By Kate O’BrienA photographer in Los Angeles has found a way to save up to $2,000 per year on their rental camera.
Kate O’Brien, 25, had to use a camera she had bought at a thrift store, which she says is a “perfectly good” camera for her needs, but it also has a “lot of disadvantages.”
O’Brien said she had to buy a $700 DSLR, and she had been buying them for about a year.
“I was able to save $2.5,000 a year, but the problem was, you can only take photos that are about 1.6 feet wide and less than 100 feet long, so that means you’re going to have to take a lot of shots and take them at night, because it’s a dark place to take photos,” she said.
O’BRIEN said she was surprised to learn that her DSLR had a limited number of exposures, so she had trouble keeping track of them all.
“There’s no way to keep track of your photos in the dark,” she told ABC News.
“You need to find the right light for your subject, and you have to be very selective with the light that you shoot, so it’s very difficult to take lots of shots that are dark and then the subject is exposed to the light.”
She said that was especially true for portraits, where she could take only one photo at a time, and that it took her a long time to get them to look right.
“Once you get it right, you’ll probably never go back to that camera again,” she explained.
O-BRIENS photo of her son, who was born with congenital spina bifida and needs a specialised surgical procedure to correct his curvature, was one of the best-selling images on her Facebook page.
She said she bought the camera for $1,200 and that the price was so low that she was able just to rent it for the rest of her life.
“It’s a great camera, and it works really well,” she commented on her blog.
“The only thing I wish it did was have a little bit more processing so I could take more photos, but that’s not going to be a problem.”
As far as I’m concerned, this camera is one of my most valuable assets.
“O-BRIEN said her camera is a great addition to her collection, and even has a dedicated photo wall that shows her taking photos of herself.”
This camera works so well, and I can shoot my family, my friends and my pets.””
I feel like that’s the reason I love photography so much.”
This camera works so well, and I can shoot my family, my friends and my pets.
“With a camera like that, you know you can’t miss the little things, and if you miss them, you get embarrassed.”OBSERVER’S TIP: If you’re unsure about what to buy, consider a cheap camera with a small number of pictures.
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