New to DSLR: Vol 1

I did it. I finally made the leap. I have been the fence for a while, but knew that this was something I wanted to do, to learn. The one thing that has been holding me back was the price and finding the time to do my research.

But I did it.

Last week, I bought my first DSLR!  Isn’t she pretty?

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It’s been 7 days since my purchase, and I totally love it! I bought the Nikon D5300, which was a good bit of money, but boy was it worth it!  I’m pretty sure I have always liked taking photos, but now I totally LOVE it!

5 Things I Learned This Week

1. Taking pictures of close, semi-still subjects is something I enjoy.  I can’t often get the boys to stay still long enough to get a good photo, so I need to work on adjusting my settings for that, but I love taking photos of BGB.  And, I think she enjoys posing for the camera too!


I’m also finding food is a good way to practice my settings as well.  Chili anyone?

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2. Adding the 35mm lens to my camera purchase was the best idea ever.  I’ll thank my friend Steph for that one. The camera shop I purchased from also suggested it, but I’m not sure if I would have walked out buying it had only the salesman suggested it.

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3. Having someone who know what they are doing is a great resource. I was lucky enough to pick up my new equipment the day before a learning to click camera workshop was going to occur (hosted by my fab friend Steph). It was a great way to dive in and figure out the buttons as well as ask some general questions a newbie like me would have.  Plus, having varying levels of DSLR knowledge in the room was also a plus!  This was my very first photo:

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4. I am determined to use Manual.  I fact, I haven’t even changed the dial to the auto feature once.  Not that there is anything wrong with Auto, but I bought this camera and I want to learn what it can do and how it can help take my photos to the next level.

And I love getting shots like this one of my father with Cbear.


5. I’m not ready for zoom or motion shots. I have a 18-140mm lens that came with my kit, and after a week I thought I should at least make sure it is functioning. So, I put the lens on the camera and quickly realized that my 35mm is definitely going to be my most loved lens. Sure, that zoom lens will come in hand with sports, but I need to focus on learning the basics and then I’ll move on to that lens.  And, as Steph said, that lens isn’t “good glass” so I think that learning with my 35mm should be the priority. I’m hoping that by March, when those baseballs are zooming by, that I’ll have enough of a handle on this photography thing to attempt using a different lens!

So there you have it!  A few things I’ve discovered during my first week using a DSLR.


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