I’ve been wanting a DSLR Canon camera for a few years now, but husband keeps telling me we have a great camera and I just need to get to know it better – become friends – become one. I have to say, I do love my point and shoot. Gregor bought it for me for Christmas. He’s always pushing me to try out technology. I swear, I’d still be taking pictures with film if it weren’t for him.
I’m constantly pulling out my camera. It’s a Canon Elph, less than $200. It’s a great bargain for such great quality.
Normally I don’t mess with the settings. I just keep it on Automatic and have the camera adjust. Sometimes I go to the effort of turning off the flash, which photographers seem to constantly advise.
But. The other day Gregor was playing soccer (I am out again. Foot. Sad face) and I had my little elph.
G just looooooves when I begin snapping away. However, the automatic setting wasn’t getting the job done. Soccer players move too fast and there was nothing but blur. I adjusted to the “Kids and Pets” settings and got a much better photo. This is the only other setting I ever go to.
But then I decided to mess. I switched to “High-Speed Burst.” I don’t like to mess because then I can’t get the camera back. But really, how hard is it? It’s not at all! I’m encouraging you to all mess. “High-Speed Burst” is great for action shots. It takes a series of pictures in a row and you decide which one is best.
When I exclaimed how excited I was, Brynne said, “You’re just figuring those out now?” I know, it’s ridiculous how long it’s taken me.
I’ll never be lazy again.
My new favorite setting: “Miniature.” It focuses the middle and blurs the background. It also boost color beautifully.
Another “Miniature” shot with flavor ice.
“Toy Camera Effect” darkens image edges
“Monochrome” records images in a single color
“Color Accent” captures one single color and B&W for the rest of the photo
“Color Swap” changes one color for another
“Fish-eye Effect” shoots with the effect of a fish-eye lens
“Miniature” photo of Grandma’s freshly pinted honey from her beehives. Only 15 bee stings later.
Another “Miniature.” I think it’s such a cool setting.
A “Fish-eye Effect” of the ocean will look like a tsunami
“Monochrome” I didn’t like this for the beach. The beach should have color.
“Automatic” with a flash
Cope snaps a picture on “Beach” setting. One for bright sunlight.
“Miniature” capturing my first-ever pedicure. Look at that photo detail.
Cope didn’t pose for this “Miniature” shot. I just liked it.
Someday, I will buy a big DSLR. But is there a great need if I know my settings better and don’t need to blow my pictures up to poster size? Someday I’ll actually take a photography class. Maybe someday I will actually read the manual!
Do you have a DSLR? How did you learn photography? Do you have advice? I am loving learning. It’s such an art.