I do not come from a very photo taking family.  You see there are approximately 3 pictures of my life growing up.  My mother was too busy raising children to care to take pictures, so I have none.  I do not want this same fate for my child…who knows if he looks anything like me when I was a child; my mother says he does, but I have no proof!  I am a middle child, so the picture selection is even worse for my brother and me (#’s 3 & 4 of 6).  I was not very great at documenting my school years, my marriage,  my son’s birth, or his first 9 months.  I clearly need to remedy this problem…enter my new Nikon D5100 DSLR!  I am super-duper excited about it!  I have probably snapped oh say 650 pictures in 3 days (maybe an hour of actual camera time).

I chose the Nikon over Canon on the recommendation of my professional photographer friend/neighbor and a LOT of online research.  They offer many camera and lens options and “packages.”  I opted to go with the Nikon D5100 body and the Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR DI II LD Macro for Nikon.  I did this so I would only have 1 lens to deal with while learning the ins and outs of a DSLR.  Most of the packages through Nikon come with 2 lenses that cover 18-55mm and 55-200/300mm.  I really wanted to be able to just use this right off the bat kind of like a point and shoot…so this works for me!

It is wonderful…I do not have to learn when to change lenses before I can start taking photos, I can go from far to close to in between very rapidly, and it is just so fun to zoom in and out like I am some kind of photog!  Bahaha, that will never happen, but I sure will pretend!  Anyway, thus far I LOVE the camera/lens that I purchased and would definitely recommend it to any beginner.

I plan to take some photography lessons at some point…until then here is what I have snapped and “edited” in either iPhoto or Picasa on my computer.  I really have no idea what I am doing, except looking for what I think looks pretty.  Enjoy…

Dr. Seuss!

I just love this face!

Ice Cream with Daddy!

Lip smackin’ good!

My happy boy :)

So, what is your pick…Nikon or Canon. What is your favorite lens?  Any tips for this first-timer?  I hope all have had a great start to the school year and that you were able to capture these memories.

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2 Responses to My new toy…the Nikon D5100 DSLR!

  1. Pam N says:

    So glad you’re getting pictures! Yes, I think he looks very much like you did, especially around the eyes. Now, let’s wait and see if he develops those blonde curls like you had.

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