I was on the fence up until the moment I handed the money to the salesman at Mike’s Camera. I haven’t spent this much money on myself in a very long time…
When I got my new toy home, I was almost afraid to use it. I knew I had a lot to learn. But after a couple of days, I finally put my beloved point-and-shoot aside and started playing with the new one – only on automatic settings!
And I got a couple really crisp, pretty exposure shots:
The next two are a little weird and I’m not sure why, but I still like the look. (a little too bright, I think and I couldn’t compensate with Photoshop or it looked weird.)
Still crisp and better than I was getting before… and this was all still on automatic settings.
The socks were a lesson in small F numbers and making sure that you focus on the spot you want. I probably would have liked to use a little larger F number (smaller aperture) and get more of the sock in focus. Right?
I’m doing some patient, slow learning from a blog that was recommended by a photographer friend of mine here: http://www.doeadeery.com/2013/05/exposure-made-easy-part-1-aperture.html
The first week, we play with aperture, putting the camera in Aperture Priority setting.
And I think I know that I already prefer low F numbers. I really, really didn’t want to get into a collection of lenses but my big, fancy, new lens won’t go below F3.5, so another lens is in my near future.
The last couple pictures were taken while paying attention to aperture. Looking more like what I want all the time!
And I think I’m ready for lesson 2 now!