Your DSLR Shopping Guide with Knowles Photography

Your guide to purchasing a new DSLR Camera or Lens

By – Knowles Photography

 

Investing in your first DSLR camera can a little bit overwhelming! Where do you even start? How do you know what’s the best to get? What do those some of these letters and numbers even mean? It’s like a whole new language to you.  Well, don’t worry, I am here to help get you started!

Take a few minutes to check out all the tips that I have to help you make that next big investment into the right camera for you!

Here are the questions I might ask myself when looking to buy a new camera. Don’t worry I will go into each one in more detail for you below.

  1. Who am I buying the camera for and what are their needs?
  2. How much am I willing to spend?
  3. What brand do I want?
  4. Where do I want to shop?
  5. What lens do I need?

Scroll down and lets break down each question in more detail to help get you the answers you need for your own shopping needs.

 

WHO AM I BUYING THE CAMERA FOR & WHAT ARE THEIR NEEDS?

Knowing who you are buying for is the first place to start. Are you buying for yourself or someone else? What are their needs or what will they mostly be using the camera for? Will it be for family portraits, landscape from their travels, their cute puppy, their baby’s first milestone of crawling, or maybe their kids sporting events. Knowing these answers and keeping them in mind when answering the next questions will help determine those answers as well.

 

HOW MUCH AM I WILLING TO SPEND?

An entry level camera can start around $400 and it goes straight up from there. Some of the top professional level cameras can be upwards of $3000 for just the body!! You will want to leave yourself a cushion to factor in other items and accessories you may need for your new camera such as memory cards, a padded camera bag, extra batteries and lens, warranty and taxes depending on where you are shopping.

 

WHAT BRAND DO I WANT?

There will always be this big debate in the photography world with Canon vs Nikon. As for me I am a Canon person, but that is because my first camera was Canon and I never had issues so no need to change something that wasn’t broken. I have good photography friends that use Nikon. Both are great big name and trusted brands. I do not think you can go wrong with either. Plus sticking with one of these two could make it easier for you too. There are many resources out there to help you if needed.  If you are not sure which one is right for you, this blog does a great job comparing the two brands.

Another thing I would say to consider when deciding which camera might be best for you is reading some of the reviews. Reviews can give you an honest opinion on the camera from a consumers perspective. There can be minor differences in prices and between models. So I’d say do your homework and read through some reviews.

Compare Nikons Models

Compare Canons Models

 

WHERE DO I WANT TO SHOP?

There are so many places you can shop these days and lots of places online. So be careful when you are shopping online you want to make sure you aren’t just getting the best deal but also the best product that comes along with it. For your first DSLR I would recommend sticking with more known retailers. Make sure you compare your prices with what is included in the price too!! You can also check the refurbished category too for possible savings.

Here are some of the recommended places I would take a look at for buying your camera:

 

WHAT LENS DO I NEED?

If you purchase a bundle deal it will most likely come with your basic kit lens, which to be honest will be good for most of your everyday photography needs as you will be able to zoom some, do portraits, and landscape. If you are looking to add another lens to your bag and starting your photography business I would recommend the 50mm 1.8 lens. It is a great entry level lens and it has a nickname in the photography world as the “Nifty Fifty” as it is a super great investment and great price to go with it.

If you are looking to take pictures from farther away for maybe sports or traveling I would maybe look into a longer zoom lens that goes up to 200mm or 300mm.

 

ARE YOU READY TO START TAKING BETTER PHOTOS?

If you are ready to start taking better photos with your new camera and see what else you can do with your camera, I’d love to help guide you through our DSLR 101 Workshop. It is launching in January 2019 and it will be an in person 2 hour workshop to allow you hands on with your camera during the entire class. You will get to practice what is taught and put it into action right away. I would love to help you take control of your camera. So come #ClickItWithKP at your DSLR 101 Workshop.

LETS LEARN MORE NOW

Amanda @ Knowles Photography

 

Knowles Photography specializes in maternity, newborn and family photography servicing the Charlotte, Monroe and Marshville NC surrounding areas.

Cozy Holiday Session – Sneak Peek – Monroe Charlotte Marshville NC Photographer

I could’t resist posting a few quick sneak peeks from this family’s session.

I love when I get the opportunity to see my little newborn buddies grow up. I feel like it wasn’t too long ago when we photographed his newborn session. Want to go back through memory lane with me? Hop on back in time with me by seeing his newborn pictures HERE.

This little man has grown so much! I even brought the same chair back that we used in his newborn session, BUT you will have to wait and see the final reveal for that cuteness. 🙂

I was even more excited to photograph his whole family this time. I had a blast and cannot wait to finish editing the rest of them to share with his family.

Looking forward to his sitter session next. Yay!!

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Ready to get updated family pictures for your family? Contact me today and we can start planning your next family or milestone session.

Amanda @ Knowles Photography

Santa Experience Session – Knowles Photography – Monroe Marshville Charlotte NC Kids Photographer

Santa Claus is coming to town…..wait to the Knowles Photography studio!!!

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Want to give your kids a full Santa Claus experience? Do you want more than just waiting in a long mouse maze line only to be rushed through a short three minutes with only sitting on Santa’s lap? Leaving with your kids wanting more time with Santa. Why not give them the “more”?!?!?!?!?

Now you can! Knowles Photography is sooooo excited to offer our first ever Santa Experience Sessions. Your kids will love the time they get to spend with Santa and the memories you get to see them make. They will be talking about it for days if not weeks after they experience Santa.

Image of 2018 Santa Experience Session
Your little one will have 15 minutes of one on one quality time with the Big Guy himself. Let them experience some holiday magic with Santa and helping him put the finishing touches at Santa’s workshop. Come avoid the long lines, wait times and other distractions from the mall or other Santa lines. 

