Getting started in digital photography

Here's how to choose a camera and an image editor, along with important tips to help you begin taking great photos.

Getting started in digital photography prev next


Shopping for a Camera

How should you shop for a camera? First consider the kind of photography you want to do. If you're into action photography, you'll want a camera that shoots at very fast shutter speeds and has no noticeable shutter lag. If you primarily take casual snapshots or pictures of landscapes and city scenes, get a camera with the widest lens you can find. If you enjoy shooting flowers, make sure the camera has a good macro mode for close-ups like the one shown here.

Long telephoto zooms are great, but pay special attention to the focal length--a wide focal range will come in handy more often in day-to-day situations than a superlong zoom. Also, megapixel count is no all as important as it once was: Most popular cameras are 10 megapixels or more, wich is more than you need for large, high-quality prints. Watch "How to Buy a Digital Camera" for more tips.

Finally, read reviews that talk about image quality. My favorite camera review site is Digital Photography Review, and I highly recommend that you bookmark it--along with PCWorld's camera reviews, of course.

Prev Next 3/10

Comments on this image

There are currently no comments for this image.

Post new comment

Users posting comments agree to the Good Gear Guide comments policy.

Login or register to link comments to your user profile, or you may also post a comment without being logged in.


Getting started in digital photography

10 images

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?