6 Questions: Before You Buy A Camera

Before You Buy A Camera

Hi readers!
It is yet another Thursday and this post should have been up since Tuesday but life happened plus Nigerian network providers are rather messed up. How do you do today? Great I hope. Thought I’d share bits of photography in today’s post. There are details and questions you should ask before you get that camera.

As bloggers, photographers and other creatives, having cool images is a very important part of branding. Now some people just go to the market or order cameras online without really knowing what the gadget entails. Check out the cameras I shared in the 5 best DSLR cameras. Six questions you should ask before you get that camera include:

1. Do you really need the camera?

I personally think if you will not be using your camera productively almost everyday, it is better to rent a camera or hire a photographer to do the job for you. It will save you money trust me. It is not okay spending a lot of money on a camera and to not use it well. Please! Do not think because you took one cool phone picture that you’re automatically a photographer and should buy a camera.

2. What features am I looking for?

It is advisable to list the features you’re looking for in a camera when planning to get one. There are cameras that are good for pictures only and this will not do if you plan to record videos with it as well. You should note that videos can be storage space consuming and drains battery power. Some cameras have good battery life while some don’t.

Normally, each camera brand lists each model’s features. Take time to go through the features and select whichever you think is best for you. Don’t be attractive to shape or color only. You should also ask a professional for help if you get stuck.

3. Can I afford it?

This is perhaps the most important question to ask yourself. If your pocket size isn’t large enough to afford the camera, go for something cheaper. You honestly don’t have to break your account to get a good camera. There are good but not so popular brands that are relatively cheap. Like my friend Peter Alawode would say, it is not the gadget that delivers good picture but how well you handle it. This leads to the next question.

4. Can I handle it?

Shooting with heavy cameras can make the image maker easily tired and also hard to carry about. Extremely technical cameras can also be frustrating. Find a camera that you can handle in various situations and that would be easy to setup plus you should be able to use other equipment such as lights or soft box with it easily. It can be a nightmare if your camera is so heavy it begins to weigh you down.

5. Is it easy to repair?

One problem usually encountered by photographers/image makers is lack of stores for getting cameras repaired or parts for the gadget. I had a pocket camera back in senior secondary school that my friend dropped on the floor. The lens controller got cracked and there was nowhere to get it fixed in Ibadan. So I was stuck with a busted camera for years until my dad finally took it down to Lagos. There are cameras whose spare parts are hard to get, you might want to stay away from such. Imagine dropping a camera that requires almost the cost price of the camera to fix it!

6. Is its work really satisfactory?

If you are going to be stuck managing a camera you are not completely satisfied with, reconsider the decision to get it. Your camera should make you really happy and not frustrated. It should fit at least 3 out of the needs and functionality you have in mind.

If you put these questions in mind before getting that camera, you can be rest assured of proper satisfaction. However, you can shoot me a mail at damiajibx@gmail.com if you have any question or get stuck. Cheers!

Which of these questions do you think is the most important to consider when getting a gadget? Which would you consider if and when you’re getting a camera? The best part of posting here is getting your feedback and comments. What are your thoughts about this post?

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5 Best DSLR Cameras For Bloggers

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Shot with Canon T6i

Hi readers!
How are you today? Good I hope. 5 best DSLR cameras for bloggers! I’m all about looking out for fellow bloggers hence the reason I drop blogging tips from time to time. Check out how to make your own clothes as a fashion blogger, five super tips for bloggers and five things not to do as a blogger.

I follow quite a number of blogs dutifully and I see some wishlists which I find funny because a lot of bloggers seem to think having a camera is a great part of running a blog. Don’t get me wrong, it is an important part of blogging but I don’t think having an high end camera as a blogger is compulsory. Every camera has its specifications but it depends on how you make use of it. The lens also plays a major role in how your images turn out.

