To recap: I've accepted the 31 days blogging challenge. Since I would like to take better pictures of my home and DIY adventures, I'll be exploring better home photography!
LET'S DO THIS!
I thought I would start with equipment.
When I started this blog, most of my pictures were taken with Tim's iPhone 4. I know I know - shush, we're getting there. They were ok in natural light, but really bad in I guess you would call it "unnatural" light.
When I wasn't feeling lazy, I would use my digital camera, but it must not have happened very often, because I can't even find an example of a picture I'm sure I took with my digital camera.
So here I was following all of these pretty blogs in my reader and slowly getting more and more certain I needed an upgrade. This was confirmed when my friend, the amazing Kait, came to visit and took a few pictures of our apartment.
Kait's Nikon D80(? can't remember exactly) + a little photoshop
Yeeeah. That's what I thought too. Preety awesome...
As the need-for-a-better-camera tension mounted, so did our impending move from Boston to San Diego. Realizing we were going to see amazing landscape (Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, it felt like ALL of the US essentially), we decided to take the plunge and buy a pretty nice camera.
So here is what we're working with these days:
Digital Concepts .5x wide angle lens (couldn't find a link - sorry)
Tim and I found it all as a sweet package deal on craigslist for $700. It also came with a little cleaning kit, extra batteries, and a hulking case (still on the lookout for a replacement). Yes, still a lot of money, but we're using it almost every day, so I think it was worth it.
I don't know much about cameras, and most of the time I leave the technology decisions up to Tim. But we did both know we wanted a DSLR (Digital Single Lense Reflex) and that we didn't want a top-of-the-line huge investment. Have you ever spent a ton of money on a hobby only to abandon it a week later? Yep, me too. If we ever decide to upgrade, we'll know we took the time to learn and commit to the investment.
What the heck is a DSLR? Why are they any good? Well this has been discussed in great length on the interweb.
Here's a basic answer.
Here's a more advanced one.
In a nutshell? More creative control. This is where I have the most to learn, but hey, that's why we're here for the next 31 days!
Anywho now I can take pictures like this...
And with the help of Picasa they can look like this...
*Soon we'll explore that "little help" from Picasa...
Now maybe I'm sharing a little too much and you wont trust that my apartment looks as pretty as my pictures. It does! I promise!
What kind of cameras are you using? Why?