You may have noticed over the past few weeks the addition of digital camera related posts, mainly the review of the Sony NEX-5N and a few accessory posts. That’s because I’ve returned to a hobby I once enjoyed in my younger days and that is photography. In my younger years, especially when I was still in school, I used to use an old Nikon N-body with Sigma lenses. Back then I used to develop my own film and shot mainly with black and white film. This however ended once my schooling was over as I no longer had access to a dark room nor did I want to spend money constructing one at my parent’s house.
Over the years, I still shot photos but I was back to using color film that I would have someone develop for me. Obviously this wasn’t the same as I no longer had much control over the developing process. At that time, digital cameras were becoming quite popular, but mainly in the point and shoot variety. My SLR went into storage and I’ve had several point and shoots since then. I never really picked up a new DSLR due to the price of them at the time and the current crop of point and shoot digital cameras were more than adequate for my needs.
Fast forward to the beginning of 2012. I have 2 kids right now and I love taking pictures of them, however my youngest, who is only 9 months old, is now mobile and almost impossible to shoot with a regular point and shoot camera. I’m not sure if others have this problem but she is like the Flash and almost ever image of her was a blur. I said to myself, “now is the time to pick up a real camera.” In one of my earlier posts from this year, I had posted how I was on the search for a DSLR or one of those new mirrorless interchangeable lens system cameras. I was fortunate enough to borrow a friends Nikon D5000 and that really sparked my interest in real photography again. I knew I wanted something that allowed full control over my shots and I eventually went with a Sony NEX-5N as my own personal camera.
Instead of creating a new blog for my photography interests, I’ve decided to integrate it into my current blog, which is thegamerwithkids.com. Sure it has nothing to do with gaming, but it’s something that defines a part of me and this blog was created really to share my interests. Plus I’m sure a lot of parents out there face the same kind of problems I do when it comes to photographing their children. I’ll be mainly posting about mirrorless system cameras such as the Sony NEX series or the Olympus PEN since this is a natural step up from compact point and shoot cameras. This doesn’t mean that they are less capable than DSLRs though as that is not the case at all. In fact, with these new breed of cameras, you are able to take images that are just as good as traditional DSLRs and in a much smaller package.
I’d like to say thanks to all those who have been reading my blog and hope you’ll enjoy these new posts as well.
-Samuel, The Gamer With Kids