Monday, May 13, 2013

Lights, Camera, Action

You may have noticed that the pictures I've been posting lately have been less than stellar. Most often they're too blurry or too dark or who knows what else. I've posted about it before but sometimes the flash decides to stop working, and most times it starts again after a few days. But I'm approaching a week or so without it. And of course that's assuming I can even turn the flash on, since half the time the button to turn it on doesn't want to work either.

This isn't to say I haven't had my fair share of use out of my little Sony Cybershot. I've had it since May 2005, and I know most people don't use cameras for that long, so I've definitely made the most out of it. But for a while now, it's been time for me to upgrade too a new camera. I just haven't been quite ready to take the plunge yet. (Even though owning and learning to use a DSLR is on my 101 to 1001.)

Except I guess the boy got tired of me complaining. And I might have had a mild breakdown a few days ago after frustratingly taken blurry photo after blurry photo. But in hope of calming me down, and from his point of view making his life easier, the boy gifted my with a new Canon Rebel T3i.
My New Cannon Rebel
My new camera photographed by my old camera.
See how dark and blurry it looks?
I'm still figuring out how to use it, and haven't even attempted to shoot on manual yet, but I'm already loving it. No more worrying about whether the flash will go off or not. No more blurry photos. And there's the fact I can actually delete photos off the camera, some my cybershot was failing at lately. While these in no way really show what the camera is capable of, they do at least prove I'm finally using a camera that's not half broken!
Dayliles and Wisteria
Magnolia Tree
Baby Figs
Starbucks Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino
What's the longest you've used a camera? And any tips for me on learning to use my new DSLR?


  1. Practice, practice, practice! I know that shooting in Manual is scary, but start trying. Start in either the Tv or the Av mode to help you figure out shutter speeds and apeture. You can do it!!

  2. What a great gift!! The pictures are great! And just practice. Read the manual (really) and experiment with different settings and just have fun!

  3. I'm still learning to use mine, so no great tips from me. But, I must say, I love your blooming magnolias! They're in full blown over here, and I just love it!

  4. Girl, I am so excited for you! Haha! You will LOVE IT. I agree with all of the above comments. Definitely read the manual or look for blogs that help teach you shooting in manual mode. There are also online classes.

    It's fine to shoot in auto at first, but eventually you'll want to go to manual. And once you do, you will not go back! :)

  5. Yay!! You sure did get a lot of use out of your little Cybershot!! Lots of memories captured on that guy. The new DSLR looks amazing!!!! Brenda is pretty handy with hers :) and I am sure she would be happy to help you learn the ropes!

  6. if you ever want to come on down my way for a day, I'd be more than happy to teach you the ins & outs of your camera. I have 7 years of photography experience under my belt! :)

  7. My husband got me the same camera for my birthday this year! Let's share tips as we learn how to use it! :)

    1. Such a fun idea! Although still have no idea how to do anything except shoot on manual, so it might be a while before I have any tips to share!