography topic covered in a Lesson journal

or a certain photographer interviewed for our Photographer Spotlight Interview?

We are also brainstorming for different ideas for a contest and would love to here any suggestions on themes.

Have a different idea? Let us know :heart:
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AleezaHM Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New member Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
MilanVopalensky Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Student Photographer
Hi everybody! :)
I've founded my facebook page for my photos. Could you support me and become a fan? Thank you so much! Link is here:
RobertRobledo Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Photographer
Thank you very much for the feature on these photos

11 by RobertRobledo     Rocky lake by RobertRobledo
SaRaH-22 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're more than welcome your photos are amazing  
RobertRobledo Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Student Photographer
That means a lot to me :aww:
theresahelmer Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Professional Photographer
I submitted my photo, but I can't see it in the contest folder???
SaRaH-22 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi dear, 
you submitted your photo to the favorites Folder, and I accidentally accept it there.
can you please resubmit it to this Folder
theresahelmer Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Professional Photographer
Ps. If you cannot for whatever reasons, I understand also....
theresahelmer Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Professional Photographer
Is there anyway you can place my submission into the correct folder? I'm unable to submit to the right folder for some reason!!! Thanks in advance
SaRaH-22 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
dear, I sent you a request of your photo to be included to the Contest folder 
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