I chose a Canon 7D because of the amazing video quality and variable frame rates available to me. I shoot plenty of video, both for my own projects as well as for a couple of web-tv projects I work on.
Wanting to make the transition to shooting quality music videos with local bands has introduced me to the new world of DSLR movie making.
However I digress. Sooner rather than later the inevitable happens when I have a decent bit of kit lying around the place; I play with it. Although more comfortable shooting video I was curious enough to try to pick up a few tips on using the new camera for its intended originally intended purpose - photography. I have plenty of friends in this field so I was not short on good pointers.
Previous to owning a DSLR I had only ever found use for a point and shoot, while it's true I had a reasonable working knowledge of shot composition (from my video work) which I used when taking pictures with a point and shoot - I didn't fully appreciate the different effect you get from alternate focal lengths when using "proper" lenses - till now that is.
Whilst I am a long way from perfecting the skill of DSLR photography I find some of the photos I manage to get are motivation enough to keep me wanting to practice more. I have to admit, it's a really nice change of pace, no rushing to get action when it happens or re-shoot due to sound problems, wardrobe problems etc. I can go somewhere, take my time setting up a shot, sit in a chair, enjoy myself and take in my surroundings.
I reckon the 7D has paid for itself just in terms of therapeutic benefits and relaxation!
- Auki Henry