Oh, happy day, it’s Friday!!! This has been a crazy busy week, and I’m ready to get on with some relaxin’.
I’ve decided that it’s time for me to give my little Kodak point-and-shoot camera some much needed rest also. It’s time for me to upgrade to a big girl camera. You know…the kind that can shoot in automatic, or that I could manually set. Yeah, the big, scary, intimidating kind.
Right now, the camera that I use for everything looks like this.
Well, mine looks kind of like that. Imagine it less shiny and new, and with a few (hundred) more dings, scratches, and smudges of paint and stain. It actually works just fine for taking the step-by-step pictures that I use for my DIY tutorials, but for taking final pictures of projects, rooms, etc., I definitely need something better.
Why did I finally come to this decision? Because today, I’m participating in the How To Decorate For The DIYer series that’s being hosted by the lovely Beth of Home Stories A To Z.
My post is about developing a basic room design plan, and I wanted to share photos of my breakfast area and kitchen. I realized that I didn’t have any good photos of those rooms, so last night I whipped out my camera and took a few. They turned out awful. Just awful!! They were dark, grainy, and discolored. Even the color correct function in my photo editing program couldn’t help.
The other photos I used in my little guest post were taken my super photographer extraordinaire (my mom) with her super fancy professional camera. So my little photos needed to look at least somewhat decent.
Well, it took about two hours, lots of tweaking with the lights, and lots of testing out different settings, but I finally got two somewhat decent pictures.
The only way I could get my little camera to take any halfway decent pictures of these rooms was to set it on the “night portrait” setting, which seemed very strange, because with all of the lights on in my kitchen and breakfast area, it’s not dark at all!
But anyway, it was major frustration, and I’m ready for a big girl camera. I don’t need some super duper major professional camera that takes 175 megapixel pictures and can take clear pictures of a hummingbird from four miles away or anything like that. Just something middle of the road. Decent, nice, but average.
Any suggestions? I don’t want to spent a fortune, and just a quick glance at the prices on the Best Buy website made me hyperventilate just a bit. (Hey, we’ve already established that I’m cheap, right?).
So I’ll have to save up my pennies, and then prepare myself mentally and emotionally to plunk down several hundred dollars for one item. (I can already feel my heart beat a little harder and faster just from the thought of it. C’mon Kristi, you’ve bought computers. You can do this!!).
But anyway, I have no idea where to even begin looking, what functions are really important, what brand is the best, or any of that. If you’ve got the info, share what you know! (Pretty please!)