On Friday, I bought myself a new camera. No simple point and shoot for this gal. Nope, I went with an DSLR - a Canon Rebel T3i EOS. Thank you McBain Camera, thank you! I settled on this particular camera for a few reasons: first of all, the price. It was within my price range (although I probably should have put the money towards my student loan or my credit card...). Even with the addition of a memory card, it still feel within what I had budgeted for a new camera. I could have shelled out an additional 4 cents and picked it up in red at Futureshop but McBain Camera was just a few blocks from my house and they`re an actual camera store rather than a general electronics chain outlet.
Secondly, a couple of friends have the same camera or the T2 so I have people to go to when I have questions. I`d spoken with them about the features, ease of use, etc and they both love their cameras so I figured this would be a good choice. Thirdly, I love to search blogs and check out the photos people post. More often than not, the photos I really like are taken using a Canon Rebel. These are the type of pictures I want to take myself. It helps if you have the camera.
I spent Saturday evening and this morning trying to understand the users manual and figure out what settings I need to use in order to take the photos I want. Needless to say, I`m having some issues. I don`t know the first thing about ISO settings, f/stops, or any of that stuff. This could easily be the source of my troubles. Perhaps I need to ask my buddies what settings they used for specific photos or if they use the same settings all the time, what they are (*cough cough* Kasia * hint hint*). Using both the automatic and manual settings, somehow I managed to snap these few photos that I liked. Three out of 53 isn't bad...right? One thing I'm not happy about is the autofocus feature. The camera whirrs and zooms in and out for 10 seconds and then decides to take the photo. By that time, my subject has moved, moved on, or disappears completely. And when I moved to the manual focus? A bit more shakey. Sigh. Time and patience... Not easy for a girl who wants to be able to shoot fantastic photos right as soon as the camera's out of the box.
I'm Karen, a 40' something single Canuck gal who loves funky socks, football, reading, Coca-Cola, warm cat snuggles, and french fry sandwiches on white bread. I'd also like to take over the world but I just don't have the will power.