I'm so spoiled! I am so blessed to have a husband who works so hard on his job and here at home; who also will do whatever he can to give me anything and everything w/ in his grasp. I don't often go for big or exquisite gifts; I'm a pretty simple girl plus I don't like spending a lot of money on something unless it's truely necessary but I know for my husband there is nothing he wouldn't do for me if he could. So when I decided I really do "need" a new camera b/c my little pocket size point and shoot is about 3 1/2 years old and believe me in that time I've used it a lot. Now we are expecting #2 and going to be taking even more pictures! The pictures from my old camera for me have become less than flattering to say the least. Not sure if there is actual ware on the camera or technology is just so much better that it makes my little old camera's pictures not so great in my eyes!? Anyways.... I began asking around and looking into cameras and became really wanting something nice. But should I go all out for a SLR or get a really nice point and shoot? This really became more of a money issue for me. I could get a nice point and shoot for around $400....I'm not talking a little $100 one this time around! An SLR your talking more....quite a bit more.... I did some research on the best ones and the cost and a SLR seemed out of my price range b/c I'm a cheapo!! I did talk to my husband about this and our neighbor allowed us to check out and play w/ his SLR which is a slightly older model but wow the pictures were nice and my dad let us borrow his nice point and shoot! You know my husband is all about fancy technology but this purchase would be way more for me than him as I take 95% of the pictures around here! I was still so torn.... the photographer we used this last time jacked her prices way up but we could always find a new one. If I got a SLR that means I have A LOT and I mean A WHOLE FREAKIN LOT to learn aboutt he camera, about lighting, about editing....WOW! I did know one thing if I were to get a SLR I was commiting to learning all this so I could take our own pictures, no more studios and photographers. We would be spending the money and I would be the photographer and maybe one day I could be good enough to do pics for friends maybe!? But would definitely be doing our boys pictures as w/ our first son we always do a birthday and a Christmas session and w/ two kids we would be doing 2 birthday sessions and a Christmas session every year! This would save us some money but again...WOW! However my hubby told me in so many words that he believed I could learn it and be great at it and was ready to run to the store and get a SLR for me! That is exactly what we did.... He bought me the camera I wanted and got all the goods and the extra lens I wanted which was based on my research of the best SLRs out there and that I know 4 people personally that have this camera and would help me if I had questions about the camera. Lucky for us they were running a promo on it but the price has stung for me ever since we bought it! However for him when I was ready to tell him to take it back he has stood his ground that he does not regret his purchase! For days since my heart has overflowed that my husband wanted to do this for me despite how hard he works to just provide for our family! And how much faith he has in me in being able to learn this camera and take good shots of our children and he is positive I'll be getting paid one day. I guess I don't have that kind of faith in myself but it's so great to know he does! I have done a lot of research, reading and watching videos and I've learned quite a bit but Lord I have a lot more to learn. (Any and all suggested techniques and/or websites to check out would be greatly appreciated!)
I've played around w/ this camera a few times but I'm not great or even good but I'm trying to learn how to use it manually instead of just using the automatic setting. No editing done yet as that is a whole other thing to learn but I took some pictures playing w/ my large lens taking pictures from my backdoor to my sons swing set which is every bit of 100 ft!
Now please remember I'm a total Novice w/ this camera and this is taken from at least 100ft away!
Like I said this was a play around w/ my large lens which is a 55-250/4-5.6 lens but I feel I got some keepers! As a play around this is actually my FIRST time really taking pics w/ this lens! And in all honestly I have only taken like 5 pictures before taking these w/ this camera! I'm a tad....or quite a lot intimidated by this gadget! I feel like I need to learn all this stuff about the camera before really useing it. I don't have the knowledge to get the best out of the camera but these pics make me feel hopeful I think! I actually felt that when I had these pics enlarged on my computer they looked even better so I think that is good if I wanted to make larger prints too!
I by no means will be discarding my little point and shoot. It's very nice to have tucked in my purse and/or to be able to pull out quickly when the kids are doing funny things which is ALL THE TIME!
Anyways....you saw my first mini-session if you will! They knew I was taking pics but it was all just snapping pics of them doing whatever, no poseing involved. At least I have taken pics of real live subjects, I had been sticking w/ objects!!
Inspired by my CANON!