I love gadgets especially cameras so I really enjoyed spending time looking at which DSLR I wanted to buy. And now I have my very own Canon 450D/ XSi, that I’d like to introduce to you and share some of the first shots I took with it. If you’d like to know why I upgraded to a DSLR, then take a look at my 7 Reasons to Upgrade to a DSLR. You may also be interested in how I went about choosing a DSLR and how I got my short list down to the final 3.
As this is my first DSLR it was important to me that it was easy to use, and the Canon 450D is definitely that. Obviously it is very different to my point and shoot, but it still has the functionality of a point and shoot camera through it’s automatic mode. This was great for me becuase it meant that I could go out and shoot straight out of the box, without worrying about all the different settings.
I’ve actually read a lot of advice from professional photographers saying that for the first couple of months at least, it can be a good idea to keep your DSLR in automatic mode, to get used to the camera before trying to figure out the more indepth controls. The idea being that it’s best to get a good grounding with the camera to start with, and get to know how it works. So you can focus on the composition of your shots and learn the rules of photography, like the rule of thirds. This way you can get to the point with your camera where you can set the shot up looking at the composition and lighting without thinking about it, and therefore you will find it easier to then turn to the more technical side of the camera.
Getting to know the Canon 450D – What are all these buttons on the back for?
And that’s what I’ve been concentrating on for the last couple of months, getting to know my 450D. Getting used to the feel and weight of the camera. Finding out how the 9 AF point focusing system that the 450D uses works, and looking at my composition of shots and where the light is coming from when I’m shooting. Looking at shooting in Manual mode, aperature priority, shutter priority, fstops, focal lengths etc can be very daunting and overwhelming for a beginner. Once I’ve had more experience trying different composition and lighting techniques, and learned how I can use them to enchance and improve my photography then that’s when I will move onto the more technical side of the DSLR.
I’m really enjoying my photography now I use a DSLR, and lots of different shooting opportunities have become possible. The shots I’ve added are actually some of the first shots I took with my new Canon 450D Camera – straight out of the box!