A few years ago for Christmas, my in laws gave us a great little Nikon point + shoot that I loved for a long time. Then suddenly, just recently it went on the fritz. The USB cord wouldn’t read at first, and then it just wouldn’t even turn on at all. So I had to go back to using an older Canon that weighed about 6 tons and had a screen about the size of pinkie nail. Worked okay for a while, and then decided that the CF card was perpetually full even after repetitively emptying it. The little Casio Exilim that I won off a radio station a few years ago never worked for much longer than 3 months–not even sure what happened to that one. So at this point, I’m down to using my ancient Canon Elph with a whopping 3 megapixels! I loaned it to my mom for awhile and she lost the charger so I know in a matter of hours I won’t eve have use of that one.
So that, my friends, is how you go from 4 cameras to 0 cameras. I hemmed and hawed over investing in a DLSR camera for a long time. Part of me feels that my lame photography skills don’t warrant such an advanced piece of equipment. Thanks to our families contributing to our camera fund at Christmas this year, I’ve finally crossed over and left point & shoot behind. It is, after all, a business tool and will hopefully help me improve my product shots overall.
After plenty of research and price comparison we went with this Pentax model. It has a lot of features that I don’t even pretend to understand. I’m hoping that with some good user-friendly books and perhaps the help of a few willing photo-savvy friends I’ll get the hang of it quickly. It’s due to arrive tomorrow–New Year’s Eve, so I plan to get snapping right away. I’ll post my experiments and hopefully my progress as I go along.
Any tips you have on favorite shooting settings, proper lighting techniques or anything really? I’d love to get some feedback and guidance on how to get started!