Sunday, May 22, 2011
I really hate my camera (ok, I just suck at photography :p )
I was so excited to be able to watch my goddaughter go to her Senior Prom. Of course, I brought my camera. But this time, I did not bring my D50. I figured it is going to be bright and sunny what could go wrong? UGH...I suck at this!! Ok, inside the house, I know I needed the flash on--this would have been such a perfect photo because she had just walked out of her room...I forgot to turn the flash on! UGH
Ok, it was sunny outside, so I had my ISO at 200...I left my camera in Aperture mode f/11. I know something is totally wrong. I even changed the ISO to 400 and 800, but I still had problems.
I was so mad...mad at myself. I did get some good pictures, but I wanted all of them to be perfect!
I had to clone on some spots from dust on the camera...the sun was totally in the wrong place. This one is a bit blurry, but not too bad.
I had to correct the coloring on a few, but I blame that on the positioning of the sun! ha ha ha...close up, this one is a bit blurry as well.
To say I was bummed out is an understatement. But my goddaughter and aunt (her mom) loved them regardless how crappy some of them came out. There were a few that were pretty good. And I guess a "normal" person wouldn't have taken 200--only like 50 ha ha ha.
I know part of my problem (yeah only part) is the fact that I don't own a tri-pod...correction a tri-pod that will hold my camera up. Years ago, my husband and kids bought me a Sunpak tri-pod that worked great with my D50, but this is what happened when I tried to use it on my D300...slowly, but surely, it would fall facing the floor.
So the day after the prom, I went to Best Buy (I love that place!) and picked up this Manfrotto tri-pod. I knew Manfrotto was a good brand, but I was a little unsure about this model. It was on clearance for $115--originally $230. I normally wouldn't pay that much, but the blurry pictures made me realize how much I needed a tripod badly.
I was a little leary about getting the clearance item because I can't take it back. But the brand name is great right? And it was a ball head too...not just panning. I came home (after already purchasing it) and googled the model. I could only find 1 review. I have no idea why, but it was a good review and it says it is a good tripod for beginners--which I am. All I know is that it holds my camera upright!
My next wishlist item (besides a macro/micro lens) is a cable release. someday...