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Fancier cameras are a lot of fun, but for many of us older boomers and our sweet seniors, simple and easy to use digital cameras can be more effective. I borrowed a friend's somewhat easy to use but fairly heavy (compared to my Canon Powershot) Nikon D80 digital SLR camera to help me take pictures of a delightfully intriguing blue flower. The blooms "appeared" to be growing in solitary splendor in the middle of a huge green-leafed tree about two backyards from her own backyard.
With the help of her 70-300mm Nikon Nikkor zoom lens, I discovered the blooms were really from a tall vine in a neighboring yard with the flowers superimposed against the tree it was next to. I did get a pretty good shot…
But I also took some "shaky" shots, due to wavering hands, like this one…
Granted, my easy to use Canon Powershot digital camera wouldn't even have gotten either of these shots. BUT, I rarely need pictures that far away. And boy, do I appreciate its image stabilization feature which gives me the benefit of shots that don't look "shaky." I enjoyed borrowing her great camera but am very happy to return to my own camera, that's for sure. 🙂 I mostly just leave it on AUTO or EASY (see, even it knows it's easy to use 🙂 ), and have fun taking tons of great pix of grandkids, along with the current granddog or grandcat I am visiting.
I am, however, enjoying the "31 Days to a Better Photo" series at My 3 Boybarians. Darcy's got tons of free digital camera tutorials, great tips and creative ideas to help us take better photos of our grandkids, granddogs, elderly parents, and all the goings on in our Sandwich Generation familes, from ultra simple and obvious like "read your manual" (which I still haven't done) to more challenging and intriguing like this article on "Shooting Fast vs. Shooting Slow." Do check it out. Your fun family memories will look a lot better, as will mine! 🙂