that's exactly what i did with my tax refund this year. 50mm lens? check. lens filters? check. external flash? check. diffuser? check. old sinking feeling when i go look at my checking account blanace? check. ;)
but anyway, it's made a world of difference. i was really happy after i figured out why all my pics seemed covered in a grey film - slr makers often underexpose images so you don't lose any detail. fixing them is as simple as an autocorrect.
but my indoor pics always still seemed too dark, even after an autocorrect. so i looked into flashes. i wrote to bethy to ask her experience with them. then i acted impulsively and ordered the best value one i could find. then bethy wrote back - turns out she has the same one i ordered and she suggested i go for a really cheap flash and order a better one if i found i was using it. too late! but i'm actually glad i did it; i was really happy with most of the pics from last night, even though the lighting in the hoelschers' was really dark.
and this $120 50mm lens takes some awesome damn pictures. so i'm happy about that, too.
see this pic here? i like it. as i guess i like all pics of chris that he did not have the time to make a face for. :D can we take another moment to talk about how chris is just the best boy ever? he reminded me of it again today. the best, the best.
so yeah, i'm absolutely ecstatic about my camera and so looking forward to getting to play with it, assuming i have time someday. i had to re-thank chris for the gift the other night: "i know it's been two months since you gave it to me, but i have to say thank you again for the camera."
anyway, i just wish i would've had more time to play with the camera this weekend; i didn't. i'm working on some assignments i have to submit by midnight right now. yesterday, however, i spent a good hour photographing cupcakes. post to follow.