Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Should I get an SLR?

While other people's reek of questions relating to their personal lives, my frequently asked questions are all related to my camera as well as my photos. It's not my place to give instructions on how to take good photos, mainly cause a) there are loads of more qualified people you can ask, and b) I am in no means a professional. Nevertheless, I'd love to share my 'photography' story (or instagram story, whichever you prefer). Trust me, before VSCO, my favorite filter was 'Valencia' (and I still use it from time to time).
Taken at New York City, USA with an iPhone 5 camera

I am a true believer that good photos do not come from expensive cameras, but come from a good photographer, quality and resolution aside. A great photo can come from a point and shoot -- heck even an old Nokia phone (again quality and resolution disregarded).

Taken at Anilao, Batangas, Philippines with Canon Powershot D30

I started out with a Canon Ixus, which was their line of point-and-shoot cameras, then a few years later, I got my first SLR, which was a Canon 500D. I had to admit, I labeled myself as a photographer, mainly cause I had an SLR. But what annoyed me so much was that my dad took better photos than me, while using the same camera. It's a petty reason that pushed me to take better photos, I know. A few years passed, and I finally got a hang of things (trust me it took a lot of time), I've gotten to upgrade my equipment.

Taken at Anvaya Cove, Bataan, Philippines with GoPro Hero 4

Hold on, I thought good photos wasn't because of the camera?

When you grow as a photographer, you find things that are missing with your current camera. You look for more sharpness, depth, and quality, where high-end cameras provide. Though right now, a lot of point-and-shoot cameras offer similar things as a DSLR, they're still quite different.
Taken at Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany using a Canon 5D Mark II.

So, should I get an SLR?

If you really want to pursue photography, even as a hobby, I suggest you do get one, or at least practice with one beforehand. 

Personally, I find SLRs such a hassle while travelling, but I still bring it just in case my phone can't take the photo I want (low light, zooming in, quality, etc.).

To date, I mainly use two cameras, my iPhone 6 and a Canon 5D Mark II. 

This post wasn't proofread, so if there are any grammatical errors, spellings or weird sounding sentences, I apologize and please do tell me! 

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