I'm tenatively *trying* to plan a big trip overseas with my boyfriend.
And I've decided....
need one of those DSLR's all you pro bloggers have.
But not for blogging reasons.
Mostly for traveling reasons.
I've said it on here before and I'll say it again. Don't expect big things from me in the blogging photo department. I prefer to take my food pictures on my iPhone. It's much more discreet. I don't think I'll ever be the blogger who whips out her big ol' DSLR and starts snappin pictures in the middle of a sit down restaurant. Embarassing much? I'm a Shy Susan sometimes and I don't want the stares that come along with propping a DSLR stand up thingy outside of Chipotle to get some hipster shots of my second day outfit.
However, I DO want a fancy camera for special events. Like traveling, birthdays and other special occasions. I want to print my photos and have them come out clear. I want to really be able to capture the atmosphere of the moment. I mean yeah instagram can fool you into having that atmosphere but I want to be able to have large prints of memories I captured.
A special event could also be a blogging event. Because it's not embarassing to be a crazy photographer when you're with others who are doing the same. I gotta say though I wasn't the least bit embarassed when I showed up at the So Cal Blogger Event with my digital camera in its travel case...aka a mitten. Other bloggers were horrified.
I'm a creative person and I think I'd really enjoy taking my own photos when traveling.
I LOVE to travel and love having pictures to document that time.
So for all of you DSLR-ers, what did you look for in buying your camera?
Do you have any middle of the road suggestions?
I don't want a crappy camera but I don't need a crazy professional one either.
I may take a few classes so I'm comfortable using it but I don't want to spend more than $500-$800.