Cameras & the Butterfly Effect


What do cameras and the butterfly effect have in common? Everything effects everything. Seriously…

Everyone knows what a crap photographer I am. Maybe not your words, but true all the same. I decided that I want to change that in 2015. Given that traveling is now a priority on our ‘bucket list’ I want to be able to take photos that I can actually share with people without being embarrassed. Yes. Not to mention that you, my readers, will appreciate giving your eyes some relief when reading my blog posts.


I had no idea what a huge endeavor it was going to be to find and upgrade to a semi-professional camera. Why? Because I am a newbie to anything but point and shoot cameras or using my phone to capture moments. Well that’s obvious, right? I have had to learn about things like ‘IS’ & ‘STM’ and why I would want them. Big sigh… It’s another whole new language to learn.

Back to what I said earlier, everything effects everything. The more you learn about cameras the more you learn about how one aspect of taking photos effects another aspect of taking those same photos. One of the challenges I faced was narrowing down the list of features that were available in a camera to what I actually need to take the photos I want to take. Sounds simple? Not so. Not when everything effects everything else.

My research took me to photography blogs, Amazon reviews, camera comparison reviews, and even YouTube. I have invested what must amount to hundreds of hours trying to narrow down the list of cameras and options to find what should be appropriate for my needs.


So what did I finally settle on? The Canon Rebel T5i. There was a package deal where you receive the standard lens along with a zoom lens for considerably less than if you purchased them separately. I won’t use the zoom lens that often, but I will use it.

Photo Credit: Amazon

Photo Credit: Amazon

I have only just received it so I have not had a chance to do much of anything with it yet, but for setting the date and such. So fingers crossed this camera can help transform this almost hopeless non-photographer into at least a resemblance of a photographer. If not, at least I will have some fun trying… šŸ™‚

What kind of camera do you use to take photographs?

Until next time…

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  1. JeriWB says:

    My camera is the T3i version of the one your just bought. We got it almost three years ago and I've only managed to venture into manual settings a few times, but I did take a class. We have three lenses. You'll love the zoom ones once you start to use them. The 50mm lens that came with mine is really only good for indoor portraits. I've always felt I have a good eye, but am such a dallier when it comes to learning all the tricks of the trade.

    • Cheryl says:

      I probably won't venture into manual settings, but I look forward to the results of the auto settings. Anything has to be better than what I have done to date. šŸ™‚

  2. jacquiegum says:

    I applaud your enthusiasm! Ha! I've never ben a photography buff, but I am a great admirer of good photos and photographic art. So I'm looking forward to your new masterpieces!

    • Cheryl says:

      Masterpieces? No pressure, right? LOL

  3. Susan Cooper says:

    I have a T5i and I love it. Once you start to play with all you have available you will have a blast. The best advice I ever recieved about using my cameras is just play with it, try all the setting with the same shot to see what happens and have fun doing it.

    • Cheryl says:

      I am taking that advice and 'playing'. There is so much to learn! It will be fun though…

  4. patweber says:

    Will be looking forward to your fabulous pics now Cheryl. My husband is a darn good amateur photographer. He takes most of my photos for my online profiles. And he loves playing with the settings to make things better. He even occasionally attends Meetup photo groups. He says some of them offer valuable learning.