Most photographers have a story as to why they got into photography, for me it was when I captured this image in 2007 up until then my photography was point and shoot, my wife and I would go away for the weekend I would take my camera and grab some snaps if something caught my eye. I knew nothing of aperture or shutter modes I used auto mode for everything, I had never heard of raw. Back in 2007 we were coming back from a trip up north when we stopped off at a burger van on the A9 and there this stag was just yards away, I thought this was amazing I like everyone else grabbed some snaps and did not think much more about it. It was a couple of days later I put the images onto my pc and when opened this image up I thought wow I really like that. That was me hooked, I started buying magazines and learning how to use my camera properly, I started seeing things differently I saw photo's all around me. The more I learned the more I wanted to learn.
I started selling some prints to friends, I got asked to shoot a wedding, I was so nervous I felt ill but when I started shooting the buzz was amazing. I have now been published in papers and magazines, I have won a couple of competitions and have now shot many weddings without any advertising and I regularly sell canvas's and prints through online stores.
I have learned a great deal the last few years and I'm still learning and my photography is still getting better as my journey continues.
I have now owned the Sony A77 for a couple of months and I must say I am very impressed. There was teething problems on release but Sony have listened and a few firmware updates later we have a great camera. I am not going to go into all the details that you have already read about, you know it's 24m pixels give superb resolution and it is lightening fast. The view finder is amazing with info, spirit level and image review all possible without removing the camera from your eye. The sweep panorama function I thought like most others would be gimmick that would never be used but the 30inx7in jpgs are great and can be done where you would struggle to create a 2 shot stitch for example from a moving boat. I have used my camera in both the studio and on location in some testing weather conditions and it performed flawlessly every time. One more thing for the people that shoot jpeg's DRO (dynamic range optimiser) when used can save so many images by reducing blown highlights or keeping detail in deep shadows, it can make some images a little flat but a quick levels adjustment soon sorts that.
So now the bad bits, there is only one and its battery time, one battery will cover you for most shoots but to be on the safe side I purchased a spare battery. I might add a grip but I'm not keen on the extra bulk but I don't want to worry about having to change batteries during a wedding.
So all in I would highly recommend the Sony A77.
Welcome to my blog. My photography is on a tight budget like so many others out there, but through this blog I hope to show that great photographs can be achieved by all.