I confess: I got an iPhone just so I could take pictures with it and post it on my Instagram.
But after a while, the good ol iPhone 4 that I had was just not cutting it for blogging and taking pictures.
I started hinting to Theo that I would really love a new camera.
I negotiated by saying that it didn’t need to be too fancy or expensive and that I would even use my own Christmas and birthday money. I just needed something to take better pictures for my blog than an iPhone.
Theo surprised the socks off me on Black Friday by taking me to Best Buy and letting me pick out a camera. He even went so far as to tell me I could get a DSLR. I could tell you the official definition for DSLR, but it made no sense to me, anyways. It’s a “A digital single-lens reflex camera (also called a digital SLR or DSLR) is a digital camera combining the optics and the mechanisms of a single-lens reflex camera with a digital imaging sensor, as opposed to photographic film.” Or so says Wikipedia. Basically, it’s a fancy camera.
I was standing in Best Buy looking at one of these:
I was pretty set on it, although I had no idea what I was doing and didn’t know if I had a brand preference for Nikon or Cannon.
So here we on in Best Buy on Black Friday. Theo and I had BOTH girls with us, and they were both fussy. We were both playing with the cameras and I was falling more and more in love with every passing second. Except it was Black Friday. It was the evening, and it was so crowded. Tera kept trying to run away, and Little Miss cried almost the whole time. We couldn’t find a sales associate who knew enough about cameras to answer our questions, so we waited. And waited. And waited. I pretty much gave up, but Theo convinced me to wait. So wait we did. Until finally a young man came and helped us. He answered all our questions and then showed us this camera as well:
The Sony DSLR ILCE-5100. I sound like I know what I’m talking about, but I really just had to look all of that up. It was fairly more expensive than the Cannon/Nikon DSLR’s, but the guy sold us on it and we purchased it.
I’m still learning a lot about this camera. I’ve barely used it manually, and I haven’t even sat down to read through the instruction manual yet. I’m sure if I do that I will discover so much more about photography and how to take pictures with this camera. Basically, I’m a total newbie and have SO much to learn, so bear with me.
This blog post is less of a tutorial on how to use this fancy camera, and more of a totally honest disclosure that I have a fancy camera and I’m just learning how to use it.
Here are some of my favorite things about this camera:
- It’s tiny! I love how I can put it in my purse when needed, and I don’t need to have an entire camera case with me whenever a photo opportunity might arise.
- The lense is interchangeable. I’m a total newbie at taking pictures. I didn’t even know what camera I wanted. I don’t plan to become a photographer, I just wanted to take really nice pictures of my family and my home: mostly so that I can share good images on my blog, but also to help me preserve my families memories! But, if I ever graduate from this fancy camera onto something bigger and better, I can just get a new/more fancy lense! Love!
- The shutter speed is incredible! The lighting does have to be nice, but I am able to take some great action shots. This is key for a Mom of a toddler. I usually leave the setting on “sports action” so I can just click away at Tera’s antics!
- The selfie mode. Ok, call me vain…but this is pretty cool.
The lense flips around so I can actually see what I’m taking a picture of when I’m selfie-ing. It’s great!
- Wireless connectivity. This might be my favorite aspect of the camera. Somehow (and don’t ask me how), I don’t need to mess with a cord to transfer the pictures from my camera to my laptop or my phone. I have to download an app, and then I can just transfer the pictures wirelessly. I think if I didn’t have this aspect of the camera, I would still use my phone camera just as often because it’s such a hassle to have to sit down and connect the camera to the computer, then email the photos to myself so I can have them on my phone. I LOVE this wireless feature!
There are a few things that are downsides to this camera, though.
- The price. Woowee. It was an investment. And every time I snap a picture of Tera and then set my camera down on the counter I freak out for a second. It’s a lot of pressure having to take care of something that costs this much money!
- It does not matter how “fancy” of a camera I have, I’m not going to take spectacular pictures without a LOT of practice and trial and error. A fancy camera will not automatically produce nice pictures. That’s something that is up to the picture taker. I’m learning and I’m confident I’ll get better, but I just wanted to throw that out there. Shelling out more money on a camera will not necessarily give you nice, fancy pictures like you see online.
- It takes a lot of practice, and that is time that I don’t have. Or maybe I should say, it’s not a priority of mine to learn how to use it!
Let me know in the comments if you have any questions about my camera, my photos or my blog! I’d love to hear from you!