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Shot with Canon 500D

Unless you’re a blogger and photographer, you don’t have to break your purse just to get a big camera. Alternatively, you could get photographers to help out with your shoots. A lot of top notch bloggers do that (including me most times) and it is great. There are great cameras out there but I have checked out 5 best DSLR cameras for bloggers.

So you want to get a camera and you don’t know which to go for? Pay attention. Personally, I like the Canon brand as this is the brand of the first camera I shot with and got used to quickly. Canon cameras are easy to shoot with and aren’t heavy to an extent. I have shot with Nikon and Sony though and they are great too but Canon remains a favorite.

However, I’ve got 5 best DSLR cameras for bloggers, vloggers and pretty much any beginner. These cameras won’t burn a hole in your pocket and if you’re a bargain finder, you could check out Queens Cinema in Ibadan for cheaper ones. You can check Otigba or Computer Village in Lagos for neatly used cameras that cost less too. These 5 best DSLR cameras for bloggers are:

1. Nikon D3300

This camera has a 24.2MP sensor that maximises image sharpness. It has a clever Guide Mode that is a useful learning tool that gives real-time explanations of important features. There is no touchscreen display or Wi-Fi connectivity but you can get a cheap plug-in Wi-Fi adaptor. I shot with it back in 2015 and it wasn’t that bad.

Price: N145,000

5 best dslr cameras for bloggers

2. Nikon D5500

The D5500 sports a touchscreen control and there’s also built-in Wi-Fi. It has 24.2MP sensor, non-anti-aliased sensor and delivers excellent results. It is better than some Canon brands if you can get an hang of it quickly.

Price: N224,000

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3. Canon EOS Rebel T6i

The EOS Rebel T6i features a 24.2MP sensor that delivers stunning image quality, there’s a solid AF system, built-in Wi-Fi and touch-sensitive screen. The screen can also be rotated which makes it great for vloggers. It has more comprehensive controls and superior image quality. This camera is a personal favorite of mine thanks to Ali Olamide. I shot with prime lens once and it works well.

Price: N400,000

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4. Canon EOS 100D

If you need a super cheap camera that delivers, 100D got you. Although it was made in 2013, its quality is still great. It has 18MP sensor, a hybrid CMOS AF II variant and the three-inch screen that is touch-sensitive. The very first professional camera I shot with back in 2014 and fell in love with the picture quality immediately.

Price: N125,000

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5. Canon EOS 700D

It has button controls that makes it intuitive to use. The 9-point autofocus system is also dated and there is no Wi-Fi connectivity. It has 18MP and a good video resolution of 1080p. I haven’t made use of this camera yet but I have heard good things about it.

Price: N160,000

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All DSLR images were gotten from Tech Radar

Which of these cameras do you make use of? Which would you love to get? What’s your experience so far regarding photos as a blogger? Are you experiencing any difficulty? Do share below. The best part of posting here is getting your feedback and comments. What are your thoughts about this post?

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Photo Shoot: My Love For Books

Hi readers!
In my previous post here, I posted that I modeled for a shoot some days ago, last year actually. The concept of the shoot was literature, basically my life as a writer. Photos were taken by @ope.okunbor and my makeup was done by @beautifulseal . You should check them out on Instagram.

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Growing up as a child, I didn’t have much friends but was surrounded by books from my father’s library. Fascinated by their size, I dived into reading and had books as a companion. I would rather read a book than make friends or even chill with the family. 2013 marked the year I started socializing. I see myself as an ambivert now.

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I had little confidence in myself but so much loved my beloved books and they loved me too. A book is like a passport. Leading me to different worlds. Flies me from the present to the past and back to the future. Books are beautiful. Books are a sort of weapon, they fight illiteracy and ignorance. And I love being a writer. I love being able to put experiences and my thoughts into writing. I really love writing and I love everyone of you that take time to read what I write.

My Love For Books

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Teach me to read
Teach me to fly
Open my eyes
Open my eyes to the sky
Dose me
With drops of ephemeral knowledge

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Thank you!

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