I hope you all had a great Easter break and dont have too many belly aches from all the food and goodtimes consumed!
Well I did it, I left my phone home over the Easter break and opted for a friends Nikon DSLR to keep me company for the weekend instead.
I have to say that first day away was a real toughie. My fingers were itching to do something when I was getting cabin fever on the long haul to our destination. And when the kids were getting cabin fever I could have easily done with a dose of pretty pictures from Instagram to take me away from it all!
But I got the DSLR out at our first playground stop and had my first real play with it. The first difference I noticed between my iPhone and the DSLR was that obviously I couldn't share it with the world instantly and then get that instant feedback about whether I had done a good job (which was probably a good thing because here is the first photos I took!).
So after an early night after our travels, I woke up fresh the next day and wasn't feeling so isolated from not having my iPhone attached to my hip. My sister gave me a couple of quick lessons on shutter speed, ISO and aperture and my head spun (I have never been good at maths, physics etc)!! The advice she gave was to start with putting the camera on automatic mode and then go from there. So I happily obliged.
The second major difference I noticed between my iPhone and the DSLR was that I seemed to be a lot more mindful when capturing moments with the DSLR. I guess that maybe because it is so big and bulky that you really need to think about whether you want to lug it around in the first place. Also there seems to be so much more to remember when taking photos with the DSLR like what sort of lens you want to use and pushing the button down half way to get the capture in focus (and that is just in auto mode)!!!
By the end of the weekend, I was really enjoying working with the digital camera compared to my iPhone and the peace from the social media was in the end a welcome break. You really notice how you come to depend on your phone to feel connected, but when you take it out of the picture for a while you realize you are still connected but to the people in front of your face that mean the most to you.
It was interesting to note that when I did get back home and switched all my 'I" devices on again, I did feel a certain amount of anxiety creep back into the thinking. Needless to say the anxiety is over and I am back on my Instagram and all round Internet horse.
My recommendations are as follows; for everyday use, the iPhone is so good because it is light and compact and you can obviously carry it around with ease to capture those everyday moments; but once in a while leave your phone home when you are going away for a little while and if you still want to capture those everyday moments take the DSLR (or other 'real' camera). Take the photos and then put the camera down and take in what is surrounding you with your own eyes.
P.S Ok so these are not all the photos I took with the DSLR, over the weekend, but I didn't want to bore you with all of them in the one post. So next post I will show you a few (what I call) fancy things I did with the DSLR when I got my confidence up. Be sure to subscribe to my Newsletter so you don't miss out!