A couple years ago I bought a small hand-held camera called the Canon Powershot S120. It was my first camera and I bought it because I wanted to start vlogging for YouTube. It was one of those spur-of-the-moment type things which eventually turned into a situation where the camera was collecting dust on the shelve.
Looking back it might’ve been better to wait and save up money to get a better one, because I quickly ran into a couple things that made it hard for me to enjoy the use of that camera.
Fast forward to present day reality, I finally bought a new camera for me to document my journey through this bucket list. I bought the Canon EOS 70D, a widely used DSLR camera with changable lenses and a flipscreen.
I searched around on YouTube and the internet and saw this camera mentioned multiple times. Since I know slim to none about camera’s, lenses, photography, videography and you name it, I decided to just buy it so I could figure it out along the way.
The camera and lens cost me 700,- euro, which was a fair price I guess. I had been looking for this camera for a few weeks and suddenly came across this one which was about 300,- euro cheaper. It turned out that the box had been opened already, making the camera cheaper, but I couldn’t find any usage regardless. So I guess this was a good deal.
I haven’t been able to get a fair experience with the camera yet because of multiple reasons. I did, however, learn a few things about shutter-speed, aperture and ISO. At this point I have to be honest and say that I still feel like I know nothing about the camera or its purpose. I still need to learn basically everything to be able to create great pictures and make nice videos for YouTube.
I plan on attending courses, watching YouTube tutorials or read books to improve my knowledge and skills with this camera. There’s a learning curve I have to go through, but I envision great things with this camera in the future.
I hope to create great photos and videos to document my journey on the bucket list. I’ll have a long way to go, but not everyone started out a master at something.