It’s been a pretty busy week one way and another. Things got pretty interesting down Celtic Park way. And I got a new camera!
I’ve had an interest in photography for many years. But I’ve always restricted myself to simple point and shoot type cameras, and haven’t really gone into the subject in depth.
After a couple of weeks of reading, investigating and seeking advice I’ve finally taken the plunge and bought a digital SLR camera – a Canon 400D for those who know about these things.
One of the key reasons for my latest purchase is that I attend a lot of live shows. My little Samsung L301 compact digital camera takes very good shots most of the time, but it really needs a flash to be any good in low light. And most bands don’t appreciate a flash being used right up front and in their faces.
So, once I get the hang of ISO settings and the like, I should be able to get some good shots in my favourite venues without using a flash.
I also like to do tourist shots whenever I’m away and have a hard disk full of snaps from previous trips. Attending a variety of events with a camera can also give opportunities for some good shots. And Glasgow has some great buildings that I’m looking forward to taking some photos of too.
For now I’ve just about started to master the basics. But I know I have a great deal still to learn. There are just so many different settings that can be adjusted for different effects. Aperture, focal length, shutter speed, white balance and so on. The jargon alone takes a bit of getting used to. Thankfully there are loads of resources on line to help out a confused novice
But I’ll give it a go and hopefully it will all fall into place in time. Maybe practice will make perfect – or at least competent. That seems a reasonable goal to start with.
Look out for some links to photographs when I get confident enough to share them on my blog. I know that I have some excellent photographers amongst my friends so I shouldn’t be short of advice. And I’ve been told that photography can become more of an obsession than a hobby – which isn’t necessarily a good thing for me.
Now that the rain has stopped I’m off into the city centre to try out a few things.
If anyone has tips for an eager beginner I’d be grateful.
And if anyone wants to buy a very nice little 12MP digital camera, complete with 2GB memory card and a leather case, then give me a shout.