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I have been a mom with a camera for a long time, but now I am trying something new. I'm using Mark's Nikon D300 which we've had for over 4 years and haven't used much. I was afraid of it (sort of, you know) for a long time. It was too heavy and too complicated in my mind. In the past couple of weeks, I've decided it's time to tame the monster. I mostly started by picking it up and trying stuff. Then a read a little bit of the Nikon D300 book we have, but that gets old fast. The best resource I've found so far is the blog, Mom and Camera. If you too would like to conquer a DSLR camera, or would like to get started, go on over and check out Gayle's posts. I guess for me, part of the reason I like it so much is that she's using Nikon as well. I'm sure there are lots of other blogs with similar content and if you happen to have a favorite, I'd love to hear about it in the comments. And, yes, I know I have a long way to go to really have a handle on this camera, but at least I can make the attempt now.
I am now toting this camera around as much as I can. I won't give up my iPhone camera which I love, or my Nikon P500, but there are many good reasons to know how to take really high quality photos yourself. I don't think a hired photographer could have gotten Ryan to open up as much as I can myself. How I wish I had had some of these camera skills when the kids were little. I really am noticing, as I do Ryan's baby book, how poor the photo quality was a lot of the time. Well, back to the baby book, and, good news, the studio is close to being under control! I will post a photo for evidence soon!