Back in the eighties and nineties, I enjoyed shooting with a Nikon SLR and later a Canon Rebel SLR, but then digital was invented. It took me a little while to embrace the new technology but eventually I bought a little Kodak digital point and shoot. As pixels and features improved, a few more point and shoot camera purchases were made.
Once we started traveling regularly, I never left the RV without my trusty Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS19 either in my purse or pocket. I loved that camera, but after much use and abuse, she was replaced with a Sony WX350 18 MP Digital Camera (Black). As much as I like my little Sony, I kind of wish I had purchased this Panasonic DMC-ZS50K LUMIX 30X Travel Zoom Camera with Eye Viewfinder – MPX 12.1 (Black) My friend ML uses this camera and loves it.
As our travels continued and my interest in photography was renewed, I felt I was ready to step up. I decided a ‘bridge’ camera might be the perfect fit to take my photography to the next level.
During the summer of 2014, my dad surprised me with a gift… the gift of a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 12.1 MP Digital Camera with CMOS Sensor and 24x Optical Zoom – Black.
The lens capability of the FZ-200 when compared to a DSLR camera is equivalent to 25-600mm. This camera is lightweight and goes everywhere with me. Most of the photos featured on this blog after July 2014 were taken with the Panasonic DMC – FZ200.
Thanks Dad. It’s a great camera and a special gift that I’ll treasure. ♥
Update – the FZ200 has since been discontinued and replaced with the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ300K 12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch Sensor, 4K Video, Splash & Dustproof Body, Leica DC Lens 24X F2.8 Zoom (Black)
In January 2016, I almost pulled the trigger on adding a DSLR to my collection. For months, I was torn between the Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens and the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR with 18-55mm STM + 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens Bundle (Black) and had the opportunity to try out both. I finally leaned more toward the Canon because of price and lens availability. I will say, most men probably won’t like the fit of the SL1 and I’d recommend looking at the Canon EOS Rebel T6i Digital SLR with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens – Wi-Fi Enabled
Please keep in mind, I consider myself a novice photographer. Thus, these products are great for beginners and intermediate photographers and can be purchased for less than a grand.
The camera I use the least but enjoy having on hand is a Panasonic DMC-TS25D Waterproof Digital Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Orange)… I bought one in black. This is a waterproof, underwater camera.
And then of course, I have a couple of tripods. Although I’ll admit, I’m kind of a lazy photographer and don’t use a tripod as often as I should.
Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod and Ball Head
And a case to keep me organized.
I love using a polarizing filter for landscape photos when the sun is bright. It’s a must at places like Arches National Park. Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizer
Neutral density filters are fun when it comes to slowing down the flow of water …. waterfalls, rapids, and such. I’m still working on this technique. Tiffen 52mm Digital Neutral Density Filter Kit
Some camera stores let you rent or borrow equipment. While in Denver during the summer of 2014, Mike’s Camera had a “Day at the Zoo”. I had the opportunity to test several different cameras free of charge. I brought my own media card and tried out a few different DSLR cameras. I would highly recommend doing this if given the opportunity. This is how I figured out that I wouldn’t be happy with the size of the Canon T5i and was able to narrow down my search to the Sony a6000 or Canon SL1. The smaller cameras fit my hand better and feel more comfortable.
Editing….. I used to use Google’s Picasa for most of the photos posted on this blog prior to January 2017 (Picasa is no longer available to download) but I’ve since switched over to Lightroom 5. I was definitely intimidated by this software in the beginning, but once the learning curve was over, I now wish I would’ve switched sooner to
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
Update – Latest software platform is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6
For more creativity, I purchased Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 & Premiere Elements 15
There are a bunch of helpful books out there to help in the navigation of these programs.
Happy shooting 🙂
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