20 February 2015

Friday figments and photos: London life lately

I adore phography, but at the moment it isn't loving me. Having travelled and blogged for a couple of years now with just my phone - I blame Orlando airport's comfortable tables, so comfortable you leave your belongings there as if it was your own home - over Christmas I finally got a new camera. Bought after a lot of procrastinating (even I'm not sure why) I put some of the money from the sponsored posts lately straight back into my favourite hobby.

Friday figments and photos: London life lately

It's not a DSLR as I can't face lugging one around, but a wee compact that slips easily into a small bag and takes pretty stonking pictures in lowlight (perfect for moodily lit restaurant interiors). The only trouble is that I'm in that awful middle ground with it - I know what I want, just not how to do it



Friday figments and photos: London life lately

And then I slip guiltily back onto the old habit of using my phone. It can just be SO handy (especially when at exhibitions historical cookbooks over the ages - eat your heart out Blumental, you're such a medieval copycat! Hey, it says in my blog bio I'm a dork - don't say you weren't warned ;-))

Friday figments and photos: London life lately

Friday figments and photos: London life lately

It has opened my eyes again to the wonder of London cityscapes though...

Friday figments and photos: London life lately

We'll get there! What do you prefer - DSLR, compact or phone?

30 comments :

  1. I think that's the feelings of nearly everyone who's learning photography, Emma! We're always trying to figure out how to do something new with our cameras or what a particular setting can do to change the whole feeling behind the photo. When in doubt, YouTube. :)


    I pretty much only use my DSLR. The only time I use my phone is when I happen to remember, hey, maybe I'll want to instagram this. Which means I only take a photo with my phone about once in a blue moon. ;)

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  2. Amazing photos, you would never think they've been taken with a compact! x

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  3. I love the photos of the buses rushing past.

    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

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  4. I have a camera that is neither sleek and compact nor a DSLR and I find it more and more being left behind. Actually at the moment it does not even have batteries in it but I am hoping that when the snow finally goes and we get more daylight I will feel inspired to get it out more.

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  5. I prefer to use my DSLR but I've taken some decent snaps on my phone to be honest! x

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  6. my phone takes crap photos, but i have a feeling when i get a new one ill use it loads more! I wish I had a good compact to take with me, but normally DSLR it is. I think compacts can do pretty awesome things these days.

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  7. I use either my phone or my compact Sony. I've always had Sony cameras and love the photos that I get with them! When on vacation, I do my best to try and use my legit camera but sometimes, it's quicker to just grab the phone!

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  8. DSLR all the way! I have a compact camera as well so I use that at times when I don't want to lug the big camera around but I usually end up disappointed with the photos as the quality just doesn't match up to my DSLR.

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  9. What camera is it? I have a DSLR, but I really get bored of lugging it round with me continually. Now I have an iPhone I am going to have to be careful I don't start neglecting photography on my blog - or else I could just buy a compact, as an inbetween idea? Yours takes such great pictures!

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  10. Wow that first bus photograph is awesome! I love the sense of movement you got going there! I go between my phone, my bridge camera and the little point and shot we have just basically by what ever I have on me at the time. My bridge is having a hissy fit with it's electronics though so it might be time for me to start saving up for something new.

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  11. Nice! The phone is always in the pocket, of course, but it has limitations (my hands shake). I love my shiny red Pentax DSLR, an lusting after a different lens, though.

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  12. NYC Style Cannoli21 February 2015 at 21:45

    Actually I really love my photo for photography I have the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and it amazes me how great it shoots My regular is a dlsr and I just got a great lens for it which works very well I would love a smaller camera, but I like the dslr for my blog photography.
    These shots are pretty cool and the more you use it, the better it will be!

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  13. I'm just being impaitent aren't I? That's always been a failing of mine :)

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  14. Cheers - they cruised past almost at the right time, almost!

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  15. I can understand that - mine is pretty tiny & still gets left behind! It must be so hard to live with so little sunshine over winter?

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  16. Ah, which one are you getting?
    Ps. Your advice about modes was amazing, thank you!

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  17. It absolutely is quicker to use a phone most of the time! I've been blogging with my phone for a couple of years - it's just so handy!

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  18. It's a Nikon 9700 and is fab so far (despite my impatience! )

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  19. Crikey, you have a photographic arsenal!!

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  20. I have a galaxy S4, and the brilliant quality is why it's taken me so long to upgrade :)
    Practise, practise, practise - you're quite right!

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  21. I will have to look it up. My camera is a Nikon D50 it is ancient but it still does what I ask of it. It was a real investment

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  22. Iphone, I'm stuck in the iPhone club. I can't switch, I've got all my apps and life on my phone! Plus it's lasted over four years, I've never had any other phone I could say that about!

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  23. Lisa and Stella13 March 2015 at 08:17

    My blog has a combination of the 3 as if I'm particular tired I'll use something that may have already been Instagrammed.
    For quality I love my Nikon DSLR but am reluctant to carry heavy kit around so outdoors shots (unless they're in my own garden) are very often my compact. That poor thing has been dropped so many times by my butter-fingers it will need replacing sooner rather than later though!
    I love your London photos :)

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  24. It's the weight (and worry of dropping it) that puts me off as well!

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