I had a serious case of it.
You see, I am a professional photographer, yet I dread bringing my Canon 5dmII DSLR with me (aka my “big camera”) on family trips, or to use to capture my children and all the hilarious-cute-weird-strange-fabulous things they do on a daily basis. When you deal with the uploading, culling, editing, preparing and backing up of so many huge RAW files for your client sessions, it just becomes something that you just aren’t really so psyched about also doing with those gazillion photos of your daughter at Disney World, ya know?
So, I left it up to my trusty phone to capture some of my most important memories–those daily, fleeting memories that all placed together make up a childhood. Those small, everyday, ordinary moments–the ones you sometimes don’t even notice until they pass. Or–gasp–I never even recorded them at all…
Your child in a shopping cart seat, the one they will soon be too big for.
The way their hair is all crazy bedhead-esque when they toddle into your room at the wee hours of the morning just to snuggle.
That time your son came downstairs with his underwear over his clothes, a superhero cape on and swim goggles on, as though it were the most normal thing in the world.
Or, even the time when your son was in his room quietly playing legos and your daughter was on his bed throwing her sock monkey through the air…oh, or was that just me?!
If you are a parent, you know these moments. You feel them deep in your soul and you know exactly what I am talking about.
I know many of you have that same mommy guilt, too. Phones are great and the cameras on them have come SUCH a long way, I know we all can agree. BUT, what if you want to print that cool shot of your daughter swooshing down the slide as a large 30×40 canvas? Hmmm…with your camera phone? Not so much.
As photographers, not only do we sometimes feel pressure to edit even our everyday family photos, but we also have a high standard for those kinds of photos. Yeah, point and shoot cameras can be great, but when you are used to the fast frames-per-second capabilities of a DSLR and the crispness of a 50mm lens, sometimes it is just, well, a letdown when we snap a photo of little Johnny’s school play with a P&S. It’s all blurry and he isn’t even in the photo because in the time that lapsed in between you pressing the shutter button and when the actual photo was taken, you could have gone to get a coffee and come back. Are you nodding your head yes and screaming amen yet?
Recently, my mommy guilt (regarding this, at least!) has subsided, and a beautiful solution to my woes has emerged. A new camera has completely changed the way I photograph my children.
I recently was asked to be a part of the Samsung Imagelogger Program, and I have had the opportunity to try the Samsung NX300 Mirrorless Smart Camera and various lenses. Since I have started using this sweet little piece of image awesomeness and sharing images on Instagram, I have been inundated with questions and interest about it, so I would love to share more about my experience with it.
One of the biggest benefits to me is that it has changed the frequency with which I photograph my children. Now, I WANT to photograph them every single day, knowing it won’t take up a ton of time uploading and saving them and there is NO PRESSURE to edit them. All the images in this post were taken with the Samsung NX300, and NONE of them were edited on my computer. If they are edited, I used my fave iPhone photo app, Pictapgo. That’s it. No Photoshop, no Lightroom (though a copy of Lightroom is included with the purchase of the NX300). Easy peasy.
My Top Five Things I Love About the Samsung NX300 :
1. It’s so very light. The NX300 isn’t cumbersome or a pain to lug around–in fact, unless I am charging the battery, I always have it tucked into my purse.
2. I can easily Instagram + Facebook the image when I am away from home, at any time. Using my phone, I can upload the jpegs + ‘gram the heck out of those puppies in seconds (I shoot RAW+jpeg on this camera so I can use the jpegs immediately for social media + sharing and so that I always have the RAW files that I later upload to my computer).
3. It’s easy and painless actually getting the images off of my camera to my computer. They don’t call is a SMART camera for nothin’, folks. I can be cooking dinner in the kitchen, press a button on my camera and BOOM! My RAW files are being uploaded to a designated folder on my computer. No USB. No cords, no telling them where to go. In fact, I am not even in the same room as my computer. It’s all done wirelessly.
4. The quality of my images is stuuu-ning, peeps. For reals. This sweet Samsung NX300 packs a powerful 20 megapixel punch. My images are clear, crisp and I am quite the happy camper. Don’t even get me started on how amazing it performs in low light. Though it has a hot shoe for an external flash, I never use it. I recently photographed my daughter at night, in my rather-dark bedroom (hey, I have tan walls and they stink!) at a 25,000+ ISO (I shoot in manual) and that camera rocked the heck out of it.
5. The photographer in me adores the variety of lenses available to me. My camera came with the 18-55mm kit lens, which is a great little lens to have. I use it for Jack’s basketball games when he is running down court. Then, the Samsung 30mm Pancake lens came into my life. I must say, it never really left my camera…that is, until my newest little toy arrived, the 10mm Fisheye Lens (insert choir of angels singing here). It’s so.much.fun. This is one of the very first shots I took of my daughter–yeah, I might have just been like a kid on Christmas morning when this puppy arrived on my doorstep. I HAD to use it on the way home from school pickup, even if homework did await.
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Samsung NX300 Smart Camera with 18-55 Kit Lens
Samsung NX300 Smart Camera with 20-50 Kit Lens
Samsung 30mm Pancake Lens
Samsung 10mm Fisheye Lens
All images in this post were taken with the Samsung NX300 SMART camera. I have had the distinct opportunity to have been asked to participate in Samsung’s Imagelogger program, and in doing so, Samsung has provided me with the NX300 and gear to participate. All opinions and thoughts are sincere, authentic and my own. Over the next few months I will be sharing images taken with the NX300 SMART camera on social media and on my blog. I would love for you to follow along by checking out the #imagelogger hashtag!