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Okay, so shopping on Orchard Road in Singapore had to be one of my favourite activities in Sinapore 😀  I come from Perth “city” where the shopping experiences are okay, full of franchises, and very repetitive – you will generally see the same stores all throughout the metro area. Orchard Road in Singapore was full of variety, and the malls were big, dry, and airconditioned. Now I can manage the heat in Singapore (I experience much hotter in summer in Perth), but I cannot cope with the humidity – dizziness and headaches even while gulping down water. Thank goodness for the aircon. The shops also kept us dry from all the torrential thunderstorms that happened almost every day of our stay (I enjoy thunderstorms so that was quite fun!).

Books, clothes, accessories, fun stuff, computer and console games (kept the partner happy ;))…Ahhh it was great fun 😀

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~~Emily Dickinson

Some inspiration and positive thoughts for you today 🙂 Think about what makes you smile and what makes you feel loved… feel those positive feelings, let them build up inside you… now go let them loose in the world!

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle,
and the life of a candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.

~Buddha~

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What is a fantastic new hobby for a full-time university student to take up when she has 1) just quit her PhD (and therefore quit her scholarship), and 2) her only job is occasional research assistant work? How about the nice expensive hobby of DSLR photography?!

Well that is exactly what I have done. The desire to learn how to do photography properly (and not just with my old Canon  Ixus 40) and the travelling I will be doing once my masters is complete has led me to take the plunge and spend a grand on a DSLR camera. Eeek! Luckily for me, I received a nice payment for a journal article I helped write for my professor just when I was debating whether I could afford to get a DSLR.

My DSLR Camera

Now I would like to introduce you to my  new camera, a Canon EOS 1000D  – also known in other countries as the Canon Rebel XS or the Canon Kiss F.

My new camera! The unfortunate thing about taking photos of your new camera is that you have to use your old one to do it :P (in my case it is my 4+ year old Canon Ixus 40)

My new camera! The unfortunate thing about taking photos of your new camera is that you have to use your old one to do it 😛 (in my case it is my 4+ year old Canon Ixus 40)

The Canon 1000D is a 10.1 megapixel camera that came out mid 2008. As an entry-level DSLR, it is one of the cheapest out there but it gives me the option of upgrading to quality canon lenses. Reading the reviews led me to focus my search down to either a Canon or Nikon camera. I don’t have a particular allegiance to either, but I chose the Canon over a Nikon because: a) the quality is comparable between the two, and b) the Canon camera body and future lenses purchases are cheaper than comparable Nikon ones. 

Side view of my Canon 1000D

Side view of my Canon 1000D

Ohhh I love this camera! It is nice and light and curves just right in my girl-hands. At first I thought the plastic body of the camera was getting scratched by my nails when I was holding the camera – but it turns out my nails were just getting filed down by the camera surface, which is still nice and smooth.

Because I came from using a Canon digital, I found this camera very easy to pick up and use straight away. All the buttons are in reach of my right thumb and index finger when shooting, and the “menu” and “display” buttons (which aren’t used very often) can be easily reached with my left thumb. 

Back view of my Canon 1000D with shooting settings display. If you head over to my Flickr site you can find out what each button is.

Back view of my Canon 1000D with shooting settings display. If you head over to my Flickr site you can find out what each button is.

For those new to digital SLR photography, you will easily be able to pick this up and use intuitively. However, I do recommend working your way through the camera manual while playing with the camera. The manual is very easy to read and you will learn a lot of important functions – even if you aren’t ready to advance beyond the auto settings on the camera. 

My Lenses

I got my camera with the two kit lenses: the Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS, and the Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS. The Image Stabiliser kit lenses apparently have better image quality than the ordinary II kit lenses, plus they have the image stabiliser function. Both Canon and Nikon DSLRs have image stabiliser technology in some of their lenses, rather than in their camera bodies (unlike other camera brands). These lenses will give me a nice range to learn photography techniques and understand what future lens purchases will suit my style of photography best.  

Top down view of my Canon 1000D

Top down view of my Canon 1000D

If you want to find out more about my camera and lenses I would recommend reading some of the very thorough reviews online by professional photographers. I don’t have the photography experience to offer more detailed comments about specs than what I have.

 

More amateur photography adventures to come in future posts!

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