DSLR fun.

DSLR fun

I hope you have had a lovely week! We are in the midst of school holidays here, so I have not had much time in my little art room but I have spent some time letting the kids use the paints and make some masterpieces of their own (let the control go. eek. but we all survived to tell the tale, so all is well!).

The last post I wrote was how I coped over Easter without my iPhone but I how I became friends with a Nikon DSLR. You can read all about that here and let me know how i did with the Nikon too!

As promised, today I share a few more 'fancy to me' captures I took with the Nikon, when I started to gain my confidence.

First I took the Nikon off of auto mode and had some DSLR fun with 'golden hour'.

DSLR fun

DSLR fun

DSLR fun

Then, seeing as how my Mums garden is the perfect place for some floral photography, I had some DSLR fun with the light and the beautiful flowers that are in abundance there.

 

DSLR fun

DSLR fun

DSLR fun

DSLR fun

 

I am pretty happy with how they all turned out. So how do you think I did? I would love to here what you think.

Jess

x

P.S hopefully I will get some time in my art room soon and will be able to show you some new art soon. So please Subscribe to my Newsletter so you don't miss out.

iPhone vs DSLR

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!).

 

iphione versus dslr

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.

iphone versus dslr

iphone versus dslr

iphone versus dslr

iphone versus dslr

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)!!!

 

iphone versus dslr

iphone versus dslr

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.

iphone versus dslr

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.

iphone verus dslr

Jess

x

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!

Easter

Easter  

What are you up to over the Easter break? Do you have a bit of a tradition happening or do you just go with whatever you feel like at the time?

I will be heading away this year! Yay!

But the biggest thing I am attempting to do over the Easter break is to leave my phone home! which means no social media or screen time! Eek.

All will be well though because a very kind and generous friend has lent me this lovely toy to have a play with while I am away.

 Easter

 

So stay tuned and subscribe to my newsletter because in the coming weeks because I will be sure to share how my 'real camera' photos turned out.

Also to celebrate the Easter break, I have decided to have a post Easter break sale! Yay! All items in my Etsy store will be 20% off! Yay! Just enter the code HAPPYEASTER at the checkout. Sale commences 12noon on Monday 6th  April and will finish 12noon Sunday 12th April.

I hope you all have a safe and Happy Easter spent with those you love.

Jess

x

Springtime surprise

springtime surprise

Those of you who know me well, know that I love Instagram. It such a lovely and positive place to get lost in beautiful captures and people's lives from all over the world.

I follow lots of lovely ladies on Instagram including Lucy who is one very talented and inspiring photographer. If you would like to follow her, you can find her at @capturebylucy on her instagram account. Earlier in the year Lucy decided that it would be lovely to give and receive some thoughtful and friendly gifts in the mail from someone that you don't know across the globe. So the #sprintimesurpriseproject was born.

There gets to a point where bills in the mail just don't cut it and so I jumped at the chance to send and receive some snail mail goodness!

Once we all signed up  Lucy selected who we would give and receive our goodness from.  I was thrilled to see that I was able to send some goodness to another very talented artist and maker, Georgie, who does all gorgeous thinks with paints and flowers. You can follow her on Instagram at @gerorgiestclair (and you won't be disappointed).

So I got to and collected my springtime surprise project goodies, parcelled them up and sent them around the world to Georgie.

springtime surprise

I waited excitedly for something other than those dreaded bills to make its way to my letter box.

Then this week the mail lady delivered a parcel that had that identifying 'air mail' sticker and I just couldn't wait to open it.

springtime surprise

And oh my goodness, how LUCKY was I!!! There was so much goodness in that parcel that I had to have a cup of tea and admire it all! and to have so much of Georgies' creations in my hands was just the icing on the cake!!

springtime surprise

springtime surprise

 

So I want to say thank you to Lucy for organising the wonderful springtime surprise project and also thank you to the very kind Georgie for her beautiful and generous gifts. This little protect certainly lifted my spirits and made the ordinary mail run extraordinary.

Have a great week!

Jess x