Looking to purchase a camera for a loved one this holiday season?
Here's my biggest tip.
All semi-pro and pro cameras can take lovely photographs. I shoot with a Nikon, but I used to shoot film on a Canon. I know folks that use Sony and other brands. They're all wonderful. It's all about what a person likes and is comfortable with in terms of buttons, screens etc.
You'll find a lot of 'this is better than that' out there, but my advice is that it's the user that makes the photograph. The tool needs to fit your needs.
So start with what the person wants to photograph and work from there.
Do they want to shoot flowers? A good macro lens may be a good fit.
Sports? A camera that can take fast shots.
Portraits? There's a few timeless type portrait lenses out there like a 50mm and an 85mm. Incredibly flattering.
For the person looking for a doodad that can enhance their photography, I recommend a reflector. You'd be surprised how much a simple reflector can change the look of your photographs.
Melissa Niederkorn is a photographer based in Forest Lake, Minnesota.