Sunday, May 20, 2012

Polka Magazine - I Want a New Camera

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of attending a lecture given on the topic of photojournalism presented by Dimitri Beck, editor-in-chief at Polka Magazine.
 Polka Magazine is a Paris-based photojournalism magazine.  
During the course of the lecture I began to feel a bit guilty just thinking about how quickly and easily I flip through magazines, particularly news magazines, without giving much thought to the talented person behind the camera lens.   
Dimitri shared a number of photo spreads that have been published recently, going into detail about the photojournalist, how they went about taking their photos and more specifically in some cases, how they pitched their stories to the magazine.
I wasn't in a hurry to buy a camera but after attending this week's lecture I can't stop thinking about getting a new camera.   My camera died about four weeks ago while we were on a weekend excursion.  I rushed to buy an inexpensive camera for the weekend and thought it would be fine for the time being.   Then a couple of weeks ago, Paris Breakfasts 
emailed me about something and offered some great suggestions on getting another camera (now when other bloggers start commenting on how to improve your know you need some help).   I'm still trying to figure out what would work best for me but no doubt, I've got to get a new camera. 

Does anyone have any comments, suggestions, pros or cons to help me in making a decision?

Today I'm joining The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday.  Hope you will stop by and see what other bloggers are up to.


  1. I don't have any suggestions, because I need a new camera, too! The one I'm using I bought at a garage sale a few years ago. Thank you for stopping by and commenting on the cottages of Oak Bluffs. They gorgeous, aren't they? Have a good week!

  2. I've been hinting for a new camera for my birthday! I hope you are able to find what you are looking for in a camera :)

  3. I would be interested in what you decide to buy. I love my camera but it's big and sometimes hard to take it everywhere!

  4. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving such a lovely comment!! I'm returning the visit and, in fact, joining your followers as I can't wait to see what you do about a camera! Have a good Sunday. JOan

  5. I recently bought a new camera. I dithered between fully DSLR and something with automatic settings. I finally settled on a Nikon P7100 which is a cross between the two. I wanted something smaller than a DSLR, but with features that I could tweak. I'm still learning how to use it, but really like the choice I made.

    If you are hoping to get into photography professionally, the choice seems to be between Canons and Nikons. Enjoy the hunt!

  6. What an interesting post. I have always had a desire to study photography and the longer I blog the more it interests me. I am a novice. When I first started blogging I used my husband's old Vivitar. Strictly point and shoot with no options. I recently upgraded to a Fuji Finepix EXR. It's a step up but I know that I will outgrow it soon because it still does not do everything I would like. So, that being said, I am saving my money for a more professional Canon or Nikon. Good for you for taking a class. I need to do that as well. I am your newest follower.

    Susan and Bentley

  7. Sounds like you are on the right track. Attending a lecture had to be inspiring.

    I have a Canon REbel T1i and I love it. I am still a novice shooting in automatic mode but I yearn to learn more. I have learned so much but it is a drop in the bucket. I am enjoying learning a little as I can. Utube video tutorials are available to watch on line and that is a wonderful avenue to explore just time consuming. Google the camera you are interested in knowing more about and you can probably find a tutorial video.

  8. There are lots of great camera out there. I went with a Canon as it seems to be a bit more user friendly than the Nikons. Take your time. Look at many. Good luck.

    - The Tablescpae

  9. Good luck finding the right one for you, Jojo. I am no expert but I like Sony.

  10. Oh darlin', your barkin' up the wrong tree here. I sooo need a new camera. I've got my heart on one I could use the lens and filters of my 35mm on but I'm not holdin' my breath here. This time of year all funds go in the ground. (Plantin' season...ya could build a house on what goes in the ground!) Heeehehehe!

    I just wanted to thank ya for your sweet comment and hoppin' on my blog.

    God bless ya sweetie and enjoy your week.

    I'm thrilled that you have a new camera in your future! Woohoo!!! :o)

  11. Hi JoJo, Jim and I just bought a new camera. Mostly his, but I have a new lens for it to make close ups. It is a Sony, a big boy. I would not want to carry it around long at a time. I use a Nikon, much smaller and easier for me to handle. I had a little Sony I kept in my purse. It made great shots if you have a steady hand. A lot of my pics were out of focus. Now, if I don't have my camera I use my iphone. It makes good photos as long as you have decent lighting. Hope this helps. The lecture sounds interesting. I'm sure you enjoyed the info.
    Hope your week is great.

    the French Hutch

  12. Hello,
    I am not sure what type of camera you are considering... DSLRs are nice but they are expensive and it takes some time to learn. The photo teacher at my school recommended the Canon G12 as a point and shoot type of camera that has some manual DSLR- type settings if that helps at all!

  13. Hello!
    I am not sure what type of camera you are wanting but the photo teacher at my school recommended a Canon G12 for a point and shoot type of camera that also has some manual options for more interesting photos...

  14. There are so many choices for cameras, so I know how hard it can be to narrow it down. I mainly use a Nikon D 60, which I think is phased out by now. I love it, and I'm still learning so much about how to use it after 5 years!It is big and heavy, however, so I am looking for a light weight camera to use alternatively.

    I'd say go to a good camera store and talk to the sales people about what you like and the features you desire and then try out a few in the store. Good luck@

  15. Hi-

    I have a Canon XSi and I still have a great deal to learn.
    However, if there is not too much of a difference price wise, I would go up a notch further.
    If you are learning anyway- why not learn with a better camera.
    Assuming of course a step up is affordable.

    White Spray Paint

  16. I have been into photography for 42 years.....all of our cameras are Nikons with Nikkor lens....our newest is the D-300
    very fast camera....I also can't live without my zoom lens and daughter bought me recently a fabulous lens that has the macro feature built right onto the just flip the switch....I'm sending you a link to daughter's blog so you can see the pictures she takes with the D-300....check your e-mail.....Sue.