This year, our Christmas present to each other was to get a new digital camera. In the past we’ve always had cameras like the Canon PowerShot, perfectly good cameras, but I’ve been wanting an SLR camera for a while now. We didn’t need anything super-fancy, but I wanted something that at least had good recommendations. On his blog, John Scalzi mentioned using a Nikon D5100 in a post on his photo tools. Starting there, I looked into the camera, and it seemed to have everything we could want.
And there was one other piece of serendipity. We ordered our camera on Cyber Monday, and in doing so managed to get the camera for nearly 50% off its regular price. We ordered the camera as part of a kit that included 2 lenses: an 18-55mm and a 55-200mm lens. It was an incredible deal!
Well, since today is Christmas day, we finally got to play with the new toy. I read through the manual–something that I almost always do with new gadgets–and then started taking pictures. Nothing fancy, just to get a feel for the features and how the camera works. There are a ton of features built into the camera. Here are two of the pictures I took with the new camera today. The first is just a regular photo; the second is using some of the camera’s special effects.
And here is the same scene with a built-in special effect that I think is really cool.
I have no illusions that I am a photographer of any particular skill. I leave that to people like Paul Weimer, Andy Romine, or the aforementioned John Scalzi. But it is nice to have a camera that can help make my pictures look better.