I just bought a new camera, a present to myself for my 60th birthday. Hooray! I researched cameras for quite awhile. Have you ever done that? Wow, too much information! Anyway, I narrowed it down to two, the Canon Powershot and the Nikon Coolpix. I bought the Nikon Coolpix L120 on Amazon. The reviews were great and it was about $50 less than the Canon. The Canon has a GPS gadget which I think is a waste. I actually don't care where I am when I'm taking a picture. But that's just me. I found a coupon offered by a local photographer ($35!) for a 3 hour class. Four people showed up for the class at a beautiful park with flowers, water and a lovely building called the Jewel Box.
I learned how to use some of the settings, but the best thing I learned was how to do macro shots. I thought I needed to get up close to the subject. I learned I need to stand a bit further away, press the button down half-way and allow the camera to focus. I never knew that! I always just pressed the button down all the way to take the picture, hoping for the best. Pushing the button down half-way lets you see icons on the screen that tell you the shot is correct. Here are two of my favorite shots from my lesson that day:
I'm having a great time learning about my camera! If you're interested in photography, what type of camera do you use and what are your favorite types of shots?