I've had a lot of questions about my camera lately, and honestly, it's something I really don't mind telling you about!
Last year Kaiwi asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I said I have always wanted a nice camera so I can take family pictures of us and our kids someday. I was thinking this would be a purchase we would plan for sometime down the road... and then Kaiwi took me out after Christmas to hit up the sales in the camera section.
I kinda had a mini mental freak-out for two reasons- I had no idea what any of the products were AND the sticker shock was getting to me... even being on sale. My creative side was telling me, "You really want this... you NEED this!". My frugal side was telling me, "Stick with your iPhone camera, even though it's terrible! Those Instagram filters makes it look good, anyway".
Hahaha... silly me.
Kaiwi reassured me that this purchase was fine by telling me that by learning to use a quality camera would be something that would pay off. It would be a tool that we could use to capture moments and memories to look back on years from now. How awesome will it be someday to get out our photos and see the places we have lived and moved to. The trips and vacations we have taken. The friends and families that we have built relationships with.
Look at me getting all sentimental.
He was right though, and I don't regret splurging on it one bit. Fortunately my husband is Mr. Smarty Pants and he always does his research before a big purchase. He had already looked at the products out there and narrowed down the options to one camera... the Canon Rebel T3i. As a DSLR camera it is more expensive than a point and shoot, but not nearly as much as some of the higher quality models. It's very user friendly even to a camera idiot such as myself. I had absolutely no idea about things like aperture, ISO, bokeh... but the good thing is there are so many books and websites available with helpful information.
Not to mention that the learning part of using my camera is most of the fun. Sure, I've got a ton of terrible photos. I'll probably take a ton more... but I also have a ton of photos from this past year that I can look at and remember exactly what we were going through that day. The hard days and the good days.
I have pictures of my sister's wedding. My brother's wedding. Our anniversary trip. Our first child.
Are they technically correct? Nope. Are they priceless? You betcha.
I'm sure my husband regrets buying my camera for me sometimes. He's now husband to that crazy lady laying on the ground squinting through the viewfinder to get a picture of that bug... or being told by military security to delete those photos... yeah... don't ask.
Anyway, I think my point was yes, it is worth it to buy a quality camera. I love my Canon, but that doesn't automatically make me a Nikon hater. Ultimately, your camera is a tool, not just a brand name. Get one that works for you.
Also put some thought into the lenses you buy, these are expensive as well. My T3i came with the "kit lens", the 18-55mm lens. It takes good photos, but I am so glad we bought another lens when we got the camera. I didn't know what to get, and the salesman recommended the 55-250mm lens. This is the lens I ended up using for almost everything. It just seems to produce better pictures. It's heavier though, so I learned to raise my shutter speed in order to get pictures that weren't blurry because I couldn't hold my camera still enough. Just a few months ago we bought a 50mm lens. After almost a year of using two zoom lenses switching to a prime (no zoom) was weird, but I love it. It's been on my camera almost constantly since I got it.
It really take practice and learning though, both of which I am still doing. I'd also highly encourage you to get out of the automatic mode. Sure it takes nice pictures, but you have so much more control over the look of your photos when you go manual. I guarantee you will get a lot of bad pictures. However, as you play with your settings and see what happens to your pictures when you do, you will gain so much more understanding about how your camera works.
Most importantly, just have fun with it!
Welcome! My name is Marie, and I have been married for 5 years now. We have one beautiful son, Isaac, waiting for us in Heaven and another son, Hayden, here with us! I hope to share with you more about our journey- where we have been and where we are going.