A photo-happy person like me always has a camera with them. I’m the first to whip out my iPhone to save a moment. I’ve got a point-and-shoot camera stashed in my purse at all times. I’ve been wanting to explore photography more, and a “big girl” camera was high on my wish list for the holidays. Santa delivered, and I’m the proud owner of a Canon EOS 60D digital SLR.
And it’s been sitting in its case since Christmas.
I don’t like to fail, and I’ve been so intimidated by the complexity of this camera that I’ve avoided it completely. Aperture. Depth of field. F Stop. PPI. I’ve secretly been afraid that I’m in over my head here. Sure, it has an automatic setting, but a point-and-shoot camera works for that- the point was to grow and learn. So recently, I took a friend’s advice and just started taking photos.
My first challenge has been to learn to be comfortable with manual focus. I love how you can really pinpoint which part of the image you want to be sharp (and which parts to blur). I’m still in the auto mode in every other way, but I’m getting the hang of this part- and having a blast with my new toy!
I don’t have a zoom lens yet (I get that when I “graduate” from big girl camera school), and I have yet to play around with the other manual settings- but it’s obvious that this hobby is just beginning.
Camera pros: What are your best tips for a beginner? Share with me!
One year ago: Tandoori-ish chicken and the best leftovers ever.