For as long as I can remember I’ve always liked taking photos. Therefore, I’m thrilled to finally be able to write that I bought a DSLR camera! From a young age, I remember my parents buying me the disposable cameras. One particular memory is from one of the first times I went on the London Eye.

When I was a. old enough, b. had a smartphone and c. Instagram came about, there was no stopping me. (Let’s face it, I was that annoying girl that took photos of everything!) I don’t take as many photos anymore, but I have always enjoyed it and considered studying photography for a long long time. However, due to falling out of love with the education system entirely during sixth form, I guess I’ve just never gone back to it. I’m starting to think now may be the time.

So when I was putting together my 26 before 26 list back in July, I knew that buying a decent camera just had to be on my list. And I can now finally say…

I bought a DSLR camera!!

A Canon 1300D to be precise. I also treated myself to a Canon EF 50 mm Lens.

However, hard to now admit, I very much have a case of “all the gear and no idea” – haha!

I refuse to spend a significant amount of money on a camera and not fully understand the ‘ins and outs’ of it. So, I’ve found a ‘Get off Auto’ one-day course with Going Digital at a local country house, Burghley House in Stamford, South Lincolnshire that I’ve decided to book on to. Burghley is such a beautiful place and somewhere I’ve been on many occasions for all kinds of events; Burghley Horse Trials happen once a year in September, and it also hosts the annual outdoor film festive at the end of July.

I’ve also found a 10-week evening class at Cambridge Regional College that I’ll be signing up for should I love the day course as much as I’m expecting to, that begins in April. [Eeeek!]

For now, I’ve been doing a lot of reading about aperture, ISO and shutter speed over on Pinterest. It’s super exciting to start getting stuck in to something again. Photography is a large subject with lots to be learnt. It’s been a long time since I’ve been passionate about something I wanted to invest my time and effort in to. I cannot wait to document my journey and my learnings about all things photography.

Canon 1300D DSLR Camera

In a hope to keep learning and become more knowledgeable, I’m making learning photography one of my goals for 2018. What are your goals for 2018?

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