Took out the new SLR for a test drive today, messing with every function and feature. Guess I can share a little first impression about my very first SLR. This camera clearly shows just how much I need to improve (how much I suck) on my photography skills but once utilized correctly (did it by luck), it is just pure visual sweetness.
I’m actually not familiar AT ALL with camera terminologies (studying now) and optics, so I’m totally clueless after turning the camera on and I’m greeted with a huge screen of text and numbers similar to hexadecimal and html codes. Ugh. Read the manual for half an hour before deciding to take a few shots in “full auto” mode. Got sick of that mode after a few shots then jumped right into full manual ^^;.
Here are some samples after hours of messing around with the ISO, aperture, shutter, and focus and familiarizing myself with the kit lens…
I used Miku to test out the XSi’s White Balancing options- left is with fluorescent and right is with tungsten. And this is tungsten on my Canon SX100 (camera I’ve been using this whole time)..
I don’t know if I’m not setting things up correctly in my XSi (probably not) but so far, I really like my SX100 tungsten look more.
The above was me starting to practice on Manual Focus; for some reason, I really hate the auto focus on the XSi. It’s like almost… stupid (can’t decide where to focus). Might as well do it myself and quickly got the hang of it but still not really… astonishing. Don’t think I’ll ever be going back to AF though ^^;
I am proud of this shot (except the lighting)! Every detail is in focus!
Playing around with Depth of Field… love how you can still see alt-chan in the far back!
Trying to actually take a group pic and attempting to get everything in focus… this is something I can’t do with my SX100.
It’s probably the settings but all the pictures I’ve taken so far have this “gloomy” look to it… it’s just not very vivid. Gotta start messing with custom picture styles in the XSi. I loved how my SX100 has the My Colors option like “vivid, neutral, sephia, etc” while XSi’s stuff seems a bit watered down.
Shot of Deep Striker with flash on. One thing I hate is taking photos with the viewfinder because my hair blocks my right eye and I don’t want to press my face against the camera screen; the images I took through the viewfinder are always a little off to the left thanks to being “blind” on the top and right side of my right eye.
I am a total noob but hey, we all gotta start learning some time and somewhere. I’m going to miss the “point and shoot” convenience of my SX100 but the XSi has more potential for me to develop some real photo skills. I’ll be using the XSi for my reviews from now on and hopefully… it won’t turn out so bad for the most part ^^;
I’ll continue to share more thoughts on this camera as I progress along and taking more varied pictures. Oh… please do share advices/tips and whatnot about using SLRs for this noob here ^^;