A Big Girl Camera

I finally bought a dslr (i.e. fancy) camera.  No more point and shoot on automatic for me.  I am committed to learning the manual mode and to taking better photos!


I ordered last year’s Canon model – the  Canon EOS T1i Rebel.  I sure hope I made a good choice.  It was that or the Nikon D3100 and price swayed me.  With the package, I got:

- Camera
- Lens shown above
- A 4 hour battery and a 6 hour battery
- External charger
- 8 GB Ultra High Speed No Error SD Card
- Table top tripod (was a bonus gift)
- Cleaner Kit

Does that sound adequate for right out of the gate?

I also still need a camera bag for it.  I’m very open to any tips, advice, etc for how to use the camera, what lenses (not too expensive please) that I may need for interior shots, and so on.  I am pretty clueless.

I’m hoping I learn to use it well and that it pays off with better blog photos and family/ travel photos.

Wish me luck!



  1. You are so lucky!! I would LOVE to have a nice camera like that.

  2. I also have a Canon EOS model but mine is a Rebel XS. I LOVE my 50mm lens which was right around $100. I use it a lot especially for shooting portraits since you can blur the background easier with it. It’s on B&H Photo Video the cheapest…well cheaper than National Camera Exchange. Good luck!!

  3. Congratulations! Your world is about to be rocked!

  4. Oh I am so jealous. Tell me all about it and I will live though you and your big girl camera adventures. I’m sure it rocks!

  5. Advice from a pro: Invest in good glass! The 50mm f/1.8 (as a previous commenter suggested) is a great starting point. Love your blog btw! Good luck with the new camera, and good for you for jumping straight into manual, it’s totally worth it! :)

    • Hi Amber! Thanks for the advice! I need all I can get! So, I have the lens that came with it… and it’s not horrible, but I have nothing to compare it to… I posted new photos of the kitchen under the “Tour” page if you want to check them out. Hopefully you can see an improvement… They are the only photos on that page taken by the new camera.

      I have read about a third of the manual (it’s slow as I practice everything I read), ordered Lightroom even though I have Photoshop, read an ebook by Katie Evans, and started on the Canon software manual. So, it may take a while, but I will get through it all. I have a decent enough understanding of Aperture, Shutter Speed, White Balance and ISO that I could explain the basics to others… that’s about where I am… haha.

      About lenses. If I can only afford to invest in one other lens and mostly do interior shots (well for the blog at least), what lens should I get? I hear fixed lenses tend to be more clear as opposed to those that can zoom. True? I was thinking maybe a 12mm? I also hear that you should try to go with the main brands, but there are a few other brands that are good.

      Maybe this should be an email? :) Feel free to email me if it’s easier.


  6. Congrats on the new camera!!! I love my Canon and am sure you will love your as well! I would also get a 50 mm that runs for about $100. They give such good results and have seen many people begin to use this as their go to lens. Can’t wait to hear all about it!

  7. I have the same camera! I also have the Tamron AF 17-50 mm F/2.8 which I really like for my full room interior shots. I use it more than my 50 mm. B&H had the best price. Have fun with it!

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