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10 Mistakes People Make When Buying a Camera


Outdoor and travel photographer John Greengo has spent years behind the counter of a camera store, helping people with their camera purchases. In this 8-minute talk, Greengo shares 10 of the biggest and most common mistakes he sees people making when shopping for a new camera.


Here’s a brief overview of the 10 mistakes he mentions:

1. Bad advice: Following the decisions of someone who doesn’t really know photography.
2. Underestimating what their money would buy: Temper your expectations.
3. Reality didn’t match ambitions: Know where your life is going.
4. Distracted by “special deals”: Having your purchases be influenced too much by sales.
5. Overthought the little items: Getting lost in insignificant details.
6. Thought more money would solve the problem: Is the most expensive gear really what you need?
7. Didn’t budget for the accessories: It’s not just about the camera.
8. Over-concerned about online reviews: Ignore the chatter.
9. Didn’t do the research: Know what you’re getting into.
10. Belief that a great camera takes great photos: Cameras are simply artistic tools.

(via CreativeLive via ISO 1200)