Retirement meant lots of time for photography, lots of time to learn. The first step though was finding a digital camera that worked for me. Was I ready to jump into a completely new system or just dip my toes in the water? I had sold all my film cameras and gear. This was a big decision. I had no idea what to look for. After a great deal of reading and much thought I decided on a point and shoot, as a beginning. A Nikon Coolpix E4300 was my choice. I think it had a rating of about 1.9 mega pixels. A far cry from what is available today.
The E4300 proved to be a reasonable choice. It was durable except for the time when I had a senior moment and dropped it while trying to carry all the groceries from the car to the kitchen in one trip. Not a wise move but I’m a geezer. Right? I do things like that. The camera was repaired and we were off and running…. again.
Taking digital photographs was a neat experience. Results were immediate. If I liked the picture I kept it. If not….’DELETE!!!” No film or developing costs, no wasted pictures, no shoe boxes full of pictures waiting to be stuck in albums. I was hooked. There was no limit to the family pictures I could take especially with grandchildren now on the scene. The immediacy of the digital photograph was such an advantage when traveling. The disappointment of opening an envelope of photographs taken with my film camera in some far off place only to discover that they sucked is still a feeling I remember. Not a problem with digital photography. A poor first attempt can be easily replaced.
The Nikon Coolpix E4300 served me well. It even survived more than one drop kick. Its 1.9 mega pixels were a limitation but I learned that the ‘mind’s eye’ was more important than the camera. Light and its effects on composition are the concepts I am trying to learn about. Buy the camera you are comfortable with and can afford. Use it as a tool to capture what your ‘mind’s eye’ sees.
These three photographs were taken with my Nikon Coolpix E4300. I loved the whole set of digital photographs I took on this trip to Vancouver Island. While I liked the composition in each when I compare the technical quality of these photographs to what I take today I know that I have learned a lot. Yes, it is possible for a Geezer to learn new stuff!
Stay tuned for my next post in which I will discuss my next steps in learning about Digital Photography.