During film era, photography was a costly hobby. But now, it is the era of digital camera. No printing cost, no film cost. Only initial investment is required.
Basic question of any beginner:
WHICH TYPE OF CAMERA TO BUY?
There are a number of camera types, makes and models for almost any price tag and requirement. So, many people are getting confused about which camera to buy. Many will end up in buying a camera by considering its visual appeal or advertisement and then realize that it does not serve their purpose.
Remember, resale value of present day digital camera will drop down to 75% of its market price, even if you try to sell it as soon as you purchase! There are some points to remember before buying any camera. Main things are Purpose and purse! 1] Purpose of buying a camera. For a common man, point and shoot camera is enough. But if you are really interested in photography, then think of a good camera with all the automatic and manual controls. Then only you can take full advantage of the camera.
2] Affordability of your purse. A good camera naturally costs more. In the spirit of buying, do not over spend. Technology will be changing and investing too much is also a waste. 3] Ease of carrying it. Most of the people will have good big cameras, since it is difficult to carry, they will end up in keeping the camera in the shelf and taking pictures in mobile camera! So, compactness matters a lot. 4] One type of camera cannot do everything!
We cannot expect one type of camera to suite every purpose. So, many photographers will have more than one camera, like a big one with all controls, for serious photography and a compact one for simple events. This is ideal, if you can afford.
Note: Decide the type of the camera only after reading the basics completely.
Basic controls in a camera.
There are six basic variables that are to be understood and controlled. They are:
Depth of field
P, A, S and M modes.
With all these explained, I have written a book on photography. It explains fundamentals one should actually have to learn. It is having illustrations with lots of photos. There are examples which will show the importance of depth of field, shutter speed and effect of light.
Also, colour temperature depends on light falling on the objects.