Sunday, January 9, 2011

Filling Time

What do you do, when you are not allowed to do anything?

I am very limited as to what I can do, while recovering from my shoulder surgery.  So, I thought this would be a great time to learn how to use the SLR camera I bought last March.

Yes......last March! I bought a Canon Rebel XSI.  I have a Kodak Easyshare, that I have used for years, and wanted to buy a SLR camera and learn how to use it.  But when it arrived, I was really intimidated by it.  F-Stops, Aperture, ISO, White Balance...all foreign to me.

So it sat.  And sat.

Today, I had Mr. Comforts of Home set it up on my tripod, so I could play with it without having to hold it one handed.




I purchased Understanding Exposure, by Brian Peterson and have been playing around.  Maybe by the time my shoulder is healed, I will know how to use this thing!
Welcome Home,
Penny

31 comments:

  1. Good for you! I am completely daunted by what I call our 'big camera' and stick to my little elf, which I love because it's always in my back pocket.

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  2. Good luck with your new toy! Start small, one step at a time, in no time you'll be like a pro! I took a class at my local community college a long time ago, learned the basics there. Maybe there's something similar you could do? Or at a local camera store? or maybe your home-study method will be just right? Whichever way you go, have fun!

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  3. Wow! What a camera! I too just have a small one as the big one is a bit intimidating. Oh how I hope you have a speedy recovery. My heart goes out to you during this time of one-handedness!

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  4. I hope you learn it and then I will get one and you can give lessons. Just kidding. Your pictures you took of your new camera are great without the fancy camera.

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  5. This is great, Penny! I would love to have a fancy dancy camera! Hope you're healing well and not having any pain. Take care of yourself.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  6. LOOKS GREAT ON THE TRIPOD! I hope you are recovering well from your surgery. This would be a good time to read on how to use that beauty! You will enjoy the quality of the SLR's photos.
    Come Penny, you can do it! Hugs, sandi

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  7. What a good thing to be doing...yo will be a master! ;D

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  8. That IS a very nice camera...it makes me nervous! I hope you get well acquainted with it during your down time, and of course, I hope you are feeling better.

    XO,
    Jane

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  9. I feel for ya! Now be sure and share what you learn.

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  10. You will do great Penny. You already take great photos with an average camera, which BTW I love my Kodak easyshare too. My hubs just bougth me a new LUMIX for Christmas, and I am loving it!

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  11. Oh I'm glad that you have a great camera to give some attention to. It's going to help a lot with time. What else are you able to do? Watch tv, listen to music, read, visit blogs without typing much, anything better?

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  12. You will loooove this camera Penny! I love my Canon Rebel! Hope you are taking it easy and that you heal quickly! Take care!!!

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  13. I was thrilled to see that you are using capital letters again 'cause I think you are feeling better. :))
    Your camera is what I dream of. I would LOVE to have one just like it. *heavy sigh
    You will have it figured out in no time.
    hugs, bj

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  14. This will be the perfect time to play with your new camera. I long for a good camera, but don't think an SLR is for me. You photos always look terrific. I have a Nikon Coolpix, but want to upgrade soon.
    Let yourself enjoy some leisure time. ~ Sarah

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  15. It's good to do something while you're recuperating. Hope it won't be a long time.

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  16. Penny does your Cannon have an auto setting? I use my Nikon DSLR on auto most of the time and I don't worry about all those overwhelming settings.
    I sis buy "Nikon for Dummmies" and I took a photography class to help me try using manual settings, but I know I need more lessons to get good at that as there is a lot to learn.

    Good luck! I love your photos as thye are now!

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  17. A great winter project! Your photos are already beautiful. Mimi

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  18. Good for you. I use a DSLR, and I love it.♥

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  19. I'm sure you'll be a whiz in no time Penny. My DH has a Cannon Rebel too. Photography has long been his hobby and he can use many of the lenses he already owned with this particular camera.

    Me? Point and shoot.

    Can't wait to see what you do with your new camera.

    Darla

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  20. Even if learning all the intricasies of different settings becomes too daunting on your own, I think you will find that just shooting on auto and macro settings will give you beautiful photos and let you become more comfortable with your "new" camera. I can't wait to hear what you learn!

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  21. Don't feel bad Penny! I have had mine since Nov of 09 and still have no idea abt how to really work it. I saw some type of light reflector you can buy that enables you to still use your flash but makes your pics look like you didn't. I am thinking abt getting one.Have fun playing and keep warm! How much snow this time around?

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  22. I have the same camera and I'm very intimidated by it. I took a brief lesson at the camera store but it was just about the basics. I walked out of the store and forgot everything he said. So I use the dvd for the camera and I've been learning slowly. I have graduated from keeping it on auto to using "P" setting which is only a mini step from auto. I don't understand how I never had blurred pictures with my elf but now I have lots of blurred pictures even on auto! I need to make an appt with my eye dr!
    You are probably quite frustrated with your injury but you really seem to be making a very speedy recovery. Time will fly and pretty soon you will be back to normal. As always, I wish you the very best.

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  23. Good Morning Penny,
    You brave girl..I still do not know how to use all my do-da's on my camera. I left (forgot) my camera at my daughters house over Christmas. She came for a visit yesterday and brought it to me..I am so excited now I can do a post. I hope your feeling better every day.
    Big hugs, Elizabeth

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  24. Penny, great minds!!! hehe. I love this. What will you name her? I need that book, too. Happy Monday.

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  25. Sounds like a good way to spend some time. Good luck, Penny!

    Hugs,
    Donna

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  26. Snap!! I have been doing the same thing today with my camera (Canon XSI also). I have found the flikr group for this camera a great help. Also found out about this site too http://www.geofflawrence.com/ (directed there by a flikr member) which is a great resource too. I also have the XSi book for dummies. I am determined like you to master this thing. I have just received a 50mm lens (cheap but better than the kit lens). Good luck (wish me luck too) :)
    Christie

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  27. Wishing you a speedy recovery...and equal speed in learning about your "new" camera...I want a camera that takes very close close ups...like getting right down into the flower...I had a small Canon that did this and I gave it to my son 'cause I never took the time to learn how to use it. I'm going to research the camera Pat@Mille Fiori Favoriti uses...the Nikon DSLR, her photos are fantastic! Enjoyed your post and all the comments!

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  28. I love your carpet. It is the exact colors I am looking for. Would you like to share where it was purchased or where I might look for one.
    Alice

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  29. What a good way to spend your recovery time! I'm considering purchasing a canon rebel so I will be looking forward to hearing how you do learning to use it. Be all better soon!

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  30. Oh Penny I am sorry that I did NOT know of your recent surgery! Sending you loads of healing thoughts and wishes!
    I hear you on the camera skills. I have a camera I've yet to master even though I take photos I know if I knew the settings I could take even better images.Get well dear friend!hugs

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  31. Have fun playing, Penny! I hope your recovery goes well. I am suffering a bout of shoulder issues right now. As I told you, I go through this occasionally. May have to discuss the surgery possibility if it continues to plague me. Take care, stay warm, and good healing! ~ Sue

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