Before we get to the part of acquiring my first SLR Digital Camera, allow me to take you a few steps back. I remember the days when I had a SLR film camera and walking around with packs of spools was part of the package.
As a newbie photographer I knew that I needed to put into practice all I read in order to solidify the skill set, meaning to learn about different apertures I needed to shoot in different depths of field and to test my understanding of exposures I needed to shoot in various lighting conditions. To say this was a tedious exercise would be an understatement of the century.
I would shoot through my spools and make notes in my little book documenting my applications then I would have to scrape money together to take it to be printed. Once pics were printed I would be completely lost as to the order because the printer would only print the pics that were exposed correctly hence my meticulous ministrations would prove useless.
I felt deterred and a little depressed about my chosen vocation at that point. Not going to lie, I just wanted to give up and after a few more half-hearted attempts, thoughts of throwing my camera into the nearest lake or smashing it to smithereens took up most of my waking hours. I felt I was done with photography because it was just proving to be very expensive and not at all as rewarding as I once thought it would be.
Until one day my life changed.
I got my very first ever digital camera and I fell in love. I mean like deeply and irrecoverably in love. I devoted my time to finally putting into practice all I studied and O my goodness! I could see the results immediately. I did many a happy dance and embarrassed myself a few times with my unabashed delightful giggles every time I saw my pics on the screen ( Yes I know, I have issues). My passion for photography came back with a vengeance and I knew I had found my lost appendage…my SLR digital camera. My world had meaning again.
It’s a dramatic memory recollection but you get my drift. The evolution of photography began with the introduction of the digital camera. Don’t get me wrong, my faithful Minolta of old is a great camera and the quality is still unparalleled, however, nothing beats the convenience of a SLR digital camera.
A digital camera was a bit pricey but worth the investment. I have never regretted the choice to go digital and have since upgraded twice. I then went on to invest in good lenses and tripods to complete my kit; now my shots actually look like pictures instead of two-year old drawings.
Photography is an ever evolving craft so I know it will be awhile before I can call myself a professional, however, with the right tools I now feel like I can at least be a contender( like in the next 5-11 years). “With great power comes great responsibility.” So you see, I have to use my photography skills sparingly least I start a war of the photographers…just saying.