Just recently we were in the market for a new camera. In August we have a trip to Europe, which reminds me I really should start organising that instead of stuffing around writing blogs. Whatever, you don’t own me. My wife does. So I started looking at different cameras, and the first thing I realised was that I had NO IDEA what I was looking at. In general I pride myself on my general knowledge, in most areas really. Except literature. And movies from more than 20 years ago. And it seems photography.
So after doing a ton of research over the past few months, I am still none the wiser on a lot of things, but here are some things I have learned.
1. Canon and Nikon are pretty similar, no matter what people try to say. Its like apple and android. They will both do the job. Don’t let the fanboys persuade you.
2. I may get flamed for this, but you can take some quite nice photos using the auto setting, providing you get the composition and lighting right. Those are bigger factors a lot of the time. Especially for still targets in decent light.
3. Play around with cropping your photos on the PC after. There have been a TON of photos that I have taken just in the last month or two that have looked like shit until I tried cropping it in a bit more, and it all of a sudden looks amazing. I guess this comes back to getting the composition correct in the first place, but I am not good enough for that yet. As long as you are not zooming in too far, cropping works well to fix up minor composition errors.
4. I really know nothing yet about photography. I would love to be able to take long exposure or even just control the aperture well enough to be able to dial in roughly what I want. I cant yet, but I will learn.
Here are some of my favourite photos that I have taken so far. There are plenty more, but I don’t want to start spamming you all with photos just yet, so ill just post some of them.
The view from Menglers Hill, on the edge of the Barossa valley. This is one of the first photos I took, I like the natural shadows on the paddocks below and the sun peering through the trees.
My gorgeous wife down at glenelg
Feeding the seagulls
My dog griffin
The view from the top of mount lofty