Last weekend, somebody learned how to use a big-girl camera. (It was me.) I’d like to say that I’ve been dying to get my hands on one because I know the difference between my point-and-shoot and a DSLR will be night and day, but that’s not exactly the case. There’s been one in my house the whole time. And I’ve been too lazy to spend 20 minutes reading about light metering and 10 minutes pressing random buttons to see what happens. Seriously, that was way easier than I expected. My pictures will suffer no more!
I still have a lot to learn. And a lot to spend. The camera I’m currently using is a Canon Rebel XT with the stock lens, and it isn’t even mine (it’s my brother’s). My friend Alicia (who totally rules) has offered to let me borrow her back-up Nikon D100, so I’ll be moving on to that at the end of the month. But I’ll eventually need to invest in my own! Au revoir, tax return.
To demonstrate the difference between my point-and-shoot and the Rebel, I did a little photo shoot with the pretty hydrangea my boyfriend gave me the other day (what a sweet boy).
These actually don’t look all that different, mainly because I had decent light that day. But being able to control the amount of light entering the lens makes all the difference, especially in my apartment (which only has once decent source of natural light). So now if my pictures are over- or under-exposed, I have only myself to blame! And being able to manually focus allows me to emphasize specific portions of a subject. Bokeh can be a great way to highlight the main focus of a photo, provided it isn’t overdone.