I remember when I worked at Wal-Mart and I had a friend that was saving up his pay checks so that he could buy a DSLR camera. I remember thinking, “Why would you waste so much money on a camera? Plus, it’s HUGE! Why would anyone want to carry that monster?!” I also thought it was an old school camera of some sort that didn’t have any electronic function. This was…YEARS ago.
I moved to Korea and saw SO MANY people with DSLR cameras. The locals will parade them around like it’s no big deal. People are not really worried about what objects they flash around; there’s a nice sense of security that your stuff is not being eyed to be stolen. I encountered more and more of my friends (in the states and here in Korea) owning or buying a DSLR camera, that my curiosity slowly got piqued.
I started noticing how awesome other people’s pictures looked and how mine ‘paled’ in comparison. So, I decided to take the plunge and buy a DSLR camera a few months ago. (I found one on sale because they were making room for a new model PLUS it was the display model…which was great because Canon DSLR cameras are ridiculously over-priced here.) Unfortunately, I have been using it as an expensive point and shoot. Then I read this *hilarious* blog post here: “Professional Photography Tips with Thomas” that made me realize that I NEED to learn how to use my camera before I went on vacation…so I used my animals as practice: Room for improvement, but much better than what I was doing before. I’m not ready for fully ‘manual’ but I am now familiar with the different ‘semi-auto’ functions. No more fully-auto for me!