coffee table centerpiece/DIYLIFE

I need your insight about a camera purchase.


I’m thinking about a real camera as opposed to always using my cell phone. But they don’t come cheap.

Our local store is suggesting a moderately priced one at $1,200.00. After all accessories, it will come to about $2,000.00. It’s also waterproof which is important to me. The young man who was helping me made a good point in that if I start with one that is too cheap, I might eventually find I want a better one so why not start with a better one in the first place?

I get that. Sometimes I do have a tendency to go too cheap.

But then I read some online articles and the point was made that one can have expensive equipment and still not be a good photographer. And I understand that logic as well.

For example, I paint, pictures, that is. I feel my brushes and the paper are very important. But, for me, the paint isn’t. I think because of my artistic bent, I take good pictures anyway but I can’t take really good close-ups, blur the background, etc. For example, I will be posting the DIY’s featuring these next two projects. Here are the pics. They’re not that great, huh?

pallet board table/DIY



pallet board table/DIY

Compare the above with this:

painted furniture

Do you see the difference? The above picture is so much brighter.

I do have about four photo editing apps on my phone and can do a pretty good job at editing. But I’d like to get the pictures right without out having to always rely on post picture editing. And, of course, editing is not ever the first choice because it skews the dynamics of the original picture.

And I don’t necessarily believe you get what you pay for. With some things, yes, with other’s no. And it depends how long you want something to last.

never, ever, spend a lot on clothes but I might on a purse, and I have to spend good money on shoes because of my feet.

So I am really in a quandary here.

So here’s what I need you to understand.

The only area where I feel my blog is not up to speed are my pictures of my DIY projects, etc. I’m happy with everything else. But the other point you need to know is that I’m worried I could lose my focus. But I am drawn more and more to the beautiful pictures I see on some blogs.

Here’s the most interesting thing of all. Two of my posts in this last weeks that garnered a lot of attention was one about when we don’t feel we belong (here), and the other was a DIY project (here).

Do you see my dilemma?

So I am asking for your help. If you know anything at all about cameras and could suggest one to me. Yes, I do see myself of making good use of the camera for lots of other occasions as well. s

If, however, you feel the pictures are not that important, I would really appreciate it hearing that as well. (I should tell you that I’m also considering a good camera for vacations, etc.)

Thanks for your help.

God bless and have a good day.





8 replies »

  1. Thanks so much for getting back to me. That was very helpful. I just came across another blogger who only uses her cellphone camera but she had some different apps than I did so going to try those as well.

    I’m not sure waterproof is worth that much money.

    When you mention autofocus, what does that mean? Will your camera blur the backgrounds, too? Do you have some pics your blog where you used your camera?

    Thanks again.

    • You’re welcome – I’m happy that I could help! 🙂 Have fun with the new cell phone apps!

      When I hold the button that takes the photo down halfway (without actually taking the photo) the camera will guess at what I am taking a photo of and focus on that. (It will show you a preview of where it is focusing in the viewfinder and if for some reason it can’t focus, it will tell you that before you take the photo.) In most cases, it is right, as long as the target is in the center of the shot. (Though if you want to off-center the object for some reason, you can always press the button down halfway to let it focus, and move the camera to the side slightly to keep the focus where you want it, and then take the photo.) The only time I have a lot of trouble is when the object is so small that the camera doesn’t understand that I want the small thing and not the background, but that usually happens when I try to take a photo of a flower that is very tiny. (When this happens, I put my hand next to the flower, press the button down halfway, let the camera focus on my hand, then I take my hand out of the shot and take the photo.) Yes, the camera will blur backgrounds too. 🙂

      Yes, I do! I have a lot of them. It looks like you like to get close-up shots for your DIYs, so here is a post in which I included a lot of close-ups of flowers: As you can see, the background is blurred in some of them. 🙂

      If you want to take vacation photos with it too, I thought you may also like to see how this camera does with distance. It has a 50X zoom, so you can even get photos of the moon if you want.

      • Hey, I found it. But what do you mean about a 50X zoom? Is that something I buy separately? I found your photos and I love the flower close-ups. The only thing is I”m working on a Chromebook so if I download pics from a camera, I then have to access the photos for WP. With my phone, I can download much faster. Do you find this particularly cumbersome for WP? And what kind of computer are you usiing?

        • No, the camera comes with the 50X zoom. 🙂 As far as I know, you can’t change the lens in it, but you might be able to buy filters to screw on the lens. (Which I might have to look into for mine…)

          Thank you!

          Oh, I see. I’ve never used it, but the camera does have WiFi capabilities. I’m not sure how that works, but it looks like the camera can somehow download the photos onto connected devices that way. I’ve always taken the memory card out and downloaded it onto my laptop for later use.

          My laptop is a Lenovo X200 and I don’t mind that I have to take the card out whenever I want to download photos. 🙂 I just have to remember to put it back before trying to take photos next time. I don’t always download and use the photos the same day, so downloading all of the new photos a few times a week usually works for me and isn’t too cumbersome.

  2. The camera that I use is a Canon PowerShot. It was only about $300 at Walmart and it does everything that I want. I didn’t get many accessories with it though; just the shoulder strap, battery, and battery charger. (Had to buy the memory card separately.) It has autofocus, which is amazing because I am not that good at using the manual focus (but it does have manual focus if you want to use it). However, I don’t think it’s waterproof, and if that’s something that you’re looking for, it might be better to go with a more expensive camera. 🙂

    Whatever kind of camera you decide to buy, I can’t wait to see the photos you take with it! In the meantime, the photos that your camera takes are still good. 🙂