One of the most important tools a blogger can have is a camera. Recording important events, shooting pictures for reviews, and just generally taking a picture of anything and everything that might be useful or interesting at some point, a camera becomes like an added appendage, as important as the left and right arm. Which is why, right now, I’m in the middle of a major crisis.
Even without the blogging, I totally love photography, and always have. I take literally hundreds of photographs:- of my family, of my outfits, of my holidays, it is true to say I never travel anywhere without a camera. I have photograph albums everywhere, and use multiple online storage devices. Over the past ten years I have gone through a range of cameras, having at least three different superzoom cameras from the Panasonic range. Most recently I loved my Nikon Coolpix, but over Christmas, disaster struck.
You can’t part a blogger from her Camera…
Sometime over the Christmas holiday, my camera has mysteriously broken. One minute it was working fine, I then left the room and when I returned the camera would no longer zoom properly. It will still work and take a photograph, but it takes soooooo long to get the zoom to work properly, it is creating a whole lot of lost photo opportunities. There is a secondary problem that the camera will, on occasion, just freeze up and not take any photograph at all. This caused a few problems at the Strictly Come Dancing press call, when photographs with Alison Hammond and Kristina Rihanoff never happened for this precise reason.
So I’m now on the lookout for a new camera. I’m thinking I would still love a traditional looking digital for press events, but maybe a superzoom compact camera for occasions when a tiny clutch bag would be preferable to a large tote bag. I’m again looking at the Panasonic Lumix or a Cannon, and would be happy to buy a second hand one, as you can download the manuals now to help you work them, but would welcome any advice or recommendations.
What sort of camera are you using at the moment?