How to take 1,000 pictures of your kid in a week
So I bought my first DSLR camera, a Canon Rebel T1i, and I’m having an absolute blast taking pictures of Pete with it. This thing is addictive. These are a few Thanksgiving pics I took, which is a fraction of all the pictures I snapped yesterday without even thinking about it.
Why is this so much fun? Why not use a basic point-and-shoot camera? What’s wrong with me? Those are all valid questions. Jen and I own some nice point-and-shoots. But I wanted really good portraits of Pete in natural light and with blurry backgrounds. Our basic cameras didn’t really do a good job at that task — especially indoors, where Pete spends a lot of time learning how to walk and find new hiding places.
When I plunked down $575 for the Canon on Amazon and said to Jen, “Guess what I just bought?” she gave me the arched-eyebrow look, which usually happens after every gadget purchase. When she found out how much the camera cost, she said she was glad we have separate savings accounts.
But we both quickly learned that a good camera with the right lens can be a lot of fun, and we’ve taken a ton of pictures of Pete that we probably couldn’t have taken otherwise. I like this shot Jen took yesterday of me and Pete:
Now I just need a new gadget to store our massive collection of digital photos …