Friday, July 24, 2009

A Canon Rebel XTi

A few days ago my cousin handed me his Canon SLR camera with an array of lenses, gave me a crash course in how to take pictures in any mode other than 'Auto' and told me he'd be back this Sunday for a portrait session with his wife and daughter. I have never before used an SLR. I have heard the terms 'aperture' and 'shutter speed,' but I had no idea how they work together. My work is cut out for me. I wish all work were this fun. This camera is pure bliss. I have no idea what I'm doing and these pictures still look a hundred times better than what my little fully auto camera can produce. They're so good (to me) I'm not even tempted to tweak the tiniest thing in Photoshop yet, just marveling at their raw quality.

I've been picking Summer's brain with stupid questions like 'What shutter speed should I be trying for?' since those are all things I would get a feel for with time, but right now I don't have time. I need all of her expertise as quickly as she can email it to me, especially since these inanimate objects are nothing compared to the active toddler I'll be trying to capture in a few days.
Cantaloupe salsa for tomorrow's baby shower...doesn't that look like Bon Appetit?!!! I think I know what I'm requesting for Christmas.

Even the gross grout on my kitchen sink looks dreamy with this camera!

Or maybe in the camera love rush I've lost all perspective. Probably that.


sufferingsummer said...

these shots are lovely. Don't think you need my help you are doing just fine on your own!
can't wait to see the portrait shots and oh boy do I ever need to get that lens! ack!

Melanie said...

You are brave! Of course, you also seem to have the interest to learn, which will help you along. Good luck!

Billi London-Gray said...

Ooh! Ooh! A camera is my next treasure hunt! Let me know how you like this one after the honeymoon period.

JoAnna said...

I like your photos. Even the ones without the fancy camera:)