Tuesday, February 1, 2011

With great power comes great responsiblity

Yes...my husband is a comic book geek (and the most lovely man!). My craft geek honours his comic geek with this Spiderman post title!

I was the lucky recipient of a DSLR this Christmas - a Canon EOS Rebel T1i. Fancy-dancy.

I have long hated my little point-and-shoot piece of nonsense. The quality of the pictures was so low that I was rarely taking pictures (and was frustrated with how few were usable!). It was the second point and shoot that we had purchased in as many years.

OK - the truth people??! I am just a little bit afraid of this camera. It is intimidating. Somebody who carries this kind of camera should be able to take a decent shot.

I am looking into courses. There doesn't really seem to be much for somebody who really just wants the basic "tell me aaaaall about exposure, f-stops and the like, please". Mostly they are "make me into a creative genius" courses. Maybe I just need to read a book to start??

Was anybody else intimidated by their much desired piece of technology? How did you start? Any recommendations?

I thought about not telling you all about my new exciting Christmas gift (thus the delay in posting about it - it's February!?!). I hoped that you might think I was becoming more talented with my point and shoot. ;)

The quality of images on this blog may or may not get better! In the meanwhile, bear with me. Some of my shots will be weird.


  1. Wowzers, Holly! You were spoiled!!
    To cut straight to the chase, I am still intimidated by my camera. I think the best advice I could give is for you to shoot on auto for a bit and look at the data to see what settings were used (fstop, exposure, shutter speed, etc)...if there is something you don't like about the photo (under exposed, wrong white balance, grainy) you can use the auto settings as a base and tweak as needed on the manual settings (pump them up or lower them a bit to your liking). Not sure if that's clear or not!

  2. Welcome to the world of the SLR you lucky girl! The best advice I could give you is to start playing around with the camera. There is no better way to learn then hands on experience. If you shoot on the mode with the green box on your dial that's fully automatic mode and the camera will pick and choose the settings for you based on available light, distance from the subject, etc. But play with your manual settings to start learning about ISO, F-Stops, shutter speed, etc. Play, Play, Play and have fun!

  3. Try reading Christina's helpful hints here: http://sometimescrafter.blogspot.com/2010/02/photography-simple-solutions.html