Canon 1100D.


I recently took the plunge and treated myself to a new camera. The Canon 1100D to be precise. I wanted to step up from my digital camera without venturing too far into fancy camera land, and this model seemed to be the one most recommended for beginners.

My digital camera has served me well and will still be used all the time, but it only takes good photos outdoors or indoors on a bright, sunny day which isn't always ideal.

I love taking photos on holidays and days out, as well as capturing outfits, makeup and the Pugs for my blog, and I thought it was about time I made an investment into something that would be more reliable.

Still very much sticking to "auto" mode, but dabbling slightly in the macro and sport settings, my initial impressions are very, very good. Since I bought the camera the sun hasn't made an appearance but even indoor nighttime photos using the flash come out so much better than my digitial camera ever did outdoors in perfect conditions.

I am really excited about getting into photography a lot more and (hopefully) taking some great photos. Lily and Lola have been very patient models for me and I have been enticing them to keep still using their favourite treats. But before they become obese through doggie treats I plan to venture outside or take the camera on a day out somewhere to really give it a good testing out.

Do you have this camera? Any tips for a beginner like me? Have you done any photography courses or would you recommend doing one as a newbie?


  1. I've just brought a new camera too - a Lumix G3 and am in the same position as Auto seems to be the only setting I really use!

    There's a quite a few photography courses on Groupon at the mo that look good value for money. I'm considering one for myself when I can find the time!! x

  2. I treated myself to the forerunner of this, the 1000D a few years back now and it's still going strong. I did some photography at uni, but if you're looking to get a bit more technical help without having to pay a lot for a course, it's worth checking out some photography magazines at your local newsagent's. A lot of them include easy to understand tutorials and practice exercises for anyone who's new to using D-SLRs.

  3. I don´t have this camera but I use two Nikons -- a D70 and D300s. I would say that I am new into photography as well but I have never taken a course. I do ask my bf, who is a photographer for tips.

    To answer: I think a course would be a natural step :) I would personally enroll in one. To be with others who are more or less as curios and excited as you could be good! Also, Youtube might have someone explaining how to use the different functions your camera has and explain how it affects your photos.

    Also, learning to edit photos might be the next step as well :)

  4. I always thought you were already using a really high quality camera as your pictures all look so good x

  5. I really want to invest in a new slr camera, but I feel like I know nothing about them and I wouldn't really know which one to buy. I'll look forward to hearing about your new one and what you think of it as you go along, I wish more people did these posts as it might help me decide which camera to get!

  6. I have this camera and love it. I bought a book from amazon i think which is basically like a manual for it but its got great tips in xx

  7. Woohoo, new camera! It just takes a while to explore and become more experienced with your camera, but the more you experiment, the better you'll become and you'll find your fave settings easily, besides Auto ;) x

  8. I'm really glad that you bought this camera as I have been eyeing it for a while now and I'd love to see some of the photos it produces. So can't wait to see yours! Have fun playing with it. xx

  9. Awesome piece hun! I've just come across your blog and I'm your newest follower via Bloglovin.
    Hope some time you'll get the chance to visit my blog and maybe follow back :-)
    With love,
    Coco et La vie en rose

  10. Getting a DSLR can be really daunting. I've had a canon 550d for a couple of years now and I'm still learning everytime I use it.

    As it allows you to manually control all aspects of taking your photo the first thing you need to get you head round is shutter speed, iso and aperture, the combination of these three determines the kind of photograph you get e.g blurred background with focus foreground or really sharp overall photograph. This page explains it well.

    Read lots online, try and find photographs or techniques you like and then try to find tutorials on how to achieve those effects.

    Good luck and enjoy

  11. What a gorgeous camera! Have fun getting to know it! xx

  12. Eeee I have reserved mine at Argos and will be getting it tomorrow! :) Reading this has got me even more excited! If you gather any tips up please be sure to let me know, as I'm sure I'll need a lot of help as well! xx

  13. I actually 'oohed' out loud when this picture popped up on my feed. I'm still very much a novice but I find to be really useful. Oh, and I booked that girls weekend away to Sheffield after reading your post on Cocoa Wonderland and the helpful comment you left on my blog so thank you! x Becky

  14. I recently just bought a new camera and I will be doing a blog post on it soon but I really liked reading your post.
    You should check out your local college for photography courses :)

    Shauni x

  15. Ah, I hope you have more success than I did. I bought the Lumix GF5 but it's just not what I'd hoped :( It doesn't seem to want to take really close up food photos and the flash it really not up to scratch. I wondered if I was doing something wrong but even my camera-loving brother couldn't figure out what was going on. I might take it to a camera shop but I expect they'll suggest I buy a new lens for god knows how much. Annoying! Good luck with your new camera :)

  16. There are a couple of really good websites that have fantastic articles that talk you through the basics. My favourite is:
    Happy snapping! x

  17. I've been a bit of a camera whore over my life and played with so so many. I did a foundation degree in photography and my top tip above everything else is just play around, maybe spend half an hour in your garden playing with all the settings to see what happens.

    Try playing with the Av and Tv settings first:

    Av is probably best for blogging as it adjusts the aperture or depth of field (think item in focus background super blurred vs everything in focus). Av lets you adjust something called the F stop and then the camera adjusts everything else to create a perfect exposure. The higher the F number the more of the image will be in focus and vice versa! So if you wanted a picture of a flower where the flower was perfectly in focus and the background blurred you'd maybe go for F/4. If you were taking a landscape and wanted everything to be in focus you'd maybe go for F/20.

    Tv lets you adjust the shutter speed (the amount of time the shutter is open on the camera) and then the camera works the rest out for you. Best way to figure this one out is either with running water or maybe playing with the pups- 1/2000 would be a really quick shutter speed and 1 would be one second. ''B'' lets the shutter stay open for as long as you hold it down- perfect for light painting!

    Then once you've got to grips with those you can try playing with ''M'' which is manual exposure where you have complete control over the picture.

    Hope that's helpful!


  18. The camera looks amazing! I have a DSLR myself and I couldn't be happier. At first it was difficult and my pictures were all too bright or too dark, blurry... but I can say that playing around helps a lot. I don't recommend only using the auto mode, because your pictures may have better quality than your regular camera ones, but you are 'wasting' a world of opoortunities. If you are not confident, I would recomend you to look for tutorials on youtube, they are very helpful, and playing with the settings that are semi-manual, it helps you to understand what changes when you alter certain settings. I started with the S setting (I think it's the TV setting on your camera), and have fun! :D

  19. I would suggest the more you play with the settings, the more you will learn. Manual is the best help while learning.
    Don't be tempted to use auto setting. I mean what is the whole point of having a camera with amazing features and not using them.

    All the best!