I am so excited to announce that this past Christmas, I finally got my very first DSLR camera. For those who know me, they know I tend to be a little snap-happy…not overbearing or creepy or anything but just enough…and yes my boyfriend gets annoyed cause I’m always snapping away on my iPhone but in the big scope of things I really don’t make him take too many pictures with me. We usually take about 2-5 pictures before we go out and he’s done so honestly I think he gets off pretty easy. 😉 The whole point is between him, my family, friends and pups – I take a lot of pictures. I love to capture moments because to me moments are everything…and because I feel pictures can say it all and it is something so simple that can ignite a memory or ten down the road. Besides, the end result is usually nice and I wish I had someone who constantly took random pictures of me all the time capturing my moments. Anyways, back to the main point, now I get to take nicer pictures. Brighter, sharper, and just UGH everything wonderful and as beautiful as I can take them.
So the first month I’ve had this camera I barely picked it up. Honestly, I think Steve disliked me for a minute because he thought he spent this money on a gift I wasn’t going to use (not the case at all) but I was just terrified! I thought that I was either A) going to break it or B) mess up all the settings and never get them back. Silly – I know – but I am a perfectionist and I won’t start or try something unless I have a pretty good grasp of how it works. After playing around with the camera on Christmas morning and taking some random photos of Steve, my parents, my brother and my dogs, I thought the pictures looked great (especially compared to my grainy iPhone camera). I literally thought I had become a professional overnight with my cool new DSLR camera (which was set to automatic by the way). Laugh – I know – but I was like WOW I am awesome and you are all in serious trouble because well I am just not going to stop now. Then I put the camera away and didn’t pick it up for 30 days. I started pinning all these pins on Pinterest about using DSLR cameras and tips on how to create the perfect picture(s) and I just realized HOLY SMOKES I am just so out of my own league on this one and there is SO MUCH information to learn. I got discouraged and thought I am never going to be able to learn all of this. BUT then I slowly started creeping on page after page of how-to’s and do’s and donts and it wasn’t until I came across this fabulous post by Carmel at Our Fifth House that I wasn’t terrified to pick up my camera and switch that b into manual mode. I was actually excited. Carmel broke down all the techy “greek” lingo and made it so easy to understand. Once I was able to wrap my head around the terms ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed, that was when the magic started to happen (or at least I like to think it started to happen). I noticed how much nicer my manual, natural light photos were and I now cringe at every picture I have ever posted (seriously). Now, I know I am no where near a professional photographer but I realized I really tapped into a passion I had no idea I had. So I will continue to work on my pictures going forward and I will probably be retaking a lot of older ones because they just look…um..not okay.
For now, here are some pictures from Christmas, the recent “blizzards”, and just random ones.
The first seven photos were taken Christmas day on Automatic mode with the lights on.
The remaining pictures were my first pictures taken on Manual mode. I was playing around with settings and using natural light.
PS- When I took my camera out in the snow for the first time (on manual mode), my pictures were just pure white. I had to adjust my settings a lot but I finally got some okay/really bright pictures.
I’m going to continue to read up on how to take better pictures but if anyone has good reads or tips or anything that can help me please comment below.
I’m very interested in learning and I love hearing from you!