You can take basic pictures with a smartphone, but a DSLR camera is equipped with a higher quality sensor and offers you full control over key settings.

Basic Photography Workflow

Figure 1: Basic Photography Workflow

Key Settings



Focus (Manual, Auto)

Aperture Size

Shutter Speed

ISO (Light Sensitivity)

White Balance

Lighting and Background

This is one of the areas in photography that I find people struggling with most. It's no surprise since it is relatively easy to buy a good quality crop-frame or full-frame DSLR camera from a reputable company. In comparison, light control and scene creation are full of wild, unclear options even before you have some hardware to work with.

First of all, absolutely avoid spending money prematurely on equipment that is too bulky, heavy, fragile, specialized, and inconvenient to use.