Anyway, I have NO experience other than simply being an intimidated admirer of those nice, bright, beautiful photos. I had one Olympus digital point and shoot in college and got a Canon Elph after graduating in 2004. And that's what I've been using until now.
Why do I want to upgrade to an SLR now? Here's my first reason:
|The top left and bottom right were taken with my new camera; the top right and bottom left were taken with my old point-and-shoot.|
So, about my new toy....
I chose the Canon EOS Rebel T3i after reading lots of reviews, blogs, and getting advice from a photographer whose work I have always admired.
Being super brand new to SLR - as in I've only even held one once - I wanted an easy to learn on intro camera. The Nikon D5100 was the other camera I considered but was convinced to go Canon because of their lens selection: It would allow me to grow in the hobby if I wanted (according my my friend and blogs). Other than that, reviews of the two cameras put them in the same league.
FIRST THING I LEARNED
Speaking of lenses, within a month I've already realized I purchased the "wrong" first lens. The one that I bought with my camera package - the Canon 18-55 mm, f/3.5-5.6 - is fine, but when I began looking at online tutorials on how to actually use this camera, the 50 mm, f/1.8, or the "nifty fifty," is the best lens for to learn on and travel with.
|The Nifty Fifty Lens|
Oh well. Beginner's mistake. My lens is still good, but I'd go a different route for a first lens if I could do it again, and I'm really pining away for this one.
HOW I'M LEARNING
I find myself paying more attention to and pinning photos I like. Eventually I'll start trying to mimic those. I also found a great super beginner's resource at It's Overflowing. Some other "beginner" tutorials were still above my empty head: This one is very, very basic and thorough. One step at a time.
|The very first photo I took with my camera. Makes even a pen look pretty.|
Between this and the new garden (oh...and school and a new baby and the 3 year old), other crafts and sewing are probably going to take a back seat for a while...at least until summer.
In the meantime, I've given Presley, whose always been interested in using my camera, free reign to use my point and shoot. She's learned to aim and is beginning to wait for her subject to be ready before taking the pic. Here are some pics from her point of view.
|Top: My bff's youngest, Eli; Bottom Left: The hubs posed by Presley; Bottom Right: The rocking horse|