As a little girl, I’d often beg my mother to buy me disposable cameras (which I’d waste on snapshots of my stuffed animals & double exposure photos). When I graduated high school five years ago, I was gifted a beautiful (pink) digital camera. I loved that thing. Then, college happened. That baby didn’t last one semester. Since then, I have been relying on friends and iPhones to document my life.
With a big year of trips coming up and this little blog screaming for some higher quality photos, I figure it’s about time for a big girl camera. Problem is, I know very little about photography and I have even less of a budget.
Here’s what I do know:
- I want a Digital SLR
- I am hoping to spend less than $650 (I told you it was a small budget)
- The camera needs to be something I can grow with. Meaning, I don’t want to buy a low budget camera if it only has a few capabilities.
Yep, that’s about it. That’s all I know.
I’ve been doing some research on the subject, and I found two cameras that peeked my interest: Canon EOS Rebel T3i & Nikon D3100. I’ve been reading their reviews, and they seem like pretty solid cameras at a reasonable price. I. just. can’t. pull. the. trigger. Probably because I have never paid for something this big ticket, and especially because I have very little knowledge on the subject.
I’m heading to California in September, and I would absolutely love to have at least a month to get use to the thing. That leaves me with a little over a month to make a decision. Help? Tips? Any advice for this photographing novice?