Fel’s Beginnings: Felicia vs Camera Strap

Today is May 21st, 2014 and it is my 4 year wedding anniversary. Okay, you got me, it’s not actually May 21st, 2014, but I didn’t publish it until today because there were already plans put into place as to what was going to be posted. ANYWAY! If you’ve been visiting Fel’s Photos, you know that generally this photoblog consists of photos taken by me. But the time has come to change things up a bit because I officially have my first DSLR camera! That’s right, my husband bought me my very own Canon Rebel T3i DSLR camera for an anniversary gift and I cannot tell you how excited I am. As soon as I found out I was going to getting this gift, I knew I had to write about it and, of course, took pictures of it when I got it:


f/2.4, 1/15

This being my first DSLR camera, I wanted to share my experiences, aggravations, frustrations, joys, and accomplishments with you. Everyone has to start somewhere and this is about my journey. I hope that it helps others who may be starting out with their first DSLR cameras, but by no means am I an expert, which you’ll soon find out. After speaking with a friend, I decided to call this series “Fel’s Beginnings,” I thought it was pretty catchy and it just fits. I will post every Sunday, but no promises that it will be consistent because, let’s face it, not every week I’ll do something new, exciting or learn a new trick. For my journey, I will also be utilizing the manual (of course), online resources from The SITS Girls and Click it Up a Notch (both great websites, highly recommend them), and I will on occasion probably bother one of my newest friends, Tamara from Tamara Like Camera, because she’s an amazing photographer and an inspiration. So now that I’ve introduced the series, I guess it’s time to get this journey started with…

Felicia vs the Camera Straps

When I first opened the box, I cannot even tell you how excited I was. I did a dance…no joke. To be fair, I did know about the camera in advance, but it’s still exciting to get a new toy. So, I opened up the box and there it was. I quickly tossed aside the manuals, CD-ROMs and extra paper to find my new camera sitting here, whispering “Pick me up Felicia. Let’s take some pictures,” but I had to resist temptation because, I had also found a camera strap that I wasn’t expecting. “First things first!” I told the camera. Now, I’ve graduated from graduate school and I have put together many electronic devices and other objects without an instruction manual, but this strap…well…

It literally took me 10 minutes to put that baby on, no joke. I tried one way…WRONG…tried another way, still WRONG. Finally, after pouring over the instructions, I secured the strap on. After the camera’s battery had finished charging (2-hours later), it was time to take my first photo and here it is:


f/4.5, 1/60, ISO400

Okay, I’m going to admit it’s not the best, but what can I say? It was my first shot and I hadn’t read through the manual other than the section on adding the strap…damn that strap. I’m sure I’ll continue to improve however and hopefully you’ll be able to see that in the photos I post throughout the week. For the time being, though, I’m going to head off and read the manual, thoroughly. Don’t forget to leave me some feedback on the photos I post throughout the week and I hope you leave a comment here too! I’ll talk to you all soon and don’t forget to keep on taking those pictures!

  • May 27, 2014 - 5:02 am

    Anonymous[…] P.S. The post, Fel’s Beginnings: Felicia vs Camera Strap was my 100th post! I’m so excited and want to take a minute to thank everyone who has […]ReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2014 - 9:43 am

    AnonymousI love my DSLR camera. It is a hand-me-down, but I am ok with that.

    Happy wedding anniversary and your cat is too cute!ReplyCancel

    • June 24, 2014 - 10:38 am

      AnonymousI absolutely LOVE my camera and have been loving learning to use it. And thank you! He has slowly become one of my main photo subjects, haha.ReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2014 - 10:13 am

    AnonymousI have one but I’ve not played with it muchReplyCancel

    • June 24, 2014 - 10:39 am

      AnonymousI’ve slowly started working with it more and I may have become a bit addicted, haha.ReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2014 - 10:31 am

    AnonymousI had a similar experience with my camera strap so I can relate to your frustration. Enjoy your new camera!!ReplyCancel

    • June 24, 2014 - 10:40 am

      AnonymousI’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one who struggled with their camera strap, haha. I guess they have to make it that way to make sure the camera’s secure.ReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2014 - 11:31 am

    AnonymousEnjoy your DSLR! I’ve used Canon all my adult life and love it. I have used Canon 50D right now which is awesome, though it took some time for me to adjust to it.ReplyCancel

    • June 24, 2014 - 10:41 am

      AnonymousI cannot get enough of my camera. I spend a lot of my free time learning to use it and getting to know it better, hence why I kind of forgot to respond to comments at one point, haha.ReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2014 - 1:07 pm

    AnonymousHappy Anniversary! How are you liking the camera so far? I’ve been dying to invest in a DSLR but haven’t been able to talk myself into taking the plunge yet.ReplyCancel

    • June 24, 2014 - 10:42 am

      AnonymousThank you! I’m LOVING my camera so far. I’m so happy I got it. It’s kind of why I forgot to respond to comments, I’ve been using it so much it took up all of my free-time attention.ReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2014 - 5:26 pm

    AnonymousCan’t wait to see your photos!!ReplyCancel

    • June 24, 2014 - 10:43 am

      AnonymousThere have been many photos taken with my new camera and they’ll be posted for who knows how long, haha.ReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2014 - 10:22 pm

    AnonymousI can’t get use to using my husband’s DSLR camera at all! Every time I use it my pictures turn out blurry as all get out. So, you’re doing way better than I did with it!! I look forward to seeing more.

    OH yea, we have the same wedding anniversary. Mine was in 2008 though. Happy Anniversary late.ReplyCancel

    • June 24, 2014 - 10:44 am

      AnonymousHaha, it certainly takes some getting used to! I’ve read the manual about 3 times now and I take it out every day to work with it. I’m slowly learning and getting better with it, at least I hope I am!ReplyCancel

  • June 1, 2014 - 7:15 pm

    AnonymousFor some reason, I just got ten of your last posts in Bloglovin at once! I just assumed you were on a blogging break (many happen this time of year) so I’m sorry I missed this!
    Congrats on your camera! Bother me all you want! It’s not really a bother.ReplyCancel

    • June 24, 2014 - 10:46 am

      AnonymousThat’s so weird, maybe there was a miscommunication between my blog and Bloglovin, haha. I did go on a bit of hiatus, but I’m catching up now!ReplyCancel

  • November 29, 2014 - 1:51 pm

    Anonymous[…] going to post a photo of my in-laws, but the picture I wanted to post is currently sitting on my camera. It will make an appearance at one point or another, but just not today. So for today, you get to […]ReplyCancel

  • March 9, 2015 - 8:26 am

    AnonymousNice! Not bad for a first shot. Well, I suggest get a more reliable and easy to use strap. I didn’t use the stock ones. They are simply not reliable at all.ReplyCancel

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