...a sudden steep increase in quality of the photos posted on this blog. That is due to our latest acquisition: a Canon T2i. We mostly got it for its HD video capabilities so N can finally have a "real" tool he can use for filming. Yes, we do have a few super 8 cameras sitting in the closet, and although they are pretty neat and N is a purist when it comes to film (even though he denies it), c'mon--this isn't the stone age! It's time to go digital.
We got it for a spectacular short-lived deal through Amazon, of course. I think we get a box from Amazon delivered to us on an almost weekly basis. Dog treats, fabric glue, crystal light drink mix, male to male 3.55mm stereo cables...anyway, since then, we've procured additional lenses, various camera bags, and, yes, there is now a large tripod on wheels taking up a precious 6 feet of floor space in our apartment. And we live in a studio, so yes, the floor space is very precious.
I'm slowly getting to know the camera, also. I don't want this nice piece of equipment lying around without me taking advantage of it! The first thing I wanted to do with it was take macro photos of letterpressed pieces I've designed to show the grain of the paper and the imprint of the inks. Then I came to learn that I'd need to buy a crazy expensive lens to do exactly what I had in mind. There's a bunch of other techniques to get the effect I was looking for, but I am not invested in the camera enough to spend any amount of money on trying them, I realize. I have other projects I'm working on.
Don't think this will be the end of crappy cell-phone photos on this blog, though. As "they" say (whoever "they" are)...the best camera is the one that's with you. And I'm certainly not lugging that t2i with its various lenses around with me all the time. Not to say that N won't, though.