If you’ve read me for any time, you may know that since the blog started 7 years ago, I have always used a point and shoot camera for all my photos. A point and shoot is lightweight, it slips into my handbag, fully automatic and simply was so easy to use.
I started with a Fuji, that I loved but it didn’t take very big pictures, and a few years ago I moved onto a Lumix that I also adored. I’ve never been really careful with my cameras, and I expect a lot of them. They have to travel with me, live in the bottom of a bag, brave all weathers and not kick up too much of a fuss if they get dropped (not so proud of those moments.)
This spring and summer I have a couple of bigger photo shoots on my agenda, where I feel duty bound to my subject to produce some good shots. The pressure feels much greater when taking photos for someone else, so I decided that I should be brave and upgrade.
A couple of weeks ago, having asked around amongst friends whose photos I admire, I finally moved onto my very first ‘grown up’ camera. I chose a Nikon, simply because I know so many people with this brand, that I’ll be able to try different lenses and learn from their experience.
Here are some of the first pictures that I’ve been taking, in my garden, and around the valley, plus a shot of Chantilly. My verdict? I am loving using a reflex camera. I can see a difference in the grain of the pictures, and most importantly the light and the mood. Composition still remains the most important factor in taking shots for a blog, but a little fine focussing certainly helps too.
The downsides? The size and weight for sure. After a whole day’s shooting I could feel that it was way more tiring to lift and position this baby, and it really won’t be possible to slip it into a handbag when out for lunch in Paris, or take it along on a walk in the forest. It also requires more knowledge and concentration, although the automatic option works pretty well.
So I wondered about your photographic experience and if you take a lot of pictures, which sort of camera do you prefer? Is the ease to handle your first consideration? Are you a total geek and know everything there is to know about ISO and aperture? Or with today’s phone technology have you put any camera aside and simply use your phone to snap throughout the day? Look forward to hearing your words of wisdom.