Title: 75 percent of people buy the wrong d igital camera Word Count: 582 Summary: When I teach a new class learning d igital photography, over 75% of the students turn up with the camera t he salesman suggested. Keywords: digital camera, photography Article Body: When I teach a new class learning d igital photography, over 75% of the students turn up with the camera t he salesman suggested. Guess what? They soon find out that it_s the wrong one for them. This can be a very expensive mistake. So the big questions are what is the right one for me and how do I know which is best for me. One of the first things that you wa nt to know about the camera that th e salesman is trying to sell you is as follows -
How long does t he camera take to turn on and be re ady to take the shot? In the consum er market this can range between 1 to 5 seconds most being towards the 3 seconds mark.
How long do es the camera take to focus on the subject? (Not to take the picture) most cameras take between 1 to 3 se conds most at around the 1-second m ark. How long does the camera take to actually take the photo after yo u have pushed the shutter button co mpletely? Again, most cameras take between 1to 3 seconds this is calle d shutter lag time. Now you can see to take a photo can take up to 5 s econds just to turn on and up to an other 3 seconds to focus in and the up to another 3 seconds just to ac tually take the photo. In a cheaper camera, but not necess arily cheaper it can be up to 9 sec onds to take a photo from the camer a turned off. You may say _yes but I will leave my camera on_ ok that_ s fine, but you may still have a la g time of up to 3 seconds just to t ake a photo. Just imagine how annoy ing it will be now that you have pu rchased your new digital camera cos ting you around $400 - $500 to find that you just can_t catch your chi ld blowing out the candles because your new camera at the critical tim e of blowing the candles out took 1 second to focus and a further 2 se conds to take the photo. What was t he result? A child sitting in front of a cake with black smoldering ca ndles. Can you set the white balance on yo ur camera? Just what is the white b alance? About 60% of digital cameras don_t have this adjustment, you must buy one that can be set manually, not j ust one that has an _auto white bal ance_ as they are not as good as th ey advertise. Does your camera have different expo sure modes? Exposure modes are simply where doe s the camera take a light reading? The cheaper cameras just do an all over reading which can be very limi ting to say the least. A good camer a will have a _spot_, _centre weigh ted_ and _matrix_ metering system, which allows you to take great phot os in any light situation. When buying a digital camera, buy i t for the fact that it_s a camera n ot a video camera as well. One stud ent showed me all the features her camera had and that_s why it was mo re expensive _ the only thing that it didn_t do well was take still pi ctures! You can get so much out of your new digital camera! you just have to p ut some time in for learning how to use it properly and how to take be tter pictures _ remember no one wil l ever want to look at a poor quali ty photo twice! If you want to take really great pi ctures that will be in your family for years put in a little effort wi th your new digital camera.
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