Here I find myself, sat pondering what to write for my very first blog post, and figured I'd start with how I got to my current setup. I went back and forth on this for a while, needing to upgrade from my aging Fuji Finepix HS20. I bought the Finexpix as an upgrade from a point and shoot, and it held its own until recently. But after seven years I noticed that it really struggled in low light and as I wanted to do Astrophotography figured that now was a good time to upgrade.
So like any person does I started to do research, looking at a myriad of sites and blogs. All of them wildly varied, all of them offering prices across the spectrum. It was confusing but thankfully I had an ace in my back pocket, and repeatedly asked them camera questions over and over. For that Melinda, Marco and Abby I thank you! Also if you'd like to check out their pics go here for Melinda, here for Marco and here for Abby. From all of these questions I came away with a good idea of what I wanted and bought the below starter kit for myself.
- Camera - Canon Rebel T7i
- Bag - Lowepro Protactic 450 AW
- Tripod - Three legged thing: Travis
- Lens - Canon 18-55mm F4
- Lens - Canon 55--250mm EFS F4
- Software - Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom
For now I'll crack the basics, work harder on making better pictures, and exploring places wherever I am. I think from all of this, that my biggest tip to anyone who likes to take pictures is to go wander your surroundings. Just taking your gear and meandering through a city or countryside, will allow you to find amazing sights as you go.