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…what my mom got me for my birthday?

It is something I’ve been wanting for a while that she found on Craig’s List. She wisely agreed to meet the seller in a public place instead of on the corner of Perpetually Unemployed Ave. and I Sell Crack St.

It is a fancy camera! A Nikon D80!

I am super thrilled and so thankful to have it!

I have a  lot  to learn, as evidenced by the fact that it took me a good 5 minutes to figure out how to actually take a picture. (All advice, tutorials, links, book recommendations, etc. are appreciated!)

My Madison took all of these shots and I am simply over the moon with the capability of pointing my camera at a photo opportunity and not having the camera get all sassy with me and give me a head bob before shutting completely down while rolling its eyes.

Also, THE ZOOMING CAPABILITIES!!! Oh my lands! I’m in love! My cranky ex-camera would have pitched a screaming wall eyed fit if I had dared asked it to do the above shots.

I’m so excited to be able to take any pictures I want, at any time, without wondering if my camera will cooperate.

Thank you for this fantastic gift, Mom!

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  1. That’s awesome, Connie! What a great gift!!!! Have lots of fun learning and taking beautiful pictures :)!

  2. Read Ken Rockwell’s website! I did six years after I got my D70 and wished I had a lot sooner – I learned so much.

  3. Wow! I’m delighted for you. Such a fabulous gift….enjoy!
    Love, Anne x

  4. Great gift and your little princess looks soooo sweet :)

  5. Yay! I got a D80 about 2 years ago and love it! The first thing I did (and still my favorite thing) is taking those close-up shots with the background blurry. :) Have fun with it!

  6. Wow, what a wonderful present. I would love one.Do enjoy!Blessings,Marla GRace

  7. What a fantastic gift!!

    The number one resource you should use is your camera’s manual. After that, Understanding Exposure is recommended by most people.

  8. yay I guessed right!! What an absolutely fabulous gift!! The picture of Payton there looks like it was taken in a studio!! :D

  9. What an awesome gift! I can’t wait to see all the great photos you take.

    Scott Kelby has some great books on the basics. I highly recommend Digital Photography Volumes 1 & 2. They are set up as more of a reference book for easy flipping to learn exactly what you are wanting to know at the time and/or quick article-like reads on each little thing. He also using a very informal, down-to-earth approach that makes reading/learning fun.

    Now finding the time to practice and use his tips is another matter–lol! Truth be told my camera is set on auto 90% of the time!

    BTW- You little one is simply precious!

  10. How exciting! I know you’re going to love it. I missed you at Relevant. I’m so looking forward to meeting you IRL someday.

  11. I love the Nikon! We bought one, a D9000, and we absolutely love it. The pictures you can take are so awesome! Then, if you have Adobe Photoshop, you can really make some wonderful pictures!

  12. I am so jealous!! I am lusting a fancy shmancy camera for Christmas. I am hoping my hubby realizes this as I drop hint after hint and that he does a little research. (I think to be safe, I will do the research and then put it somewhere for him to see). My little $100 digital camera that I’ve had forever was killed over the weekend during a photo shoot my 3 year old was conducting with her beanie baby cats, her favorite things to photograph.


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