Monday, January 4, 2010

A couple of food photos with the new camera

Trying to hit the ground running in the new year, so I don't have a lot of spare time to post, but I thought I would put up some photos with the new camera. It was my big present for the holidays... I got nearly every family member who would give me a gift for Christmas to contribute money towards it (thanks everybody!)... and it's a Canon Digital Rebel XSi. I've never used an SLR, so I'm still on auto settings at this point, but already it has made a huge difference in my photos... obviously the camera doesn't make the photographer, but as much as I like my Powershot, it's pretty clear I wasn't going to get much better without upgrading.

So here's a potato heavy breakfast (I was tasked with using up some potatoes that were going bad) I had over the break:

The thing that jumps out at me the most as a difference from my point and shoot (please ignore the fact that I'm still pointing and shooting with a more expensive camera) is the ability to focus narrowly. It makes closeups far more interesting for reasons I don't entirely understand... but whatever, I like it.

Unfortunately, a lot of what I like about these photos is the lighting, which is more a part of the gigantic floor to ceiling windows in my mother's house than anything about the camera... but still. I'm trying to figure out how to take long exposure shots that don't suck, but I think that's going to require a tripod and a remote.

I have to say, kindling an interest in photography that I never knew I had is probably one of the weirder side effects of blogging.

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