I swear this entire digital photography thing is simply a scam. A scam meant to separate folks from their money and create headaches bordering upon migraines.
Camera body. Software. Lenses. Flashes. Picture formats. Media cards. Tripods. Photo hosting web sites. Blogs about photography. Magazines. Geo-tagging. Pixel density. Full frame versus non-full-frame. Image stabilization (lens- or camera-based). Batteries. Chargers. Filters. And accessory after accessory after accessory after accessory.
It has been difficult enough coming to terms with which system to purchase. After all, whatever camera you buy has a direct impact on what lenses, which flash, what accessories, etc. you will undoubtedly accumulate over time. However I now have to consider whether or not to use filters, and then what filters to use, and should I buy the right size for my lens or buy step-up bezels and buy just one filter for that size for use with all my lenses, blah, blah, blah.
And which software do I use to work with RAW images (which I’ve never done before and I confess the idea slightly terrifies me)? There is the software which came with the camera. There is my copy of PhotoShop Elements 6.0, which I haven’t yet installed on the ol’ computer. And how about the program I downloaded for free from PhotoOne (free with the purchase of my SanDisk media card)? Which is the best? Which will most intuitive to use? Which will render the best results with the minimum of fuss?
Should I keep my home-built desktop PC or buy a Mac?
It’s simply not enough that I have to obtain a better and more full understanding of the BASICS of photography, but I also have to be technologically savvy to deal with computers and software. I swear…..it’s almost enough to make me think that my Canon A630 point-and-shoot was more than enough camera for me. It has full manual controls, great battery life and solid (but not great) image quality. If it weren’t for the horrible results that come with the flash, rubbish results at anything above ISO 400 and the sluggish response after pressing the shutter release (a curse of all point-and-shoots) I would leave dSLR behind and enjoy the simple pleasure that comes without thinking and just taking pictures.
But that doesn’t give me anything to bitch and whine about, now does it? 😉