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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Playing Around With a New Toy

I've got a new camera, a digital SLR. It's a Nikon D3100. So far, I've used the closeup function (the one with the picture of the flower), and the auto function, which makes it work just like my little point-and-shoot. Those are the same two functions I've always used on my point-and-shoot. Many, many (no, really, many) years ago, I took a course in photography, which helped me learn how to use my old Minolta SLR (before there were digital cameras, also before there was a child and a husband in my life). So, some day, maybe, I will learn to use more of the manual functions of this camera.

But for now, I'm going to keep using it like my point-and-shoot. Because I'm older than I was then, and my brain can only hold so much info.

I used it this morning to take more pictures of frost, and dead leaves.










10 comments:

  1. Same camera we just got. Have you discovered that on the Nikon web site they post a daily tip? Looks like you are off to a flying start.

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  2. Alison! We are on the same path! I have a 5100 that should be delivered to me any day! I'm terrified of it, the learning curve and such, but am very excited at the same time. I bought it primarily for my business needs, but am quite hopeful to learn to use it for landscapes too. The macro features & auto are what I'm most comfortable with as well. Keep me posted on your progress! I'll be enjoying your pictures! Cheers, Jenni

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  3. Are you sure you didn't sprinkle sugar on your garden before you took these? :) You are a very talented photographer. Good luck with your new camera. I just love digital photography, for two reasons. First, because there are instant results and second, there is no risk so we can take as many photos as we like. What's not to love about that? How did we ever survive without it? Happy New Year.

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  4. Beautiful pictures Alison! We finally got a heavy frost this morning as well. (boo hoo!) I love digital photography for the same reasons that Grace mentioned. I took 200 pictures at Zoo Lights. Can you imagine what the film alone would have cost to record that many images? Then there was the processing & sorting slides... I know that some pros still use large format film and take a few well thought out images but for schlubs like me, Digital is wonderful. I also got a Nikon D3100 and use mostly the two settings you mentioned but am looking forward to becoming more familliar with some of those other dials and gadgets. There are some interesting instructional D3100 videos on Youtube.

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  5. Egads! That is close. Great shots.

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  6. How fun!! You're going to have a great time taking pictures. I love the macros.

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  7. I love learning a new camera, your frosty pictures are really super. I got a new camera for Christmas too. Mine is a Panasonic Lumix, 20x zoom. I can't wait for the birds to come into view....now I can get a decent picture.

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  8. Cameras are one of the best new toys! I got mine for Mother's Day last year & haven't stopped fiddling with it since. Love your macros.

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  9. Lovely frost pics...and YAY for your new toy!

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  10. I stick to Canon just because I don't want to learn a whole new camera - your Nikon is doing a lovely job! These days automatic is so fantastic at adjusting to different situations that it makes me lazy! Beautiful frosty leaf photos!

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