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Taming the Beast.

I’m usually not one for how-to guides on anything artistic, but I started browsing this book – Mastering Your Digital SLR – at Borders yesterday while sitting in the cafĂ©, and I ended up going home with it because it is by far the most practical guide to a DSLR that I’ve ever come across. It shows you bare-bones what the camera is capable of without being prescriptivist as to what you should do with the camera.

I’ve made some cheat sheets to carry in my mini-Moleskine (which I take everywhere and could wax evangelically about how I couldn’t possibly live without it) so that I can consult them “in the field” so to speak. This makes me feel like a huge camera nrrrrd, but so it goes. I suppose acquisition of DSLR has plunged me head-first from “I like to take pictures” to full-on photographic passion. Others have pointed out, and I strongly agree, that having a better camera doesn’t make you a better photography. But oh holy G-d, does it ever open up a lot more opportunities where photo-taking is concerned. And let’s face it, it’s a wicked fun toy.

So, yes, if you have a DSLR and you want to really get to know all of its many features, I highly, HIGHLY recommend this book. Plus, it’s pretty.


Hey, 2nd Consecutive Photo Day: August 29.

Like yesterday, lots of photos taken, very few saved. I’ve taken 130 photos since getting this camera and kept a whopping… 6. That ratio seems about right. Today’s other shots can be found in my “Not Quite Daily” Flickr set – some lovely beauty shots of vegetables!

First photos with DSLR!

It’s 11 on a Wednesday and my battery just finished charging. So, I just used whatever subjects were handy at the time… my cats. N was too busy taking pictures *of* me with the camera to be captured himself.

I am already so, so impressed at the differences in how I’m able to take pictures.

A very happy birthday indeed.

This should certainly help to increase the frequency of photo posts! N’s birthday present to me – he bought me my heart’s greatest (material) desire: A Sony Alpha.

The battery is still charging, and I need to upload some photos from ye olde pointe and shoote, but hey! DSLR! After wanting this camera from its very conception (I had a Minolta hybrid – which I loved to the point where it died of abuse – and practically creamed my pants after they were bought out by Sony and then Sony announced they were releasing a DSLR based on plans with Minolta… well, I coveted it from the start), it is mine! I can hardly believe my good fortune. Man, not only a camera, but someone who loves me enough to give it TO me. I’m the luckiest girl of them all.