I had a long post all done but lost it. Grrr. So to make a long story short before the twins wake up, I have a new lighting kit courtesy of my brother and DH for Christmas. I have sold my Olympus and have a Nikon D5100 on the way.
Even with the lighting kit set up and light coming in through the 3 windows in our dining room there wasn't enough light for my SS to go faster than 80 with the A wide open and an ISO of I think 1600... Needless to say I was frustrated. I will only be about $40 out if pocket for the upgrade. AND it takes video at 34 fps. Seeing as how the only way I could take video was with DHs iPhone (work phone) I think it is well worth it for that alone. The Nikon has a larger sensor, so I'm hoping the kit lens does a better job for me than what I had. If not, I have my eye on the Nikkor 35mm F/1.8 lens. I hear it's great for low light, indoor shots. And at only $200 I can handle it, as opposed to the nearly $500 for the equiv on the Olympus. It would be nice having the ability to really have that OOF background using F/1.8 for portraits. Nikon is a more popular brand, too, to be sure, so I figure as I get better and want to invest in more lenses and such, it will be easier to find used/refurbished ones.
OH, and DH has done some research and has found a way to make me a "bounce flash" out of household items. We played around with a mirror and flash card to bounce the flash and filter some of it at the same time and I just have to say--- wow! I was going to post a few pictures from our trip to the park on Saturday (it was an unseasonably 73 deg!), but for some reason I can't log in to pg.org using Firefox or IE. Right now I'm using Safari on th iPad. It takes longer posting pictures this way, but I will try.
(so much for making the post short. Lol)
ETA pictures. CC welcome-- I will have to post specs later
And this is one I touched up from their cake smash photo shoot. I lightented it up and adjusted the color and contrast. That noiseware program did awesome!
Congrats on the toys! The last pic is so cute! P.org is messing up the aspect ratio but I clicked and looked at it alone and it's so cute!
Married Anthony April 2, 2005
Nora born Feb. 14th, 2007
Micah born Jan. 20, 2009