When I was in high school, I was really interested in digital photography. While nowadays everyone just takes pictures with their cellphones, my Dad got me a digital camera before they became more common place. This was while I was in middle school, and my first digital camera was a point-and-shoot. It an Olympus Camedia X-2. It had a 3x optical zoom and a 3 megapixel sensor. I get the sense that we can look at the early megapixel count of digital cameras the same way we look at 512kb of RAM in early PCs and how that was a lot back in the day.
As the technology advanced, so too did my cameras. But eventually the point and shoot seemed too basic, and I eventually got my first DSLR, a Pentax K10D. Now while it wasn’t a Nikon or a Canon, this camera served me very well as I attempted to teach myself how to become a better photographer. I loved my hobby, and the fact that I wasn’t using a basic point and shoot or my phone felt really cool. It sounds a bit priggish, but I don’t like the fact that everyone uses their phones now as the cameras have gotten good enough to replace cameras. There’s something nice about having dedicated technology just for taking pictures.
Before I graduated high school I had a Pentax K20D with a 18-55mm lens and a 55-300mm lens. But when I left home to go to university, the hobby kind of died. Initially, there was always still an interest in breaking out the camera took take pictures. However, real life took over and until yesterday it had been 3 years since I picked up my Pentax.
But, through friends and family who have brought back my inspiration and interest in the hobby, I decided to trade in my old camera and buy a new one. After debating on how much money to spend and what to get, I decided to go with the Nikon D3300 with a 18-55mm lens. While it might be going back to basics, I feel better spending money on a entry-level SLR and working my way back into more advanced features than shelling out for a super expensive camera. Side note: shout out to John at Henry’s for being super helpful with my purchase decision.
I haven’t had much time to play with my camera, but I’m already in love with it. I’m definitely going to be using while in Ausitn and hope to get some great shots.As a sample of the first couple pics, below is a photo I took while on a street car, just a test shot while I was running errands. With new tech in tow, I’m gonna give it my best shot (no regrets about that pun).