I have a confession. As much of a travel and vacation freak I am, I cannot take a picture to save my life. Epic fail, I know. Generally speaking if you blog about traveling, you are at least somewhat competent when taking pictures.
But not me! Check out my Instagram @ vacaybuddy to see what I am talking about here. Out of focus, overexposed. You name it, I took it!
I took a photography class back in high school. A mediocre high school student at best, the only thing I remember is the “rule of thirds”. Despite knowing this, I can’t help but to center EVERYTHING I take a picture of. “Oh well”, I used to think. But it’s time to put my foot down! I will not accept being a photography newbie forever!
Making a Change
So, where do I start? I currently own a crappy Panasonic point and shoot, another crappy underwater point and shoot, and an iPhone 5. This is my photography equipment lineup, and it’s no longer cutting it. Sure, maybe I should…you know… actually learn to take pictures instead of buying new equipment. But what fun is that? If I am not forced to learn things like ISO, aperture, etc. with new equipment, than it probably won’t happen. Let’s take a look at the equipment…
The New Equipment
1. Canon Rebel T3i – $450
I decided to buy the Canon Rebel T3i with the stock lens. I found a good deal, which made me pull the trigger. The camera usually retails for $100 to $200 more. I decided on Canon over Nikon due to the ease of use for new photographers. I decided on Rebel T3i model, as the reviews are awesome, the price point is right, and found that is is a good stater camera.
2. SanDisk SD Card – $80
I needed a place to store all these new photos, so I bought a new SD card as well. I found that a Class 10 was necessary, as the read and write speeds are quick enough to store full 1080p video. I chose the SanDisk 64GB SDXC.
3. UV Filter – $15
My last purchase was this UV filter kit. As most of my shots will be outdoors, I wanted to protect the lens, while removing some of the glare from my shots. I purchased a basic filter pack that gets great reviews.
4. Other Accessories
I am currently searching for a camera bag, but have yet to find something I like.
Next comes the education. I am sure there are some good guides and eBooks for new photographers, so my search will start there. I am also on the look for an actual in person class to help out. There will be lots of trial and error, and I hope to learn a lot just by playing with the T3i’s settings and functions.
Follow My Progress
Follow me on Instagram @vacaybuddy and look for the tag #dslr to see my next picture. There is nothing up (yet).
Anyone else have a Canon T3i? How did you progress from a point and shoot to a DSLR? Are there any other must have accessories to add to my list?