During the Santa Experience they will be able to partake in some of these experiences with Santa:

– See where Santa travels on Christmas Eve

– Help Santa find their names on the Nice List

– Read a story with Santa

– Put finishing touches on Santa’s toys

– Tell Santa what they wish for Christmas

-And of course give Santa hugs before leaving

WHEN: NOVEMBER 17, 2018

DETAILS: $325, 15 minutes, 12 digital images, online viewing gallery and option to purchase additional heirloom products, prints and exclusive products

LOCATION: Knowles Photography property in Marshville, NC just outside of Charlotte & Monroe, NC.

** These sessions are for KIDS ONLY. NO family/parent shots, but I do tell parents to come picture ready in case you need to jump in if needed.

** Sessions are for SIBLINGS ONLY (if you want cousin/friend shots, please book back to back sessions)

Ready to claim your spot…head over HERE to claim yours!!

Head to the website and check out a sneak peek gallery at the Santa Experience your little one(s) could enjoy.

 

I can’t wait to see you at your session and capture their Santa Experience!!

Yay!

Amanda @ Knowles Photography

www.amandaknowlesphotography.com

 

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Sneak Peek Fall Mini Session – Monroe NC Family Photographer – Knowles Photography

It’s that time of year….pumpkin everything is starting to come out. So that means fall pictures too!! I love helping families get updated pictures. Our kids change so much so fast it is such an amazing feeling to capture these pictures for my clients.

This year’s Fall Mini Sessions are so cute on the Knowles Photography property and our barn. If you are wanting fall sessions, there is still one day available with September 29th. Want more information held over to the last blog post.

But for now let’s check out this adorable family’s sneak peek from their fall session. They were such the cutest family and I fell in love with their sweet sweet daughter. I mean how freaking cute is she?!?!?! Plus the clouds were just PERFECT for their session too!! I cannot wait to show her parents the rest of their pictures from the session.

 

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Contact me today on the website and we can start planning your sessions today. I can’t wait!!

Amanda @ Knowles Photography

 

Fall Mini Session – Thank you teachers!! – Charlotte Monroe Marshville NC Family Photographer – Knowles Photography

FALL MINI SESSIONS PLUS A SPECIAL THANK YOU FOR TEACHERS!!

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It’s that time of year. It’s starting to cool down (a little) and kids are back in school. Its the perfect time to get some updated pictures at the beginning of the school year because we all know too well how much our kids or family can change over a year.

I am currently offering Fall Mini Sessions in September 2018. Book yours now as there are limited dates available. I know what you are thinking….”Tell Me More”….”Okay!!!”

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Fall Mini Sessions:

  • 10 Minute Session Times
  • 3 Digital images with print release
  • Edited online gallery of 10 images to choose from
  • Only $145
  • Can be family, children, and pets welcome

BUT!!! Are you a Teacher???

I am offering the first 5 Teachers who sign up and provide their current school ID a FREE SESSION.

OHHHH!!

The next 5 teachers who sign up will receive 50% off their session with their current school year ID.

Teachers, you have worked hard to get ready for our kids to come back and I wanted to do a little something for you and the service you provide to our children.

Enter your name and email address below if you are interested in more information, ready to book your fall mini session or want to claim one of the teacher spots.

 

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What are Fresh 48 Sessions? Monroe NC Newborn Photographer – Knowles Photography

What is a Fresh 48 Session?

I hear you asking yourself or a friend, what is a fresh 48 session. No worries. I got you covered. 🙂 I wanted to answer a lot of questions and why these sessions are so cool.

These are such a special session for all families who had just had a newborn without having the entire labor and delivery documented, but still want to capture those first days of life. The sessions are held within the first 24-48 hours of the little one’s life from being born. These are more lifestyle capturing the those tender moments you have in the hospital after delivering a baby. It is an amazing feeling to know you have these memories captured for you and your family to look back on and remember those amazing moments you created. Some of the lifestyle moments could include babies first yawn, wrinkly toes, possibly their first bath, meeting siblings or grandparents for the first time, siblings peeking into bassinet, feeding the baby, those first baby snuggles in the hospital bed gazing and in aw of the most beautiful baby YOU created. All of these are such special moments and you definitely don’t want to forget any of them.

These sessions can be taken in the hospital, birthing center or in your home…wherever you chose to deliver your baby. These sessions are not the same as my typical newborn session as there is no posing the baby and I will not bring any props. The length of sessions can last up to 30 minutes of time needed for the session to capture all of these first memories.

It is all about you and your baby while capturing those sweet tender little moments in a fresh organic kind of way.

 

My Fresh 48 Session are currently only available to my current clients that have booked a maternity or newborn session. This is the only session that I make an all inclusive session meaning it is one price that includes the digitals as well. You still have the option to purchase any prints or albums.

Book your maternity & newborn session and receive a complimentary Fresh 48 Session.  Yay!!

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I’d love to help plan your Maternity, Newborn & Fresh 48 sessions. Contact me today on the website and we can start planning your sessions today. I can’t wait for my next baby snuggle session.

Amanda @ Knowles Photography

 

Nathaniel Sitter Session I Charlotte Child Photographer I Knowles Photography

This little guy was “Beary” cute for his sitter session.

Sitter sessions are the perfect little session to capture one of the big milestones our little ones have within the first year. They are generally taken around 6-9 months when they can sit unassisted.

Want more information or ready to book your sitter session…head over to the website and click contact us. I can’t wait to start planning your little one’s session.

Amanda @ Knowles Photography

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