Taking pictures

I think I’m approaching the end of an era.  It’s been a good long run- probably about 5 years.  But, I think my camera is on its last legs.  It’s a sad day.

My camera’s nothing fancy- just a little silver point-and-shoot.  A refurbished Olympus that I got for cheap, off of a deal-of-the-day website.  It’s worked well for years.

91eCSgUhEcS._SL1500_It even takes pretty good pictures, under certain conditions.  With good lighting (ie, a sunny day), I can take decent close-ups.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd, if I’m patient enough, I can even take slightly less close-up shots, if it’s not windy out and I’m willing to take 20 or 30 pictures before I get a good one.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy camera has worked well enough; and frankly it still works.  Except the battery doesn’t keep a charge for more than 15 minutes.  And I’d like to have some more control of focus and color and exposure.

The problem is, I know nothing about cameras (I got really excited when I found out what the “macro” button was for).  So I was hoping someone out there in internet land could have some advice for me.

Do you know anything about cameras? I know DSLR’s are fancy, but are they worth it?  Would it be worthwhile to take a photography class?  Where would you even find a photography class?  Are there any websites that would be good for a novice like me?  I don’t even know where to start!

7 thoughts on “Taking pictures

  1. Talya

    If you have an Android phone- there’s an app called Elements of Photography by Arkenstone Technologies. It’s free, but does have some in-app purchasing.

    I have started using it to better understand the settings on my phone’s camera, but it was made for DSLR cameras. It’s basically a tutorial app, breaking down sometimes complex concepts into readily understandable chucks, accompanied by lots of photos.

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    1. Talya

      I should also add that it does go into what a decent camera should have, so it may also help you to know what to look for in your next camera.

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  2. kathy b

    My biggest problem is that cameras are TOOO complex. I bought a refurb on line this year . >I love FUJI cameras’ I am completely happy with the camera. I dont know how half of it works…but it was a great deal

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  3. Sue

    I have an android phone, and quite honestly, I am super-happy with the shots I get with it. I am by no means a serious photographer, but I know what I want when I take a shot, and my phone delivers. I am going to check out the app mentioned above, however, because knowledge is power!

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  5. Anmari Linardi

    Hey, all… I’m a photo grad from The Rochester Institute of Technology and love to share all the “trade secrets” of photography, for free! Muhahaha! I wish I could teach a course because I love talking all aspects of photography. But I am a single, work at home mom raising an autistic child. Photography is my love (and my job) and knitting is my favorite hobby. Did I mention I love photography? 😉 My personal account here is n2ygg.wordpress.com Check us out sometime! 📸

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