Capture Every Moment
It's true what they say, blink and you'll miss it - children grow fast.
As a young family, I'm sure you're told almost daily how they're 'not little long' and to 'treasure every moment.' We try to catch as much as we can on camera though even I'm guilty of 'accepting' poor quality phone snaps when I should really go and grab a camera and properly document the moment. Those fuzzy phone snaps will pale in comparison to a beautifully taken, high quality pictures when you look back on them in 20 or 30 years.
I'm regularly asked which camera is best for beginners and the honest answer is ' the one being used by somebody who knows what they're doing'. A camera doesn't take a photograph, the person taking the picture does, and I regularly used to demonstrate this to drunken guests at Weddings who thought it was appropriate to grab my camera whilst I was working and try to photograph their friends. With one slip of a jog wheel whilst handing it over, they would take the shot, look at the screen and wonder why it was just black...
ANY DSLR at all is vastly more powerful than your phone camera with the right knowledge. Put the time in and you'll have high quality snaps of your family you can coo over in your 90s!
This blog is just a first look at basic equipment but as this topic is so vast, I'll look at running a regular feature on beginners photography if there's enough interest.
Canon EOS 100D DSLR Camera with 18-55mm & 75-300mm Lenses
Canon EOS 700D Digital SLR Camera (EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens, 18 MP, CMOS Sensor, 3 inch LCD)
Currently on offer for £449.99 on Amazon – a fantastic deal!
Canon EOS 750D Digital SLR Camera (24.2 MP, 18 - 135 mm Lens, CMOS Sensor) 3-Inch LCD
The 100D is the smallest and most compact of the three models I looked at, so if you want a DSLR you can take everywhere with you, this might not be a bad choice. The buttons and dials aren't as well placed or as tactile on the 100D as with the other models and it lacks an ISO control on the camera – you need to change this directly in the menu which will be tedious when you're ready to shoot on manual mode all of the time.
Both the 700 and 750D have rear LCD screens which is not a feature of any professional camera of mine, but could actually come in pretty handy for somebody mainly wanting to photograph family life.
The 750D has a great little feature that the others don''t have by way of on board WiFi! Meaning that you can download an app on your smartphone or tablet and transfer/edit photos on the go. You can even trigger the camera's shutter this way, which is great for getting everybody in those family selfies!
Of course, it doesn't just come down to the camera body, which is a whole other blog entirely! The lenses you can buy expand what you can do with your camera hugely and one I'd recommend for any of these models is the Canon 50mm f1.8 – it's under a £100 and will give you a completely different look to your kit lens. It's a perfect portrait lens so fantastic for anybody who specifically wants to photograph people.
In short, all three of these cameras are worthy buys, but if you're new to DSLRs and mostly want to photograph family life, you can't go wrong with the 700D at the current Amazon offer price. It's a lot of camera for the money, and you haven't invested too much if you decide that taking pictures is not in fact your calling!
If there's enough interest, I'd be happy to run an introduction to DSLR's beginners photography course. Sign up below if you'd like to hear more and we'll be in touch!