Friday, July 13, 2012

So, I'm pretty sure that makes me a "real" blogger now

So, I've been blogging for a year and a half now. And I'm always looking for ways to improve. But when you read through different blog posts about how to make your blog posts better, the main thing you see over and over and over is that you need "great pictures". 

Well, my iPhone 4 and my little point and shoot just weren't cutting it. I haven't used my point and shoot in auto mode in forever, but even so, the pics weren't bright and crisp. And no amount of photoshop was going to make them much better. 

I've been talking to hubby for a long time about wanting a new camera. In the past couple of weeks though, we've really been discussing it. Not only the price, but what I want. I put a post on FB (I have a lot of photographer friends), asking their opinion on Canon vs Nikon, what to look for, etc. The general consensus was to just head up to Best Buy and hold a few of them, see what felt "right". 

I ended up liking the Nikons better than the Canons, and narrowed it down between two that I wanted, the D3200 or the D5100. After doing a lot of research, I decided on the D5100

The prices online were better than in the store which they price matched (gotta love the 18 months no interest financing), and we went with the bundle package. The camera body with the 18-55mm lens, a 55-300mm lens, a memory card and a bag.
Holy crap, I love it, although it is totally making me feel STOOPID. I don't want to just use it in auto mode, so I've been trying to learn the manual modes, but hot dang. Fancy = complicated. 

So I'm hoping to start having some better pics for ya on this blog. If I can ever figure it out and the "hey dummy" question mark stops flashing at me on the screen. :) 

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Amanda said... [Reply to comment]

Oh so jealous. I have been wanting one of those for years.. One day I tell ya, one day..

Megan said... [Reply to comment]

I'm so jealous too! :) Congratulations and enjoy your new "toy"!!

VickyVinas said... [Reply to comment]

The camera looks amazing! Have fun playing with it!

Janice said... [Reply to comment]

I'm jealous too! Did you see my last post? Awful. Absolutely awful. Yes I was using my phone, but that's because it's my best camera! And on long road trips I'm always giving the phone to the twerps to keep them entertained. I swear Belle thinks the camera lens is specifically designed for her to stick her finger in.

Can't wait to see your new pictures of life!

Sam @ The Junk House said... [Reply to comment]

Cool! I'm *this* close to buying a new camera too. Now that you have a new camera it makes me want one even more! Kinda like when one of our friends bought a boat and my boyfriend decided he wanted a boat...except a camera is way cheaper than a boat! Anyway, I can't wait to see some pictures with your new camera!

Leeann said... [Reply to comment]

I got a new camera last week, a simpler DSLR but still a little more complicated than a point n shoot, it's definitely a learning curve. Can't wait to see your new pics!

RyTy said... [Reply to comment]

Ah-Maze-ing!! Lucky girl.
I've been pushing my hubs for a Canon for years too. I also like to pretend my point and shoot is fancy and I never use the auto. lol. Can't wait to see your "practice" pics. Congrats!