Since the advent of photography and the motion picture, picture taking and making has always been an exclusive and expensive hobby, limited by the expense of the equipment needed to compose and produce fine images. Whereas a master painter can use the same, inexpensive set of oil paints and canvas as an amateur and produce a fine work of art, the quality and impressiveness of photography and film making depends in large part on the quality of the technology used to produce it.
Fortunately for the photo enthusiast, however, the exclusivity of photo technology has diminished over the years, becoming increasing company, feature-rich, and affordable. We’ve seen this most recently with the rise in popularity of high end smartphones with 8 megapixel camera sensors, as discussed in another blog article. The result has been a shift in the DSLR market, wherein entry models are becoming more affordable, so that the amateur photographer who prefers their smartphone for taking snapshots can now afford a higher-end DSLR.