Well, if you find your friend in his most quintessential costume and if he isn’t going to meet anyone, don’t be flabbergasted. Yes, he might have spent two hours just to get few of his pictures clicked on a DSLR (Digital single – lens reflex camera) for his Instagram and Facebook accounts. But your best clothes won’t alone get you that perfect photo shoot. A right camera is a big must. However, the criteria for selection of right camera may differ from person to person based on his/her requirement. So here are a few broad guidelines to find the best camera for your photo shoot.
Need and Range
I have seen a lot of people spending hundreds of bucks on cameras, but they use them only once in a few months. In case the camera is to be used sparingly, a massive investment is not advisable as there are continuous improvements in technology and old ones get obsolete very quickly.
Megapixels DO NOT MATTER
You might have seen a lot of people running for megapixels when buying a camera, but, let’s face it, we know the camera of an iPhone is better than most of the other phones boasting similar technical specifications. Simply going for a number may not be relevant, as quality depends on a number of other factors as well.
These days cameras come with wifi sharing and allow you to transfer images directly from camera to phone which saves you a lot of time. So, if you’re just looking for a casual photography session for your mini-portfolio, then seamless sharing is something you should acquire fast.
DSLR or Non-DSLR?
Some people buy a DSLR when they don’t even need one. You need to decide carefully what the scope of your photoshoot is. Indeed, getting a DSLR is better especially if you are looking for quality and professionalism, but having said that, before you do invest your money, make sure you know every nook and corner of that expensive piece of equipment.
Mirror or Mirror-less
Two types of cameras have gained prominence these days: Mirrored and Mirror-less cameras. Mirror-less cameras are the latest technology, and many experts are betting their money on them, but still, some reputed professional photographers still use standard mirrored DSLRs. If you’d like to tweak with the latest technology, though, then Sony Alpha series and Canon M series are some of the best mirror-less cameras available.
The most important thing in DSLR cameras is the lens. For personal shots you need a blurry background with focus on you, so a camera kit of 18-55 mm and 50 mm would be the best kit for someone who needs their best photos. 18-55 mm will show a broad view of maybe a monument or landscape as the background. Meanwhile, 50 mm f1.8 or f1.4 should give you the portrait shots with the blurry background you’re looking for!
If you’re looking to find the best camera for your photo shoots, there is no general rule. It is solely based on individual requirements and many other factors. So, make your pick!