I had written this post earlier and was just about to publish it when man-child came home. Not to delete a perfectly good draft, I am going to publish it anyway.
My camera is dying a slow death. It has had a great life and taken squillions of photos but unfortunately it has been dropped a few times too many. I am beginning the process of deciding what sort of camera to get now and this is where I need the help of others (this is me doing research before I buy!).
So the first decision, what sort of camera do I get, a point and shoot or a DSLR?
For years I have toyed with the thought of getting a DSLR and actually learning how to use it. In the past the reason for me not getting a DSLR was because it would be big and bulky and I was already lugging around so much other crap that I didn’t have room for it. Now that the kids don’t need me to carry all of their treasures and are more than capable of carrying their own giant snack bags, I could actually make room to carry a larger camera. Of course finding the time to actually learn how to use a new fandangled contraption my be something I don’t really have.
All that said, I am essentially lazy. Would I ever make the time to learn how to use a new camera? Then assuming I did learn how to use a wizz-bang camera with a decent zoom, would be able to get more detailed photos without moving too much? I could just get a point and shoot with a 12x zoom and still be able to take photos if the kids running wild and climbing trees without having to move. And if I continue on in my lazy theme, I would be able to take more photos without having to exert any energy actually learning. I still love being able to go out with some cash and a phone in one pocket and a camera in the other so I don’t have to carry anything at all.
I know I am going to sound like a spoilt brat but I really would like something that is all mine. Something that makes me excited to want to learn, that makes me want to go outside and explore again. I do like the thought of learning something new but at the same time I am frightened that I won’t be any good and I will miss millions of photo opportunities and recording memories. Perhaps, and I know it is a long shot, but perhaps I would be so excited by taking the perfect photo that I would be constantly on the move looking for better lighting, the right composition and actually miss the moment of living.
I just don’t know, it is all too hard. Any suggestions? Better yet, can someone just decide for me?
So that is what I was planning on posting and waiting for your wonderful suggestions and essentially any decision made would be with the wisdom of the few people who read this. As with all good plans, as soon as they are made they need to be thrown out the window. If you look back to the start of the post, I mentioned I was about to press publish when man child walked in. He walked in carrying a bag from JB-HI FI, a bag containing a shiny new camera just for me.
The decision has been made, I am now the proud owner of the Canon EOS 500D. It looks awesome but OMG – now I have to learn how to use is, and learn fast. I am glad the decision has been made, and I know it is a cop out, but I am glad for someone else to have made the decision for me – thanks man-child and E! Hooray for early birthday presents and hopefully a long relaxing weekend to learn how to use it.
Any recommendations for good ‘teach yourself how to take a decent photo’ blogs that I should be reading?