My New Toy

dsc_0127One of my big goals this year is to get back to being serious about my photography. My photography has long been a contemplative practice, connecting me with God. It is also a way for me to help others to see the beauty of God’s creation though my art.

To prepare for some new projects, I decided to upgrade my camera. I’ve been working with an entry level 14MP DLSR from 2007. I’m a firm believer that it’s your eye and your editing skills that make the photo and NOT your camera, BUT I needed something with greater resolutions for print projects.

So… I decided on a Nikon D5600.

Before the Nikon arrived, I took a few last shots around the house with my trusty Sony Alpha to compare to shots from my new Nikon. I took everything on auto, so it would provider a fair comparison. No photographer intervention!

Here’s a shot with the Sony:

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Here’s a similar shot with the new Nikon:

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I’m really excited about getting to know this camera, because the level of detail with an extra 10 megapixels of resolutions offers so many options. I’m currently working on a store at Society 6, and the higher resolutions will allow for several more products.

Of course, it’s going to take me a few weeks to really get to know my new camera. It took me a long time to upgrade, because I knew my camera so well that it was easy to get great shots and manually adjust settings quickly. I knew my lenses and my settings inside and out, but I think it’s just what I need to get re-motivated and take my photography to the next level.

Here are a few more with the new camera. Obviously, they could use some manual controls, decent backdrop, and processing, but you have to admit… My dogs are adorable.  🙂

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