I decided to start this thread to coincide with my personal journey in rediscovering my love affair with photography - I thought I would chart my progress in learning to get the most out of a new camera.
But a brief [not so brief?] history of my life long love affair with cameras [even though I dread having my photo taken] -
As a kid I had a compact - its origins shrouded in the mystery of time. My family was never flush with cash so I couldn’t afford to do much experimenting and I don’t have many photos from that time. But I loved looking at photos and enjoying the stories they depicted. One of my grandfathers was mad keen on photography too and had an SLR which seemed to be quite magical to me.
Anyway the years passed - I started working but never had enough to get my own SLR - I read numerous books and magazines on photography though and would often spend time discussing the subject with my grandfather. By then he had suffered a series of strokes which left him paralysed down one side so he no longer took photgraphs.
One day he gave me his SLR - an old Praktica LTL - I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. The inbuilt light meter didn’t work but that turned out to be a good thing as I became quite good at determining suitable f-stops and shutter speeds in my head. He also gave me his tripod and cable-release so that added even more potential to what I could try. I used that camera for close to two decades until it finally died completely. I would take my photos to my grandfather to get his opinions and sometimes he even said that some of my work was good - and he would tell me why so he taught me a lot. [Enough that I was good enough to be the photographer at my brother’s wedding.]
Other than a strange obsession with clouds I did all sorts of experiments and generally just enjoyed taking photos. When I could no longer coax the Praktica to work I bought an electonic SLR [Pentax] and continued on my merry photographic way. The Pentax was a great camera.
Then a number of years ago I abruptly stopped taking photographs - I not sure exactly why as the love was still there but I had become quite ill so it may have been the event that tipped the scales. So I went on hiatus. A couple of years later I thought getting a digital camera might inspire me to start up again as I would be able to experiment more. I couldn’t afford a DSLR so I saved up and bought an Olympus compact. Great photos but it drained the rechargables at a horrific rate so it became frustrating to use and I stopped again.
Which brings me to yesterday. I had been researching DSLR cameras off and on for ages and knew what I’d love to buy - and some people on these forums gave me some great advice too - but all the desirable options were well beyond my finances. However there are a few sales on at the moment and so, after doing some research and a lot of soul-searching, I went and bought a Nikon D3100 with twin lens. [18-55mm and 55-200mm]
So I thought I’d start this thread charting my progress as I relearn my photography skills and learn about this new camera. Hell, I might even end up taking some good photos.
Next post will be about my first impressions - complete with illustrations.