I decided to buy a DSLR camera, given that I wanted to improve the quality of my blog photos as well as have the camera once Baby K comes along. It was really overwhelming and I sort of stared at it for the first few days because there are a LOT of buttons (ugh) and it doesn’t run like a point and shoot camera. The one thing I like about that is that I have to turn the lens piece to zoom; I didn’t like how my point and shoot did it all electronically. It took a lot of extra time to turn it on. Also I’ve been taking MUCH better photos even in automatic mode. It’s really awesome to be able to take photos faster instead of waiting for the camera too. I’ve still got a lot to learn, but the camera was awesome to have while on vacation.
The hard adjustments have been remembering to turn the camera off… it won’t do that on its own. However, I haven’t had issues with it running out of battery life either. I also only have one lens and already I would like one with a bit more zoom power. I’m mostly only doing portrait photos so at this point it can hold off for a while, but eventually when G and K are in sports and such I’ll want to zoom to get closer photos from further away. I also don’t like needing to put the lens on every time I decide to take a picture; I don’t like loosing a photo opportunity and with kids those come and go quickly. I’ve got to check to see if it’s okay to store the camera in my case with the lens attached. I have been trying to be VERY careful with my camera so I don’t want to take any chances on breaking it or the lens. I did buy a protection plan for the camera, however.
- Photography Tutorial: Aperture (13 min)
- 15 features of your DSLR that every photographer should know (1 hr 8 min- long, I didn’t watch it all yet)
It’s nice to actually capture the color of the walls accurately!
|iPhone5 (top) vs. DSLR on auto setting (bottom two)|
I’ve gotta work on taking great pictures outside of auto mode because these aren’t as good as they could be, but there’s still a huge difference in quality of the photo. I wish I had some decent comparison photos for the action photos, but alas… they came out pretty crappy on auto mode (although they are visible, my cell phone pics for those are just a big blur). The one difference you can’t see on this page is that the DSLR photos are larger file size and can be blown up bigger if I want to get them printed out.
Danielle Pientka is the sewing and DIY blogger behind DIYDanielle.com. She taught herself to sew in 2011 when she wanted to make cloth diapers for her first son. She’s been sewing everything from ecofriendly items to kids products to clothing since, as it has become a passion. She loves learning how to do new things and teaching others in the process. She hopes to inspire other moms to take time for themselves to find their own creative passion.
Danielle lives in Maryland with her three young sons and her husband, Brandon. In her spare time, she gardens, reads, horseback rides, and has a small homestead with goats and ducks. Visit her shop to buy patterns or her sewing eBooks. Subscribe to her newsletter to get blog updates, free patterns and other printables by clicking here.