A couple years ago I picked up a super zoom point and shoot camera. I did my research and found a very nice Sony that had good ratings and was curious to see how it would perform. My previous camera was from 2005 and I used it a little at first, but lost interest quickly.
I wondered if this would be different.
And... it was!
I was able to get macros, colors were richer, and somehow I felt the images looked much better than on my previous camera.
I found myself wandering around in my back yard and then to The Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston.
There was so much to photograph and I was all about it. I even found state parks that were interesting close by. And then I found the Butterfly Place in Tyngsboro and that was fun as well.
This whole time I was shooting in AUTO mode as well as all the scene modes the camera offered. I found it fun changing from portrait to landscape to macro settings. Each one had a unique look.
Eventually I found that I wanted more out of my camera so I started to do some more research. What is a DSLR? Where can I find one? How hard is it to use? What do they cost?
I visited my closest Best Buy and found that there was an entry level Nikon at a very reasonable price and I could get two lenses with it and a bag. I checked my Best Buy credit card balance, went for the 0% interest and picked it up.
I told myself that I didn't spend tons of money on it and I was either going to like it or not like it, but I'd have a decent camera in the end.
Let me tell you. Using a DSLR and a point and shoot are night and day different!
When I looked through the viewfinder it was like I was looking through a tunnel into another world. There was a sense of de-attachment to everything going on behind me and it was all about what was seen through the lens.
I saw numbers and text through the viewfinder. Wow this is high-tech I thought to myself.
I was eager to take photos so I put it in AUTO mode and headed out to take photos.
I took photos of everything. I found myself going to The Tower Hill Botanic Garden almost twice a week. If they planted some new flowers I was there getting that shot.
It was just fun to take photos and try to figure out all the buttons on the camera.
But, I found that I wasn't getting any better.
So I went online and started watching Youtube tutorials, joined forums and learned about the TRIANGLE. Iso, Aperture and Shutter Speed.
This is the most simple concept in photography, yet one of the hardest to fully comprehend.
So you're saying if I change this and this, this changes? Why, how, and if the light changes it changes again? I had a lot to learn.