I’ve never been much of a shutterbug. I think I feel awkward taking pictures, which is probably a normal and healthy reaction. People are awkward when they take pictures. You look stupid and hold up traffic at the entrance to Tomorrowland. I don’t like looking stupid and inconveniencing others, so I never liked taking pictures. Welp, its time to get over that stuff. I think this is me making the first step toward full I’m-an-old-man-and-I-don’t-care-what-you-think mode. Fanny packs and Hawaiian shirts, here I come!
Honestly, there’s no way I could travel around the world and not take as many good photos as possible. It just wouldn’t make sense. So, after not nearly enough research and very little budgeting, I’ve purchased a Canon EOS Rebel T2i. It’s easy to use, takes awesome photos, and didn’t cost me a kidney; in other words, totally sweet. I got it with the kit 18-135mm zoom lens, which basically means I know the neighbors across the street a lot better now. Since my initial purchase, I’ve complemented it with a 50mm f/1.8, which I like because it lets me take photos with a narrow depth of field. This means that the foreground and background will be blurred, making the subject stand out. In other words, very artsy.
So I’m still pretty new to the technical mumbo-jumbo and kind of intimidated by all the possible settings, but slowly and surely I’m picking it up and getting the pictures I want. I’ll pass on the best and really only useful piece of advice I’ve gotten to date: just shoot. Take lots of pictures in different scenarios and lighting conditions to get a feel for the camera, lenses, and the effects of say, changing the shutter speed or adjusting the exposure compensation. Take it slow with the gear you have and look at other people’s pictures. Browse flickr and look at the EXIF (camera setting) data associated with pictures you like. But, just shoot.
Here are a few pictures that I’ve taken that I think are not terrible: