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On getting past the fear of “real” cameras

I have a confession to make. While I am attached to my iPhone and have come to truly adore snapping and editing pictures with it, the idea of using a “real” camera – you know, the kind with all those bells and whistles and lenses and complicated settings and such – intimidates the heck out of me. I love what they produce, but have never really embraced the notion of working with one myself.

Even my simple point-and-shoot camera (which is about as basic as they come!) freaks me out a little – which is actually rather odd, as normally I’m all about electronic gadgets. But there’s something about the learning curve of a real camera – not only in terms of using it, but also understanding photography techniques and principles – that has always put me off the whole darn thing.

But the other day I came across a link to this blog post and, for whatever reason, clicked over and read it – and was immediately intrigued by the possibilities of this particular camera. (I think she had me at “perfect for bloggers”!) The tipping point came when I read about the ability to connect the camera with your phone and, therefore, social media like Instagram (a favourite of mine). Yes, please – sign me up!

So, in a surprising twist, my longtime hesitation to even consider a real camera might, just possibly, be on its way out the door. After a couple of years of enthusiastic photo-taking and editing with my iPhone, adding a “real” camera to my wish list – and learning how to use it to my bucket list – sort of seems like the next logical step, you know?

I guess we shall see!

In the meantime, though, here are a few more photos (iPhone only, of course!) taken in response to the latest “Photo” theme prompts for NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month).

Hope you enjoy!

May 1 photo in this post
May 2-4 photos in this post
May 5-8 photos in this post
May 9 photo in this post
May 10-11 photos in this post
May 12-18 photos in this post

May 19 – Vintage

NaBloPoMo May 19, 2015 - Vintage

NaBloPoMo May 19, 2015 – Vintage

May 20 – Drama

NaBloPoMo May 20, 2015 - Drama

NaBloPoMo May 20, 2015 – Drama

May 21 – Color

NaBloPoMo May 21, 2015 - Color

NaBloPoMo May 21, 2015 – Color

Do you use a “real” camera or prefer your phone?
Please share!

NaBloPoMo May 2015

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Cat Graham
    May 21, 2015

    I’m always amazed by your photos, Laurel. You do very well with that phone camera and are a true artist with your creations. Still, you’d probably enjoy a regular camera. I just love mine and it’s not even a real SLR but I use the zoom lens all the time. I remember taking a photography course in the old days (early 1980s precomputer era) as part of my graphics course when we had to use film and manual cameras and we even learned to develop photos in darkrooms in that stinky bath of chemicals. It was fun but I much prefer digital. I’m not an expert on all the things on my camera but occasionally I put it on manual and play around with the shutter speed and aperture to see what happens. A person can get very dependent on the automatic. Just take a playful approach to it and then it’s less intimidating. That’s what I try to do. In the meantime, I think you do great with that phone and come up with some very creative photos. Bravo!

  • Alana
    May 21, 2015

    The minute I got my iPhone (3 years ago) I haven’t touched my point and shoot camera. But, having said that, if I could find a camera with the same easy connectivity to wifi (directly through the camera, not using an app on a tablet, etc.) perhaps I would switch back for certain types of photos. When I was a teen (1960’s) I wanted a manual camera. My Dad took me to a camera store around 1970 where the cheapest SLR was $50 – that would have been a heavy lift for my Dad so I decided not to buy the camera. I just looked online and $50 in 1970 has the purchasing power of $318. today. So – I could get quite a decent camera nowadays for $318.
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  • Anamika Agnihotri May 21, 2015

    I am more comfortable with my phone taking pictures to capture moments. A real camera is too bulky for me and during the time it remains in my hands on holidays I stay extra alert so that it does not slip off my hands.

  • Linda Roy
    May 21, 2015

    I’m constantly using my iPhone to capture little things on the fly, but as good as the photo quality is, there’s nothing like the kind of detail and depth of field you get with an SLR. It just opens up a whole can of fun. 😉 I recently got a Canon 70D. I love it. It has WiFi so I can still download to social media.

    Your photos are terrific! I especially love the detail of the Color shot!
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  • K. Lee Banks
    May 21, 2015

    Love your photos! My Samsung actually takes better photos than my “point and shoot” camera, however…we do have a REAL camera now (I laughed at your title) and the lens just arrived yesterday. Now to read the manual…
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  • Mithila Menezes
    May 22, 2015

    I prefer a mobile camera. Coz I use a lot of editing features via my Windows Phone. I have five odd Photo editing apps that I constantly use to Photoshop my pics. It comes in quite handy when I’m adding pics to a blog post, since I can get a better feel about how good it would actually look on a mobile web browser!

    Thanks for the link!
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  • BellyBytes
    May 22, 2015

    Thanks for this wonderful post. I’ve always admired your photos…

  • Chicky
    May 22, 2015

    That ‘color’ one was nicely taken. They’re all lipsticks aren’t they? And I liked how you showed ‘vintage’ in black & white.

    I’m still using a decade old 5MP point-n-shoot camera. And I’m still pretty happy with it. Having your camera connect to social media via your phone would be brilliant though.
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  • Beloo Mehra
    May 22, 2015

    The one titled Drama is indeed quite dramatic. Like it very much. And good luck with the new camera, whenever you get it 🙂
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  • blogoratti
    May 22, 2015

    Very nice and lovely photos indeed!
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  • Diane
    May 22, 2015

    Phone for me. I’m way into simplicity! 🙂
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  • Keriann McKenna May 22, 2015

    Real camera for me…I like having the eye piece to look through. Sometimes my hands get shaky so I get much better pictures using the real camera.

  • Susan - ofeverymoment
    May 23, 2015

    I never would have known from your photos that you were not already using a “Real Camera”! I am trying to learn more about the manual setting on mine and improve my photography as well.
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