It has been a while since I have started teaching photography to amateurs, hobbyists and aspiring shutterbugs. Most often, I come across two kinds of students: the ones who have bought a DSLR camera, but don’t know how to use it; and the one who don’t have a DSLR yet, but are contemplating about buying one. Before even thinking about which model to buy, ask yourself if you are worthy of possessing a DSLR.

I have seen umpteen number of people going ‘click click’ with their swanky DSLRs, albeit using it in the automatic mode. Let me burst the bubble for you. Carrying a fancy camera doesn’t make you a good photographer. What can make you better is the knowledge of how to put your camera to optimum use. Don’t buy a DSLR just because there is a discount sale on an ecommerce portal. Invest in a DSLR camera only when you think you are ready to take your photography skills to the next level. Before you buy the camera, ask yourself these questions.