A few years ago, I signed up for a photography course at the Indianapolis Art Center.  I was hoping to learn about lighting and composition.

Unfortunately, my instructor was much more focused on the “technology” of photography instead of the art.  He spent a lot of time talking to about types of cameras and lenses, making me feel terribly inadequate with my digital point and shoot camera.

So I picked up a used Olympus camera with a 10x zoom, with manual and automatic controls, which shot 2.1 mega pixel pictures. It was a great camera.  Not too heavy, but capable of taking some beautiful photographs.  And the 10x zoom and wide angle allowed me to shoot mountains and mole hills equally well.

Dropping the camera on a busy city street damaged the zoom lens. I always meant to repair it, but then I got my iphone. With a 4 megapixel camera I was able to shoot beautiful photos ( mostly close ups) and really didn’t miss the better camera.   It was the only camera I took to Hawaii, and my flower photos are awesome.  My sunsets however, left a little to be desired.  So I knew it was time for a new camera.

So after a bit of research, I took a trip up to Robert’s Camera.  it was a real treat to talk to someone who really knew something about cameras and an hour later I walked out with a Nikon Coolpix S9300.  So now I have no more excuses for blurry flowers or fuzzy sunsets.  With an 18x zoom and 16 megapixels I should be able to take some pretty cool pictures.

I am going to set out on my own 365 project, taking at least one photo every day to see what I can learn about the camera, and photography in general.  I see a lot of flower and cat pictures in my future. But hopefully some other interesting things worth sharing as well.