The New Camera – A Trial Run

Yesterday was one of those nearly perfect spring days.  I worked in the morning and when I got home I had several items on my to-do list (including cleaning bathrooms, ugh!) but the afternoon was so pleasant, I didn’t want to waste it indoors.  Instead, I plopped myself down on the patio with a brand new book and…there went the afternoon!

I had gotten notice that my new camera had shipped and was due to be delivered so I kept one ear cocked for the sound of the UPS truck.  He pulled in just before 5 p.m. and I quickly met him out in the driveway, anxious to open up my new toy!

My new camera is a Canon Powershot SX50 HS.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t use it right away because the ion battery had to be charged first.  So, I spent some time glancing through the “quick start” guide and my husband helped install the software on my computer.  It wasn’t until after dinner that I could finally give it a try.  My blogger friend Jerry from Quiet Solo Pursuits had told me to just put it on P and shoot away.  Unfortunately, by this time it was after 7 in the evening, the lighting was not very good anymore and not too many willing subjects were hanging around the front yard.  I experimented on this goldfinch.

American goldfinch.

American goldfinch.

American goldfinch.

American goldfinch.

Then I walked around to the backyard and snapped a couple of the dogs.

Daisy sticking her tongue out at me.

Daisy sticking her tongue out at me.

Fat Milo.

Fat Milo.

I love how I caught Daisy with her tongue out!  The shot of Milo I had to crop some because I had the bottom part of our shed in it.

I have a lot to learn about this camera, especially with using the viewfinder instead of the LCD screen.  It gives it a totally different feel!  I had some trouble centering the subjects in the frame.  But, this was my first attempt at using it, so I can’t be too hard on myself.

Later I sat with my laptop and tried to read through the PDF manual.  That made me feel really stupid and a bit frustrated.  Too many tiny pictures of icons and symbols.  It’s already obvious to me that this camera will do many, many things – most of which I will never try or master.  I am better at learning by doing, so I guess it will require me “playing around” with it to figure things out and get comfortable.  It took me two years to finally know what I was doing with the Kodak, so this could be a long ordeal!!  Thankfully, I do have several close family members and friends who do photography and will help me out. 🙂

Today is rainy and I have a long to-do list with cleaning the house and packing so I probably won’t have much chance to play with it today.  Tomorrow we head to the northwoods for an extended Memorial Day holiday.  I will take my new toy along and maybe the old camera as well, in case I have a meltdown with the new one. LOL  I am very techno-challenged, so don’t expect too much, too soon.

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14 Responses to The New Camera – A Trial Run

  1. Congratulations on the new camera, those are very good for your first attempts with it, but I can already see an improvement over your old camera.

    The Canon manuals are not the easiest reading in the world, that’s for sure. What I have done is to start with the sections that I know that I have to read first, then tackle one new setting at a time, which is why I suggested that you begin in the program mode. I’ve had my 60 D for over a year, and I’m still learning what it will do, and what all the buttons are for.

    Once you become used to the viewfinder, you’ll love using it instead of the screen, trust me on that, you’ll never want to go back.

    Have fun this weekend, our paths will probably cross, as I’m starting out near Alpena.


  2. Juli Wink says:

    Amy, I love that 2nd picture of the goldfinch, its like he stood up and is saying, Hey! You got a new camera! I think the pictures turned out great, the background on the bird is nice and neutral. I always have problems with the background not disappearing enough to showcase the subject.
    Have fun with your new camera. I am looking forward to your posts.


  3. Bob Zeller says:

    Hey, Amy, wonderful photos of the Goldfinch, also of the dogs. Jerry is right, stick with using the viewfinder. You will have better photos. You will love that zoom telephoto. It is as long as my 500mm was. I have an older SX that I hardly ever use, but only because of my new Tamron 150-600mm lens.


  4. avian101 says:

    I’m happy for you Amy! You’ve made a good choice getting this camera. I have the the 30SX that I used before I purchased my long lenses. Once in a while I use the 30SX when I don’t feel like carrying my heavy gear. Get your eyes unjust to seeing through the viewfinder and holding the camera steady if you don’t use a tripod. You’ll do fine I’m sure of it! 🙂


  5. kathydoremus says:

    Yay! You will love this camera! I got mine for Christmas, and taking pictures of my birds with it is what made me start my bird blog. Have fun playing with your new toy. 🙂


    • Thank you so much! Wow! If I can get pictures like yours, I know I will love it!! When I started blogging, I had no intention of doing photos, it sort of took on a life of its own. I think my husband is getting a little afraid. LOL


  6. tootlepedal says:

    That looks like a very handy camera to have. Abandon any other interests that you have. You won’t have time for them now.


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