I started with so-called Point and Shoot cameras. You know, the little one-piece numbers you load film into, aim, focus as well as you’re able, and press the little button. I hated taking this type of picture, because I was always afraid that the results would suck and I would end up spending money developing awful pictures.
So, photography, which was something I would really have liked to have gotten into, was pushed to the side while I explored other things.
Digital cameras finally came out, but it was many years before I bought one. Again, it was a point and shoot, but this time, I didn’t have to worry about having to develop pictures before I knew whether they were any good or not.
I discovered that unless I had a tripod handy, there would likely be some blurring because of my unsteady hands.
Later, I decided that I needed to upgrade my camera. My first digital camera had finally given up the ghost entirely, only showing a pure white screen when you turned it on and looked at the LCD. So I went from a Fuji FinePix digital camera to a Canon A95 digital camera.
I had fun with that camera. I didn’t take a whole lot of pictures, mostly personal or home-related stuff, but I was beginning to see what people were enjoying when they took pictures. A few years after that, when it, too, started to have issues, I decided to upgrade once more. While I do have the obligatory camera phone, and have used it in those “can’t miss it” situations, it’s obviously not well suited to quality photography. I chose another Canon point and shoot camera.
And I discovered that it wasn’t helping me create the kind of pictures I wanted, and in fact had some limitations that I found more than a little annoying. I returned it to the store within three days of receipt.
So I finally bit the proverbial bullet and started looking for a DSLR (the kind of digital camera that comes with a separate lens) in earnest. I remembered that an acquaintance is a photography nut (the word “buff” seems too tame a term to describe him) and asked him for his recommendation. This kid is so good, he can leave a room, holding the camera behind him, and end up taking an absolutely amazing shot. It’s just unreal.
I really can’t understand why his nickname is “Fail”.
He not only recommended the Nikon D90, he also sent a link to it on B&H Photography’s website. It was a sweet deal on the D90 with it’s 18-105mm kit lens with them throwing in the 70-300mm zoom lens as well! And as it turned out, the price came down even further than originally shown, so I got the whole thing for about $1400 after all the discounts they were offering at that time, with shipping that was next to nothing in price!
Since I got it, I’ve spent a few hundred dollars more in accessories such as a couple sets of UV and Polarizing filters (one set does not fit all), some macro filters (basically two sets of screw-on magnifying glasses in +1, +2, +4 and +10 diopters magnification) so I can take better extreme close-up pictures, and finally, another lens, this time, the 18-55mm lens.
As you can see from the pictures here, I’ve been busy. While the pictures here might not seem like much, you can easily take a thousand pictures and maybe come up with half a dozen or so good ones. I’ve not deleted the ones that weren’t “perfect”, but they probably won’t get a public showing, either.
Be warned that photography is a gateway drug. You find yourself striving for a greater and greater photographic high.
Now you just stop laughing. Stop it, I tell you!