Thursday, January 19, 2012

SLR for Dummies!

So as I keep mentioning, my sweet husband bought me a wonderful Canon Rebel T3i for my 40th birthday last week. I finally had a chance to sit down last night and go through the manual. I only made it through about 20 pages before being overwhelmed. I've never had anything other than a smart phone camera or a simple point and shoot.

I'm the type of learner where I don't need all the detail at once. I want a few basics up front and as I get comfortable, give me some more information. Too much all at once and I can't remember much of anything. I also need a lot of visuals and examples. I need to see someone do something, tell me why, and show me how it applies to what I want to learn. I also need the big picture up front and to slowly ease into the details. And if there's a Step A and Step C, there sure better be a Step B. Maybe that's why I've been a technical writer for so long. I can get someone from Step A through Step D without skipping or assuming Steps B and C.

So I did some research today on finding a better way to learn about my new camera. I came across a couple of books and finally decided on a "Dummies" series. Since I know nothing about aperture, exposure, ISO, etc., I needed to find a book that didn't assume I had basic photography knowledge. I also needed to find a book specific to my camera, with loads of visuals and examples. This book was highly rated on and it's waiting for me at Barnes & Noble after work.

I'm pretty determined to be up and running with this camera and get some great fashion shots by the end of this weekend.  Wish me luck!

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  1. I'm in the market for a new camera. Just like you, I get overwhelmed with too many directions and gadgets. Excited to hear how you like this one, and if it's easy to use!

  2. It's a snowy day today so i'm in my pj's reading the manual. I'll be sure to post about the camera and what i've learned.