I know you are going to laugh at me. But I have to be honest… I have the camera blues. It’s not camera ENVY, because I do have a great camera. I’m just unable to use my camera like I want to. I have tried reading the manual. I have tried buying gadgets (like the white balance lens cap). But I’m just not getting the photos I want.
They aren’t bad photos. They just aren’t … PERFECT.
That’s where the sadness comes in. You see… before I got my ‘bigshot’ camera (a splurge we made because of a once-in-a-lifetime event my son needed to attend and a cross-country driving trip we had to make)… I had a point and shoot digital. It wasn’t the best camera, but many of my blog shots came from that camera and a lot of them are really good quality – despite the lack of tools. One feature that my point and shoot had was a great macro zoom. I was used to just getting down in the weeds with the bugs and snapping their shining little chitinoid faces.
My Canon 40D has a kit lens. Well, I dunno. Maybe it’s a better than kit lens. All I know is that it doesn’t take as good of macros as I hoped. And for the money I shelled out for the goods, I should be able to take photos made of GOLD, baby. GOLD; do you hear me?!
It’s not just the macro inability, though. It’s the bokeh. I want bokeh that makes photographers drool. Soft and seductive bokeh. Amazing bokeh.
And even more. It’s the whole light thing.
I bought one of those groovy white balance caps upon Dawn-the-Nikon-Mama’s recommendation. I seem to get just as good of results playing with my 40D’s automatic white balance presets. The presets have made a difference… but I’m just not THERE yet. Maybe I just don’t understand the whole indoor lighting thing as good as I should. Or all those numbers and such. I have “the eye and no brain”, as I told Dawn in her comment box this week.
F-stops and all that jazz. Whatever.
I know I got better bokeh and light with my 35mm camera back in the good’ol days of film photography. My old lens was a 2.8 and let in more light. I bought my digital camera thinking my film lens would fit on it. Sadly, it gives me error messages and is a real pain to work with. So I’ll have to splurge on a real macro lens if I want to get closer shots.
No macro lens.
I’m a WYSIWYG photographer. Well, unless you include the free alterations I do in Fast Stone, Picasa or Picnik. I’m no dummy. Free is better than nuthin’ baby. Just imagine what I could do if I had the right gear. A girl can dream, can’t she?
I’m a photo geek without the tools, baby.
Hopefully I’ll be able to beat these blues one day with a copy of Lightroom, Photoshop, and a Macro lens. I’m sure that day will come. Until then… I’ll just keep shooting away and playing with my pictures in Picnik.
In the mean time, if you have a favorite PHOTOBLOG, please share your links. I’m collecting places to waste more of my time online! Because you all know I have nothing better to do as a homeschool mom with a 2 month old in the house, right?!
Love in Him,