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Why You Should Buy a Camera

Updated on October 13, 2013

Taking Pics with your Phone

But you take photos with your phone, how could a camera ever benefit you? Well he's just a few little things that separate cameras from phones:

You can change the lenses (depending on the camera)

The megapixels are higher. The quality of the photos are higher

More camera-specific features.

Photography is Fun

Whether you are a professional photographer who works at a leading magazine agency or just a hobbyist who likes to take pictures of things; photography is fun. It's fun to take pictures.

You Can Make Money

Photography may be fun but that really isn't a good enough reason to buy a camera now is it? What if I said you could make money from it? I bet that got your attention. Photos are everywhere. They are on posters outside, on billboards; heck almost every website has at least one. So it goes without saying that it must be a big business. And it is.

A photo stock marketplace is somewhere where you can buy images which you want to use. You can use them on blog articles, posters, ads and many more things. You don't just buy an image, you also buy the licence to it; ensuring you can use it legally.

iStockphoto is the leading photo stock marketplace. You can make up to 45% of your earnings on each photo (15% if your pictures are not exclusive). With all the things you can take pictures of in the world, your income is unlimited. Take a photo of anything you want and submit it to iStockphoto. If it gets accepted you could be making money almost instantly.

iStockPhoto isn't the only place you can go to to sell your images, here are some other places you might want to check out:

Photobox

Photodune

Dreamstime

Bigphotostock

Tell me about any other places in the comments below..

Visual Memories

Now that the monetary aspect is behind us we can move onto something else. Have you ever experienced something so amazing that you never wanted to forget it? With a camera you never have to. Pictures are like visual memories. They take something from inside your head and put it into the real world. Your memories no longer just have to be memories, they can now be something that can be framed, something that can be shared.

Become Part of a Community

But Which Community?

Three of my favourite online photography communities are:

1X

500px

Behance

They all allow you to make a portfolio and communicate to others (mostly through private messages). I also advice you find a 'real' community in an area near you.

One of humans most amazing traits is that we want to be part of a community, we long for it. Art communities are some of the best communities there are (in my opinion). Personally I love sharing my photos and techniques with others. Talking to others with the same interests as you is one of the best ways of finding out about the things you're interested in.

Do you think you are creative?

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Creativity

Are you creative already? If the answer to that question is yes then buying a camera will just make you more creative. It will offer you a new medium to express yourself.

If you answered that question with a stern 'no' then I still advise you take up photography. Just give it a try. Your photos don't have to look overly artistic with various grains and blurs to be creative. Creativity can be raw, it doesn't even need to look good. Expressing yourself is fun and can free you up.

So Which Camera do you Buy?

Fuji X100S
Fuji X100S

It's all good me telling you to buy a camera but they can be very expensive. So which one do you buy?

Canon EOS 70D
Canon EOS 70D

The Canon EOS 70D is a great camera for beginners and intermediates in the field. It offers all the features you'd expect from a DLSR (digital single-lens reflex) camera; but at $1468 you might want to shop around.

Panasonic SZ5
Panasonic SZ5

At $127.67 the Panasonic SZ5 might be more your price range. It offers some impressive features for its price and you don't really need something amazing when you're starting out anyway. Judging by the spec; this camera will do the job.

Coming out at $999.00 is the Panasonic Lumix GX7. It offers all the features you would expect from a camera like this. This is the sort of camera you choose if you want to start off at the deep end of photography.

So there you have it

So there you have it. The reasons why you should buy a camera. If you have anything to add don't hesitate to contribute in the comments.

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