Momtography | Choosing A Family Camera 101 | Indianapolis Family Photographer

Updated: Aug 3, 2018

If you're like most Moms you too may be obsessed with capturing all your family's moments -- but with all the cameras and technical blogs out there, how do you choose which camera is right for you? Here are 5 tips to consider when making your selection as well as a few suggestions based off our 10+ years of personal shooting experiences. Fear not #Momtographers, we have you covered!




1. What purpose will your camera serve?

This may seem like a silly question, but it's actually a critical one. Obviously you will be using your camera to take pictures but is your goal to take snap shots at an amusement park, zoo or pool? Or are you hopping to be able to change lenses and maybe create more portrait style images with beautiful blurry background? (This effect is call bokeh. Read about creating it here).


2. Do you want to shoot in MANUAL MODE or Auto?

If you're reading this thinking "what the heck is manual mode" then no, this is probably not a feature that you're going to need right away (if at all) and that's totally okay! However, if you're looking to peruse photography as a hobby or are wanting to elevate your current quality of photography a DSLR with manual mode would be idea.


Speak English: Manual mode cameras allows you to control the big 3 of photography: ISO (how sensitive the camera is to light), Shutter Speed (how fast the shutter fires) and F-Stop aka Aperture (how deep your depth of field is). If you're not sure you want to invest time in these concepts within the next 2 years, it's probably best to save that extra $ and buy a point & shoot.


Which leads me to...


3. Do you have a budget?

With cameras, as with cars, wedding dresses and first homes do not, I repeat DO NOT go looking at more expensive cameras then you can afford. A big price tag does not mean it's the right fit for your family. Like with all products there is a wide range of brands as well as "goods, better, bests" to select from and why pay top dollar for features you may not use?


Here is a good guide for budget expectations: