Thursday, January 31, 2013

Camera Upgrade!!!

After much debate, I bit the bullet and upgraded to a DSLR camera....

(my husband doesn't see the artistic quality in this photo becuase "it's all blurred."  I still thought it was interesting but whatever, i'm working on it!)

My last camera treated me well and took pretty good pictures.  It got us through our honeymoon:
(view from our hotel room in Maui)

..a trip to italy (you can details on Positano stop here)...

...the first few years of our growing family...

...and a lot of things in between.

...but with a first birthday near and several family vacations planned for this year - among other things - i decided it was time....

It's a new purchase so I'm not quite through the user manual and I haven't started working in the manual mode yet.  I didn't realize how hard I had to work with the old camera to get a good picture -at least indoors.  I pretty much had to take pictures in manual all the time if I wanted it to come out half way decent! 

I've been practicing with the new camera on a few of my favorite subjects:


"you STILL taking pictures mom?"
Do you own a DSLR?  Are you happy you made the purchase?  Did you discover a favorite feature of the camera you didn't know before purchasing?  Let me know!


  1. Yay! How exciting. You will not regret it! I got my DSLR (Nikon D3100) last summer and I am obsessed with it! A couple months ago I finally learned enough about the camera to shoot in manual and I feel like I really understand it now. It takes A LOT of photos to get to that point, though! It did for me, anyway :)

    Your photos with your old camera are great, so I can't wait to see what you do with the new camera. Enjoy! Experimenting is the fun part :)

  2. I love my DSLR and have owned it for a little over a year. We have the Canon t3i. If you are looking for a tutorial for your camera in manual mode, Shoot Fly Shoot has great photo video tutorials for a great price, it's Kevin from The Lettered Cottage and his friend Josh. Have fun, the pics look great so far!

  3. Some pics of the boys!! I've been wondering what those two dudes look like. Cutie pies for sure!

    We have a Nikon V1 because I couldn't see myself actually taking a big DSLR around with me everywhere. It's one of the newer mirror less cameras with interchangeable lenses and manual modes but isn't as big. I love it! I sometimes wonder if I'd understand the manual mode a bit more on a DSLR, but I haven't actually taken the time to really learn it on here either. Congrats! Your pics already looked great, so I can't wait to see what you do with this one!

  4. Your boys are so adorable! I bet they will be a great motivation to learn your new camera. I switched to a dslr about a year and a half ago, and I love it! I tell you, if I can learn it, so can you, you will love your new camera.

  5. congrats! i don't know much about my olympus dslr, but it does the trick. can't wait to see more lovely results of your newfound toy!



  6. Love your cute models, Dawn! Have fun with your camera ~ I need to get with it and upgrade badly, I'm still using my point & shoot! Your photos look fabulous already!

  7. Oh I'm jealous!! What did you decide to get?

  8. Love my DSLR, but I still have so much to learn. I've been doing Aimee's little tutorials over at It's Overflowing and I'm learning a lot. You won't regret the investment! I'm a bit photography obsessed now (and I see the artistic quality in that "blurred" photo!).

  9. You're going to love your new camera! I still like my little point and shoot for when I'm out and about and don't want to lug out the big gun. I have a canon 60D with the telephoto kit lens. I recently purchase a 50 mm portrait lens and an external flash. I prefer natural light but sometimes you need a flash.

    You really have a great eye and the first and third photos are fantastic! Exposure and angle are perfect! I don't know how you could take a bad picture of Italy with your other camera. The photos all look great and the sunset is gorgeous! Imagine all the wonderful photos you'll take of your little ones.