Camera basics for scrapbookers

With National Scrapbook Day around the corner on May 6, 2017, it's the perfect time to think about your photos. Are they capturing the quality memories you want to keep? If you've been eyeing a new camera but aren't sure where to start, I've got your back! Today, Ritz Camera is holding their once a year Nikon Day. This means they have amazing deals for you but also that they've asked the Ritz Camera Ambassadors to help you choose the right camera for you. As a scrapbooker, I know how important taking GREAT photos is … that's why today I'm sharing a few camera basics for scrapbookers!

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The world of digital photography and all its gear is mind boggling. If you're looking to get started with a new camera or hoping to upgrade your kit, I'd like to help you with your research. This post contains affiliate links – that means when you click and buy, the seller gives us a commission (at no extra cost to you) that helps us to keep bringing you quality content, like this, for free!

There are three basic types of digital camera:

  • Digital Single Lens Reflexes (DSLR)
  • mirrorless cameras
  • compact point and shoot cameras

DSLR's offer the ability to change lenses, they are speedy and do not produce a lot of digital noise. Plus, a lot of brands allow you to change lenses easily for example, Canon EF lenses work on any of their SLR body's. I started with an old Canon SLR and we use those lenses on our Canon DSLR today. I took the photo above with a DSLR; it's easy to get depth-of-field shots like this with a DSLR!

Mirrorless cameras offer many of the advantages of a DSLR in a smaller body – Interchangeable lenses, low noise sensors, and a compact form size. These cameras have a full selection of compact lenses, and can use many vintage lenses with a suitable adapter.

Compact point and shoot camera's are great for those looking to get away from relying on their smartphone cameras and have more control over how they shoot. My daughter used a Canon point and shoot, Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II 20.1MP Digital Camerato capture this silly photo of my son Matthew being a pill at Disneyland last weekend. You better believe we're scrapbooking this one! HA!

There are two types of point and shoots- ones with electronic viewfinders and ones with optical viewfinders. Optical viewfinders usually do not provide any setting details such as f-stop numbers or shutter speed, however, you will be able to view the autofocus indicator. If you want to shoot in areas where noise will be an issue, beware the shutter speed sound of a point and shoot. Finally, point and shoot cameras are generally slower than SLR's, so if you're looking to use the burst sequence or take RAW images, you may be waiting a while.

If you are looking for the capacity to use multiple lenses, shoot sports or fast action photographs, disregard a point and shoot and focus on DSLR's or Mirrorless cameras. If you want a camera to fit in your pocket or a starter camera for a teenager or child, consider point and shoots, like this Canon point and shoot we took with us on our last trip to Disneyland.

Budget is always important when looking for new gear. If you're a pro, and want to upgrade, consider the Nikon D5600 DSLR Camera With 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens or the Canon EOS Rebel T7i DSLR Camera with 18-135mm STM Lens Kit (coming soon!). These camera's will generally stand up to the wear and tear of professional use. If you're in the market to upgrade but price is still an issue, look into less expensive models such as the Canon EOS Rebel T6 with 18-55 and 75-300mm Lens + 14 Piece Kit or Nikon D3400 24.2MP DX DSLR With 18-55mm And 70-300mm Lenses.

Finally, speed is everything. If you want to upgrade your gear fast, buy your top picks from Ritz Camera. You can purchase up to 3-year gear warranties and receive free shipping! Now that you know the camera basics, you just gotta pick the one you want most!

What kind of camera are you using to shoot your photos now?

Let us know in the comments!

Camera basics for scrapbookers - looking to upgrade your camera but don't know if you need a DSLR or point and shoot? Start here!

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Jennifer Priest is a 20+ year designer in the arts & crafts industry and home DIYer with a passion for creativity. An Army veteran raised on a ranch, from her experience, she shares smart DIY projects that save money and fun craft ideas that anyone can make. Besides blogging, Jennifer is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, Hypnosis, and MER, and coaches other online entrepreneurs on money mindset, business, and living an intentional life. When not blogging, Jennifer is having adventures in the wilderness, on road trips, playing with her cats, and making paleo food.

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