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Travel photography just got real.

5 Jun

Travel photography just got real.

Camera novice. That’s me. I have never owned and used anything but the simplest of cameras: Brownie, 35mm, point and shoot. Yesterday I took a leap and bought my first ever DSLR camera. The Nikon D3100. It’s on the low end in the world of DSLR cameras, but it’s an upgrade to me from my current point and shoot. I’m going to do some fast learning and practice over the next couple of weeks to get comfortable with this new camera. I plan to keep it in automatic mode for now, but later on I can take a photography class and discover the fine points of mastery. Zoom lenses were discounted heavily if I purchased one at the time I got the camera, so I did that too. I am hoping that the zoom lens will get me some great mountainscapes in the Dolomites.

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31 Responses to “Travel photography just got real.”

  1. The Palladian Traveler June 5, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    Good hunting (shooting) with your new tool-of-the-trade. A small tripod wouldn’t hurt either.

  2. ladyofthecakes June 5, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    I don’t even know what DSLR means…

    • Rosemarie June 5, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

      I don’t either.

      • Ingrid Borecki June 20, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

        Digital Single Lens Relfex – Nice camera and you’re a natural! I’m sure you’ll get lots of great shots!

      • Rosemarie June 20, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

        Thanks, Ingrid. I just dropped my doggie off at the kennel. Each step brings me closer to takeoff.

  3. megtraveling June 5, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    It looks great – you’ll get fantastic photos!

  4. Melanee June 5, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    Look forward to seeing your “new” photos.

  5. Angeline M June 5, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    Wow! Good for you. One bit of advice is to practice in auto a few days, then get out of auto mode and practice the most on different settings. When I got my Canon I was afraid to take it out of auto mode (I have no idea why this scared me) ; when I saw the great photos I created with different settings my jaw dropped and I couldnt believe I waited so long to do this. Now im comfortable switching settings at the time of the shoot to get the look I want. Practice this before you leave. Have fun!

    • Rosemarie June 5, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

      Thanks for the tip. I am registered for an introductory class tomorrow.

  6. Dina June 5, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    🙂 🙂 Congratulations and happy shooting!

  7. lavendermoongirlblog June 5, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    Your new Nikon, digital single lense reflex camera (DSL) looks brilliant. I’ve heard it’s had good reviews. Good luck. More brilliant photos!

    • Rosemarie June 5, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

      Thank you and thank you again for letting me know what DSLR stands for.

  8. NW Frame of Mind June 5, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    How exciting! I want to step up from my basic point and shoot too but there are so many choices for DSLR I have been overwhelmed. I can’t wait to hear how you like this one!

    • Rosemarie June 5, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

      I will let you know. Feeling a bit intimidated at the moment.

  9. hitandrun1964 June 5, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

    Very exciting. Looking forward to your photographs. Congratulations. Soon you will look back at this moment and wonder why you were worried about learning how to use the camera. It will be like second nature to you in no time.

    • Rosemarie June 5, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

      I hope so. Just spent the afternoon at the Art Museum photographing stuff in natural light. First time I’ve ever been able to do that. Maybe I’ll put some of the photos up for comment.

  10. Colin Butterworth June 6, 2013 at 3:06 am #

    I got my wife a D3100 a couple years ago. It is a very good camera, you shouldn’t have any worries with it. There is nothing wrong with shooting in Auto, but I would recommend putting the camera mode to P instead. It is basically the same as Auto, but you won’t have the built in flash continually popping up. If it is too dark you can pop up the flash manually. That will save you from getting harsh flash shoots all the time.
    My camera lives in aperture mode most of the time. It gives me control over the depth of field and the camera takes care of the rest. While we were on our honeymoon it was either in aperture priority of P. I got plenty of good shots doing that and I’m sure you will as well. Have fun with your new toy! 🙂

    • Rosemarie June 6, 2013 at 3:09 am #

      You are right. The flash is very harsh. I was happy with the natural light photos I got in the museum today. I will test out your idea of P and aperture mode. Thank you for the suggestions.

  11. cd1972 June 6, 2013 at 7:03 am #

    I’m sure you will have alot of fun with your new camera. A DSLR is a good choice. The 3100 is good camera.

    • Rosemarie June 6, 2013 at 11:29 am #

      Thank you. I have looked forward to this return to Europe for so long, I really want to be able to preserve my memories the best I can.

  12. Sangeeta June 8, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    Thats a great camera, I also use a Nikon myself. Have a great time clicking and look forward to your pictures.

    • Rosemarie June 8, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

      Thank you for your comment. I am glad to hear from other Nikon users.

  13. Photography Journal Blog June 9, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    I hope your class went well? and that you are liking your new camera.

    • Rosemarie June 9, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

      I love my camera, and the introductory class was helpful, but I will be learning this camera for quite some time. I’ll be sticking with the automatic modes for the foreseeable future.

  14. ruthincolorado June 9, 2013 at 8:35 pm #

    Congrats! Nikon was a good choice. 😉

    • Rosemarie June 9, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

      I am enjoying it and learning the ways to use it. Thank you.

  15. bebs1 June 14, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    Congratulations! I love Nikon D3100.

    • Rosemarie June 14, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

      My first REAL camera. There will be a learning curve in discovering what it can do. Rosemarie

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