First, I have to say that I’m not a professional photographer or even close. I only recently discovered a love and passion for photography last fall when I got my first camera that wasn’t a point and shoot.
Something about it grabbed my attention: capturing a precious moment in time, portraying the subjects in different perspectives and playing with light. It’s remarkable how amazing the outcomes are with just one simple click. I’ve always had regular point and shoots in the past since I didn’t feel like I had a need for a fancy expensive camera.
I’ve always wanted to take beautiful photos of my friends and family but I barely had time for photography between work and school and it wasn’t enough to justify spending hundreds of more dollars. That is, until I started travel blogging.
Being a travel blogger has inspired me to improve my photography and I’ve been training my eye to capture moments I would never think to shoot before. I can honestly say that it has made such a huge difference and now I have to take my camera with me everywhere I go, even if it’s just a short walk to the beach. You never know what great photo opportunities could come up!
That’s only one awesome benefit of becoming a travel blogger, I could write a whole post (which I will in the future) about the many benefits. If you’ve been thinking about creating your own blog, stop procrastinating! Start your own blog today and you’ll be amazed at what new opportunities may arise from it.
My first “real” camera
I still love the camera that we bought last year, the Canon SX 50 HS and it was the best choice for us as we were new to photography. It has the most amazing zoom up to 1200 mm and a 24mm wide angle lens. This camera was great to learn on since it also had similar functions to a DSLR camera: P, TV, AV and M mode.
Without this camera, I wouldn’t have got these amazing photos. If I had jumped straight to a DSLR, it probably would have taken me a lot longer to get familiar with it and learn how to use it correctly. They say it’s not always the equipment that makes a photographer a good one but their knowledge as well.
I highly recommend this camera for anyone who wants an upgrade from a point and shoot but doesn’t feel comfortable with a full fledged DSLR. I take it with me whenever I’m shooting wildlife since I can get wonderful up close shots.
My second real camera
After a year of using the Canon SX50 HS, I was ready for an upgrade. I felt like I had learned quite a bit about the functions and features that I wanted to make a jump into my first DSLR. I was a bit intimidated at first and after I went to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, I saw nearly every single person had a DSLR.
It was like the new trend, everyone thought they were professional photographers as soon as they got their hands on one but you and I both know that that isn’t the case. I absolutely loved the photos I took of the festival with my SX50 HS so I wasn’t sure if upgrading was even all that necessary.
However, after talking to a few professional photographer friends I decided to take the leap. They couldn’t stress enough about upgrading my equipment if I was serious about photography and I had the itch for a new camera. So I did it. I bought my first DSLR.
Now it may not seem like a big deal but for such a newbie amateur photographer like me, it was. This meant I had to get even more serious about photography and put the camera to even better use. I asked around, looked up reviews and picked the Canon Rebel t5i as my first DSLR.
I know there’s a huge battle between Nikon and Canon which I don’t want to get into but I chose Canon because we already had a Canon camera I was familiar with. The competition to the Canon Rebel t5i is the Nikon D5200 and it is also a fabulous camera.
I’m so happy with my new camera. The quality is simply on a different level and the photos come out so crisp and clean. I know I still have a ton to learn but photography has become one of the greatest joys in my life. I never hesitate to pull out my camera wherever I am and I’m not afraid to shoot in weird lighting or the dark. You’ll never learn if you don’t try!
I haven’t had too many chances to use my camera except in Playas del Coco where we live so I’ve gotten quite good at beach shots. I’m so excited to take my camera back to Washington and then to Asia where I can capture moments and memories to cherish for the rest of our lives.
I’ve only had it for about a month so be kind! I’d love to eventually learn how to shoot black and white, portraits, wildlife, etc. Here are a few of my favorite photos I’ve taken so far!
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