For the second post in our “My Camera” series, Julie, from Angry Julie Monday, shares about her experiences with Nikon DSLRs. Julie is a fantastic photographer and an awesome friend! I adore her — and don’t be scared. She isn’t really that angry!
“Julie also known as Angry Julie, spends forty hours a week educating the public that everything they see on television crime dramas is wrong, while taking their photograph at the same time. In addition to working full-time, she has managed her personal blog, Angry Julie Monday, for over three years. Julie is married to a “Geek” whom believes in mentoring their five year old son in all things tech. In the past year, she has spent more time focusing on her photography and being more creative. Julie has photographed three Bloggy Boot Camps, SocialLuxe Lounge at BlogHer10, and was one of the Official Blissdom11′ photographers. You can also find her on Twitter, @AngryJulie.”
My DSLR obsession started in 2005
My son is in kindergarten and will be six in May. He has been my photo muse since birth. He is getting tired of smiling for me. So when I ask him to smile, he makes odd faces now. Someday, he will be asking me to take his photo again. Today is not that day.
A view of bloggers from my lens
In the Fall of 2009, I began talking to Tiffany on Twitter. We have many things in common including the year we were born, wedding dates, hyperemesis during pregnancy, and raising an only child. I’ve attended and photographed three of Tiffany’s Bloggy Boot Camps.
The How, What, and Why of My Photography
I work in law enforcement and use a camera daily in my job. When I switched to this career in 2002, we used 35mm Nikon F100 SLR cameras. Every photo I took was a mystery until the negatives were processed and the photos were printed.
In 2005, a few months before having our son, we invested in a Nikon D70 DSLR. It was my first experience with a DSLR camera. I had no clue on what I was doing, but my photos were crisp, and the quality was much better than the small pocket digital cameras that I had been using prior. After my maternity leave was over, we transitioned to the Nikon D70 at work. Because I used a DSLR at work, forty plus hours a week, I got comfortable holding the camera and playing around with it.
In 2008, I sold my personal Nikon D70 to B&H Photo for a few hundred dollars. I downsized and bought a Nikon D60 to replace it. I wanted a new DSLR, but something that was more compact.
My son prefers being behind the camera, rather than in front of the camera. He borrowed my Nikon D60 last year when we were at the Monster Jam show. The Nikon D60 is a smaller and lighter DSLR, perfect for a four year old’s hands. He was four at the time of this picture.
Photo by Heather Durdil.
I use a Nikon D80 DSLR at work now, and also use it on the weekends for practice sometimes. After a few years, I have realized that the Nikon D60 has a huge crop factor and that I need a full frame camera. I was a using the Nikon D80, a 50mm f/1.8D lens, and a SB-800 speedlight in the photo captured above. I just received the 50mm f/1.8D as a gift for Christmas and I love it.
I take photos every day of the week. I’m always trying to learn something new. When I’m not photographing my son, or at work, I’m probably attending a blog conference. In 2010, I attended six blog conferences, and took photographs at most of them. I love seeing the photographs that I took pop up on other bloggers Facebook or Twitter accounts as a their profile photo. It always makes me smile.
I am yearning for a new camera right now. I had way too much time at Blissdom last month to covet other people’s fancy cameras. I am either leaning towards the Nikon D700 or D7000. I think that the D700o is more towards my price point, but a girl can dream, right?
I’ve acquired some photo equipment along the way and I thought I would share my loot. I use all of this equipment daily, well at least weekly.
- AF-S DX Zoom NIKKOR 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED (Work)
- AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
- AF-S DX Zoom NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED
- AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D
Written by Guest Contributor, Julie from Angry Julie Monday