starter SLR recommendation

I get this question a lot especially during the holidays. These camera’s are really great but if you want pro looking photography no matter what camera or lens you buy this isn’t going to make your pictures look like a Professional took them. The reason being is that a Professional Photographer who gives and takes professional photograph’s has extensive training in photography, camera settings, posing, composition and post processing, art, perspective, software editing, lighting, read tons of books on photography,  etc.

These camera are a great nice basic camera that take good pictures but are NOT professional in any means.  A Professional Photographer will have an artistic eye for taking pictures a talent that isn’t like just taking one of these camera’s and pointing them at a subject and getting something pretty. A Professional Photographer has years and years of practice and hours upon hours of shooting for their portfolio. I am writing this because I don’t want to recommend these camera’s to my friends/clients thinking that these camera’s will give you the same results as a Professional Photographer would.

Another thing is a Pro should be using over $5,000- $10,000 in equipment to take pictures of your family. Plus software that costs over $400 a year to use to edit with, plus many more things.

Yes you can get creamy backgrounds from some of the lenses but your photos will not have the exact same artistic look. – be aware before investing a lot of money into a camera you don’t know how to you or won’t take the time to learn it. It’s usually best to invest your money into hiring a family photographer someone who will capture moments of your children you won’t be able to do yourself without having an artistic eye for photography.

What is the best  starting SLR model for a camera that you would  recommendation?

Point and Shoot: we bought a Nikon for around $140 and it took horrible photos. We had a Canon PowerShot SD 12mp before and LOVED it. I will be buying that one again.

Here is the middle priced one and they go up and down in price but it’s a great camera!


CANON POWERSHOT SD – great pocket camera

These are not  professional model’s just a good base starter camera’s. Amazon and Costco usually have the best prices for these camera’s. Costco you can sometimes get an extra lens with it as well. Plus their return policy is the best. But Amazon has no tax so that is a big plus!.

I currently a Nikon girl but am going to buy  love  Canon just the same. The lenses are much lower in price than Nikon by hundreds of dollars. Or I would LOVE a $5,000 Nikon D3 that’s a dream camera. The thing is you have to decide which one you want first because you can’t change lenses. So Nikon lenses will not go onto a Canon camera. Think and do your research before you invest $ into your lenses.

Canon has warmer colors and Nikon has cooler colors but this year the camera’s white balance is really great for fixing it. . Which of course you can change in software.. These camera’s will probably changed by next year so keep that in mind if you are reading this now.

I do not know if one is easier than the other because I have mostly used Nikon. You can borrow one to see from

Here is a great site that compares Nikon and Canon starter SLR camera’s

Starter SLR Camera – for average family but not intended for professional looking photos

Nikon D3000 10.2MP – 2013- comes with a lens

Nikon D5000 12.3 MP :

Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP :$474

Canon EOS Rebel T1i 15.1 MP:

Canon EOS 60D 18 MP 



Nikon D3000

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