In this post, we will look at some basic DSLR camera functions. So what is the best DSLR camera for beginners? Well, first we will try to understand what is DSLR and how it differs from point and shoot cameras, and mobile device cameras.
We live in world of cameras. They’re everywhere and anywhere. Today the camera is found in cell phones, tablets, laptops, car dash cams, watches….the list is too long to write. However, DSLR is a camera that can take photography to the creative edge.
Single Lens Reflex
SLR stands for single-lens reflex. D in DSLR simply means digital. All DSLR cameras employ a mirror and a prism system. This design allows the image from the lens to reflect or reflex into the viewfinder. Exactly what is seen in the viewfinder is captured onto the image sensor. The light enters the camera through the lens and is reflected through the mirror onto the pentaprism. It is then reflected several times to correct the inversion and finally aligned with the viewfinder.
Roof Pentaprism(wiki commons)
1.Photographic frontal glass lens
2. Internal glass lenses
4. The focal plane shutter 5. Photographic film
6. Securing strap
7. Shutter release
8. Shutter speed selector
9. Expose counter
11. Flash socket
12. Focus ring
14. Reflex Mirror
When the shutter release button (#7) is depressed, the reflex mirror (#14) swings upwards to allow a clear path for the light to strike the image sensor.
What to Look for in an Entry Level DSLR
A DSLR camera is a major upgrade from a simple point and shoot camera. Nikon and Canon are the two major players in the field of photography. The gap between the two is so small that it is only a matter of personal preference. They both make excellent lenses, both are economical, and the price point is also very competitive.
Most manufacturers offer starter bundles, also known as kits. These kits may include the essentials lenses, memory card, a tripod, and a few other accessories. Typically the kits include two lenses. They’re both all-around lenses to get you started. As you become more proficient with photography, there’s always the option to upgrade your line of lenses once your budget allows you to do so.
DSLR cameras allow for total image control. In manual mode, we can select various option so our image is custom tuned to our liking. Custom settings such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO allows the photographer to fine-tune the image. These cameras are equipped with a larger image sensor that offers greater detail and quality compared with point and shoot, or cell phone cameras.
DSLR cameras are built for different lenses. This feature makes a DSLR camera very versatile. Any type of lens can be mounted onto the camera body suited for a particular photo shoot. There are Prime lenses, Zoom lenses, telephoto, and many more types.
DSLR for Wild Life Photography
DSLR cameras are an excellent choice for Wildlife Photography. Zoom or telephoto lens can be mounted on to the camera for getting detailed close-up images of an animal without getting too close to it. Modern cameras and lenses are much more technically advanced than the earlier models. Faster lenses allow for more detailed images to be captured of an animal whether it’s prey or a predator.
Please keep in mind wild photography can be dangerous and challenging, yet rewarding at the same time. It requires field craft skills and patience. Always study animal behavior before venturing out in the world of wildlife photography.
DSLR for Sports Photography
Sports photography is best shot with DSLR. You will get much sharper and detailed images. Zoom and telephoto lens is also required for sports photography. Camera settings for sports photography are similar to wildlife photography. Both of these events can be quick and unpredictable.
The purpose of a DSLR is to learn to shoot in manual mode. It’s fine to play around in auto mode. But do not become too dependent on the auto mode. This will not allow you to take full potential of your DSLR.
For Sports action, shutter speed should be set around 1/250s. This will capture motion. Set your camera to aperture priority mode. Aperture priority means, the camera decides the aperture, you select the Shutter speed and ISO. Try to be at knee level when shooting sports.
Most point and shoot or fixed lens cameras and mobile device cameras do not have access to these custom setting that gives you full control over your image. The amount of sophistication found in DSLR cameras is not available in fixed lens cameras. Although grab and shoot cameras are great for taking snapshots. DSLR camera system excels at any photo shoot conditions, whether it’s wildlife, sports, or birthday parties. Having knowledge about these cameras will definitely take your photographic memories to the next level.
There are two cameras that are amazing to learn.
Canon EOS Rebel T6
Both of these cameras have stunning picture qualities. They are more than beginners cameras.