Friday, September 18, 2009

Say Cheese

I got a new toy this week. I finally bought a digital SLR. I've had four point-and-shoot digital cameras since I stopped shooting film, all Nikon Coolpix models. I have been very happy with their portability and results.

My most recent is a Nikon Coolpix P1 which I've used for about 3 years now and which has taken most of the photos you've seen here. As a realtor I'm in and out of houses and need to take photos constantly. It's important to have something small and easy to use but with good results.

When I dug around my photography equpment after getting this new camera, I found the receipt for my last SLR bought in 1987. A Nikon 2000 with a couple lenses. A major investment at the time.

I'm no professional but I have been taking pictures since I was about 8 years old when my father had a makeshift darkroom in our basement, and I was developing black and white photos of my dog, Missey. I've taken a class here and there over the years but never really got too artsy with my photos.

Lately the point-and-shoot cameras just aren't cutting it for me. I miss having the flexibility of different lenses and mostly miss being able to take macro shots....close ups.

When I started doing some research into DSLR's I read good reviews of the Canon Rebel. My father always shot with a Canon so I thought I'd give this one a try. I bought a Canon EOS. I still need to purchase a macro lens.

In my perusing of so many blogs I see such fabulous photography, I'm inspired! I'm especially fascinated by the mosaics so many of you make with your photos. So now I've got some new stuff to learn and I'm looking forward to sharing some of the results with you.

13 comments:

Notes From the Grove said...

I am EXPLODING with jealosy!!! That is the EXACT camera I want! In fact, all week long I've been talking to my sister about how ALL I want for Christmas is THAT CAMERA.

Oh, I am green. GREEN with envy. I can't wait to see all your beautiful shots!

Badass Geek said...

Very nice! I've been shopping for a DSLR for a while, too, but they all seem to be just outside of my budget right now.

Looking forward to seeing your handiwork!

Just Breathe said...

Congratulations. I've been asking around the blog world about what camera people are using. I'm not quite ready to be a lens changer but I want to upgrade my point 'N shoot. My current camera takes beautiful photos but it's like 5 years old with a baby screen in back. I still want something easy to hold. Best of luck to you.

Vodka Logic said...

I have an "old fashioned" SLR and have been using a coolpix too, they are certainly easier to carry around and sneak into concerts :) but someday will get a DSLR..have fun and can't wait for the cool pix.

Shauna said...

I have the same camera. My husband surprised me with it a few months ago! You'll love it!

Pam said...

Congrats! It's hard to beat the portability of a point and shoot, but I'm sure you will be much happier with the quality of your pictures now.

Anita said...

how fun!! I hope you'll be very pleased with it. I can't wait to see the pictures you take now. Congrats

kaye said...

congratulations and have fun :)

Laoch of Chicago said...

No doubt you will take some fine photos with it.

Sadiebug and her Mom said...

I've been thinking about upgrading my camera. The close-ups are a factor when you have a little kid.

Now if I can just find some money here.... Hmm...

Happy SITS Sharefest!

Tammy Howard said...

I have a Coolpix an.d it serves my needs quite well, but my daughter is quite interested in photography and would like an upgrade on her point and shoot. As it gets closer to Christmas I may contact you for advice.

Your pics have always been gorgeous - I can't wait to see what you come up with with this!

Oz Girl said...

Watch out, another time stealer! :) Lots of fun though. I've had my Nikon D60 not quite a year, and love it to death. I'm still learning about exposure - I think it's the hardest thing to grasp and apply. Sometimes I revert to the Auto setting because I'm in a hurry, but I've been trying to use Aperture or Shutter instead and set the correct exposure. As you can understand, in my fumbling, I can lose my opportunity for a moving shot really fast!

Enjoy! :)

Melissa Miller said...

That is an awesome looking camera! LOVE it! I would like a new one soon as well...Christmas maybe? :)

 

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