I’ve wanted a camera for years. I am a lousy shot, but I really enjoy taking pictures.
Specifically, I like taking pictures of pets, flowers, and bugs. Sometimes landscapes.
So I watched a class on artistic, painting-like photography, and I really liked it. The instructor was using something called Lensbaby, which is a type of lens that makes a blur and lets you zoom in on specific parts of the image. She also used a 180 mm lens, which seems hideously expensive.
The process seems to produce extreme flower closeups, similar to George O’Keeffe’s work. I would really like to try it. I’ve given up on trying to paint what I want, so instead maybe I could photograph it.
I would need a real camera for both. Amount I know about cameras: 0.
Gordon suggested a generous budget for this craziness. He’s actually been suggesting I buy a camera for years, but I keep talking myself out of the purchase, because money. Also, I don’t know if this is going to be something I really enjoy or if I play with it for a month and be like, “Nope, not for me.”
I don’t want to waste the money, since I am going to count this as my silver anniversary present. So if you are familiar with that type of photography, can you suggest a camera for me? Or should I upgrade my iPhone and buy an OlloClip instead?