I got a new camera.
My old Nikon worked well, but my old eyes were having trouble seeing anything in the tiny 1″ x 1″ LCD screen. I also had to manually open the shutter with my fingers and the battery door was broken.
My hubby came up with a quick fix to hold the door closed using an angle iron and a screw from an old tripod. That has worked fine, but was a bit awkward. Even with all its flaws, I was able to get some great shots with this camera, but the main problem was the small LCD screen. I just could not see the photos in the screen anymore.
So goodbye my trusty little friend xo – I won’t forget you, but it is time to welcome someone new.
I still wanted a small camera that I could take anywhere, but that had manual controls. After a lot of searching I narrowed it down to this little gem- a Canon S95.
I first read about this camera on a post in the comment section on another blog. The commenter wrote that she loved this camera as it was pocket-able, has manual controls, shoots in RAW, and works extremely well in low light- just like a big daddy DSLR. The photos on her site were great so I looked into it and asked lots of questions at my local camera store and decided it would be exactly what I needed and bought it.
I brought it to work with me each day this past week so I could play with it and learn the functions during my lunch break.
It has a nice big 3″ x 3″ LCD screen that my eyes – love!!!
Here is a photo I took under my work table where it is dark. My old camera would never be able to take this shot especially under fluorescent lighting – the colors and white balance are perfect. I was not focusing on anything and just clicked randomly to see how well in did in a low light. Passed the test.
I wanted to do a closeup and again just randomly took this shot of my lunch. Not too bad. I played around with the manual controls where big means little and little is big – you know how the f-stop number seems backwards- is a large aperture a little number or vice versa? Will I ever understand all this exposure stuff?
I showed the camera to my friend Toni last night and she told me that Martha Stewart had a photographer on her show who recommended the S95. You can see the segment at Johnny Pigozzi Photography Tips. His tips were more about care, batteries, and memory cards – nothing about composition or technical tips, although his best tip I thought was to always have your camera with you as you never know when you might see something perfect to photograph. That’s why I like the size of this camera- it fits in my purse.
The online manual is pretty complex and there are so many functions that I was having a hard time grasping. When I first started blogging I got out my Nikon point and shoot that I had for years and never knew how to use. Even after reading that manual a few times, I didn’t quite comprehend certain functions. It was not until I got a Photo Cheat Sheet that I really learned inside and out all that my little camera could do. Like Exposure Compensation – which is the best thing ever. Hello brighter photos with the of a touch of that -/+ button.
So when I read the manual for my new camera and was totally lost I remembered how much that Photo Cheat Sheet card had helped me before so I went online to see if they had one for my new camera – they did. It arrived two days later. This is NOT a sponsored post – just something I found that helped me so much that I wanted to share it with you.
This CheatSheet is like having the manual on a card – but better! It’s a concise summary of what’s in the manual. It’s printed in FULL COLOR on both sides of a full-sheet of paper that’s laminated and is folded in thirds. When folded it’s about 4″ x 8 3/4″ so it’s super handy to quickly check when you don’t remember what a certain function does.
I am going to enjoy playing with my new camera while taking lots of photos, and learning everything I can about taking the best picture possible until I have that big A- ha moment and it all clicks( no pun intended) in my head about exposure, aperture, shutter speed, focal distance, and ISO – All those numbers!!!!! it may take me awhile to get them all straight. When I am really good and have an extra $1000.00 to spend then perhaps I will buy a Nikon DSLR that I have been researching also, but my hubby gets new golf clubs first. xo