Saturday, June 5, 2010

Learning Curve

I wrote a few days ago that I had gotten a Nikon D90. Since then, that thing has been practically surgically attached to my hand. This camera is amazing. Taking a great picture is easy to do right out of the box. Of course, I still got my fair share of blurry or almost-there-but-not-quite photos, but it didn't take long to start getting photos like this one of my oldest on the swing:

I love the way her hair is flying around her head. It's not perfect, but I'm getting closer! I've been having so much fun taking pictures that I haven't even attempted to tweak any of them in Photoshop.

One thing that has helped me tremendously is David Busch's Nikon D90 Guide to Digital SLR Photography. Man, this book is a lifesaver! After only 2 chapters, I feel a bit more at ease with the camera. Chapter 3 and beyond is where he really starts to get into the different settings. The pages are nice and thick too, so I'll probably be sticking this in my camera bag for reference without too much worry about destroying it.

Speaking of that book, it's time for me to sink myself back into it until the munchkins demand my full attention again. LOL Then maybe a trip to the park later for more pictures. What are your plans for this weekend?

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Hello gorgeous!

I may or may not have a new toy to play with. And by "may or may not", I mean LOOK AT WHAT I BOUGHT! (More like, LOOK AT WHAT HUBBY BOUGHT FOR ME! LOL)

Photo courtesy of Nikon

That is my brand spanking new Nikon D90. I also have the lens that is attached in the picture, the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR. I had debated just buying the body and using the extra money towards another zoom lens other than the kit lens, but reviews I had read online said that the kit lens is actually pretty good. So I went with that one. Let me tell you, the Vibration Reduction? Awesome. I also bought this lens, which will be arriving today:

Photo courtesy of Nikon

That's the AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D. I really wanted to get the 1.4D, but from what I read online, I just couldn't justify spending another $200+ on a lens that I wasn't sure I would be able to tell a difference with. Maybe after gaining some more experience!

There's a few accessories that were purchased with the lens, like an extra battery, etc. I won't bore you with all those. However, when my camera bag comes next week, you'd better believe there will be pictures!

What have you bought lately that thrills you?