I’m going to write it off as a business expense

Since I discovered the world of blogging was a lot bigger than me, Heather Armstrong and an internet friend I met in the comments section of Jezebel, I’ve begun reading and following a lot of people’s ramblings about their daily lives on the internet. There must be something about blogging that attracts really smart, funny people because I fall in love with new sites every day and my Google Reader has started begging me to please just read the ones I’ve already subscribed to before adding any more because it is full and tired and it’s feet hurt. Jeez, Google Reader, what are you? Pregnant? It would serve me right, since EVERYONE ELSE on the internet is up the stick.

One of the things that gets me every time when I find a new blog is how nice everyone else in the whole world’s pictures are. I feel like the only idiot left on the internet using a (fairly expensive but obviously useless) point-and-shoot camera instead of a fancy DSLR. My blurry, dark photos of the baby climbing over the dog pale in comparison to, say, The Pioneer Woman’s photos of cows grazing or Emily’s photos of her daughter Poppy doing, well, anything. If only I could capture the true essence and beauty of that moment when Baby Evan is perfectly balanced right across Brutus’ spine, the delicate way he smiles, the joy he finds in reaching out and grabbing the poor long suffering dog’s doggy business and yanks. That would be art, my friend. In my head, my terrible photos are the ONLY reason my blog is not incredibly popular, I am not incredibly famous, and no one ever stops me on the street to tell me how gorgeous my hair looks. BAD PHOTOS ARE RUINING MY LIFE.

So I bought a DSLR. A Nikon D90 DX 12.3MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S VR DX Nikkor Zoom Lens to be exact. The first one E ordered turned out to be the European version which a) came with no warranty and b) came with an EU plug and was therefore useless here in Connecticut. We sent it back and filed the $33 shipping charge under “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” But thanks to good old Amazon (and a child credit on our 2009 tax return WHAT WHAT) my new new camera arrived today.

Now if I only knew how to use it, I’d be taking some really fantastic photos.

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8 Responses to “I’m going to write it off as a business expense”

  1. Cindermommy says:

    I have had my Cannon DSLR for over a year, and I still pretty much pretend to know what to do with it. My advice- don’t pack the manual away and lose it forever… ugh…

  2. Jill says:

    i totally have no idea how to use mine either. i just bought it because, well, all the other moms were doing it i guess. but there is a ton of junk to read online about how to use the thing and ive even been searching for free classes! but honestly the camera does a lot of the work and i cant wait to see pics of baby e with your NEW CAMERA!!! oh, and omg! isnt miss poppy ADORABLE! :]

  3. Those Nikons are fantastic cameras. My husband has a digital SLR D something that we got years ago and it is still fabulous, although I have no idea how to use it either. i think there’s an ‘auto’ setting that still takes fancy pictures.

    And I can’t believe how many people I am finding out are pregnant now either; co-workers, my best friend, old high school friends. It’s crazy. But I like it!

  4. Brigid Keely says:

    Any time you want to feel better about your photographs, just take a look at mine.

    They tend to be blurry (what the hell? the camera is supposed to self focus!) and often off center, cutting off heads, limbs, or even whole people. Sometimes there is a thumb or camera strap over the lens.

    Hurr durr durr.

  5. AGreenEyeDevil says:

    Congrats!!! Looking forward to seeing the new pics!

  6. Bonnie says:

    UGHHH I feel you about the pictures. I thought my little 3 year old Canon powershot and my stupid iphoto would be okay for my cooking blog, but my pictures suck. I’m scared to get a nice camera because I don’t know how to use it, but I’m eager to see your new pictures!

  7. Michelle says:

    I have been thinking the same thing…problem is I just bought a point-and-shoot about a year ago (a really good one, but still…), before I was prego and before I knew I would have something so wonderful to take pictures of. I just bought this book online to try to help me a little…you may want to check it out too. I haven’t gotten it yet, but it got great reviews:
    http://www.amazon.com/Betterphoto-Guide-Digital-Photography-Amphoto/dp/0817435522/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1266959694&sr=8-4

  8. congrats on your new purchase! i hope you have so much fun learning how to use that bad boy! i actually use a cheapish point & shoot (so MANY THANKS for the shoutout! that made my day!!!) and i’d love a camera with more to offer.

    can’t wait to see what comes out of it! have fun! cheers!

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