This week I did something I've been wanting to do for a while. I had a go at some creative photography, largely inspired by a fellow blogger (do take a look, she's very good).
Since digital cameras became affordable, I've used a basic one to take shots of friends and family, holiday snaps etc. My old camera died a couple of years ago, and I asked the Paramour for a new one for Xmas - 'just a point-and-shoot,' I said. He duly obliged with an Olympus FE 170 that met my needs perfectly.
Until this week. I rapidly discovered its limitations when I tried taking creative photos. The shutter speed is irritatingly slow; there is no viewfinder, so half the time I couldn't see what I was doing; the zoom was inadequate. How come I never noticed any of this before?
So I want to upgrade. But flippin' heck, it's complicated. There's a whole new language to learn, of SLRs and shutter lag, megapixels and purple fringing (bit retro, that; I haven't had a purple fringe since the 1980s). Did you know photos can have noise on them? Me neither. Still haven't got my head around that one.
Once I'd set the Google translator for 'Photography to English', I managed to work out that I need a 'bridge camera', i.e. the kind people get when they want something cleverer than a point-and-shoot but not as clever as a professional's kit. There are loads of bridge cameras on the market, so the research has been painful, but I think I'm nearly there. I'm considering going for the Panasonic DMC FZ28. It's a Which Best Buy, and the lovely people at cameras.co.uk also rate it highly. But before I leap, seeing as at least two of my blogfriends are addicted to photography, I thought I'd ask your advice. If you're a photographer, what kind of camera do you use? Would you recommend it? Why?
All input will be most gratefully received. You will be rewarded in due course by pictures here that speak a thousand words (mostly variations on the theme of: Queenie was a bit busy today so she dug a photo out of her archives to bung on the blog for you lot).