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Before You Buy: Planning Your Photographic Purchase

Are you thinking about buying a new camera, adding a lens to your kit, upgrading your gear, switching brands, or going mirrorless? The camera best suited for casual or amateur use is very different from what is ideal for a professional shoot. The prospect of finding equipment best suited to the way you shoot can be daunting. This class will support your search for the perfect gear for your needs and demystify the buying process!

To help you decide, we’ll present an overview of the differences between DSLR, mirrorless, and compact cameras with an eye toward the types of uses for each. We will look at differences between lenses — focal lengths, aperture, and zooms versus primes. And we’ll cover accessories like flashes and tripods, and give you some guidance on when it’s worth spending money and where it’s okay to save.

Just in time for your holiday shopping, this class is designed for anyone who is buying a camera for the first time, considering an upgrade, thinking about changing camera brand or style or looking to find the perfect gift for someone else. This class will not teach camera operation or theory. If you’d like to learn how to use your camera, please sign up for Camera Basics or Out of the Box.

Registration & Fees:
$65 Regular price
Member enjoy 20% off


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Attention: This class has been moved online in response to the growing impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please register as you normally would, and Houston Center for Photography staff will update you with information and a link to take this course at it’s scheduled time. 

To participate in an online course, students will need access to a desktop, laptop, or tablet with an internet connection. If you have any questions about navigating our new system, please email education@hcponline.org for more information.



Class meets on Saturday:
December 12th
10:00 am – 12:00 pm CST



What to Bring to Class

Pen or pencil and paper for notes
Your Questions!


Mark Chen