Photos on this blog are about to get a whole lot better (and posts will likely get a lot more photo heavy) because I just picked myself up my first DSLR!!! It's a Nikon D3300. I snagged mine at Costco. It came with two lenses, a nice carrying case, neckstrap, a 16gb SD card and an instructional DVD. Getting all of that stuff at once sold me - especially the bag which I knew I would need it right away (being surrounded by cute but lively short people and all).
Obviously these cameras has a pretty steep learning curve. Just to give you an idea, I took 294 pictures on my first day alone - in less than an hour. Of those 294 pictures, I kept 19. Of those 19, 9 are making it into this post. I hope to improve that ratio.
Not all of the photos I deleted were bad. A lot of them were pictures of the same flower with different settings. I didn't think you needed to see 75 versions of the same flower. You're welcome.
Before I started shooting, I read this post called The Exposure Triangle and then these posts on ISO, aperture, and shutter speed and that gave me a GREAT foundation. Before buying this camera I did a lot of reading about these things but it was impossible to grasp without having a camera in my hand (especially ISO and aperture.). After reading these posts and learning how these three things affect the image, I started to be able to predict what certain settings would produce and even better, I was able to start adjusting the settings so I could get the picture I wanted. SO FREAKING COOL! I'm still getting used to the controls of course, and all that will come with practice, but I'm just so happy to have a camera that is so much better at capturing what I see. I love my iPhone, but a lot of the time it falls short my vision for the image.
So without further ado, here's the best of what I captured in my first "photo shoot." All photos were taken at the same time of day (except for the last one - I wanted to see if I could get a good low-light shot at night and I did!) and all are un-edited. My goal is to get the best possible shot without needing Photoshop (I guess that's every photographers' goal but I'm gonna try to be a real stickler about this for myself.) You can really see how different settings affect the photo. I played a lot with the different exposure settings and focus and I'm pretty happy with the way these turned out. Obviously, I have a lot to learn but I'm so glad I started.
This really taught me something - you can only learn so much by reading. Eventually, you just have to jump in with two feet and DO IT.