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5 Entry-Level DSLR Cameras for Startup Photographers

5 Entry-Level DSLR Cameras for Startup Photographers

Are you ready to take your photography to the next step and to look for entry-level DSLR cameras? In contrast to the compact cameras, DSLR is a big step up when it comes to image quality. It offers the user a far more manual control and provides the full opportunity to change the lenses to fulfill the demands of individual projects. You can also consider buying a mirrorless camera if you’re an amateur photographer, but you won’t be able to find an electronic viewfinder with 4k consumer camera at the same price as a DSLR. So, it’s all up to you now!

1. Nikon D3300

Let’s start with the Nikon’s D3300 DSLR camera. It features 24.2-megapixel sensor with the least image noise, which is ISO3200; it produces better results at high sensor sensitivities. Similar to the other Nikon’s pricey DSLR’s, it comes with a non-anti-aliasing filter that helps in maximizing the sharpness of the images. It’s an easy-to-use camera with the smart guidance mode – which is a helpful learning tool to understand the significant camera features along with the collapsible 18 to 55mm lens kit. I know, it’s a shame that you won’t get a touchscreen in this model and Wifi connectivity feature. However, you will get a Wi-Fi adapter.

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2. Canon EOS 750D

Now comes the Canon 750D, which is the latest addition to the EOS category. It’s a pricey camera, but the features it contains is worth it. It has a 24.2 MP sensor that will produce stunning, high-quality images with significantly lower noise with higher ISO sensitivity. The canon’s 750D also comes with an improved auto-focus feature and the exposure metering systems, which were lacking in the Canon’s 700D model. 750D also comes with the NFC pairing and Wi-Fi feature. Even though it looks the same as its predecessor, meaning you’ll enjoy the touch screen.

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3. Nikon D5500

When it comes to the Nikon D5500, it’s the direct competitor of the 750D. Nikon’s 3000 range of cameras is specially designed for the price-conscious amateur photographers and on the other hand, D5000 range is for those who wants to play with creativity. Nikon D5500 has been the first ever in the entire series to be launched with the touch screen feature along with the Wi-Fi feature. But, still, it lacks the GPS facility and also, its autofocus speed is too low. Its 24.2 MP non-anti-aliasing sensor is good and delivers excellent and clear photos.

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4. Canon EOS 760D

Canon launched two versions of the EOS 700D, which is 750D and the 760D; which can be confusing. In fact, 750D and the 760D are almost identical internally. But, when it comes to the external controls, there’s a significant difference, particularly the inclusion of an LCD and a rear thumb wheel. These advanced features are only present in the professional models. If you’re an amateur photographer, then Canon EOS 750D is the best choice to go for.

5. Nikon D5300

Nikon’s D5300 was launched almost a year before the D5500 with some technical replacements. However, D5300 is a modern day camera as compared to the 700D. Both have the same 24.2-megapixel sensor with the same max ISO25600 image sensitiveness as for the D5500; whereas the replaced features of D5300 were autofocus (39-point) and the Expeed Four image processor. Although the D5300 doesn’t contain touch screen controls, you will get the GPS function. Moreover, D5500 gives more battery time than the D5300, but still, it’s a smarter purchase than the Canon 750D.

If you really are into photography, then you should invest in a DSLR camera that is good enough for amateurs. There are 5 models that are advisable for you: Nikon D3300, Canon EOS 750D, Nikon D5500, Canon EOS 760D and Nikon D5300. These cameras are user-friendly and come with a guidance mode to help you shoot top quality images despite being a beginner.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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