By now my family knows that where ever we go I will most likely be bringing along a camera. I love photography and I have about every kind of camera a person could imagine, well a person with a small budget anyway.
I have my pocket size Canon in Cardinal red that I bought just for the purpose of matching my camera to my clothes at Busch Stadium and being able to fit into a pocket. It’s smaller than most phones and is handy to take along when I want better photos than what my phone can take.
I have a Canon underwater camera that takes great pictures above water as well. It’s suitable for about any kind of weather conditions. It doesn’t matter if it gets rained on or banged around a little bit. It’s a fun camera to have.
Then I have my beastly Nikon D5100. It’s not professional quality but it’s a good enough camera to get me into the market of lenses that can focus in on a fly 50 yards away. I’ve learned that the lenses make all the difference and there are several that I frequently drool over on Amazon.com. I have yet to actually buy any of them but window shopping is fun, even if online.
The only problem with the Nikon is that it’s a hassle to lug around and I’m always worried that it’s either going to get broken or stolen when I’m out and about, so I usually keep it at home.
My go-to camera is my phone! I have a Samsung Galaxy 3 and it takes good pictures for being a phone, or as I see it, a camera that is also a phone. It’s quick and easy to share photos on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or any other social sharing app. The only problem is that it has limitations. It can’t zoom in on distance scenes or take fast-action shots but I’m amazed at how good it is for being a phone. I’m sure that phone cameras will keep getting better and better.
A great thing about smartphone cameras is that there are some excellent image editing apps that can make a so-so photo look pretty amazing. I’ve taken some photos that looked atrocious with bad lighting and with some editing, turned out good, not amazing but good enough to share. My favorite image editing apps are Aviary and BeFunky.
The best thing though about being able to take and share photos so easily is that I can look back through them as a journal of sorts. Things that I would have otherwise forgotten are saved and looking at them reminds me of the days I took them. You can join the other six people who follow me on Instagram by looking up haydiz70. I think that’s my username. I follow back.