Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Camera - Because You Asked

As I promised earlier, I am going to try to tell you about the "camera"  and how we use it.  You may be surprised to learn that the camera does most of it.  Here goes. . . . .

The camera is a Nikon D60.  We purchased it from in April 2009.  It was a packaged deal with the camera body and two lenses.  The lens we use most of the time is an 18-55mm.  The other lens is larger, 55-200mm.  The large lens is actually our favorite because it is the fastest for action pictures.

When the Duchess purchased this camera she had no idea what a DSLR camera was, she just knew it took good pictures.  She thought she would study the manual and even take a class on how to get the best out of her new camera.  Problem is, she never did it.  The more she read, the more confused she got and the more hopeless it seemed.  The solution she found works best for all of us because there are no "brains" involved :)
It is called "point and shoot".  Seriously.
There are some basic changes she makes on a little dial.  One is for macro, one for action, one for night time, etc...  Mostly she has it on "auto" or "action".  Then she points and shoots - many, many times.  Since there is no film involved she can take a thousand photos if wanted.  Then, after transferring them all to the computer we keep the good ones and delete the bad ones.

Do we photoshop?  Nope.  What you see is straight out of the camera.  The only thing we do is cropping.  Sometimes cropping is needed to get rid of some background and bring the main subject up closer.

So, now you know.  If we can do it, so can you!  But I must warn you, it becomes an addiction for some people.  Especially if you've never taken good pictures before and suddenly you can.  My Duchess loves the Nikon so much that she dreams up places to go and things to do just so she can take pictures!

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. heehee, miss emma rose, i think your post just gave my mama some hope. she keeps saying, "really?? it's that easy? i just need a nice nikon camera?" i still think the duchess has some mega picture taking talents, and it's not just the camera doing all the work. :)

    the booker man

  2. Mom has been wanting a DSL camera but says they have so many buttons and settings. Maybe this post will help encourage her.

    All your photos are just beautiful.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder,and Ciara

  3. Your camera does some beautiful work! Tee hee! We do know that a good camera makes a lot of difference! Dad has a Canon and we love that it makes us look so good!


  4. sounds good....those cameras are purrty cool
    Benny & Lily

  5. Mom has a Nikon khollekhting dust in the bedroom - it is a 35mm SLR from the days of film -

    Your pikhs are furry furry furry nice!

    Maybe one day...

    PeeEssWoo: Mom will be attempting to make the Paul Simon earworm go away!

  6. Thanks for telling us about the camera! We love your pictures so much!! We need a good camera that is rather easy to use and that sure seems like a great one! Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

  7. Woof! Woof! Golden Thanks ... Really Point n Shoot. mom is thinking to get a new camera ... Cannon vs Nikon. This is helpful ... she does not want to read instructions too.

  8. I was very keen to see what you use. I too am an 'addict with no training'...and I merely have a little Nikon Coolpix...but am getting frustrated. Your sounds wonderful....I am going to 'hint' for Christmas.
    Thanks for sharing...your pictures are always stunning!
    Sending lotsaluv to you all,

  9. I think you do yourself an injustice Emma Rose as I've moticed that all the best pictures are the ones with you in them. It sure is a nice camera though.

  10. Miss Emma Rose, you are a cutie! Thank you so much for stopping by and following us. We are following you right back and look forward to reading more!

    Ps. my mom is getting a new camera for her birthday and is a huge Nikon fan too :)

    Fred and Haylie

  11. We love your Nikon Camera! It takes really beautiful photos!!

  12. My momma has been looking into getting a Nikon! She's glad to know that's what you have because she LOVES your pictures!

  13. Golly grump, maybe I need a new camera. I just don't get it. I've been digital for a little over a year now and have not been able to get the quality of my 35mm with all the bells and whistles.

    My 'still' life pictures seem to turn out great but it's the people (grandkiddo) shot's I'm not happy with.

    Your pics are great! The kids got me a little point and shoot for Mother's Day last year. I may desire more. :o)

    You have a glorious day sweetie!!!

  14. I am in camera envy..but it is encouraging to know that it has auto I am not good with settings or remembering lots of instructions! It takes wonderful photos..and I think you have a wonderful "eye" and dogs are not that easy to photograph either, so it is a good thing to take lots of shots..I just love my little digital camera:)

  15. Wow, sounds just like my mom, same camera and everything! Cool!

  16. Very cool camera! Mum has a print Canon body with a couple of super cool lenses and filters. Someday we want to get a DSLR body and use the lenses & filters we already have! Woofs, cool!



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