Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

My Photography

My Photography {living outside the stacks}

The best camera is the one that’s with you.”

~ Chase Jarvis

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I’ve said this before, and I want to say it again, I am by no stretch of the imagination a professional. Nor am I a great photographer. What I am is a woman who loves making pictures and enjoys the creative aspect of it. I do want to learn more about the technical side and I will, just as soon as my life settles back into some semblance of a routine.

In the meantime, I’ll continue to learn through trial and error, asking questions, reading tutorials, and studying the work of the people I admire and respect.

But I do want to share a bit of information about the camera I use, especially since I’ve started receiving questions…

My camera

I am now and will forever be a Nikon Girl. At one of the libraries where I worked in Pennsylvania, we were allowed to check out DSLRs for the weekend, so I took home a Nikon and a couple of other brands to see which felt most comfortable to me. And everything about the Nikon just felt right.

I use a Nikon D7500 Nikon D7100 Nikon D3100, an entry level DSLR, and I absolutely positively love her.Yes, I refer to my camera as a girl. I’ve had her for almost three years now. Hands down the best gift I’ve ever received from The Hubs. Before that I used a GE Power Pro X500.

Besides feeling “natural” in my hand, there were other reasons why I chose the Nikon D3100. The image quality was nice {even with the kit lens, it got better once I bought my first prime lens} and the learning curve was minimal. The Guide Mode was a big help when I first bought the camera, as I wasn’t ready to shoot in Manual just yet. Even though I wanted the camera so I’d have more control over image production, there were times when I wasn’t confident enough to take the shot on my own. Having the Guide really helped.

The camera is also light and compact. I don’t own a “real” camera bag yet, so I keep my camera in my handbag {properly protected} and it doesn’t add that much more weight to my bags.

Last, but not least, the camera was affordable.* The last thing I wanted to do was spend a lot of money on a camera and then find out that photography isn’t my thing.

Over time, I’ve realized that it’s not about the camera you have but it’s all in how you use the camera you have.

You can find my photos here or you can follow me on Instagram: book related, every day, and iPhone only.


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*You can buy the Nikon D3100 for roughly $370 now on Amazon, or you can bump up to newer {entry level} model for a little under $500.

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