Digital SLR Cameras
For many serious photographers, digital SLR cameras otherwise known as DSLRs, still rule the roost and have been a top choice for many, for decades. What digital SLR cameras specialise in is having increased manual controls, impeccable images quality and interchangeable lenses.
The beauty is that the photographer can really feel in control of their shoot no matter where they are or their level of expertise from beginner to pro. They really do give anyone the chance to be a great photographer and able to challenge you to push your photography skills to the next level.
When looking for a digital SLR camera there are a number of qualities to look for that make different DSLRs unique to one another.
How does a DSLR work?
A digital SLR camera is a digital single lens reflex camera, which is the main difference between digital SLR cameras and other digital cameras. The reflex design means light travels through the lens, to a mirror that sends the image to the viewfinder. Therefore there is no preview screen for the image or video being captured.
DSLR camera lenses and qualities
The majority of digital SLR cameras have camera lenses and filters that can be changed allowing you to use the best lenses to suit what you're capturing and the quality of the image. Types of lenses vary but include wide angle, telephoto, and macro to standard.
A number of features on a lens are important to look for to determine how good quality a lens is. Aperture of a lens is the amount of light that gets passed through the lens when open and is measured and defined as small, medium and large. A larger aperture means the lens is open for longer, giving you more light exposure that provides great images of moving subjects and low light conditions.
The focal length of the lens is also important to acknowledge as the size of this determines the angle of view. A larger focal length means a bigger zoom and fewer subjects in the frame and conversely a shorter focal length will capture more exposure of the scene in the image and provide a wider angle.
DSLR camera flashes
If you are shooting in low light conditions regularly, you may want to consider an additional flash for your digital SLR camera. This will ensure you are in control of the photo output and direction of light to a higher degree. Depending on your camera model, the digital camera flash can simply attach to your digital SLR camera with ease.
Looking after your DSLR
It's important you keep your digital SLR and any other camera equipment stored away safely, particularly if on a trip. Camera cases and bags will ensure you prevent your digital SLR from any damage; you just need to find the right colour and size to suit your digital camera and accessories.