So for a while I’ve had photos scattered in a few different places, I’ve decided to consolidate everything onto flickr (at least for the time being). I don’t love flickr’s presentation but I can’t argue with their usability. There are just more tools out there and flikr is the 500lb gorilla as far as community and sharing sites.
The only photos that will be public are the ‘style’ type photos. All the personal stuff will be Friend/Family only as appropriate. I’m sure a time will come when I may want to be able to see pictures of my kids but for right now I’m going to protect their privacy. Joining flickr is free and I recommend anyone interested in joining and adding me as a contact. I’ll return the favor and you can see all the cuteness/etc to your hearts content.
The photostream will pull in on the sidebar and can be found directly at http://flickr.com/photos/stickm
Using this I built my own remote shutter trigger this evening. I found a Body Glove Earglove Sport at Walmart for $10, sadly every Dollar store I tried didn’t have any wired mobile phone headsets, Big Lots was no help either. As per instructions I did have to remove the microphone, but honestly the hardest part of the whole thing was getting into the housing the contained the button and the mic. I tested it with about 15 shots in different modes with my Canon T1i and it works great.
The one drawback is that the button doesn’t depress half-way so you can’t enage focus lock without also engaging the shutter. My plan to counter act that is to compose and focus beforehand then switch to MF to prevent AF from refocusing unintentionally, if anyone has any additional ideas leave them in the comments.
So I finally made my decision on a camera. I settled on the Canon EOS T1i (500D). So far I love it! I went to the “Rose Garden” down by NCSU and shot a little bit this afternoon after having to work all day (on a Saturday). This little guy came out pretty good, though upon reflection I should have stopped a little higher for a little more DoF. Live and learn I guess.
I had half-heartedly thought about submitting one of these to an online photo contest but ultimately I decided that I need a bit more experience before I take that step. That’s a post for another day, however.
I’ve been interested in photography at various levels for some time. I dabbled a bit in college with 35mm film but never really got into it, mainly due to cost. Without access to your own darkroom developing film can be an expensive proposition.
I’ve been doing a lot of research about dSLR’s lately in prep to buy myself a dSLR. I figured I’d detail my thoughts from a relative newbie’s perspective. First a little bit on my parameters and intentions.
My budget is roughly $1000, I’m looking for a reasonable advanced camera that I can use as a learning tool. The goal is to learn more about the technology of photography (hopefully dragging the art out of me kicking and screaming) as well as taking better pictures. I’ll mostly be shooting sporting event type activities, (disc golf, kids in the backyard, etc) family stuff, but I do want to do a little bit of artistic photography. Several of the new cameras have HD video as a feature. While this isn’t real important to me, it’s a fun thing to play with.