I’ve always had an interest in photography. To see something interesting in the world and take an engaging picture of it. I find that I just tend to want to see the world from a different perspective, and the way that helps me to do that is to take pictures of it from different, unique angles.
A nice camera has been on my wish list for years. My wife and I have been talking about getting a DSLR camera since we first got married 6 years ago. But we’ve always had other things on our wish list that took priority . . . until this year!
And so, finally, I have acquired a DSLR camera.
I got a Nikon D3300 with a basic kit zoom lens. It’s an 18-55mm lens with a max aperture of 3.5 at 18mm. So not super fast, and with the crop factor on the D3300 not super wide angle, but so far it’s been a great starter lens. I also got it in a package deal on Amazon with a memory card and a case, so I’m all set for now. Just need to look into some other lenses and a tripod and I should be good for most of my photographic needs for some time.
This isn’t really a new hobby for me. I’ve always liked photography, but have felt a little held back by cell phone cameras, as good as they are. They’re awesome point-and-shoot cameras, but I kept on wanting more exposure control, more telephoto power, more lens choices. I realized a while ago that I look at a scene and I get an image in my mind of what I think would make a great picture, but my cell phone camera just wasn’t giving me the picture that I was envisioning. I was always battling exposure problems, or feeling awkward because I would need to get very close to my subject to get the picture that I wanted and it just wasn’t going to be practical for me to do that.
So far I have been able to get much better photos without changing anything about the way I that I was photographing before, and I’ve even been able to start playing with controls that I would have never had before. It’s opened up some challenges, but I’m game for a challenge.
Mostly I’ve taken a bunch of pictures of my kids, they are a never ending fountain of interesting pictures. But I’ve also managed to take my camera outside a bit and shoot some different subjects besides my kids.
I wanted to show a little bit of what I’ve been working on with my photography just because I’m excited to be learning a new skill.