Why Every Novice Photographer Should Invest In A Good Camera

Why Every Novice Photographer Should Invest In A Good Camera

Short-term investment with long-term results.

Over vacation, I made the decision to purchase my first nicer camera. And what I mean by "nicer camera" is something that isn't a cell phone and isn't a point and shoot camera where the lens retracts. I'm talking about a nice camera with a big detachable lens. I recently purchased a Canon EOS Rebel T6. All you camera experts, I know what you are thinking, and this article isn't for you! I am a new camera user, and plan to only go up from here.

Before I had this camera, all I had was my iPhone 6 as my trusty photo taker. But in reality, it wasn't that trusty at all. With limited phone storage, I couldn't rely on my phone much. I got to the point where I would just rely on my roommate to take all the pictures on her nice camera and then send them to me later. As much as I appreciate her being our designated photographer, I thought it was time that I get my feet wet and take on the responsibility of taking some of the pictures myself.

With this, I realized that I really missed out on taking photos and deciding what and what's not important enough to capture forever on my 32 gigabyte SD card. It simply feels nice to create your own memories in this capacity. Plus, having a nicer camera will keep you more intentional in taking pictures then the last minute thought to snap a picture with your iPhone. On vacation, I was able to take a larger number of photos and have more fun with it. Now my family doesn't have to worry about scavenging for pictures to prove that we really went on vacation!

Now you may be thinking that you don't want to break the bank on a camera. Well you don't have to. Your average camera will be around $400, but you can find one for as low as $250. When I bought my camera, for $500, I got the camera, two detachable lenses, and a case. I also got a coupon for a free Shutterfly book with the purchase of my camera. It's not a bad deal for a piece of equipment that can last for decades. My mom has had her Canon camera for about 15 years and all is still running smooth. It's not a bad return on your investment.

With the cameras being more affordable than in the past, they are also equipped with more features. My camera has built in wifi and I can transfer photos directly from my camera to my phone wirelessly and anywhere regardless of whether I have wifi or not. Having wifi on a nice camera now makes it easier to post fantastic pictures on Instagram. However, these features means that you can purchase an older model without the features for even cheaper.

Whatever kind of camera you decide to buy, just know that it will be worth it. You'll be able to better store a lot of great memories and can pick up a new hobby all in one purchase. Plus, why not channel your hipster by being a photographer?

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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Not Having The 'Picture Perfect' Body Shape Doesn't Mean You Can't Wear A Bikini

All shapes and size are acceptable and beautiful.


Summer has finally come again and it's now the time where everyone regrets not working out to get their "perfect" summer body. I'm here to say that these summer bodies everyone has been talking about are an unhealthy way to look at yourself and can hurt one's body image. If you're a size zero, that's great for you. If you're not a size zero, that is still great for you. There is no defined size that is required to wear a bikini during the summer, and there shouldn't be these unrealistic society norms on who can and can't wear them.

My entire life I was never worried about my size or how I look in a clothing item such as a bathing suit during the summer. I had always maintained a small figure from being active in grade school all the way through high school. Now that I am in college with no daily or weekly (and sometimes even monthly) exercise routine, I have gained weight and started to feel self conscious in what I look like in certain items that show my stomach. I don't look like the swimsuit models that are posted all over Instagram and started to feel that when summer came along I shouldn't be caught dead in a bathing suit or a shirt that showed any part of my stomach. I was beginning to feel bad about my body image because I didn't have the body shape or size that is considered to be a "society norm" and let it get to me. This is when I knew I needed to change my mindset, and not my physical appearance.

Just because someone isn't a certain size doesn't mean they should be shame into not wearing something they like or makes them feel good about themselves. Summertime is all about being in the sun at the beach or at the pool and getting a tan and getting in the water. This things require a swimsuit of some sort. The size and shape of someone's body shouldn't put a restriction on what type of bathing suit they choose to wear, and no one should comment on how they look in it in a negative manner. For some people, it's hard to lose weight just as it is hard for some people to gain weight. Society is always making remarks about girls being "too small" or "too big" or comments that are similar to those and it's putting a negative effect on how women view themselves which makes it harder for them to have a sense of self love.

Let a woman feel good about herself in what she's wearing no matter her size and leave the rude comments to yourself. Whether she is a size 0 or greater, she is still adding beauty into the world. If you want to wear a bikini, then do it. Don't let the negative people in society harshen your summertime fun.

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