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WHEN SOAP is not worse than the “mirror”? MYTHS ABOUT PROFESSIONAL CAMERAS

Why are newly-minded owners of SLR cameras * who do not have the necessary skills in handling photographic equipment, are disappointed in the results they see on the monitor? Why are photographers so indignant when, when meeting with clients, first of all they hear “What camera do you have?” With this rhetorical note we will begin to dethrone the myths about SLR cameras.
Myth 1. A SLR camera anyone can take a photographic masterpiece.
Not true. The masterpiece can also be removed with a standard digital soap dish **, and it will surpass the many technically perfect photos taken by the SLR. The superiority of the masterpiece will be in the plot, and not in technical quality, and this will contribute to the skill of the photographer or great luck. Thus, if you rarely pick up a camera or have recently met with photo art, you should not expect the magic of the appearance of a large number of good photos from buying a professional camera.
There will be more good photos only if you regularly take pictures and get relevant knowledge about the technical and creative aspects of photography from books, courses or the Internet.
Myth 2. Photographs taken with a SLR camera are always brighter, sharper and more qualitative than those shot with a soap box.
This statement is valid only for people who have an idea about the device of the camera and its capabilities, as well as on such concepts as lighting and image processing.
If you plan to shoot with a SLR camera in automatic mode, it will bring you good results only by luck. In other situations, the photos will differ little from the pictures taken by the soap box. Here a household comparison of a photographer with a housewife, often quoted by photographers, is appropriate:
– Oh, how well you are taking pictures! You probably have a professional camera?
– Oh, how well you cook! You must have an expensive pot?
Professional photography requires the photographer not only to have a SLR camera, but also a combination of compositional skills, setting the necessary parameters for certain shooting conditions, and also skills in graphic editors (Photoshop).
All images that a professional photographer plans to show to the viewer are usually computer-processed. Any camera is designed in such a way that it is not able to convey the surroundings in the way we would like to see it, and the very brightness and quality that is expected from a SLR camera can very often be achieved only after computer processing of the photograph.
However, it does not follow from all of the above that the photos taken with a SLR camera will always be worse than those taken with a soap box. There are benefits that you get when you buy it:
1. Blurring the background or “shallow depth of sharply depicted space.” Even the cheapest lens is able to blur the background well enough so that all the viewer’s attention is concentrated on the subject.
NB: “beautiful” blur is possible only if there are expensive lenses, the prices of which range from 400 to 2000 dollars and more.
2. Greater image sharpness compared to digital soap dishes.
NB: Additional sharpening in Photoshop is required for photos from virtually all cameras and lenses. The sharpness of the image taken with the “whale” lens (the lens included in the standard camera kit) will not be much higher than the sharpness of the photo taken with an expensive soap box.
3. The ability to shoot in low light. This is an absolute plus of all SLR cameras.
4. large frame resolution (frame size in pixels in width and height). This advantage is relevant only for those who are going to print photos in large format.
5. the attention of people on the streets. 🙂
Thus, if you do not plan to learn photography techniques and image processing, your result will differ little from the pictures taken with the help of a soap dish, which means you can safely refuse to buy a digital SLR camera.
But if you nevertheless decided to seriously get carried away with photography, when buying a camera, count on a more lump sum: you will have to spend the remaining money on photography courses, new lenses for the camera, an external flash and other accessories. Also, be patient: for good results, you now need to work hard. Everything will work out!

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