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Holy cow, you guys!  I’m so excited!

I finally got a new camera.  I’ve been thinking about it for literally years.  And, it’s magnificent.

It’s a Canon Rebel T5, which (according to the guy at the camera store) is a good starter DSLR.  It’s pricey, but not too crazy (I hate spending money, which is why I’ve been using my same little point-and-shoot for so long).

Isn’t it beautiful?rebel-t5-dslr-ef-s-18-55mm-is-ii-zoom-lens-3q-d[1]OK, it looks just like every other DSLR Camera, but I still like it.

And look at these pictures!  I took these yesterday afternoon with the basic lens, on auto mode (because I haven’t learned enough to do anything else). There’s no Photoshop or anything!IMG_0109So pretty right?IMG_0060So much detail, and those colors!IMG_0038Look at that definition!IMG_0026And those eyelashes! (OK, that’s more to do with Ollie, and less to do with the camera.)

I can even make my blog photos bigger, since my pictures are already so much better!  And it takes video!  Maybe I can try my hand at making how-to videos! So get ready for me to be super awkward.

I’m excited!

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!