As a photographer and a former photographic salesman, I have a distinctive perspective of both sides of the sales counter in terms of photography and specifically photographic tools and people’s needs not forgetting people’s wants that are not necessarily the same thing. The one question I was always faced with is “Should I get Canon or Nikon?” and “What’s the best camera?” And my immediate reply is “What are you experiencing now?” and “What is it that you shoot?”

Photography is focused on variables and trade-offs. Its shutter swiftness verses aperture over iso. Up on the one variable and down on another. An intricate dance with complex parameters to experience one thing, the exposure we want for that certain specific subject at that particular time. There is absolutely no one single “recipe” for several occasions. The only thing I’ve come across which is constant, is the continued and ongoing battle between the two giants Canon and Nikon for dominance over the industry and that is not going to change. You might find yourself one day with what is rated the very best system, but invariably which will change. Aiming for the very best Brand is like a man looking for the prettiest girl. That is a title that passes in one girl to another in a matter of moments. There will always be the next pretty girl.

If I had to rank in order of technical superiority all of the available cameras, you will find you don’t have one entire brand following the other, they’re intermingled. And the line-up is dependent on your specific requirements. So where does that leave us?

If you are just getting started with photography, don’t get caught up in the Which Brand? Decision at this time. First you must decide what sort of camera you need to get. Compact or Digital SLR? You must give consideration to why you will need a camera in the first place, and what type of photography you are interested in. You have to ask yourself a couple of questions. “Where so when would I use a camera?” “How normally would I use a camera? Could it be for general purposes like getaways and family occasions? Is it to photograph my youngster on the sports field? Or for one per year when I am in the game park? If those are your needs then you should choose among the lots of compact cameras available. Small compact models that you can drop into your wallet or handbag. For the overall game Park and sports field man or woman, one of many larger “Bridge” type cameras that offers plenty zoom.

If you are thinking about taking it to the next level and doing some considerable and precise photography, you then need a Digital SLR, and you will need to know this right away: It’s rather a long and expensive journey, but very rewarding in long run. They won’t fit into your handbag or pocket or perhaps a tiny camera bag. You can find accessories and additional gear you will want beyond just the camcorder itself. So small and small is no longer feature. If I had a hundred rand for every time I have found someone looking amongst the tiny camera pouches for something to place their freshly purchased SLR into, I could buy myself a few more lenses. You will need a bag that is bigger than your camera, sorry.

SLR’s offer you much more variables to engage in with. They permit you to take full control of the exposure. Their much larger image sensors provide a broader dynamic range to play with, more delicate variations in color tone, saturation, contrast, and publicity levels and much less noise in darker circumstances. They offer one or other RAW take mode which is perfectly suitable for image editing on your computer or Mac with famous brands Photoshop and lightroom. SLR’s will give you wide range of lenses to select from, and no, you won’t need to buy all of them, they are task specific. What is your task?

An SLR is what you want should you be passionate about photography. Getting that perfect shot, even if it means revisiting that same spot on many different occasions and soon you find that the light is merely right, the colours in the sky are best, sufficient clouds at just the proper height.

Serious photography requires one to use your left and ideal brain together with each other. Learn and understand the technical parameters available until they are instinctive, then apply that understanding to the artistic side of the equation, composition and expression. There is also the thing that I keep firmly in mind when I’m shooting which is my Hit Rate. Understand that the images you have seen that have been amazing, that inspire you. The photographers whose do the job you admire and the iconic photos you have seen represent a very small percentage of the images they have ever taken. You’re seeing their best of the best. If you go out shooting, and you keep coming back home to review your shots on your pc (lightroom is wonderful for this) and you discover that most of your shots are basic or uninteresting, don’t worry or panic! Consider the shots; figure out what’s wrong with them? How may i improve on that shot? What were my exposure options? How could it have been better? And reacall those things the next time you are out shooting. My motto in lifestyle is the foremost way to work out who you are, is to realise who you aren’t. So too, the best way to up your hit-charge is realise what your location is going wrong, and you will see the more you do this, the better you will get. The easiest way to learn has been your camera in your hands. You can explain until you are blue in the face how to drive a car, you can give them all the theory, but they is only going to get it, if they are sitting when driving themselves. So, learn what you can, do a lessons or two, read some guides, but just keep shooting.

Lastly, back to both giants. Do not get lost in the eternal struggle between them, and the opinions of nearly everybody with a voice on web. Don’t get dropped in the splitting of hairs of technological superiority and even while sitting back feeling indecisive rather than shooting. Both Brands include their strengths and weaknesses. Your choice is Wonderful or Fantastic. The camera and its accessories are simply tools. You are the photographer. Know your preferences, and choose devices that suites those needs. Learn to use your cameras to its full possible and understand its constraints; all cameras have limitations, thus work around them. Don’t acquire things because they seem fancy and amazing. That would be an unbelievable waste of money better spent on the specific things you need to do what you are really doing and remember it’s about the image and not the apparatus. The Best camera may be the one in your hand.