My Camera Notes

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For how many months, I’ve heard from a lot of readers in this blog asking me to share some of my insights, “Photography notes” is what they say… so here’s a start.

First and foremost, I’ll start by saying (for the nth time) that I am not a Professional Photographer, (not for the time being, hehe!) I just happen to be passionate about taking photos, the vivid colors, capturing people’s emotions… I’m just happy to be the person at the back of the camera pressing the trigger whenever I want to! 🙂

SLR VS. POINT-AND-SHOOT

Nowadays, it seems like everyone can afford and get an SLR (Single-Lens Reflex) Camera or what most would say “The Professional Camera!”.  Well, that’s what I notice everytime I got out and do my shoots.

Well, its not really a fad, it’s just that these SLR’s are now so cheap and sometimes even less expensive than some point and shoot cameras.  What’s the difference?  SLR’s are definitely faster than Point-and-shoots. The SLR, once focused, will definitely capture the moment once the shot was taken, while the Point-and-Shoot takes a while to get the shot.  Also, the SLRs have interchangeble lenses. But the downside, the SLR is really bulky and is quite heavy. Some Point-and-Shoots (the more expensive) ones are also fast, as fast as SLRs but you have to know how to control the colors, exposures etc.

The question is, should you get an SLR or stick with your Point and Shoot camera: My answer: If you use your SLR in Automatic mode (program mode), you’re better off getting a Point and Shoot and save some buck.  You’ll probably end up having even better pictures with the point and shoots as well. But if you have money to spare, I suggest you get an SLR but promise yourself to play with the Manual controls. Once you learn to control the exposure, the colors, the shutter speed and the likes, you’ll definitely be getting better photos. Learn to control your camera!!! Read the Manual, ask questions, share…. 🙂

Did you know that you can take Macro shots with your point and shoot cameras? try reading the manual…

WHICH dSLR CAMERA TO GET?

Most pros use Canon or Nikon. Some have Pentax, some are Oly’s, others Fuji, and let’s not forget the Sony’s.  I use Canon. It’s not really a preference!!! For me, it’s not the camera, it’s principally the framing of the shot, the timing, the perfect situation. I am not saying that you get a Canon dSLR or a Nikon.

Why I chose Canon?  Well basically, in my line of business, Canon has the most immediate center service center I can get to.  They even have a Canon repair center opened even on Sundays at Shaw Blvd  in Mandaluyong.   When I still had a Kodak Express Franchise, we were also selling Canon point and shoot digital cameras, hence it was easy for me to get my equipment repaired/maintained at Canon.

It’s up to you, you probably are living next door to Columbia in QC.  I strongly suggest that you just get Nikon instead.

But then again, who knows… I’ll maybe shift to a Nikon!  Hehe!

LET’s TALK ABOUT CANON

Which Canon dSLR to get?  Get the most expensive camera you can afford!  I suggest that you just get a “Body” only and get yourself a Canon “L” lens.  Remember, the investment is in the Lens. L lenses are quite pricey but trust me on this!

How Canon brands it’s dSLR: 1000d, 450D, 50D, 5D, 1D. A friend of mine explained: The lesser the number, the better and the more expensive that camera is.

The 1000D, Canon’s newest member of the dSLR family is the most basic of all. It’s complete with all manual functions but it’s small and made of too much plastics.

The three digit Canon dSLR (300D, 350D, 400D, 450D) are amateur dSLR’s while the 2 digits (10D, 20D, 30d, 40D & 50D’s) are semi-pro dSLR’s.  And the Single digit (5D, 1D’s) are the Pro cameras (full frame).  Take note that the Pro cameras don’t have built-in flashes.

I wonder what camera you have?

Next Post?  My pesonal camera setting 🙂

Posted by Ferdie Flores, MSCE, Philippine Wedding Photographer
Canon 50D,
Canon 10-22mm Ultra wide lens
Canon 24-70mm 2.8L Lens
Canon 50mm 1.8 lens II
Canon 70-200mm 2.8L Lens

daisy - March 12, 2009 - 12:52 am

Thanks for sharing your thoughts to us. Thank you, too, for taking such lovely pictures of those who want to preserve one special time in their lives. You and your crew are truly a blessing in this world. May you keep up the wonderful work.

Ferdie - March 12, 2009 - 2:17 am

Thanks Daisy! Just keeping the world a better place to live in! 🙂 Naks! 🙂 cheers!

neil - March 17, 2009 - 3:12 pm

shift to nikon?
hehe..
shift to nikon?

uhhmmmm…
i think you’ll be lusting
on either a d2x or a d90…
hehe…

miss you sir!!!
*sniff

neil - March 17, 2009 - 3:13 pm

hehe..
shift to nikon?

uhhmmmm…
i think you’ll be lusting
on either a d2x or a d90…
hehe…

miss you sir!!!
*sniff

Ferdie - March 17, 2009 - 5:30 pm

Hi Neil!

Lust for Nikon? basta look only!!! and “NO TOUCH”!
Pwedeng pahiram na lang kapag meron ka na! 🙂 Hehe!

We miss you too Neil! C yah around!!!

Stay Safe! Work hard and Pray Hard!!!

Ferdie

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