Smalltowngirl’s Family Grows

Well folks, I have some big news to share with you. For more than a year now, I’ve known I’ve wanted to expand my little family. After much planning and preparation, I finally took the plunge yesterday, giving my entry-level Fuji DSRL camera a strong and might new sibling; a Nikon D7000.

L-R: Little Sister (Fuji), Big Sister (Nikon)

In Missouri, I did a significant amount of freelance writing and photography work for other blogs, and also for local and state-wide print publications. While my eye was strong enough to be hired as a second shooter on professional magazine shoots, I quickly learned that my camera was not.

I found that while my Fuji technically had the capability to the basics I needed it to, it was too slow to shoot RAW images quickly, and that its low-light capabilities (it didn’t have the ability to add external flash) were rotten. I realized then that if I wanted to continue to improve my photography, I would need to invest in better equipment — beginning with a better camera.

Smalltowngirl’s Growing Family

The old Fuji has sentimental value to me: I bought the Fuji in 2006 on Camera Street in Hong Kong while participating in a year-long Asian fellowship program, and it was my first big purchase after finishing graduate school. I’ll hold onto it for the sentiment and as a backup camera, but the Nikon is my new baby. I can’t wait to start taking photo walks with it, but I admit – the new camera makes me miss my old favorite subject matters; St. Louis and rural Missouri.

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  1. Cant wait to see what kind of shots you take.

    • Thanks Dave! I’m so pumped to learn more technical photography skills, and to see where this new camera and I travel together. If all goes as I hope, I’ll even be taking a digital photography class this spring. Hooray!

  2. Congratulations on your new, big baby! She’s beautiful! I’ll be purchasing my new camera boyfriend sometime at the end of the week and I cannot wait! Hopefully I’ll be able to go full frame!!!

  3. Congratulations! I will be looking forward to many fun grand-doggie photos coming our way! Hint, hint?

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