Why I Enjoy Being a Newbie Photographer

by NanciArvizu

Being a newbie photographer means I don't have to follow any rules. Because I don't know any rules. Purchasing an idiot proof camera has made breaking those rules super easy.

How many pictures do you take on an average day? How about on a day when you're with family and friends? Do you use your cell phone for most of these shots?

I was - using my cell phone to take pictures of things that mattered. A trip to Italy. My daughters high school graduation. A family gathering where certain members wouldn't be seen at the next family gathering.

Looking at those pictures on smaller devices is fine. But putting them into any kind of print version, large or small, doesn't work. The quality isn't good enough.

So I invested in a small digital camera. I felt almost archaic going into Best Buy. Who buys a small digital camera anymore? The selection was surprisingly good and I found what I was looking for. Something small.

When the sales person explained it had "idiot and super idiot settings" I was sold. What a difference it's made in the pictures I take.

Washington State Tulip
Washington State Tulip
Nanci Arvizu

The Sony Cyber-shot

The more I use it, the more I like it.
Sony WX350 18 MP Digital Camera (Black)

8.2MP photos from afar with the 20x zoom camera that fits in your pocket. There’s also ultra-smooth recording that minimizes shake while shooting on the move, perfect for video ...

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Photos I've taken with Sony Cyber-shot

It's so easy, even I can do it.
Carol's Garlic
Carol's Garlic
Nanci Arvizu
See the Water Fountain?
See the Water Fountain?
Nanci Arvizu
Nanci Arvizu
Egret, Bodega Bay, California
Egret, Bodega Bay, California
Nanci Arvizu

Learn on the fly

Printed instructions almost unnecessary

When I first opened the box, I was a little disappointed in the amount of instruction offered. The pamphlet was thin, folded just a few times with several languages included.

What it didn't point out was that the instructions for the camera are on the camera. It's like having a little computer in your hands and all the information you need is right there with you, instead of back home in the box.

I was trying to use the movie option and realized I needed to use the selection dial. In doing so, I saw information flash on the screen, and actually took the time to read it. Remember, I'm doing all this on the fly, so who has time to read (a little digital screen in the sunlight through sunglasses)?

I learned just about all I needed to know in a few seconds. First, I knew that I could go back and read all I had just seen and, this camera was getting cooler by the second.

When I got to a shady spot, I took a few more minutes to read through the different settings information. Within each setting, there were more settings with options that I hope will eventually make sense to me. I'm learning.

A few adjustments when taking pictures has made a big difference, especially in the distance department. Up close, the camera was amazing without any extra instruction. 

The best feature so far, in my opinion, is the ability to upload directly to a smartphone or tablet via a wi-fi connection. Super simple. Connecting to a computer is easy and the upload time, once all your files are synced, is quick. The first time I connected and synced took about 20 minutes, but I had aver 20k pictures to sync. Crazy.

What do I Like About Being A Newbie?

The camera has been discussed, but what's the best part?

All of it. Having great scenery isn't a factor. Everything is great scenery, just see it from a different perspective.

Having a digital camera means never having to say no to taking any shot. Take the shot. Decide later what to do with it, even deleting it. Cool.

Being able to carry a powerful easy to use real camera gives me a feeling of confidence when taking the shot. Since I know I have editing options I'll take the same shot from different angles and telescopic distances. Light, shadows, it doesn't matter. I get to take the shot.

At first I wanted to take better pictures so I could use them as study subjects as I learn to draw. Since picking up my Sony Cyber-shot, I haven't picked up the pencil and paper. Photography has become too much fun.

Updated: 05/19/2015, NanciArvizu
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NanciArvizu on 08/09/2017

Doing both! They go together nicely.

DerdriuMarriner on 08/07/2017

NanciArvizu, Are you pursuing your interest in learning to draw, or is photography still just too much fun?

NanciArvizu on 06/25/2015

I know! Just trying them out was an adventure, knowing what ever I bought, I'd see something else - soon - down the road that was better and probably less expensive! But for now, and for what I wanted it for, this little camera is perfect.

blackspanielgallery on 06/21/2015

And the problem with photography is whatever camera you buy will be outdated next year. Nice images.

NanciArvizu on 05/24/2015

Thank you Candy47 :)

candy47 on 05/24/2015

I also prefer my small digital camera over using my phone. Your pictures are beautiful. Have fun with your camera!!

NanciArvizu on 05/23/2015

Thank you iggy. I am having fun and plan to use the pictures I take as part of my portfolio of work in different ways.

iggy on 05/23/2015

I like photography myself, I use to develop my own 35 mm film and pictures. Digital is much faster and cooler now. You know there are many ways to make money off your pictures online too. Good luck and have some fun with it...

NanciArvizu on 05/22/2015

Thank you! I will check that out, what a great idea. Nice to meet you too!

MBC on 05/22/2015

I love photography as well and one of the ways I improved and experimented was to join an on-line photo competition which is free and is a way to possibly WIN new equipment. Give it a try at http://www.viewbug.com/invite/token/I...
Thanks - nice to meet you.

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