7 Questions That Will Help You Decide Which Camera To Buy


People often ask me for advice on which camera to buy. Most often they expect me to say, “Buy a Nikon” because that’s what I use. But that is not what I tell them.

If you were to ask me which camera you should buy I would first ask you a series of questions. From the answers, you give me I would guide you towards either a compact camera, mirrorless, or DSLR. So if you aren’t sure which camera to get, ask yourself these seven questions before you go shopping.

1. Why do you want a camera?

Doesn’t your phone take good enough photos? I’m not joking, this is a serious question.

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I know if you are asking questions about buying a new camera you’ve already given some thought to the decision and are reasonably serious about it. I’m looking for an answer telling me how your phone is failing you in your endeavors to make photos. I want to know what you are hoping a camera will do that your phone cannot. Your answer will help me guide you towarwd the type of camera that will best suit you and your needs.

2. How and when will you use your camera?

The answer to this question will help determine what size camera to buy. Recently I’ve had two friends who are embarking on a once in a lifetime traveling experience ask me about what camera to buy. Both were thinking of buying DSLRs, expecting that those big cameras would give them the best results. But, I encouraged them each not to buy a DSLR because they are big and heavy!

It’s often said that the best camera is the one you have with you. If your camera is reasonably small you are more likely to want to carry it everywhere with you while traveling. Read more on this subject here: Must Have Gear for Travel Photography Newbies.

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If you want to mainly use a camera to photograph products for your online store or to take pics of your garden I would be more likely to suggest you look at DSLRs (depending on the answers you give to some of the following questions).

The size and weight of a camera must be seriously considered because it’s no good buying a camera you find too big and heavy to carry with you. You will not use it often and will be disappointed with your purchase.

3. What will you use the photos for?

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Your answer to this question will ascertain the level of image quality you will need. These days most people want photos to share on social media. If this is you, then you will not need a camera with the maximum megapixels available! Most compact cameras these days will produce images of high enough pixel quality for social media posting.

Producing prints, photo books or photos to sell online will require a camera with a larger sensor. For people who enjoy time in front of their computers post-processing photos, more megapixels and a larger sensors in DSLR and mirrorless models will be an advantage. Which leads me to the next question.

4. Do you take time to post-process your photos?

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If you enjoy taking the time to do some post-processing on your photos and want to maintain high technical results, this starts to narrow down your camera options. Generally, cameras with larger sensors will produce photos that hold up to more post-processing. For example, a full frame sensor (36mm X 24mm) containing 24 megapixels will allow more post-processing before the image starts to deteriorate than a smaller 24 megapixel micro four thirds sensor (17.3mm X 13mm.)

You want to have confidence that your image quality will remain intact as you apply some color balancing and filters or more advanced post-processing techniques.

5. How big are your hands?

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Seriously! If you have small hands you will find it difficult to use a large camera. If you have big hands, you will find it more difficult to use a small camera. You will need to consider the layout of the buttons and dials on a camera so you are comfortable using it.

Some camera manufactures manage to design small cameras which have well configured layouts and are easy to use, others do not seem to do such a good job. Before you buy, go hold the cameras you have short listed in your hands and see how they feel.

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6. What’s your budget?

This is an obvious consideration for most people, but you are best to consider it along with these other questions, not separately. Sometimes budget limits your choice considerably. Sometimes the answers to other questions will lead you to purchase a camera and spend less than you may have thought initially. I think both my friends who asked for travel camera advice found this to be the case.

You may find a high-end compact camera with a one-inch sensor will give you more pleasure and provide high enough quality photos than a DSLR … because it’s small and you will take it with you everywhere.

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7. Do you have a preferred brand?

I do have a preferred brand of camera. But I will never push people to buy the brand I use just because I like it. If you are already familiar with a camera brand and are happy with it, that is a good reason to stick with it.

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Camera manufacturers often configure their cameras to feel and function the same with each upgrade they produce. I like it when I purchase a new camera that has the same feel in my hand as the one from which I’m upgrading. It makes it quicker and easier to start using the camera intuitively.

If you do not have a preferred brand I encourage you to stick with one of the major brands that fit within your budget.


Doing some careful research will help you make a decision to be able to buy a camera you’ll be satisfied with, one that will hopefully last you a long time. Using your new camera frequently and enrolling in a course or taking a few workshops will help you up-skill more quickly and gain more enjoyment from your purchase.

What other questions might you ask yourself before making a decision on which camera to buy? Do you have any other tips or advice for photography newbies just starting out? Please share in the comments section below.

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Learn The Art Of Growth Hacking With This Online Digital Marketing Masterclass (Only $15)

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It can be a long and tedious road to success. Growth Hacking is the best way to grow an online business in a short period of time without having to spend a small fortune. This Digital Marketing Masterclass is only $15 right now, and it’ll teach you the ins and outs of growth hacking and leave you with the skills to grow a business quickly.

