I’ve always loved taking photos and looking at other people’s photos. On holidays and trips I’m a total nightmare as I’ve got my camera in my hand all the time. Tom, my long-suffering husband hates it, but I just love snapping away.
However, I’ve never really had a “proper” camera. A few years ago Tom bought me a Fujifilm Finepix S1850, which is a bridge camera – supposedly “bridging” the gap between a compact and a DSLR. And it was a really good camera – it still is. But it’s just so big. It’s really not that smaller than a full on DSLR. And that’s why I never really used it much. That and the fact the camera on my iPhone kept on getting better and better with each release. I could never be bothered to take this lump of a thing out when I could just use my phone.
But I kept on getting jealous of other people’s gorgeous photos. You can just tell when a photo you admire has been shot with a really good camera. I’ve been to weddings and other events, and just wished that the photos I took were a bit better. Plus, if I’m going to be using my own images on this blog, I figured they better be as good as possible.
so I carried out my research and decided to invest in a Sony NEX-3N. It’s a mirror-less camera, which means it’s pretty much as good as a DSLR, but because there are no mirrors for the viewfinder, it’s a lot smaller. It comes with a removable lens, so you can invest in additional lenses as your needs require, and as well as an intelligent auto setting, there’s a full manual setting so you can control everything relating to ISO, shutter speed and aperture. And as a total newbie to photography, I wasn’t willing to spend an absolute fortune. This was £319 from John Lewis (or for £311 from Amazon now). Additional lenses start from about £100 I think. So for me, quite a lot of money, but where cameras are concerned, not as much as I could have spent!
Reading other people’s blogs, they always seem to have such gorgeous photos. But it takes more than just a good camera to take good photos. It takes an understanding of photography – of the technical aspect behind it, plus a grip on what and where you’re capturing and how to make it look as good as possible. A lot of this is down to experience, but a lot is also down to educating yourself and learning as much as you can.
So this is where this blog post series is going to come in. I want to hold my hands up and admit to being a total novice. I have no idea what all these f-numbers are, nor do I know how aperture (I can barely even spell that word) and shutter speed relate to each other. But I know that I want to learn. I want to get better at photography, and I want to take photos that I’m proud to hang in my home and post on this blog.
I’m going to sign up to various photography blogs, read as many tutorials as possible and take part in as many interesting photo challenges as I can. And I’m going to document my progress and share what I’ve learned here.
So if anyone else out there has just bought their first “proper” camera and wants to go on this learning journey with me, then just let me know. It’ll be great to be able to swap tips and share what we’ve learnt and some of our achievements with each other.