I figure it’s my birthday week and I can talk about what I like more than what these kids like or that husband likes and so on. Today? Photography!
In early March, I purchased a Nikon d90 and I have been getting used to it over the past month and a half. I use the d200 for work and I figured that they would be, at the very least, comparable. Cameras are weird. The d90 is far more compact which means that some of the functions are hidden within different menus and buttons. It took me far too long to figure out how to select my focal point. (Who knew that reading a manual could be so beneficial? Also, does that count as one of my books of the year?) The truth is that I’m loving it for many reasons: performs well in low-light situations, low noise, great zoom in function on preview to make sure the picture I just took is in focus (whereas the d200 only zooms in 1 step, the d90 keeps on zooming in) and other features that I keep learning about as the weeks march on. To be honest, I haven’t played much with the video function since my first post but I promise to soon.
Unlike some reviews regarding Lola, the red bag, I can open this bag with one hand, grab my camera out of its compartment and snap away. I love that and it’s important for me as I’m also usually wrangling children while trying to take pictures. I am using Belle as my personal camera bag/purse and I have another bag sitting at the top of the steps ready with my work camera. (It is not an Epiphanie bag though it would make me happy if I had the brown one, Ginger, for work. Maybe someday.) What I love about the bag is that everything I need fits in it.
Let’s take a look.
That would be my d90 camera sans-lens (I had to take the picture with something), my 200 zoom lens, my 17-50 lens, my speedlight, my wallet, my emergency bag (the silver bag contains everything from feminine products to Band-Aids to chap stick to Neosporin spray and so on), my big Moleskine, some papers from work, my reporter Moleskine, my iPhone, my remote and my point-and-shoot camera. Missing from this picture is a zippered pouch that holds all of my pens. It is currently in one of our vehicles as I used it yesterday.
Is my bag heavy? Well, have you ever tried to lug around any camera bag? The answer is yes. Of course, my purse was heavy back before it was padded and protected my camera stuff because I still just carried it all with me. If I attend a bridal or baby shower and they play that “Whose Purse is Heaviest” game, I always win. I love that I know that my camera parts are safer and cleaner in their compartments in this bag. The only draw back is that when my bag is stuffed as full as it can go (remove emergency bag, leave it in car, move wallet to iPhone/point-and-shoot-pouch, move iPhone and point-and-shoot to front zipper compartment and put my d200 in the center slot), the shoulder straps are just a smidge too short because of how wide the purse then gets. I can deal with that.
Also, when it’s that full I try to knock over wine displays. Just saying.
You might have noticed the strap on my camera. I bought it at Phat Straps. There’s a store on etsy for premade straps and one non-etsy store where you can customize it. I customized mine after one I had seen elsewhere. Very twitter-friendly, no? Are you surprised mine has green minky (and matches the green of the inside of my bag)? Me either. I will likely be purchasing one for my work camera but need someone a little less… me.
Finally, my last photography love as of late is the Hipstamatic app for the iPhone. Everyone knows that the iPhone camera is less than stellar. It’s no secret. In fact, I didn’t know until I read this post, months after having purchased my 3GS, that the iPhone camera takes the picture when you remove your finger, not when you touch the button. No wonder I had all those failed, blurry attempts. All the same, the Hipstamatic app takes your iPhone camera and makes it look better. I took the following picture while out for my run yesterday.
I’m currently researching my next lens purchase, gawking at fun things on Photojojo and continuously finding inspiration in other photographers. I’m learning new things, pushing myself to stay creative and keeping my camera in hand. I may not ever be an award winning photographer but I’m enjoying myself to no end.
And that’s what really matters.
[Disclosure: I purchased everything in this post, nothing was given with intent to review. One lens was a gift from 36balloons but that’s just because she’s nice.]