Friday, 17 February 2017


My first handling of a camera was very exciting and manipulating it was frightening to boot. The film of the photographic cartridge was very sensitive specifically the coated base gelatin emulsion. Accordingly, when the negative film is exposed to light it gradually darkens and become useless in capturing images. I remembered this scenario and it would make you unhappy! In the past, when I was requested to take photos I always took care to place the negative film in the camera's film chamber and then carefully pull the existing film strip onto the film's loading roller. Voila and the single reflex lens camera was now ready to be used in capturing memories for as long as there's a new pair of alkaline batteries. 

In days of yore, most portable cameras used by families were a rectangular shapes and either slim and elongated or bulky and heavy. Can you remember the cameras before like the Kodak's Ektralite 450 electronic flash and the 1960's Ritenette? Technically, the 1960's preferred design cameras had a few buttons to manipulate when taking an image using its viewfinder eyepiece. It also had a film rewind knob and a shutter release button. Personally speaking, the experience gained in using one of those manual duty cameras was priceless despite their weight and their tiny viewfinder screen.

They have now been replaced but considered valuable collectables by some artists. 

Every year, new discoveries in the world of technology have been found and introduced into the cash-milking market. One of many scientific know hows in today's generation which is getting smaller, lighter and less troublesome is the invention of digital cameras. This equipment launched by business corporations who persuaded consumers to upgrade to the current ones available in the market. Or else, we are no longer part of their gravy train! They manufactured these state-of-the-art cameras and they sell well but it is interesting that we have little appreciations of those who designed and conceptualised the advanced higher features and specifications. It is true to say that digital cameras are sophisticated replacement for negative film cameras which have been emerging ubiquitously and providing most of us with an easy way of storing captured images. Don't you think its agreeably practical? Structurally speaking, it is a modern device with a built-in monitor to see the moving object(s) apart from its viewfinder eyepiece and a memory card slot instead of the negative film of old. If that is not enough, it is also equipped with an accessory terminal for wireless remote controllers which allows you to compose the shot, get it into frame and take a picture when you are ready. Moreover, it is supplied with a USB data sync cable lead for easy transferring of photos into the computer rather than the familiar photo prints. On the other hand, some of these modern digital cameras are quite complex because of their systematic designed buttons in capturing demanding and arduous images and are commonly used by avid and professional photographers for monetisation.

I am not yet a professional photographer who would advertise my visual art skill to family and friends. However, I would like to learn more of its technicalities while shooting my object(s) rather than editing the outcome of each image. In the past and to date, I either used my iPhones' camera when taking selfies with family and friends or my Samsung Smart DV150F Dual LCD compact digital camera for landscape and events' pictures. They both took good, cloudless (most of the times) and bright pictures but my fascination about digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera sent me to a crux. That is why, a few weeks ago I upgraded my passion in photography to a more advanced camera and purchased a Nikon D3300 Digital SLR Camera in red. There was that idea of putting if off again but my enthusiasm for the 'checkout' button counterbalanced my reluctance.

Nikon D3300 Digital SLR camera isn't like my Samsung compact digital camera as it has a solid and lightweight body and an interchangeable (18-55 VR/Non VR) lens kit. I like attaching the retractable lens to its body because of the crisp sound it produces. Click! When it comes to taking photos, it has a diopter adjustment control on its viewfinder eyepiece which is a great idea in achieving clean and sharp focus points. Apart from that, its mode dial has incorporated a 'Special Effects Mode (EFFECTS)' with 13 impressive styles when taking a photo using its 3 inches diagonal monitor. Moreover, the more adventurous and technical 'Manual Mode (M)' used by professionals is hand-operated with no automatic shutter speed and aperture adjustments when producing quality image results. This mode will be laborious (LOL!). 

Nikon D3300 Digital SLR Camera has a wonderful constructed body design with tidy neckstrap lugs and a finger- friendly position shutter release button. Its 5 frames per second continuous shooting speed at full resolution and 24.2 million megapixel will give you crystal clear and vivid image results. I took a photo using only its 'Auto Mode' dial and the outcome was very striking with promising minute details when I zoomed it out. It was like looking through a microscope in which even the tiny grains in an object was still dynamically visible. 

I am still on tenderfoot when it comes to the more advanced elements of my Red Nikon D3300 Digital SLR Camera as it is part of being an amateur. Philosophically speaking, learning is living and each new journey has a series of additional starts which will mould us to be more solid and assertive. I am embarking on this over-and-above chapter in my life and I am prospecting that before it turns 1-year old I already have proficient knowledge in photography or by that time, maybe an expert.

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