Photography : from compact to mirrorless camera

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In my last post, I talked about how the conservation of your photos is a sensible topic in the digital age. Now let’s talk more precisely about photography, and how you can change your point of view, from being a total amateur to trying to better understand what you are actually doing.

I’ve always considered photography as a pure leisure. Despite having briefly studied analog photography as a complementary course at the college, I never engaged in practicing it seriously. Nonetheless, I’ve always been fascinated by the power of image and I tried to take full advantage of my poor material. Last spring, we traveled a few days in Porto, and my camera showed moments of weakness :

 

Porto

 

I understood it was time for a change. I’ve never used my camera very often, it was more of a practical object I could carry along, most of the time when I’m travelling. Thus, I never put much money in it, I’ve used three different compact cameras in 12 years of photo(graphy). But this time I wanted something better. I wanted to be able to have more control on my photos, and I could afford it.

So I paced up and down magazines, blogs, forums and friends for a whole month to find out what could fit to my desires…and to my bank account (!). I found out there are three main types of cameras nowadays : compact cameras, bridges cameras, and DSLRs. But, but but, a new type emerged two years ago : mirrorless cameras. They combine the variety of adjustement you can find in DSLRs with the low bulk of compact cameras. And…you can change the lens !

During the June sales, I was lucky to grab a bargain : an Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera, with…three lenses : a short-range zoom lens, a wide-range zoom lens and a fixed lens :

 

om-d e-m5

 

Lucky man, now I can test out a large range of focal lenghts and I must say that I am just beginning to understand what photography really is, a world of patience, precision, attention and open-mindedness. I will not tackle technical details since this is a brand new territory for me and I am kind of a newbie, but what I can say is that now I can photograph things like I never did before, especially with the fixed lens. This is the kind of image I could never have taken with my old Samsung compact camera :

 

glass

 

Sometimes you feel you got to go one stage further in your learning or your understanding of a technical field. It can take some time, some training, some money, but it’s always worth the price. Like I read lately on twitter : “If you are not constantly learning, you’re not staying ahead of the game”.

This last photo is for the memory of the victims of the 11/13 Paris attacks :

 

flower