If you want your web company to compete with the Silicon Valley tech giants, you need to think and market like them. This course will get you up to speed on all of the most important digital marketing tools on the market today, like Google Analytics, MailChimp, AdWords, and much more. You’ll learn how to use lean analytics, web traffic metrics, digital conversion funnels, perform LTV and CAC calculations, and much more. Once you can think and market like a growth hacker, you can even out the playing field, and start building a business like a boss.

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The 25 most high-tech cities in the world


Most high tech cities in the world

Cities are the way of the future.

In less than 35 years, the World Health Organization estimates that two-thirds of the world population will be living in urban areas. That’s an additional 2.5 billion people. The cities that will flourish the most are those that rely on cutting-edge technologies and create opportunities for people to develop new ones.

To get a sense of which cities do that the best, Business Insider consulted 2thinknow, a research firm that specializes in analyzing innovative cities, to rank the most high-tech cities in the world.

The firm chose 10 factors related to technological advancement — including the number of patents filed per capita, startups, tech venture capitalists, ranking in other innovation datasets, and level of smartphone use  — weighted them, and ranked a list of 85 cities accordingly.

If you want to know what the future will look like, these are the cities to keep an eye on.

SEE ALSO: 22 things we wish we’d known before moving to San Francisco

25. Washington, DC

The US capital has been rapidly expanding its tech scene over the last decade, growing its overall number of tech-related jobs by 50%.

In addition, more than 1,000 startups call DC home. The proximity to the federal government mixed with the deep pockets of nearby venture-capital firms makes starting a world-changing company an appealing prospect in the city.

24. Barcelona, Spain

The Spanish city cracked the top 25 for the first time since last year’s ranking, in particular for its growing population of industrial designers and prominent smartphone use.

Smartphone infrastructure is so sophisticated, in fact, that electrical boxes strewn around Barcelona contain computers that capture noise levels, traffic patterns, and how many selfies people take. 

23. Copenhagen, Denmark

What Copenhagen lacks in startup culture and venture capital, it makes up for with innovative urban planning and a strong contingent of industrial designers — factors that 2thinknow praises as signs the city prioritizes smart manufacturing.

By 2025, the city plans to sever its dependence on fossil fuel, due in large part to harnessed wind energy. Its robust bike culture and fleet of architecture firms allow Copenhagen to be a city that’s not just green, but beautiful.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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An iPhone-sized PC that could replace your desktop


An iPhone-sized PC that could replace your desktop

By Team CommerceMashable Shopping2017-08-08 15:58:01 UTC

For years, tech pundits have been saying that the smartphone is basically a pocket computer and we’ve all been having a good laugh. “Fitting a whole computer inside your pocket? That’s ridiculous. When I was your age, computers were so big that they took up an entire room.”

But now, you can buy an actual computer that fits in your pocket. Take, for example, the Ockel Sirius B Windows 10 Pocket PC. All you have to do is connect it to an HDMI display and plug in the power cord and your portable computer is up and running.

The Sirius B comes with WiFi and Bluetooth and contains two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, AUX in and out ports, and a Micro SD card slot. It also features a powerful Intel processor, 32GB of flash storage, and 2GB of RAM. Not bad for a computer that’s not much bigger than a wallet.

The Ockel Sirius B Windows 10 Pocket PC normally costs $249, but you can get it for just $189, a savings of 24 percent.

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Exercise You Should Be Doing: Planks



You’d be hard pressed to talk to someone that’s done any sort of working out in the past 5-7 year and not at least hear just a little bit about them doing planks. From the soccer mom who works out at her local health club to the bro hanging out at his rec center in the summer, damn near every single person that’s worked out has talked about planks.

Hell, planking is such a big deal that doing it in weird and ridiculous spots for Instagram and Facebook became one of those really weird Internet trends that everyone does.

When an exercise transcends popularity to the point that people are bragging about doing it at the Roman Coliseum and that means that just about everyone is doing it. And when just about everyone is doing something, there’s bound to be some hot takes and misinformation that comes along with it.

And that couldn’t be more true for the plank.

Weirdly enough, the plank, which is easily one of the most basic movements in existence, is often one of the most butchered exercises in gyms across the world. Which is a damn shame, because when done properly the plank can not only help you get better abs, but force you to get stronger, more stable, and less prone to injury when throwing weight around.

So over the next couple of articles we’re going to dig into the nuances of the plank, talk a bit about how to do them properly, and show you some of the finer points to pay attention to. But for today let’s roll with a brief overview to set the stage.

Everything is a plank.

