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Cameras For Non-Pros

I get this question all the time.

One of my brides is going on her honeymoon and she wants to know what camera to get.

Recently I had one bride who will be going to China. Another bride will be going to Ireland on her honeymoon.

They want to know what camera to get.

Below are my two recommendations – one priced low and one priced high.

And if you scroll down – I’ll also list three simple tips to make the most of your honeymoon or vacation.


CHOICE ONE – Low Priced – Canon Powershot SX280 HS – $319

I like this because¬† of two things – the “range” is darn good. It’s good for low light and bright.

The other thing I like is that it’s good for far away and close.

There is techno-geek talk to this. It’s 25 to 500. At my weddings – I have a range of 10 to 85.

Normally I don’t need to go further than 85 because I’m at a wedding and I’m right there.

But if your on vacation – you have things that are further away.

Also – file size is awesome and color is perfect. And it’s good for both bright and low light

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Digital Camera (Red)



Choice Two – High Priced – Nikon 1 J1 – $699

This is the more advanced choice. It’s a point and shoot as well.

The difference here is that it has a little better range. It comes with two lenses.

Best way that I can describe it – is a short and a long.

When I do my weddings – I actually only have four lenses. I have a very short – a 10.

And have a “wide” at 15. I have a 50 for my group shots. And I have an 85.

This one covers them all and more and the quality is incredible.

Nikon 1 J1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm / 30-110mm Lens (Red)

Three Tips for AMAZING Vacation Pictures

1) The Long and the Short of It: When most people are on vacation – their first thought is “Wow! That is so beautiful!” Click.

And what they are getting is what we see AT A DISTANCE.

That’s great and wonderful. But most of us are trained to look at things from a distance.

Take the time to look at things close up. Ask yourself – what is around me at at a 5 feet radius. What is around me at a 25 feet radius. What is around off of a 100 feet radius?

2) Bend, Climb… Lay Down: We see things from one angle. If your 5’8″ – you see things from the 5’8″ perspective.

Change that in your photos! Have fun!

Bend down and take a photo. Climb up to get a higher angle and shoot down.

Lay down on the ground and see what new angle you can find!

3) Have fun!: On the wedding photos that you may have received from me or another photographer. What was your favorite?

Not everything is about perfect composition or perfect exposure.

Have fun and challenge yourself to get a “neat photo” that only YOU will appreciate!


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