Saturday, June 29, 2013
I bought a new camera!
Like most bloggers, I started taking pictures with a simple point-and-shoot camera. As I got deeper into blogging, I realized I enjoy artistic photography as much as I want to record outfits so I figured I'd step up to a real d-SLR ("digital Single Lens Reflex"). I asked for and received one for Christmas in 2011. I got a Nikon D3000 which is a nice piece of equipment.
Recently, I decided I want to try my hand at video. A video-camcorder costs $500+ and, since I don't know how deeply I'll get into video, I didn't want to invest that kind of money into a device that can only record video. Looking around, I learned many d-SLR's have video-capacity even though my D3000 didn't. So I toyed with the idea of upgrading my camera to one that has dual capacity for both photography and video.
I hesitated for a while because my D3000 isn't that old and didn't need to be replaced. Plus, my frugal nature hated the idea of having two cameras and not using the D3000. Then, by fate, I read a post of one of my blogger-friends, Emma, saying she wants to graduate up from her point-and-shoot to a d-SLR. Two problems solved!
I just bought a Nikon D5200 for myself (which can record video) and gave Emma the D3000 for her blogging. She received the camera in the mail this week and she reports excitement to learn new things about photography. It's great when a simple act like this can enrich someone's life. I hope Emma's pictures improve and she find new joy in photography.
What kind of camera do you use? Do you have any aspirations to improve your picture-taking?
P.S., The sunflowers, purchased today, are my first photo with the new camera.