Since I started blogging over 3 years ago, I have been taking photos nearly every single day. The vast majority of the photos I take during the week are of food, however blogging has definitely motivated me to see things differently through the camera lens. I now bring my camera with me nearly everywhere I go. Taking photos has encouraged me to pay attention to little details, to realize that even a walk around our neighborhood can be something memorable and has forced me to live more in the moment, taking in my surroundings.
(picture taken in Costa Rica)
For nearly all of my pictures on Simply Life, I have used the Cannon PowerShot SX120IS. I have really loved this camera and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a high-quality, reliable Point & Shoot Camera.
However, for the last 3+ (or more) years, I have been dreaming about owning a DSLR. When I was in high school, I took a photography class and had my first experience of knowing the artistic ability that comes with being able to control the aperature and shutter speed. I took that camera around with me everywhere and loved the moments spent developing film in the darkroom.
Unfortunately, as I lost my access to the darkroom, and became too lazy to develop film, my use of the SLR camera faded. However, my passion for photography has only continued to grow.
Last year, I submitted my first photo to Tastespotting. For a while, I believed I needed a DSLR to have a photo worthy of getting published. But slowly, I began getting one photo after another published. While I have had many more photos get declined than published, each one has taught me a little something about how I could improve my photos, change my set-up and pay closer attention to the lighting. I have now had over 40 photos published through Tastespotting, all using my Point & Shoot.
With that said, I’ve been saving-up for many (many) months, with a DSLR camera as my end-goal. The earnings finally added up and after months of research and word-of-mouth recommendations, I chose the Cannon Rebel T3. I’m in love!
Before I got this camera, I already knew a fair amount about aperture, shutter speed and lighting and more. I assumed it would be easy to use the camera and my pictures would instantly become professional quality. Little did I know, there is a steep learning curve just how to use the camera! I’ve really been enjoying playing around with the different settings and am excited to keep learning!
Off to play with me new favorite toy!
~What kind of camera do you have? What are your favorite camera tips?