January 2015 was a tough month. Our daughter’s family was in a car accident (no one hurt), my father turned out to be buried in a veterans’ cemetery, and my husband got shingles- and then had a heart attack. Everything had a happy ending. Everyone is fine. Life was getting back to normal.
And then my camera broke.
After all that had happened last month, it is pretty easy to see this as a small bump in the road. Funny how health scares put everything else into perspective. My camera is at a camera store (well, THE camera store) in Phoenix for an estimate on repair. It may have to be sent to Nikon, which could mean weeks without a camera (this is why serious photographers always have at least two camera bodies). I hope to hear from the repair guys today.
How did I break it? My friend, Stephanie and I were just starting our presentation on posing for our little photo group. The idea was to pose people and then take photos of each pose. My camera was on a tripod, tethered to my laptop, so that we could compare the poses. I tested this out before the meeting. All worked fine. When I went to take the first photo, the shutter kind of went kerplink instead of kerplunk- and no picture was recorded. The camera showed ERR- camera malfunction. I tried several times- untethered, tethered, SD cards switched out, battery replaced, lens removed and replaced- nothing. Stephanie had brought her camera, so we continued as if nothing had happened, and the presentation was successful. I met my husband for lunch after the meeting and told him I probably had just hit some strange unknown button and that I would figure it out when I got home. I googled the problem, tried everything I could think of- and then we drove it to Phoenix the next day. Long story short- yes, the shutter is not working.
After taking photos with my Nikon almost every day for the last 4 1/2 years, it feels strange to be without it. But I’m planning to use the opportunity to become a better iPhoneographer. My goal is to learn more about the apps I have- especially VSCO, Hipstamatic, and Stackables. And then I want to practice with my husband’s Canon Powershot sx50, so I’m more comfortable with that as well.
I’m not sure what this means for my blog. I will definitely be posting the best of the photos I take with the iPhone or the little Canon. I’ll try to do some of my BeStill and Studio assignments with my iPhone. And I think I will look for some older photos to post as well.
Today’s photo was taken with my phone and edited in Snapseed and Stackables.