What Type of Camera Is Best for Taking Professional Photos?

by Elizabeth Streeter

In the photography world, the word professional is subjective. Most cameras possess the ability to take professional photos. The person behind the camera, however, makes all the difference. That being said, some cameras may perform better than others when it comes to taking professional photographs. Features available in single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras make them the best choice for taking professional photos.

Digital v. Film

Today, most professional photographs are captured with digital SLR cameras. But, some career photographers still use film. Both types of cameras are more than able to produce excellent photographs. But, digital cameras may offer more advantages, such as allowing the photographer to view and gauge the quality of the photos immediately. The images can also be edited later with computer software. Another bonus is that digital cameras eliminate the need to carry extra film and different types of film.


The best camera for taking professional photos offers various methods of creative control. A camera with a large International Organization for Standardization (ISO) range will allow a photographer to capture photos in dark places. ISO refers to the camera sensor's sensitivity to light. High ISO levels, however, must produce acceptable pictures with a low amount of noise or graininess in the photos. Professional cameras also offer manual control that allows the users to manipulate technical aspects such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and flash levels.


Professional photos are often taken with cameras that have interchangeable lenses. Two basic types of lenses are available. The zoom lens allows the user to vary the focal length of the camera by either drawing near to the subject or moving away from the subject. Prime lenses, on the other hand, are fixed lengths. Basically, a photographer must zoom by walking closer or walking away from the subject of the photograph.


Cameras that take professional photos need to be durable. Most photographs are taken in a variety of places. Durability ensures that the camera is capable of handling some sort of damage, from the occasional fall or a light drizzle outdoors. Features to consider when looking for a professional-quality camera include weather sealing, a well-built body and shutter-life expectancy.


Professional photography involves more than a capable camera and expensive accessories. Taking professional photographs require a combination of skill, knowledge and experience. These elements can be gained through classes, books, and practice. Local colleges sometimes offer photography classes on-line or on campus.

About the Author

Elizabeth Streeter has been writing professionally since 2000. She specializes in subjects ranging from how to live a happier life to potentially harmful food and drug-related interactions. Streeter has written for "Family Circle," "Woman's Day," "Natural Health" and "Fitness." Streeter holds a Bachelor of Science in nutrition science from Auburn University and is currently working towards a Master of Arts in psychology.

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