I know it’s a little crazy to buy a big, bright, shiny, new camera after returning from the trip of a lifetime but I seem to do everything a little late. I went back to school late, started my career late, met Jason late, traveled around the world late, will probably have to retire late and will hopefully die late too!
We took some amazing photos while we were away and I have no complaints about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 that we took with us. It’s compact, lightweight, and durable while still packing in some great features including a 10X zoom. It was easy to pack away and so we always had it with us.
There were times though when I wondered just how much better the pictures could be if I just had a better camera. I had an SLR camera back in the days of film and so know what they are capable of and what they bring to the party. Would I have wanted to tote such a big camera around all the time? Probably not but I think it would have been worth it for sure.
Why didn’t I just get one while we were on the road? Well, did you hear about my budget anxiety? There was no way I could have justified spending almost $1000 all in one shot! But now that we’re home, and the budget has settled down a bit, I realize that I am still interested in photography and so…why not?
The hardest part was choosing. Just like trying to decide which countries to visit, trying to decide between the 5,386 different digital SLRs was difficult. There are plenty of brands out there but, for me, it came down to Nikon or Canon. In the end I chose Canon because it was what I had in the past and I was familiar with how it worked. But even within the Canon line up there are about 492 options to choose from. The trick was to get enough camera for me to grow into but to not overdo it and buy too much.
The Canon EOS Rebel T1i was the perfect choice for me. There is plenty of room for me to remember and learn and it didn’t break the bank. It gives me the opportunity to figure out my style and see where it takes me. I’m excited to learn all about it and have already spent many hours poring over the manual with camera in hand.
The last thing I am looking for is a great beginner photography website. I know the basics of how the camera works, about aperture and shutter speed, and how the different settings work. What I need is some info about composition, lighting and style as well as some knowledge around digital processing (RAW vs JPEG etc). Know of one? Let me know in the comments or shoot me an email.