Professional Photography Cameras

"Professional photography cameras aren't the only key to great photos, but in the hands of a talented photographer
they broaden horizons." - anon.


Generally as one gets more experience it makes sense to get more advanced equipment and for photographers this means professional photography cameras. A good photographer with a creative view can shoot top notch photos with any camera.

This was highlighted when in a group one photographer was told he always took the best photos because he had the best equipment. He allowed his critic to pick a camera for him for the next outing - and was handed a cheap point and shoot. He still took the best photo of the group! The eye and timing are important but professional photography cameras allow more tools if we learn to use those tools!

Professional photography cameras generally have options with more flexibility in light settings and other features. You can use different lens and expand the tools your camera has available - if you learn to use these features! Photography is an ongoing learning art!

When selecting professional photography cameras consider the type of shooting you do.

  • Is it night photos?
  • Action?
  • Wildlife (often from a distance)?
  • Are you shooting inside in a fairly controlled environment or outside at a rodeo?
  • Is the setting damp, dusty or controlled inside?

These considerations can alter what is the best camera for you.

Selection of Professional
Photography Cameras

For example the D-SLR cameras are generally lightweight with one or two lenses, 10-14 megapixel sensors. These can take some great shots for what they are and there is no shame in using them!

There are also D-SLR cameras that are a bit bigger, heavier and more expensive that are designed for professional photographers. These are heavy use cameras with heavier construction, fully adjustable and have an attachable flash rather than a popup one.

Professional photographers just starting often go for the mid range cameras. This gives them something to learn the basics on in a variety of shooting situations. Durability and excellent performance are what is needed for these cameras and there are several that rise to the challenge.

A step up from there and photographers choose from high performance cameras that cost more but also do more. These are cameras that can shoot in any conditions and get great shots. They stretch the photographer's creativity with options that some of the other cameras don't quite have. Higher resolution, for example, is needed if producing photos that become 10 foot banners on the side of a building.

Some photographers stick with brands. Nikon, Canon, Olympus are just a few that have fans that are brand loyal. Canon fans, for example, point to reliability, better lens quality, and better technology availability in the digital cameras at the time they were buying... all big considerations in professional cameras.

A good forum can give you contact with those who have used a variety of cameras and can give feedback from hands on use of the cameras. Often this includes cameras from point and shoot on up to professional cameras. This can also be a source of finding the best camera for you, based on the shooting that you do.

Another factor to remember especially for digital cameras is the technology is changing so fast. Good quality cameras are your livelihood but remember that as technology progresses others become outdated. Just as many computers from a few years ago are considered aged dinosaurs so are many older cameras. What is the latest and greatest now may be tossed several years from now. This is perhaps even more true with digital cameras.

This is not meant as a discouragement but rather a point that the "latest and greatest" shouldn't be a deciding factor. What works? This is what counts!

For this reason many photographers stick with those reliable brands with a history. They've been in the camera world a long time and know cameras! Remember when you start paying $1,000 or more for a camera it is an investment. Some cameras can cost four times that and for any photographer that is a considerable amount of work to pay for!

Balance what you need with what you want. You may not need that latest high tech camera with all the bells and whistles if your photography is mostly in the studio in a controlled environment. Consider your current camera and what it doesn't do that you need it to do. This is a basis for finding a camera that fits YOU.

After all no matter the reviews or awards, professional photography cameras must fit the photographer using them to be the best value!

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