How To: Be A Photographer

In light of me trying something new, a few days ago I decided I wanted to further take up photography. I’ve¬†shown¬†interest in taking pictures of¬†the things that I see and those around me ever since¬†I got my first¬†camera phone¬†maybe¬†8-9-10 years ago and I had a photo shoot with my unnie in¬†our backyard. The pictures were¬†amaze if I do say so myself. I got pictures of her jumping in the air, twirling around in the grass, picking flowers and sitting¬†underneath the tree in our backyard. The pictures looked like something that could’ve easily been in a Teen Vogue magazine… or at least I think they did, I can’t be sure because I lost that phone and the pictures on it when I¬† dropped it¬†in¬†dish water a few months later. This bitters me to this day. Did I really need to be listening to¬†“The Rain” by Missy Elliot while I washed¬†the few plates in the sink? The cups? The bowls? Can I really do nothing without music?¬†I guess not. And¬†now… because of me, my phone can’t stand the rain.

Here on my blog I tried a “photography” post which didn’t go over very well because it was weird (I made birds talk) and¬†was frankly a bit boring– So I decided to do research. I looked up types of cameras¬†how to use them the different settings et cetera et cetera, and somehow ended up on Youtube were I¬†found a plethora of goodies given to us in the form of Shamelessness.¬†¬†There was a time way way in the past (*cough cough* last summer) when you couldn’t get me off of Youtube and I knew of ShamelessMaya from said older sister and knew that she herself was a photographer. She has posted a lot of techy videos but I zoomed in particularly on these two:


For All of Your Shameless Camera Needs

This video showed me what I wanted and where I could get it.


For All of Your Other Shameless Camera Needs

This video showed me how to use what I wanted.


After watching these videos I quickly realized that this wasn’t going to happen right now.¬†I mean, do you see the price of those cameras which I wanted all of? Every time she said “inexpensive” I heard really expensive.

Specs:

Canon Eos Rebel T3i $549 @ bhphotovideo @ Amazon/ $579 on Prime/ $659 Bundle on Prime

Amazon stars: Ranges between 4.4 and 4.7 stars

bhphotovideo stars: 4.3 stars and 3 reviews


Sony Alpha NEX-3N $398 @ Amazon FREE SHIPPING with prime  No longer Available @bhphotovideo

Amazon stars: 4.4 stars and 176 reviews

bhphotovideo stars: 4.6 stars and 59 Reviews


Nikon Cool Pix P330 The prices for this one change. I can’t find it on the bhphotovideo website and on¬†Amazon it¬†the price ranges starting at¬†$238.

Amazon stars: 4 stars and 85 Costumer Reviews– The reviews on this were mixed. Makes me not excited if I were thinking of getting this camera.


Canon s110 $249 @ bhphotovideo FREE SHIPPING  with prime @ Amazon

Amazon stars: 4.2 and 261 reviews

bhphotovideo stars: 4.5 stars and 114 reviews

Nonetheless, Shameless gave good tips for each of the cameras in that video and for the camera I have now–which hasn’t been the same since I dropped it. Boo.

If I had to choose which one to get besides the Canon Eos Rebel T3i (because everybody wants that camera) It would be the Sony Alpha NEX-3N.¬†It’s got amazing reviews and it’s fairly “cheap”. So, because it seems as though I have bitten off way to much with this one I am going to real it back some and look into a few things that I can easily (and cheaply) do from home. Next up: Animes.


For more on this visit the page ‚ÄúThe Idea‚ÄĚ and if you have suggestions as to things I can try visit¬†‚ÄúThe Suggestion Box‚Ä̬†or comment below¬†I would love to hear what you have to say!

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You’ll Never Guess What I Found by the Dumpster

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This post, along with many following are only going to be pictures. Pictures of random beautiful things I found while taking a walk or just eating. I don’t usually get out much–I’m usually in the house chillin, watching k-dramas and listening to k-pop, or watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Total Trekkie) and the Justice League, which,¬†by the way,¬†I am a huge fan of comic books but we’ll save that topic for another day. Anyways, I have recenlty been getting out a lot more, and I’ve been seeing a lot cool things. Most of its just¬†flowers so hang with me while I get the hang of taking pictures of actual moving targets. I will upload a post on the best smoothie you will ever drink for Mother’s Day which is May 12, three days after my birthday (May 9. Happy Birthday to ME!).

Moving on, outside of my house there are flower bushes and they grow some of the most beautiful roses when they’re not burning from the nearly 100 degree weather outside and¬†I am not exagerating. Its gotten as high as 95 degrees here already, and it just turned May. What happened to ‘April showers bring May flowers’?¬†¬†We’ve gotten no showers! Though I’ve heard it’s supposed to rain tomorrow, so let’s cross our fingers.

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I’m sorry if the pictures are semi-blurry it was incredibly windy when i took these pictures which is why i look to be strangling this poor flower ^^. Anyways, after i took these pictures i went for a walk around the block.

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Can you see the bee? I was surprised i was able to take a non-blurry picture of it before it either stung me or took off.

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At first i thought these were desert roses. They’re not. Desert roses are actually pretty. I’m just kidding. These flowers are pretty… just not as pretty as desert roses (which don’t technically look like roses :/) .These are called Orange Desert Globe Mallow, the longest name for such small flowers.

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Do you know what this creepy thing is?

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neither do i…

Then, after my walk, i saw the cutest birds ever. They sort of reminded me of my little sister. I found them near¬†what used to be a dumping site near my house. They were in a bush¬†and because it was hot¬†or they were in a particularly nice mood, they stayed put while my mom ran to the house and grabbed my camera for me. And also, my mom was incredibly nice to sit there patiently while i played paprazzi with these poor birds. Here’s what happened:

At first they were very shy...

At first they were very shy…

Then one, slightly more adventurous than the other, came out saying, "Look! It's peoples!"

Then one, slightly more adventurous than the other, came out saying, “Look! It’s peoples!”

Then he called the next one out. "Yo, dawg, you'll never believe what i just saw." "What is it?" "Peoples."

Then he called the next one out. “Yo, dawg, you’ll never believe what¬†I just saw.”
“What is it?”
“Peoples.” Gasp. “No way.”

"Maybe if we just slowly hop away... they won't notice us..."

“Maybe if we just slowly hop away… they won’t notice us…shh”

"Naw, man, this is the perfect time for a photo op. Just lie low, man, lie low." "Fine. But eye's watchin' you."

“Naw, man, this is the perfect time for a photo op. Just lie low, man, lie low.”
“Fine. But eye’s watchin’ you.”

"But only ONE photo!"

“Wait! Only ONE photo! I’m serious bird, man. Don’t play around!” “But eye’s so photogenetic…Okay, man, alright. Just one… get out the way! Alright! Mr. DeMille, i’m ready for my close up!”

"CHEESE!"

Mutters, “Got to…find my good side…” Clears throat, “CHEESE!”

Yes. The birds did talk and this is what they said. So, get over it. Now: Nummies and sidewalk chalk. ūüôā

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It’s a tuna melt on wheat, gluten-free bread (toasted), with sprouts, provolone cheese and a side of grape tomatoes and sliced plums.

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I’m not usually much of a drawer(er?) but that day, i was feeling inspired. It’s supposed to be youngest sister.

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This girl doesn’t have a name. What do you suggest?

I hope you enjoyed my bird story and photos. I’ll have more in about three days with snack suggestions and my trip to a park outside of town. Then, SMOOTHIES! Nom, nom, nom. — Sage.