You Need Expensive Camera To Take Amazing Pictures?

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Question: DO YOU NEED AN EXPENSIVE CAMERA TO GET AMAZING PICTURES?

Just this morning, a friend said to me, “I believe you don’t have to use the most expensive camera to have beautiful photos,” then showed me the pictures she took with her LG G2 mobile phone. She just came back from El Nido, Palawan, one of the best tourist spots in the country.

I browsed her phone and most of the pictures were taken outdoors. She showed me one of her favorites – it was a beach panorama. The sand was as white as snow white, the water was a color of light blue that mirrored the sky. Everything was in focus. It was beautiful!

She took the photo with her mobile phone, not very expensive and it’s very handy. So what do you think, do you need to buy an expensive camera to take beautiful photos?

Let me tell you what I think about it. I agree, and I disagree.

Digital cameras, mobile phone cameras etc., these cameras are designed to operate in AUTO MODE. It is set to work with fast shutter speed, extremely narrow aperture and low ISO. These settings combined are most functional when you have a lot of available light. Allow me to elaborate on that. Narrow aperture is best used in nature photography because it keeps everything in focus. ISO is kept to its minimum, thus giving you the best quality of photos… all of these are possible when there is enough available light.


The culprit can be seen when the situation is reversed. Photography is all about lighting. What happens when you are shooting indoors, or at night? It’s usually blurry or grainy, or both. And that is when you can see the difference between cellphone cameras and SLRs.

My point is, you get what you pay for. But before buying a camera, know first what you want to do with it. If you are serious about photography, then buy an SLR. If you just want to post pictures on social media or just snapshot random things for your personal album, then what you have in your hand (cellphone, digicam) is enough.


After reading this post and you still want to buy an SLR, then read my previous post on how I picked my first DSLR (Nikon) and why I changed to Canon. And which one is better for me. If you happen to have an SLR already and figured you need some help, today must be your lucky day because I just happen to be giving away the first e-Book that I wrote – you can find basic stuffs there like shutter speed, aperture and ISO – all of that when you subscribe to my mailing list. Just scroll down to the footer to the subscribe box.

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