Do I write about the weekend? Or the work? or the people? Or maybe the new camera?
Ooooo – the new camera! Let’s start there!
After several years of hemming and hawing about upgrading to a “Big Girl” camera (a digital SLR), I finally gave in and DID IT. (Gary gets a new truck so it’s only fair that I get a new camera, right?)
Welcome to the family, Miss Canon Rebel T4i!
I’ve been having fun these last couple of weeks figuring out settings and trying to understand the fine craft of photography. You know, aperture and shutter speed and white balance and…….
So I’ve learned some things about focus (that would be the aperture setting, I believe).
There’s the close-up in focus, background blurry
There’s the background in focus, the close-up blurry
There’s the close-up blurry, the background blurry and something in the middle sorta kinda in focus.
I think that takes real talent, don’t you?
And then there’s the “what made you think that was a good thing to focus on” picture-
OK – on to the “White Balance”.
I have very little understanding of this, but the camera has some pretty easy settings for things like “Daylight”, “Tungsten”, “White Florescent”, “Shade”, and “Cloudy”. There’s also “auto” (Yippee) and “Custom” (that’ll be a while yet!). We were at a museum over the weekend so I thought I’d try out a couple of the settings.
I’m pretty sure that one of those was the “Tungsten” setting, and I’m hoping it was the second one!
Ah, the learning curve.
So today I took a little walk to the office to pick up a package and I thought it would be another chance to practice.
Looks like I forgot to change that setting back, eh?
There we go – that’s better (though I think that was probably set back on “Auto”. Thank goodness for our good friend Auto.)
Still working on the settings here….
I think this one was on “Landscape” setting.
There’s lots to learn, and I confess that there are some features on my other camera (Canon SX10is) that I like better. But all and all, I’m enjoying the new kid, and just trying to get comfortable with all of her bells and whistles.