Come 2pm, that was it. I hammered shut the last paint can lid, grabbed the tripod and camera before the sun went down, and pressed to shoot… but got nothing except a warning on the screen.
My camera was BROKEN!
The night before, I heard my son yell, “The camera fell!” It was on the tripod and I guess I left it in harm’s way. Ignoring the warning as I was busy painting the bathroom, I guess I should have listened.
My stomache did a bad flip, but only for one second. That’s when an ear to ear smile took over as I devised a 5 second plan that I had wished and shopped for a month ago.
At Christmas, I was so ready for an upgrade, but couldn’t fathom the very high end purchase of a full frame camera. I was still cranking out good pictures with my Nikon D3100, but admit, had trouble with poor lighting. The full frame promised so much more. But I just couldn’t muster up the permission. A broken camera on a deadline gave me free reign. GIDDY!!!!
After school, I passed my son at the entry way, shouting, “Let’s go out to eat! And buy a new camera…” Manipulation at it’s best.
My new outstanding Nikon D800 full frame camera – a review
The Nikon D800 is one sweet ride. It’s a full frame camera, which really changes things in photography. I don’t begin to even know all the benefits yet, but what I DO I know is, this is one of the best professional DSLRs on the market and it’s in my house! Full frame gives you a bazillion more pixels, which offers unmatched quality compared to a lower end camera.
Pro means more $ naturally. The body itself was around $2500.
Lens wise, you do need full frame compatible lenses as well. $ouch. Old lenses are compatible with a Nikon, however you just won’t get the full frame features the camera is capable of delivering. So I picked up two upgrades for now…
Micro Nikkor 60mm 1:2.8 for very tight and close shots
Nikkor 28mm 1:18 fixed lens for slight wide angle shots
Honestly, I truly haven’t tapped into the power of everything above yet. I was in such a rush to get the shoot done, I was grasping for the controls to ‘just work’ as I shot the bathroom, while googling how to find this and that.
Lens prices greatly range when you get in the full frame spectrum. From $350 and up, the sky’s the limit.
The Nikon D800 is noticeably heavier than my D3100, so when I picked up a new camera bag to go with it, a backpack style was a must.
The camera dude told me this $29 Roots bag was IDEAL. The tabs inside rip out so you can position whatever you desire where. Tons of room, tons of pockets, and off my shoulder, I was sold. Sounds a little crazy to purchase such a cheap bag for such a good camera, but I’ll keep my eye on how it performs.
And I secretly pray everyday my son doesn’t mistakenly grab this bag instead of his nearly identical backpack when jetting off to school…
So I added a touch of girly to the mix. A burlap rose from Michaels. Cute! I hope it’s girly enough to scare away the boy…
And with a brand spankin’ new heavy weight camera, I needed a tripod upgrade as well.
This tripod base is a Manfrotto O55XProB. The body is sold separately from the head so you can mix and match the pieces to suit your own preferences. And can I just say how head over heals in LOVE I am with this set!
The bases came in two heights and I chose the tall one. First notch, your camera soars above your head. 2nd notch you need a ladder! Whoop! (My last tripod was always too short which proved beyond frustrating)
The head is a squeeze lever style, so there’s no more need to endlessly twist dials any longer! And it’s what single handedly sold me on this tripod.
It isn’t cheap. You’re looking at about $250ish for each piece. But with a pro heavyweight camera, it’s a must. And in all honestly, a desire.
A photoshoot with the Nikon D800
Here’s the coolest part.
The day I shot the Salvaged Farmhouse Bathroom Shoot (here) was DARK. The room was nearly black. I kid you not. I had no time to wait for a sunny day.
The full frame camera is exceptional for allowing in light without grain. Exceptional doesn’t even begin to describe the difference I am experiencing from the D3100.
I truly believe 100% that this camera saved my shoot, and made it one of the most successful to date.
[ click photo above to enlarge ]
Photo Editing Software
No good camera taking is complete without a quality photo editing program. I adore Lightroom 5 (a review I did HERE). ADORE. It’s exceptional for toning photos. Naturally Photoshop does it all, but Lightroom is meant for toning and is amazingly easy to use. But do get the latest upgrade… it’s worth every dollar. The new distortion feature is amazing! (will review soon)
What I love most about it are the easy to use sliders to the right of the screen. No need to search through hidden menus for a thing.
And just because no blog post of mine is ever complete without my other two fur babies in the mix…
Their own photography is true testimony that if you’re ready for a pro upgrade, go BIG.