I am a big "if you don't like how something is, CHANGE IT" kind of person. However, that often requires money. I have been saving here and there and received a small compensation at work (those kindergartners really want good grades...just was a union settlement!). Combined with my birthday cash, that put me at what I needed to purchase what I have wanted for a very long time.

In most of my spare browsing time, I have been researching the DSLR that would be right for me.  And the Nikon d3300 fit the bill. I chose it because my number one priority was good performance in low light (indoor shots of my kids). I chose to get refurbished and use the money I saved to get a 50mm lens, which is really the game changer here. Please ask me if you have any questions about it; I have spent the last 48 hours trying to become good friends with it.

Enough of that, let's see some proof that it was worth it...

I am having fun playing with depth of field. That's where I screwed up the party pictures from last week. You can see these were all taken inside, both with moving and stationary subjects. I am so happy that you can finally see the actual color of Larkyn's wall.  These were all shot in Manual, which oddly, I found a lot easier to use than any presets. I also found that the 50mm is not made for macro AT ALL. Like it won't even take a picture if you are too close. You have to work for the picture by moving yourself away from the object, which I am not used to (but the kit lens of 18-55mm works great for macro).

What would you get next for your photography life?  I think next for me is Lightroom and a portrait class at Midwest Photo Exchange

1 comment:

Melissa @ Made by Melissa Lee said...

I was just at Best Buy this afternoon looking at cameras and the Nikon D3300 is the one they suggested! I'm hoping to take my food photography to the next level as my point and click Canon just isn't doing it for me anymore. How do you like the Nikon after having it for a while now? While not as expensive as some other dslr cameras out here, it's still not cheap and I want to be 100% sure it's the right camera before buying! I'm glad I remembered you posting about getting a new camera a while back :)

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