Photography 101: The Best DSLR Body

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A few weeks ago, I decided I wanted to do more than talk your eyes off about me on my blog.  I wanted to help other budding photographers, business owners, or those simply wanting to document their life with a DSLR.  I wanted to share my know-it's and know-how's because when I was learning (via blogs, magazine/online articles, YouTube, etc) every bit of advice and tech tip from fellow photographers was and still is golden.  In my first Photography 101, I talk about the elements of lighting exposure.  If you missed it be sure to read it here.   Today, I want to talk about DSLR bodies.  Full disclaimer:  I am a Canon-user and am strictly going off of my personal experiences. 

The first DSLR I ever started with was the Canon Rebel XTi--an inexpensive, fabulous beginner's camera.  This was pre-"I-want-to-be-a-photographer" times, so I used it strictly for traveling, scenic, and social captures.  The Rebel XTi executed its purpose perfectly.

A couple years later, I fell madly deeply in love with photography and danced with the idea of becoming a professional wedding photographer.  But before I ramble on, let me pre-ramble: I was that girl who danced hardly ever at all at high school dances.  I was a wallflower.  But man...I wanted to dance. I felt it in my fingers, bones, and toes but was too terrified and lacked the self-confidence to boogey.  Instead, I danced in my imaginations, dreams, and my room.  And that's exactly how I felt about being a professional photographer at the time--inconfidently in love.

Because of the hesitation and uncertainty, i chose to go with the Canon 60D--a great middle-of-the-line camera, powerful, increased quality, and affordable.  If it gathered dust, I knew I wouldn't feel too guilty about my expenditure.  If I took off with it, then I knew it would be time to up-it up.  And guess what guys?  I took off with it.  I knew I was passionate and serious about my hobby and was ready to take it to the next level.

By the end of 2015, I upgraded to the Canon 5D Mark III.  The more experienced might say this was a huge leap.  It was near the top-of-the-line for Canon DSLR's and typically recommended for professional portrait photographers.  But like I said...I fell in love and I fell in love hard.  I was very serious and have zero regrets.  It's powerful and is able to capture quality details in lower light settings (extremely high ISO). 

+ Beginners: If you're looking to step up your photographic iPhone game to something with better image quality, the ability to shoot in lower light settings, and diversify looks with a variety of lenses, check out the Canon Rebel T5 ($400).  This is a great option if you're traveling--taking portraits of people, places, and things.
+ Intermediate: If you are finding a liking to photography and want to produce even better quality images at mid-range price point, check out the Canon EOS 70D (<$800).  This is a popular camera among bloggers that take and share photos of their products.
+ Advanced: If you are obsessed and serious with photography, I'd start with the Canon 7D and up.  At this point, they do not come cheap.  Processing power is stronger, adapts extremely well to a variety of shooting situations, extremely high ISO, and overall improved quality of images.  If you shoot in JPEG, I would recommend getting a DSLR below the 'Advanced' range.  Canon 5D's are recommended for portrait photography--weddings, engagements, newborn, etc.

For all 'mid-beginners' to 'advanced,' I'd recommend opting away from the starter kit lenses that come with the camera.  These guys are typically the lower-est end of lenses in terms of quality.  I'd invest in lenses that suit your photography style.

What lenses fit your photography style, you say?  Stick around for the next lesson ;)

Thanks for reading!
Hannah Q.

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