Well I’ve wanted to get a more professional camera for some time now than the little Fuji FinePix digital I currently use. I sold all my old professional camera equipment years ago. One of my passions with regards to photography is what is referred to as “Table-Top Photography”. I suppose that is one reason I got into pet photography years back because you could, for the most part, set them little critters up on a table and click away. It was much easier to control both the subject and the lighting also. And of course I also enjoy close-up or macro photography as many of you do also.
Anyway….seems like shopping for a camera use to be a lot easier before all this digital technology came along but I finally settled on the Nikon D80 Digital SLR pictured below. It is the new generation of the Nikon D70 which is a popular camera. In fact, Dick from “RV Travels With Huggy” is the one who actually turned me onto this particular camera. And I also wanted a camera which could control off-camera flashes which was a very important consideration in my decision.
After having my little, light weight, Fuji FinePix camera for several years, this camera seems like it weighs a ton. I also opted to add a close-up/macro flash system to the purchase. The photo below shows what that looks like attached to the camera. Quite an ominous looking piece of technology when you have it all attached to the camera. But is it worth the cost? Well, the jury will be out a while on that for a while I’m sure. I can only hope so.
Like everything else in today’s world, the built-in electronic technology that controls all that the camera is capable of doing is going to take a while to get the little old mind around. But for the moment, I am looking forward to the challenge.
I have just been playing and learning but here is one photo I took yesterday. It was a color photograph which I rendered in a sepia tone, and then I rendered the subject, ET, back to color. This is a technique I really enjoy working with. I will render a color photograph to a black and white or sepia toned photograph and then add back just a touch of subdued color.
So there is the short of this shopping adventure. Hopefully in time, if I have that much time left before heading off to Cemeteryville, I will get some measure of command over this new camera and hopefully be able to share some interesting photographs.