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Sunday, June 24, 2007

My First Digicam

Honestly, I always wanna be the subject in photos (as you can see here in my blog). Whenever Alwyn or Ruthie is carrying a camera, I don't mind asking for a shot. This time though, I don't mind pressing the shutter button.

I already made up my mind that I won't be buying anymore those ridiculous phones with high megapixels. Nokia has really let me down in many occasions. So after reading the online reviews (thanks, Gizmodo) of the latest digicams in the market today and looking at this sample photo, I found my new baby: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS.

This morning, I asked Chad to accompany me to the nearest Circuit City. Along the way, we found some yard sale.
I miss the days when I scout for garage sales on Sundays. Anyhoo, I got myself a US flag worth 50 cents. When I gave my dollar to the lady homeowner, I asked if I could buy it for 25 cents. She said, "Yes". I guess my charm still works ;oP

When we reached Circuit City at Sterling, it was still close. It opens at 10. We decided to have brekky first at McDonald's.

Then it was time to buy my first ever digicam. I asked the associate if they have a promo for digicams. He gave me a 50 dollar discount. Not bad, eh? I didn't buy any accessory yet 'cause I could find cheap ones in Amazon. That's what my friend, Alwyn, did when he got himself his SD 800.

When I got home, I immediately tried out my new gizmo. Took some sample pictures. Alwyn gave me some docs on digital photography. There's this "Rule of Thirds", which is about the positioning of your subject in your photo. Here's my first photo taken from my new cam:
Don't mind the ugly feet. The thing here is that I could've taken just my feet and position it at the center. That can be boring at times. But, what I did, I positioned the subject way off the center to make it more dramatic.

Furthermore, if you divide this picture into 3 columns and 3 rows, here's what will happen:
No, I'm not goin' to play tic-tac-toe. Notice the intersection of the lines? The advice is to place your subject on these intersecting points 'cause this is the place where the eyes normally go (points of interest). My new cam has this button that you could press and it will give you these grid lines automatically. Sweet!

As for landscape shots, here's what you can try: Position the sky portion on the upper third. Your main subject can be positioned on the lower third but not practically at the center. Most photographs from mags do this technique. And not entirely exclusive to sceneries!

Am studying now digital photography so whenever I learn sumpthin' new, I'd share them with you. I'll leave you with this macro shot (a nice segue to my next topic).


Anonymous augs said...

>>I already made up my mind that I won't be buying anymore those ridiculous phones with high megapixels.

sabi na sa yo e. di ka kasi nakikinig sa amin. buti at natauhan ka, parang nabalitaan ko na nagbabalak ka pang bumili ng n95.

4:07 PM  
Blogger knottydon said...

nope... gone are those days ;oP

am super happy with my new gizmo. love it!

2:05 AM  

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