From  Vanessa Hollingworth  her Post on Nomads of Australia – The Best Bits Facebook Group

We get asked on a fairly regular basis about what camera I use for our posts.

When we first left Perth back in November I’d recently got a new contract on Telstra and we decided to get an iPhone 8. We had both been on Optus but because of this trip we decided to have one phone on Telstra and one on Optus, as Telstra’s coverage map showed a lot more coverage in more remote areas . The iPhone 8 also has the blue tick with Telstra, which basically means the phone signal is elevated in comparison to other phones, whether it be an iPhone or an android device.

I’ve had an iPhone for a few years now and I’d always been really happy with it. So to upgrade to the iPhone 8 was easy enough.
The camera on the iPhone 8 is great and has some awesome features on it. As with recent models it has the normal photo settings of photo, square, pano, video, slo-mo and time lapse. It also has a timer on it so you can set the camera to take without needing to physically press the shoot button.
A new feature on the iPhone is something called live which if activated, means when you take the picture it records a second before and a second after, like a 3 second video clip, which allows you to edit your picture and find that perfect picture across those 3 seconds, which is great if you’re trying to capture an action shot.

The iPhone photos app also manages your pictures into different files, all photos, favourites, people, places, videos, selfies, Live Photos, long exposure, panoramas, time lapse, slo-mo, animated and deleted. Plus you can also create your own files to make various photos easier to find.
The iPhone 8 also allows you to crate your own iMovie, combining your pics and videos into a slide show, you can even add a soundtrack lol.

So at the beginning of our trip this is what I used for every picture taken. However Chris knew that I had wanted a better camera for ages, I love taking photos and I’m interested in nighttime photography which I’m currently looking into. So for Christmas, he bought me a canon DLSR. To say I was ecstatic was an understatement, it came in a big box with the camera body, an 18-55mm lens, rechargeable battery and charger and a cable to hook up to the laptop. I couldn’t get the box open quick enough haha

I had a good read through the manual it came with. There’s a lot of settings to get your head around and it takes time to get used to them all and I’m still learning. There is the auto setting which is great to start with as it does all the work for you, it automatically focuses, sets you’re aperture, shutter speed and iso.
As I read through it all became clearer, which setting to use for which scene. I’m also beginning to understand shooting in manual mode rather than auto. There’s a lot of information in these booklets and you need to take the time to read through and learn the different settings to get the best out of your work but starting in auto is great way to start and increase your enthusiasm and knowledge for your camera.
As time goes by, you can begin to play around with your other setting of creative, portrait, landscape, close ups, sport, food, night scenes and if your camera has it, then movie mode as well. Then there’s the whole manual modes of Av, Tv, P and M to learn.

I have since bought another lens with a better zoom for hopefully beginning to look at nighttime photography. I’ve learnt that photography can become an expensive hobby, but the good news is that unless you’ve got a money tree at the bottom of the garden, it doesn’t have to blow the budget. There’s a lot of after market products available for Canon and Nikon cameras. Lens that will mount onto these camera bodies without having to stick with said brand. For example, when I was looking for another lens, the canon ones were retailing at $1500+ but aftermarket ones started from $300 upwards. I’m not saying these are as good as the pricier ones, but they’re a good base for a beginners who have already laid out for the camera.

I don’t have my camera 24/7 so I still use my phone a lot, especially if we’re out walking Tilly and I’m taking a photo of her on the beach or something like that. I tend to use my DLSR more if we’re visiting something in particular.

There are a lot of articles and tutorials online to help you understand using a DLSR camera it’s just having the time and patience to read through and absorb the information.
I’m only a beginner myself and I’m still learning but I’m glad people are enjoying the Pictures we put on our posts and I’m more than happy to answer anyone’s questions if I can.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post. I’ve added some of our favourite pictures and I’ll mention on each pic what I took the photo on.

Article by Vanessa Hollingworth from Nomads of Australia – The Best Bits Facebook Post
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