There are about three pet photography options these days. People ask us all the time how we take such nice photos, what are our tricks, what can they do to take better photos, etc. First off, Mom is nowhere near a professional photographer, but she loves taking photos, and it is a big hobby for her. She started out when she was about seven years old with a camera using some antiques called flash cubes, and film. The world has changed since then, that is for sure.
In 2022, people have three basic options for taking pictures – phone cameras, point and shoot cameras, and DSLR cameras. Each device has good and bad points and not all three varieties are the right choice for everyone. Today I want to discuss each one briefly and in the next couple weeks, go more into depth with each camera option.
The first option which is probably the most popular thing to use these days is the cellphone camera. Every smartphone has one. Some are better than others, and the cameras have improved over time. If you are looking for quality photos, however, these photos are not going to please you.
- Pretty much everyone has a smartphone, thus, also a camera
- Easy to carry with you
- Very basic and easy to use
- Cameras are getting better and have more options
- They make posting to social media very easy
- Smartphone cameras make videos a breeze
- Many have no way for you to adjust settings
- Photos are often blurry, especially in motion shots
- Low pixel counts make photos grainy
- The quality is not good, especially for printing
Point & Shoot Cameras
The point and shoot cameras are a mix between the simplicity of a smartphone camera and a DSLR. If you are not extremely picky about the quality of your photos, they are a good option.
- The cameras are often small and easy to carry
- Point & shoot cameras are not very expensive
- Photo resolution is better than a smartphone camera
- These photos look alright when printed as long as the print is not too big
- There are options for the type of photo you would like to shoot
- Some offer video which is a higher quality than smartphone video
- Large depth of field, so the entire frame will be in focus
- Still fairly low quality photos with less pixels than a DSLR
- No way to adjust settings in the different modes
- You can’t set your preferred depth of field
- Blurry action shots
- These cameras use flash in darker settings
If your goal is really nice photos, then a DSLR camera is your best option. Mom started with a basic model that came with a free class back in 2012. She upgraded to a better model in 2015. In 2018, she upgraded to a full frame DSLR. DSLR cameras are expensive as are the lenses, but if you like photography, it is the camera to have. The pet photography options are amazing and you can create gorgeous photos. If you are not prepared to learn to shoot in manual mode, don’t bother with a DSLR as the results won’t be much better than those of a point & shoot camera.
- Top quality images with plenty of pixels
- Perfect for printing, even large prints
- You can adjust all your photo settings to create the photo you would like
- The camera can be adjusted for dark or light situations
- Adjust the depth of field to make your subject stand out
- Purchase lenses to support the types of photos you would like to take
- More editing options by choosing RAW over JPG
- DSLR cameras are a lot more expensive, but also are a good investment
- They tend to be bulky and weigh more
- Not as practical as a smartphone or point & shoot when it comes to carrying them along
- A camera bag is often needed to carry your lenses with you
- Your camera will need professional cleaning every so often
- Users need to learn to use a DSLR in manual mode
Pet Photography Options Conclusions
It is pretty simple to decide which photo option is for you. There is a huge difference in photo quality between smartphone cameras, point & shoot cameras and DSLR cameras. If you don’t care, or can’t see a difference, stick with your phone. If you want better photos but are not into learning to use a DSLR, then go with the point and shoot. Action shots will be blurry, but if you don’t mind it isn’t an issue. For those of you who want the best possible photos, try a DSLR, even a basic model will get you on the road to better photos of your pets.
Next week we will look at some differences in photo quality between the three options. Great photos make us all happy here at our house!
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