Af­ford­able pho­tog­ra­phy

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - WEEKENDSHOPPER - - CHAR­LOTTE DU­RUT

WITH the in­flux of dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy, cam­eras have never been so ac­ces­si­ble or af­ford­able with ev­ery­one from chil­dren to fam­i­lies en­joy­ing their chance at pho­tog­ra­phy.

Week­end Shop­per also fea­tures a sec­tion on Pho­to­graphic Equip­ment, al­low­ing am­a­teurs and pro­fes­sion­als to buy and sell not only cam­eras but lenses, tripods, and carry bags.

Mem­ber­ship of­fi­cer for the Queens­land Cam­era Group (QCG), Gay Ed­wards said dig­i­tal cam­eras al­lowed peo­ple of all ages to en­joy pho­tog­ra­phy which had re­sulted in in­creased mem­ber­ships in clubs such as QCG. “We have a lot more peo­ple join­ing up more quickly,” Mrs Ed­wards said. “We’re also find­ing many keen cam­era en­thu­si­asts are peo­ple in their late 20s and early 30s who love tak­ing pho­tos of their fam­i­lies and chil­dren.”

Mrs Ed­wards ad­vised peo­ple buy­ing sec­ond-hand cam­eras and equip­ment to stick with a well known brand.

“Many more ex­pe­ri­enced pho­tog­ra­phers al­ready know this con­cept of 'brand loy­alty' af­ter switch­ing from film to dig­i­tal cam­eras,” she said.

“As with all tech­no­log­i­cal equip­ment, it’s a good idea not to prac­tice false econ­omy with cam­eras as you will get what you pay for. “Don’t buy a cam­era which is more than a few years old. “Say­ing that, many peo­ple buy a new cam­era sim­ply be­cause they are up­grad­ing to an­other model not be­cause any­thing is wrong with their cur­rent equip­ment. “So it can be a good idea to ask peo­ple why they’re sell­ing their cam­era.” Mrs Ed­wards also ad­vised pho­tog­ra­phy en­thu­si­asts to get their cam­era ser­viced reg­u­larly, ask peo­ple for ad­vice, and carry the cam­era man­ual with them at all times for fur­ther as­sis­tance.

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