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What I Learned Friday [Camera Edition] : Week Ending 01/24/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on January 24, 2014, no comments

 

What I Learned Friday 01.24.14

If you’re new around here, each Friday I write up a handful of lessons I’ve learned in my blogging-world that week.  Thanks for stopping by!

1 – Unless you haven’t read my last…three blog posts, you should know by now that I got a CAMERA! for my birthday.  Now when I say I ‘got a camera’, I really mean I ‘got a DSLR’.  I’ve been plugging away with a point and shoot, or my Samsung Galaxy IV for a while now.  Upgrading from that has been awesome, and a pretty big learning curve. The camera I got is a Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens I am majorly in love with it, so that’s what today’s ‘What I Learned Friday’ post will be about!

2 – One thing that has been incredibly helpful is David Busch’s Nikon D3100 Guide to Digital SLR Photography (David Busch’s Digital Photography Guides) It is an incredibly extensive user manual for the camera, but also teaches you tips about using a DSLR, and relates the tips directly to the Nikon 3100.  I’ve read the majority of it now, and have learned a lot from it.

3 – As far as camera bags, I snagged this Timbuk2 The Snoop Camera Messenger Bag 2013 (Black/Gunmetal, X-Small)on a super good deal.  (And, checking out Timbuk2’s website this week, it seems to have been on major sale because they were getting rid of it! I hope they bring it back! …It seems to still be in stock on other websites).  I, first of all, simply love Timbuk2’s products.  I also love that the bag doesn’t scream ‘HEY LOOK – THERE’S A CAMERA IN HERE!’.  The xs has plenty of room (with some to grow) for my camera body and one lens.  There is more than enough room for another lens, and some odds and ends (even the book in number 2 fits in there!).  I also like that the padded sleeve for the camera is removable, so I could always put it in a larger bag if I needed more space.  Great bag!

4 – I purchased Vello Snap-On LCD Screen Protector for Nikon D3100 and LOVE IT.  I am mega paranoid about screens getting scratched, and love the way this protects the camera.  It slides in over the eye piece (behind the eye piece cap), and then sits over the screen.  I’ve only had it on for a few days, but so far it’s great.  I really love, too, that it doesn’t have to use glue to stick on.

5 – The other accessory I got for 1 – looks 2 – comfort and 3 – a place to stash my lens cap, is this camera strap cover.  It really adds some personality to my camera, and makes carrying it very nice.  And – tucking the lens cap in the strap is a dream.  Even on a long walk over the weekend, it didn’t budge out of the pocket.

So those are my ‘first blush’ camera thoughts.  More to come, I am sure.  What kind of camera do you use?  What are your favorite accessories?

I hope everyone has a great weekend and I’ll see you next week!

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