My parents got me a new camera for my birthday. I’ve had the same Nikon camera (D40) since high school. It was totally the top of the line way back then and was an amazing tool for all the photos I took for yearbook class. I felt so fancy with that thing! It’s a great camera and I’ve absolutely loved using it over the years, but it finally started to feel dated. (Namely, it doesn’t take video and my FlipCam finally bit the dust.)
I’m not a photographer (at all), but I’ve had nice cameras my whole life because I always got the hand-me-downs from my dad. I had this gorgeous Nikon film camera in elementary school and to this day, there’s still a layer of glitter everywhere from the one time I took it to the beach and wore sunscreen with a shimmer. I even went to a few photography camps during the summer. However, I think I only went because I had a crush on a boy who was also there and I was obsessed with mixing the chemicals in the dark room. #nerd. I found all the sheets of my negatives on time I was home and cracked up at how awful my “artistic” photos of palm trees were.
My parents got me the Nikon D3200 body (my Nikon lenses all fit!) and I splurged on the 50mm lens! When it came, I couldn’t wait to open it and go outside to take photos. I recruited the cutest model I could find, that would be Garrett, and hit the streets to practice.
I’m so so so slow at making adjustments for shutter speed and aperture, but I wanted to get out of the habit of relying on automatic mode as a crutch. Practice makes perfect, right? I felt more confident after just an hour of knowing when to slow down the shutter and when I need to quicken it without taking 30 test shots.
Photography is one thing that I definitely need to work on for my blog. Thank goodness I know incredible photographers in the city who work with bloggers… but I’d love to do more of the shots by myself. (I took these apartment photos with my old camera!)
So I am not an expert and I find dense photography blogs and books IMPOSSIBLE to understand. I always feel like an idiot when I try to read through these crazy complicated things about changing dials and buttons on the camera. However, I have found a couple of great blogs that break down the basic in plain English. * insert praying hands emoji *
– Wish Wish Wish breaks down the basics of what everything means. I love she divides the “vocab words” and then describes what it means with examples. OMG “aperture” actually makes sense now!
– A Beautiful Mess has a bunch of posts with photography tips. I really love this post with suggestions on how to take better photographs outside and I’ve bookmarked this post to refer back to because I think sun-flare photos looks awesome.
This little smirk… gets me every time.
“More photos? Really?”
Yesterday, Teddy and I met our friends in the park. Erin (and Leslie!) has a little puppy named Yoshi. She is four and half months old and adorable. Teddy had a crush!
Does anyone have any favorite photography blogs (or blogs with tips and/or inspiration)? I’d love to check them out 🙂