When I turned 35 in April this year I made a list, (or started it at least), of 40 things I wanted to do before I turned 40. I have only done three so far, so feel I need to crack on a bit.
One of them was ‘to learn to take a decent photo’, as I am really not very talented at all in the photography department. It is only recently that I have even begun to get my head around the rule of thirds and stopped lining up everything dead in the centre of every picture. I don’t have the steadiest hands either, so every photo I take has a very faint fuzziness about it.
I feel that before I can start taking awesome photos though, I really need to invest in a decent camera. Boyfriend did offer to buy me one for Christmas but I do really like getting lots of little surpises for Christmas, so decided that I would buy one in the January sales instead. (If the January sales are even a thing any more and it isn’t all just year round online voucher codes and whatnot.)
The question though is what to buy?
I did wonder if something like the Sony Cyber-shot compact might be a good starting point for me – it’s compact, simple to use and has a super picture quality. You can’t go wrong really with something like that. Then I thought more about my resolution – ‘to learn to take a decent photo’ and wondered if that didn’t actually imply something a little more involved. It would be great to have a camera that did everything for you, but wouldn’t it be more satisifying to learn how to properly use something a little bit more complex?
I looked then at the Sony Cyber-shot professional compact as a next step up. This looks like a pretty good option to me. It has all the good stuff of the compact, in that you don’t have to lug a massive camera bag around and look silly, but with added techniess and DSLR style features – professional, yet simple they call it, which feels like a pretty good motto for life to me.
What do you reckon, do you have any tips for choosing a camera or taking decent photos? To get you started, here are ten…
Courtesy of Sony