Getting Into Photography?

These Cameras

Might Be Perfect

For You!

By Kyzia Maramara

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Photography is probably one of the greatest hobbies you can cultivate. It hones your creative eye, letting you see mundane things in an artistic light. Photography also serves as a preservation of a moment, no matter how annoyed you get with your friends who always seem to be snapping photos during important events, you’ll be grateful they preserved the memories afterward.

If you’re just getting into photography, it’s beneficial to know as much as you can about the different types of cameras so you can properly figure out which one suits you the best.

Mirrorless and DSLR Cameras

Everybody owns at least a DSLR or Mirrorless camera these days. DSLRs are the bulky digital cameras you most likely picture in your head when people say ‘digital camera.’ They’re perfect professional cameras for any situation, creating clear and beautiful shots. You can also attach a wide array of lenses to the body.
Mirrorless cameras recently entered the photography game, they can do anything DSLRs can, the difference is they’re compact and easier to lug around. The downside is most mirrorless cameras won’t allow you to change lenses and have tricky automatic focus, but it delivers photo quality as great as DSLRs nonetheless.

Film Camera

Shooting with a film camera is always coupled with an excitement DSLRs can’t provide, you’ll never know if your shots are great unless you get the film roll developed and then you adjust your shooting style from there.
There are hundreds of film camera models out there waiting for your creative direction. You can purchase second-hand analog cameras and film rolls online via Film4ever, Analogique, Lomomanila Marketplace, and Film Folk. Once you’ve used up a roll, get them developed at Sunny16 Lab!

 

Disposable/Toy cameras

This is an easy point and shoot camera that no Huji app can replicate. Its only difference with phone cameras is that you have limited shots which, in my opinion, makes it all the more fun. With disposable cameras, you get conscious about which parts of your day are really worth immortalizing.
Disposable cameras range from Php 500 – 700 depending on the type and where you get them. Online, you can purchase them at Film Folk, look for them on Facebook marketplace, or even at Carousell. They’re cheaper if you buy them in Japan or Hong Kong so if you know somebody going there, hoard disposables! You can also get them developed at Sunny16 Lab.

 

Instax

Another fun way to take photos is through Instax film where you can capture precious moments and get to print them instantly! Instax has a charm that all the other cameras don’t, for starters, the printed photos are designed to last you a lifetime so one day you can look back at a shoebox full of polaroids and reminisce.
Instax recently launched their newest camera, the Instax Square SQ6. The prints are in a spacious square format so you don’t have to choose between landscape and portrait. Instax Square SQ6 also automatically adjusts the brightness and darkness of your photo, allows you to take perfect selfies, and is equipped with cool filters. That’s not even the best part! With Square SQ6, you can print photos in Double Exposure Mode, just press the shutter twice to capture an artistic shot with two images in the same print.
Visit instax.ph and follow their official Facebook page for more information!

Paper Shoot

A Paper Shoot camera serves as a unique and fun way to take photos. They are eco-friendly, stylish, affordable digital cameras with a casing made out of stone paper, with the size of a cassette tape! The shots are unlimited too, as long as you still have space in your SD card. These cameras are lightweight and come in quirky designs, they serve as a perfect tool for teaching kids the basics of photography. You can immediately view your shots once you plug the memory card to the computer.

Action cameras

In today’s world of thrill seekers and adventurers, there’s an endless demand for action cameras. Action cameras are small and compact, perfect for trips anywhere. You can mount them on your bike, on your bag, on your helmet, and you can even take them for a swim. They serve as a witness to every adventurer’s travel.
GoPro is a well-known action camera which produces great quality photo and video even in dark lighting. For those thinking the price is ridiculous, there’s still the SJ Cam which performs as well as GoPros but half the price, and Supremo 4K which is affordable but doesn’t really do much in low light.

 

Phone Camera

Not all phone cameras produce great photos but they are easily accessible seeing as we never leave the house without our phones. The quality, or megapixels, ranges from phone brand and model to phone brand. The iPhone series all have amazing camera qualities that some people can even shoot music videos with it!
The trick to taking good photos with your phone camera is first watching a tutorial on the different camera functions for the specific brand and then exploring all that your camera has to offer. Purchase a phone with great depth of field in the camera, it’ll do wonders for your shots!

 

Drone

There’s no better way to record your adventures than by capturing breathtaking drone shots of the place. Drones aren’t at all hard to transport, they’re becoming more and more compact with each new model launched. You can keep them in a backpack-sized hard case or purchase ones that can actually fit in your bag. Reap the social media benefits of having great photos in your feed courtesy of your awesome drone shots.

Which camera do you like the most? Share it with us below!

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