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In my gallery you'll find pixel art (made with MSPaint), colored pencil works, paintings made with
acrylics or watercolors, digital paintings made using The Gimp, a few sculptures made with
Super Sculpey, some jewelry, and photography. You can see all of my supplies here:


1) pixel (MSPaint) ... 2) colored pencils ... 3) sculpture+acrylics ... 4) watercolor
soccer pixel - Simon Rolfes by barananduenVampire Knight - Kain at Dawn by barananduenBleachibis 3D - Urahara artsy by barananduenCoffeebag by barananduen

5) digital painting (Gimp) ... 6) jewelry . . . . . . . . . . . 7) photography
Wind and Light by barananduenNecklace - Astrapia by barananduenCilantro by barananduen


:bulletgreen: Thank you to virnagray for the Premium Membership! ♥
:bulletgreen: Current user-icon Leviathan Icon by Galadnilien by Galadnilien
:bulletgreen: Profile page customized using CypherVisor's tutorials
:bulletgreen: No need to thank me for llamas, etc.
"Thank you" messages are hidden because it was getting hard to find the other stuff ^^;
but you're welcome!

Help Choosing a DSLR Camera? CSCs?

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 2, 2014, 5:08 PM
header03 by barananduen

My current camera is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3, so a "point-and-shoot," albeit one that I've loved a lot: it has a nice macro function and the colors are generally beautiful. However, it's over 7 years old and eating batteries. Also, it doesn't have a manual focus option, so while half the time, I can trick it into focusing on something it doesn't want to (like the spiderweb here: ), the other half, I can't. :/ It's also close to impossible to capture moving droplets of water or flying birds without them coming out blurry.

First, I don't know whether I would be better off with a DSLR or a Compact System Camera. What are the pros and cons of each?

Then, I've been looking around Amazon and the stores around my place, and it's been a bit frustrating because I don't know what specs I should be paying attention to.

What specs should I be paying attention to for these things? In other words, how can I be sure I'll get the following functions? I need a camera/lens that:
  1. has good optical image stabilization (though that's probably the lens, right?) because most of the time, I'll be holding it and not using a tripod.
  2. allows to toggle between auto and manual focus
  3. works well in low light/night as well as high lighting conditions (my Lumix does not work too well with highly lit conditions anymore, though it used to)
  4. allows me to pick how shallow I want my depth of field to be
  5. lets me take pictures of flying birds, hyperactive moving dogs *ahem*, and splashes of water with excellent definition (my current's high speed settings result in grainy pics)
  6. allows me to do some macro-ish shots without the macro lens (more on this further down, but I want to be able to do what I do now at least)
  7. allows me to manually set long exposure, to capture pics like those where you see running water looking smooth (I do *some* long-ish exposure shots now but the longest it goes it 1 sec and I can't force it to do exactly 1 sec; the setting is like "at the most 1 sec" and then it picks something)
  8. will also double as the camera I will take family pictures with

Other things:
  1. How long should I expect the camera's lifetime to be?
  2. Do DSLRs come with a built-in flash? (again, for the family pics)
  3. Do all cameras usually shoot at 300 dpi or is this something I should actively watch out for? My current one only does 72.
  4. Which are good brands for lenses?
  5. Do DSLR cameras have options for white balance or are you supposed to do that all in post-processing? Note: I'll probably be doing most of the pic-shooting in jpg, so I can peview using the standard Windows Photo Viewer and so I can open them with Gimp
  6. Protective lens filters? How do these work?
  7. How about Compact System Cameras? Do they really offer SLR capabilities with less clunk? Panasonic Lumixes come in CSC flavors, and I'm wondering if I liked my point-and-shoot Lumix so much, if this is worth looking into.

For macro, before buying a macro lens, since I've seen those go for $600, I plan on buying a lens inverter ring and inverting a regular lens and trying that since it's way cheaper. So I'll need a camera body that lets me do that. ^^;

What do you guys think of the Canon EOS Rebel F5i? Advantages vs shortcomings? I like that it has a rotating LCD display, so I wouldn't have to squish my face to the ground taking pics anymore. :laughing:

The local store guy said the Rebel F5i was high-end and "for professionals," but reading around here, I see that it's not. So you see, I can't really ask them questions.

Any other recommendations? Things I should pay attention to?
I'm looking for something that will last and will go with me through my "growth" as a photographer (so hopefully I wont be forced to make another big investment to upgrade a couple of years after buying this one).

Thank you so much, in advance! :heart: I'll definitely let you guys know what I end up getting. :D

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CarlaSophia Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014   Photographer
Welcome to NaturPics-club :wave:

:bulletblue: Before submitting don't forget this:
- You can submit one photo per week;
- Photo must be yours;
- Photo must be only nature;
- Photo must have some quality, i don't accept pictures taken with phones and snapshots;
- You can't submit other person photo.

Enjoy :tighthug: :aww:
PetalDreams Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome to our group NaturesBeautys
Happy that you joined :hug:
virnagray Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My dear friend I just wanted
to let you know that I featured some of your work in
my profile page to stay featured for a week:)

On a custom box under the name "Because you are awesome...!!!"

I hope that you like it! - Hugs -
barananduen Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014   General Artist
:hoLA:  OMG thank you so much, Virna!!
I really appreciate it! :love: wow
You are awesome! Thank you so much for your support!!! :hug:
virnagray Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It is a pleasure to support and encourage your beautiful work:)
Frostydoodles Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the llama ;3;, Your work is lovely.
wuestenbrand Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome to


Have a Good Time....
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