Generous gift of a proper camera.

fullsizeoutput_625They do say things come in threes and my cameras are no exception. Well in fact until this month it was two actually (my trusty battered iPhone 5S and a Canon IXUS220HS) until I was gifted the Canon EOS 350D DSLR by a very generous friend who is also embracing decluttering in some small part due to my ramblings. He has a huge collection of camera gear that he has been letting gather dust and realised that he only really uses maybe three or four of his cameras so is now finding good homes for the kit that is now long in the tooth, maybe unfashionable or just unable to function as he needs them to but that is my gain.

His generosity is a bit of a blessing and a curse in that the imagery taken on the DLSR “should” be much better than I can accomplish on my other compact cameras. However the learning curve to master how to use it properly seems almost vertical. I’m not adverse to learning new things in fact actively encourage myself to push the boundaries of my knowledge base where I can, its all to easy to settle for a landscape we know and understand. Then there is the University of YouTube to help. Some very helpful channels I have stumbled over are and

It’s funny how things seem to fall into place, is it synchronicity?, as I have been thinking about trying to improve my photo taking skills having seen my friends efforts over the years. His stepping up a level over time is in part due to his kit but I find the world of camera kit daunting, confusing and looking round the interwebs there seems to be no shortage of opinion as to what is good and bad kit but ultimately only you can decide what works for you. Thankfully now I have a platform to start learning on one that I like that cost me nothing and can teach me the basics. I also can work out what I would want from a camera in the future without having made any costly mistakes. I don’t see a D1 in my future though!

On the whole I have always been a happy snapper and really only started taking pictures with the advent of digital cameras although I seem to remember having a Kodak Instamatic film camera for a bit and a throw away Supasnaps snappy snap snap plastic job but nothing rememberable and there are so few images left from those days that I can now see why previous generations had so few photos handed down as opposed to now where every hair is recorded. Proper photography runs in the family though via my father who made it a profession after the war but I was never drawn into it in the same way as some of my siblings. Even now I see it more as still taking those snaps just hopefully with a bit more quality to them. I have been trying to go back to some of the earliest pictures I took on various digital formats that I have managed to hold onto over the years amazingly, to see the arc of progress and it is just amazing to see in such a short step back in time the fledgling quality of those pictures. We take for granted now the quality of megapixel cameras images we can create but it is fun to go back and look at those pixely, blurring and low res images from time to time,

Now I just need to get out there are start using this gift, thanks D.