A lot of people ask me about what camera I use. I use a dSLR.
I recently picked up my old point and shoot and I forgot how fun it was camwhoring photos.Camwhoring is a part of every girl's internet life. So when do you know when you have to one-up and buy a dSLR??
I'm going to post a sample of a point and shoot and SLR photo with no image modification [other than light levels]. These photos were taken on the same day.
Point and Shoot
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The pros of a point and shoot is that its portable and easy for camwhoring. All you do is set the iso and white balance and you are good to go! Also, what I like about point and shoots are that it "dumbs down" shadows. If I took the same photo with an SLR, I would get all those shadows on the side of my face from my hair. Instead, I get this nice smooth gradient of shadows.
The cons for point and shoots are that they dont allow you to change shutter speed or f-stops (there are newer wannabe SLR point and shoots that do that but i would advise you to stay away from those). Therefore, your candids would be more blah than an SLR. Also, you can only take good camwhore photos in bright rooms [which means no camwhoring at night]
dSLR with strobe set to 1/8th on right and whiteboard on left
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The pros of a dSLR is of course you can control every aspect of the photo. I always shoot in manual because I don't know how to use the other settings on my camera. This is also a con in itself because you will have to learn all about controlling three factors to make a balanced photo [f-stops, iso, and shutter speed] rather than clicking away at your point and shoot. Another pro is obviously, the high quality of the image.
The cons of a dSLR is the price of equipment that comes with a dSLR. If you are serious about getting good photos, you have to invest in a mix of lamps, strobes, ringflashes, lightboxes, external flashes, lens, reflectors, etc.Also, you will have to lug the big thing around all the time. I use to bring my camera + an extra lens before upgrading to my current lens.
The bottom line?
If you already have an interest photography and have money to blow, I suggest you buy a dSLR. I like the photo of myself taken with a dSLR way more.
I dont suggest anyone buying a dSLR JUST for the sake of taking food photos and camwhoring --unless you dont really care about the composition of the photo and just care about getting some bright, sharp, cutesy photos with your stock lens. A good point and shoot and some bathroom lighting is more than enough to get some cute photos.
Until next time,
By the way, Aaron says that photo taken with the dSLR is the most accurate photo of what I look like in real life when I dont smile *A*