Our house has so many cameras that it is embarrassing.
So I even surprised myself when I asked for a new compact digital camera in advance of my birthday – which is not until September, but I do have pathetic excuses:
* I am on hols from this weekend, spending most of the time walking on Cephalonia and would love to try the new camera out on location.
* I want to travel light. For me this means – no camera bag, lenses, several layers of protective padding which needs to be unravelled before camera comes out. Camera has to fit into my bum bag/evening bag. NO TRIPODS! Yes, I have carried tripods plus camera bags across marshes/up mountain sides/ forests, the lot. And still have the shoulder strap marks.
* Security. This can be a big deal when you are carrying a conspicious camera bag and is a nightmare in airports/restaurants/public places, especially cities. I don’t want to spend time worrying if the camera is okay.
* technology has come so far in the last few years. The functions are amazing. I need more MegaPixels now because we display most of our photos on a 7ft projector or computer screen.
Result? I am now the owner of a compact camera the size of a playing card [ 3ins by 2ins and about an inch thick] which has 10 times the functions of my last digital and cost half as much. I have named her Loomy.
I love it. There are a few things I am going to have to get used to – such as not having a viewfinder, and using the LCD screen – but I am very happy with the quality.
Here are a few examples from yesterday’s messing about in the garden using the auto macro function – ie. I don’t have to do anything but point the camera in the right direction and press the shutter.
On the work front – busy week ahead.
Tomorrow I have booked a place on a FREE half day workshop run by the Revenue on Self Assessment Tax returns for Sole Traders. I have more or less worked out the special rules for writers/ home working but have lots of questions to make sure that I am on the right track. As a newbie this is the right time to tick the boxes.
Wed I am going to Richmond to meet my editor then back to London for the RNA Summer Party.
Then frantic working on the curent project before flying off for 2 weeks on Sat morning.
More cake required. Happy writing.