At this point I know nothing about cameras beyond the idea that you point at something and push a button, and it takes a picture. Terms like exposure, focal ratio, aperture, shutter speed, etc., currently have no meaning for me, and I'm not familiar with image-editing software beyond the tweaks I can do in iPhoto.
So, my approach might be a little backward in that I want to invest in a tool before knowing much about how to use it. Whatev.
Here are a few things about what I want to do with a camera:
- Take both close-up and long-distance shots of subjects (people, landscapes, plants, other objects).
- Avoid the lag with point-and-shoot models between pressing the button and capturing the image, and take a series of shots in rapid sequence.
- Take shots under a variety of incident lighting conditions, especially at night.
- Avoid the type of parallax error in a shot in which, for example, a building takes up most of the frame, but the vertical edges lean in toward the center rather than appear vertical.
- Do a lot of macro work.
- Get clear, crisp images with no processing.
- Do some really cool processing.
- Learn how and when to use a tripod.