There’s a reason why we’re about to spend roughly 3,000 words over the course of a few days talking about a plank. Because just about every single thing you do is a plank of some sort.

From the top of a squat to the top of a deadlift. From a farmer carry to bench press to just walking down the street. Every single little thing you do involves planking mechanics.

This is a for a couple of big reasons:

– The plank, at it’s most basic, is you keeping your core in a stacked and stable position.

– When your hips, ribs, and shoulders are in line you’re in a position of strength and stability. Which is ideal for lifting and moving.

It shouldn’t be that hard to see how a plank in itself is the most foundational movement that you can do in or outside of a weight room. And because of that, it warrants some practicing. Which might sound utterly ridiculous, but the truth is that most people don’t actually plank in a way in which they get their entire core to fire the way that they really want.

So in order to fix that, and get better abs in the process, here are 3 things you can start doing to take your planks to the next level:

Keep your ass as tight as possible.
It’s helpful to think of your ass muscles as like a seat belt for your lower back. When you can squeeze your ass you immediately pull your hips into a safer position because you reduce the chances that you’re hanging out on passive support structures of the hip and lower back. Things like tendons and ligaments instead of the muscle you want to use.

Tension is the name of the game.
Just hanging out in a plank position isn’t what we’re looking for when we want to get the most out of this movement. Instead you want to think about being as tight as possible. The more you can bring tension into the core, the more those muscles are going to fire, which means you get stronger and your abs look better.

Remember to breathe.
This isn’t some generic reminder that you need oxygen. Instead, it’s a reminder that when you forcibly exhale all of your hair your abs start to contract harder, which means each and every single ab movement becomes more effective. Kind of important, right?

The plank, when done properly, can easily become of the most effective and efficient movements you can do in a gym. There’s very little that compares to it when it comes to teaching you how to fire your core.

Sure, there are lots of people who argue that squats and deadlifts are all you need for that. And they wouldn’t necessarily be wrong. But in the next article in this series on planking I’ll walk you through why it’s not a zero sum game, and why working on your plank can actually make you a better squatter and deadlifter.

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Gundlach: Betting on the VIX is free money


Gundlach sees rising volatility

  • Repeats that he’s bearish on stock markets
  • I believe market will drop by December
  • VIX could easily go to 20 from 10
  • President has little to do with stock market
  • Makes bullish comments on gold

Gundlach has been bearish (and wrong) for more than a year.

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Roland has blue and red variants of the SH-01A coming


Roland’s original SH-101 came in red and blue in addition to gray, so it’s not surprising the SH-01A Boutique Series will also come with color variants.

Roland actually didn’t announce those alternate colors in today’s “8/08” announcement, but they did post colors on their website. Having seen the gray model, the new paint finish has a nice texture to it. It appears the color variants will be some kind of limited edition, but no details on that yet, since only the gray model was formally announced.

I think the real question will be, who will make a keytar-style mod of this? (The fact that it’s way smaller than the actual SH-101 will only make that cooler, if you can figure out how to hold it – ukulele style?) Also, anyone want to do a custom paint job for the ultra-rare white 101?

What you need to know about the Roland Boutique 101, 808 remakes

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US Officials Eye Blockchain Applications For Visas, Foreign Aid


The U.S. General Services Agency (GSA) has launched a new information portal in which it lists possible applications for blockchain technology under consideration by the federal government.

Unveiled quietly last week, the launch comes at a time when the GSA is becoming more public in its interest in blockchain technology, hosting a dedicated event for federal officials in July, and a month prior, revealing it is looking at ways to integrate the tech into its IT procurement systems.

While admittedly the process is in its early stages, the GSA said it has seen strong interest from other US federal agencies in its work, writing:

“We hosted the first U.S. Federal Blockchain Forum on July 18, 2017, uniting more than 100 federal managers from dozens of unique agencies to discuss use cases, limitations, and solutions. Agency teams submitted their own potential use cases for blockchain technology to our current repository of almost 200 submissions.”

Procurement, foreign aid and visa issuance are just a few of the use cases various agencies are said to be proposing, according to the website.

Other suggestions include:

  • Appropriated funds
  • Federal assistance and foreign aid delivery
  • Federal personnel workforce data
  • Financial management
  • Government-issued credentials like passports, SSN and birth certificates
  • IT asset and supply chain management
  • Patents, trademarks and copyrights
  • Procurement
  • Royalties
  • Smart contracts.

Notably, the GSA isn’t the only agency that is investigating blockchain’s possible use cases in supporting the functioning of government.

In June, CoinDesk reported that the Department of State (which leads the government’s diplomatic efforts) began seeking an intern to support a new Blockchain@State working group. That program is being overseen by the State Department’s Office of Global Partnerships.

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