Bitten by the Bug

A little more than a year ago I bought my first DSLR camera – a refurbished Nikon D3200 camera body. I had been wanting one for some time, but never pulled the trigger. I was afraid I’d spend all that money on a camera, find out I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would, then never touch it again. I was wrong. I’m hooked.

A camera body obviously isn’t much good without glass to go with it, so for my first lens I bought a Nikon 18-140mm. It’s a fantastic multi-purpose lens that works great for a variety of scenarios. After about a week or so, however, I noticed the quality was only so-so with indoor, lower light shots. I quickly snapped up a Nikon 50mm prime, and it’s immediately become my go-to lens. I use it for virtually everything, and I actually get mildly irritated when I have to use my 18-140mm.

The D3200 with a 50mm prime and Adobe Lightroom has been invaluable to learn from. I’m resisting the urge to immediately upgrade to a D7000, as I want to learn the limits of the D3200 and figure out exactly what I need in my next camera.

By no means am I an expert. I’m learning. Half the time I don’t know what I’m doing. I still have issues figuring out when it’s best to shoot in manual mode, aperture mode, or something else. I also still struggle with proper ISO settings and whatnot. I’m getting there, but it’s a constant learning process.

Anyhow, part of my blog will be talking about my journey in amateur photography. I take a lot of photos of many different things, such as firearms, cars, landscapes, and my family. I welcome comments and feedback. I don’t get butthurt easily, and I’m not very politically correct, so if you say my photos suck balls, well…good on you then. 🙂