As many probably note, this blog is awfully light on photos. I have been trying lately to use more photos, but when I do take and post them (like with the ornament yesterday), I am reminded that my photo-taking abilities are pretty limited. When I think about it, I know how to frame photos to a certain extent and I understand the concept of composition. My years of art-related courses for my landscape architecture degree do come in handy in that regard. However, the real hold-up – and the resulting lack of motivation to think about things like composition – is that I don’t have good equipment. I think our camera is a decent one for a tiny point-and-shoot, but it’s simply not going to take brilliant photos.
I often find myself oohing and ahhing over photos on other blogs that I know were taken with REAL cameras. It’s not just the cute subject matter (the kids), but it’s the crispness, colors, depth of focus, and so on that I admire. It makes me wonder if I want to upgrade cameras so that I can take nice photos, too. I know it’s not all about the camera, and that I’d have some learning to do, but I think I could learn. And I’ve got time on my hands right now, so now might be a good time to take this on.
I’d have to figure out if I really want to step up to a camera that won’t fit in my pocket and that will take more effort on my part, but right now, it’s a step I’m leaning toward taking. Of course the cost of a new camera is also a factor, and I’m quite certain that the nice cameras taking those nice photos aren’t exactly cheap.
I’d love to spend some of these many months of waiting doing things to better myself, and working on photography might be something I could include. Plus I’d love to be able to come home with great photos (instead of mediocre ones) of Ethiopia to share with our child. And of course I want to be able to share wonderful photos of our child with everyone.
I’m ready to do some research. So, tell me: What kind of camera do you have, and would you recommend it to someone who wants to learn how to take better photos?