For as long as I can remember I have loved photos & cameras.
I recall, in school, being the only person in my class to have a camera. This was pre-digital of course so a lot of my pictures were blurry messes with people squinting. I remember my mother giving me a kids book about taking basic photographs; it was a pop-up book but I read it religiously.
Then digital photography arrived in South Africa and it was while before I could get my own camera. For his 18th birthday, Faraaz received one to use for his architecture degree and I would steal it whenever I could to take pictures of random things. The first digital camera I owned was brought for me from America by my mother (thus continuing the obsession she started) and is still well and alive in South Africa despite travels through London, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand. My bright red Samsung SL620 served me well for 2-3 years but then I reached that age. You know, the age when you start getting serious about things & stop messing around; when you realize that if you are going to do something, you might as well do it well. So this year I left the Samsung with my siblings and made some commitments. Here is my camera family:
Place of birth: Hong Kong
Nina is a Canon Powershot SX230 HS. I wanted something that was small enough to slip into my pocket but still could give me full control over my photos. Not an easy combination to find. When I first got it, I was terrified of taking photos because it looked so complicated: What were all these menu options about? ISO, aperture, chromatic aberration, exposure, noise reduction …… it was like a foreign language. Luckily my friend Josh gave me a tutorial and I have never looked back since.
The PowerShot SX230 HS has loads to offer, including a 14x optical zoom and a built-in GPS receiver. This stylish, compact camera is suitable for use in a wide range of environments with tons of scenes and effects to choose from. If you feel like throwing it into manual you can have FULL control over everything; alternatively if you find yourself trying to take pictures from the back of a tuk tuk in Indonesia, just slip it into auto mode and let it do the work for you. This camera is the perfect balance between point-shoot and DSLR. If you want to know the technical stuff: the camera benefits from a 12.1-megapixel CMOS image sensor optical image stabilization, features mostly physical controls, has a rear 3-inch LCD, and a Digic IV processor allowing for full 1080p HD video capture.
Place of Birth: Thailand
Nikhil is the baby of the family despite his bigger size and heavier weight. Faraaz found this Nikon D5100 in Seoul’s Namdaemun Market and gave him to me for my 23rd birthday. I am still amazed and terrified by the abilities that this camera has. I was initially apprehensive about having a DSLR after all my point and shoot years and when Faraaz suggested a mid-range camera rather than an entry level one, I panicked. But its proven generally easy to use and I am learning as I go along. Faraaz is much more proficient with it of course but it hasn’t posed a big challenge and we have produced some impressive photos. For all the technical details about the D5100 body and lenses, click here.
Here are our babies together: