One of my new year’s “resolutions” was to have a life worthy of beautiful photographs.
Not just a life worthy of Instagram, though. I luff that app, but I think it says a lot about society if that’s our preferred method for recording of our lives. Or a sign of the times, I guess. I know mobiles can take some sweet pics. I draw my line at the iPad being used for taking holiday photos, though. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, NO iPAD PHOTOGRAPHY*. But that’s a rant that needs more cider than I have in me right now (read: none).
So to take these beautiful photographs, one thing I need is to get my confidence up with an actual camera. I’ve never done anything remotely aimed at learning how to do this; my method is totally a “what-does-this-setting-do?” thing; I don’t have the attention span for online courses or the money for 12-week programs and whatnot. So instead I’ve enrolled for a one-dayer that has come highly recommended from the good looking people of my Twitter feed. Leigh and I are gonna go and learn new shiz like bosses. BOSSES, YO!
My Nikon D80 (and the D40 before it) have served me well over the years, though I’m sure my darling husband would like to remind me yet again that the D80 is actually his and I’ve been hogging it all these years. I was getting itchy feet, so I’ve adopted a D200 (sounds like a massive upgrade, no?) courtesy of the beautiful Scarlet. We have one of Scarlet’s prints hanging proudly in our lounge room, so it’s quite fitting that I now have her camera…I was allowed to adopt the camera on the proviso that I refer to it by it’s baptismal name: R2D200. Considering we have a Roomba named after the same droid from Star Wars, such a clause was a piece of cake!
(It’s been 4 days since I’ve eaten cake. Now I want cake.)
FMD R2D200 is a good frickin’ camera. It’s been a steep learning curve (with 99% of the photos on the CF card being blurry/OOF/overexposed/generally shite) but I’m starting to get the hang of it. I was pretty used to using Portrait mode on the D80 and turns out this camera expects me to work that bid-ness out for myself. Sorry, R2D200, that’s gonna take a wee while.
Some photos have turned out mostly in focus, and though they’re not exactly representative of the beautiful life I’m supposed to be living, they’re a start!