February 23, 2016


In recent posts I have shared my frustrations of my new camera purchase. It's not that the camera isn't good enough, my wishful thinking thought it would require less effort. 

Silly me. 

The light sensor would know exactly what to do and I could shoot full automatic and the picture would look professional. Nope, the new camera still requires some effort to get the lighting right.

New Block Blog Hop fabric

On Sunday, I made the commitment to master the new camera. 

Took a deep breath, turned on Manual mode and just started taking pictures of things around the house in different light. The same method I had used to learn my last camera, except it was for a class. 

Taking many shots playing with different settings until it was natural. 

Some Perle cotton thread
colored pencils and my favorite brand of purple pen

Now things are not natural and quick yet, but I feel as though the new camera and I have bonded a bit. It was easier to shoot manual on the new camera. 

As I write, mentally I am comparing this to Toy Story.  Hear me out ...   

Andy (old camera) is awesome and nostalgic been around to see my history.  Then Buzz (new camera) comes along all shiny and new screaming, "to infinity and beyond!" No one really likes Buzz at first because he's a nudge, but everyone eventually warms up to him. I just hope neither get's pushed out of the window. 

Insert audio of me chuckling to myself.


  1. It does look like the two of you are getting along much better. I do wish that some things came without effort, but alas, it is not meant to be.

  2. You're going to love it once you get the hang of it. Photo 1-0-fun will be coming up on my blog in the spring/summer. But, generally speaking (I don't know what camera you got) but Aperture mode is your best friend for product photography. And working in Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority will really help you to hone one skill of the exposure triangle at a time. :) Feel free to email me to ask any questions...I LOVE chatting photography. :)

  3. Those are my favorite purple pens too!!! I hope the adjustment to the new camera starts to go smoother! :)

  4. I have a couple of cameras and keep saying I'm going to learn more about them, then I don't. I love the idea of just taking photos of everyday things in different lights, I'm going to have to try that.

  5. I love your Toy Story analogy! My husband has several professional grade cameras and all of the extra equipment to go with it and I just can't bring myself to learn about any of it and just fall back on our point and shoot travel camera. Kudos to you for your determination to become one with your new camera.

  6. Does the new camera have Spanish mode? I love Buzz in Spanish mode. :)
    I am still impressed by your photography skills.

  7. I LOVE Energel pens! Isn't it funny how we can be so particular about things like that? Good luck with the new camera!