Farewell, Fuzzy Photos

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  November 12, 2012 — 2 Comments

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may have already gotten a glimpse of what came in the mail on Friday.

When I first started blogging I thought it was so dumb that many bloggers had such expensive cameras. I thought I could get perfectly acceptable photos just using my point-and-shoot and basic editing software (and in all honesty I didn’t even edit my pictures at first!). But between my blog, my shop, and now my baby, I take a lot of pictures, and in a year and a half I’ve torn through three inexpensive point and shoots. When my last camera broke I had a choice: shell out about a hundred bucks for a new one that would probably take mediocre photos and break in a year, or save up for a good entry-level DSLR. I took a deep breath and braced myself for a few months of crappy iPhone pictures while I saved. Luckily for me, around that same time I came across a couple of great vintage scores that I could sell on eBay (I try to keep everything in my etsy shop under $20, so eBay is the better choice for big ticket items), and also discovered the wonder of selling unused baby gear in a swap group on facebook. In no time at all I’d built my PayPal account to over $300.

I’d originally thought I would need closer to $500, so imagine my excitement when I realized I could save about a hundred bucks by buying refurbished!

I was a little bit nervous about it, but a quick googling revealed that the general consensus of the Internet seems to be that buying refurbished from Cameta Cameras is a good deal–they offer a one year warranty, speedy shipping, and excellent customer service. I chose the Nikon D3100 mostly because of the HD video, but it also had great reviews everywhere I read. I bought it on Monday and had it in my hot little hands by Friday afternoon.

One of the first things I did once I got it out of the box and started shooting was upload the first picture to a site called myshuttercount.com–it reads the mysterious data hidden in your image file and tells you how many pictures your camera has ever taken. This particular camera had only taken seven pictures before arriving at my doorstep! Refurbished = a winner in my book.

I uploaded another one this morning to see how many pictures I took over the weekend and the new shutter count was 635! I’ve been busy snapping lots of photos as I learn the ins and outs of using such a complicated camera. I started out mostly photographing Juliet, since she’s pretty good at looking cute and staying still.

This was part of my first attempt at shooting in manual mode. I realize that I’m not holding the camera properly. Still learning over here.

Do you like my camera strap cover? It’s actually the waistband of an old skirt that no longer fits. I just cut it off and sewed under the ends, then slipped the strap right through it. Waste not, want not, I always say.

Yeah, it’s been a while since I fit in a size 4.

The top photo here is one I took with my phone last week. Below it is basically the same picture shot with my Nikon. It’s the reason I wanted to wait to list the book page clothespins in my shop.

I am so happy to finally be able to take better pictures of Jack!

As excited as I am, I’m also a little bit terrified. Nick and I tend to be The Kind of People Who Break Things. We are just very relaxed about material possessions, sometimes to a fault. Every other camera I’ve owned in recent memory has been dropped at least once. I’m trying to be diligent about always putting the strap around my neck, but then I worry I’ll forget it’s there and swing it into something accidentally. Nick hasn’t even touched it yet (and probably never will–he says it’s way too complicated looking). But the nice part about having a quality camera is that even if I do break it it can probably be repaired instead of being a total loss. I’ll just keep my fingers crossed that it doesn’t come to that.

I’ve been furiously working on my etsy shop for the last two weeks to get ready for the holiday shopping season, so I’m off to work on listing all the items I photographed this weekend! I hope you all have a lovely Monday!

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap

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2 responses to Farewell, Fuzzy Photos

  1. Improvement already!

    And I’ll take your other size four clothes if you don’t feel the need to make more camera straps. :)

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap November 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      Lol! Rub it in that you’re in such great shape! I go through my clothes pretty often and donate whatever I haven’t worn in a while, but I liked the purple corduroy of this skirt so much that I added it to my fabric stash instead. I’ll look and see if I have any more size 4′s for you next time.

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