One of my best friends introduced me to the world of EOS after my consistent grumbles during one of our photo shoot-out trips. I argued that it was my compact camera’s limitation of lack of zoom reach, poor colour representation and the inadequate lens sharpness that the result fell short of the expectations. All the excuses oriented around the tool and not “me”.
The Canon EOS 550D was one of the best value entry level DSLRs on the market at the time so naturally that was the pick especially when everyone seemed to have a Canon in their hands. To be honest, I was scared of opening the box when it arrived (unlike most others who would instantly open the box and take whiffs of the plasticky newness smell or upload an unboxing video). The reason behind the mixed feeling was that I wasn't sure whether I deserved the camera. I have never had an interest or training in the school of arts or was known for having any artistic flair. Also, with greater powers comes greater responsibilities and I knew once I opened the box that I could never turn back to full auto on everything.
I stumbled onto a magical keyword “RAW” while I was struggling and thinking about whether to possibly return or open the box. That word seemed to be touted by the pros as a must do once you enter the dSLR world by the pros. I finally decided to continue with this path of no return and also realised that I must ‘look’ or at least speak pro so a copy of Adobe Lightroom 3 was bought. The deciding factor was that all images I take from this point onwards will have some saving grace if I improve as a photographer in the future. The boxes were eventually opened a week later, seals broken, batteries charged and manuals placed neatly back into the box. Real men don’t read manuals anyway.
Take away message: Introducing too much ‘newness’ is what a normal person should not do. A brand new DSLR, entirely new workflow and little idea about what I was doing or where I was going.