Why I need to revisit every place I’ve ever visited before

Hi Frugalistas!

Regular readers will know that I don’t consider myself much of a photographer.  Up till now I’ve travelled with a tiny little Canon IXUS point and shoot camera.  When I started out it was enough for me – I wasn’t a great photographer, but by taking loads of shots I managed to find enough decent ones to go on the blog.  More recently I’ve been focussing on my photography and have been pleased with the results.  The time has therefore come to upgrade.  I’m now the proud owner of the Rolls Royce of compact cameras – the Sony RX100 Mark III.  There’s just one problem – this camera is so good, that every photo I’ve taken before just looks so ordinary……

My first efforts with my new camera

The old shots just don’t look the same

The problem with getting a new camera is that suddenly all your old photos look, well, so ordinary.

I can’t wait to get back to Paris so I can revisit Ste Chapelle and its stunning jewel-like stained glass windows – it will so be much easier to get some beautiful shots in its low light.

I never need an excuse to go back to Istanbul.  So revisiting Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace to take new photos will be a pleasure.

My airline reviews are always so popular with readers, so I can’t wait to be able to take fabulous food photos due to the enhanced low light functionality of my new camera.

Similarly, I’m really looking forward to getting some great foodporn in the restaurants I visit and capturing some sumptuous landscapes with my camera as well as with my memory.

While my new Sony camera can be set to manual, it has a number of different settings that I’m particularly interested in using a lot:  multiple low light settings – including one just for fireworks.  A separate food setting – I don’t know what it does, but there’s obviously a big market for foodporn if a camera has a specialised food setting! A special setting just for sunsets – I’m hoping to get plenty of opportunity to use that…..

Improving my knowledge of photography

Of course, having a fabulous camera doesn’t suddenly make me a fabulous photographer.  I’m also going to be working on my knowledge of photography and doing lots of “test shots” by taking my camera with me round town.

So watch out for my “new” photos.  You did get a sneak preview in my last post – I took those photos with the new Sony.  I’m so looking forward to the wonderful shots I’m going to take when I head to Athens (yes, Athens) in October.  Look out for my Athens (and beyond!) posts from November onwards, and for packing and other general travel posts in the mean time.  I can’t wait to bring them to you.

To the keen photographers out there, what are your best tips for me?

Author’s note:  I’ve bought my Sony RX100 MarkIII with my own money, so if I don’t like it I have no one to blame but myself!


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23 Comments on “Why I need to revisit every place I’ve ever visited before”

  1. Urska 17/08/2014 at 5:55 pm #

    Hahaha a new camera sound like a great excuse to go everywhere again! Can’t wait to see your new photos. 🙂

    • frugalfirstclasstravel 17/08/2014 at 5:57 pm #

      There are some places I really don’t need an excuse, but, hey, I’m gonna milk this for all I can, for as long as possible……

  2. wisemonkeysabroad 17/08/2014 at 6:20 pm #

    Yes we know exactly what you mean.
    When we were in Europe in 2006 – we had a memory card of 1GB and that cost at least $100. So we were really conservative with the photos we took. Now we can take photos of everything and barely fill the much cheaper multiple 8GB memory cards. So we want to go back to everywhere we have visited to take more and better photos!

    • frugalfirstclasstravel 17/08/2014 at 6:31 pm #

      And of course many modern cameras have wifi so you can download the photos onto your phone or tablet then clear your memorycard and start all over again……

  3. jpilkington09 17/08/2014 at 7:20 pm #

    Improving my photography and photoshop skills is forever on my to-do list, but something I never seem to prioritise. Glad you are a bit more pro-active than me and looking forward to seeing the new shots!

    • frugalfirstclasstravel 17/08/2014 at 7:21 pm #

      Don’t know about that John, I only got as far as the new camera – the shopping is the easy part….. 🙂

  4. Lucy Dodsworth 17/08/2014 at 8:00 pm #

    I know exactly what you mean – I did a 16-month RTW trip with just a dodgy old compact film camera and the pictures are terrible (and I have about one of each place as it cost too much to get them developed!) so I’ve not blogged about anything from back then. The only problem with getting a DSLR and getting into photography though is that editing takes ages – I’m currently working my way through a 1000 photo backlog!

    • frugalfirstclasstravel 17/08/2014 at 8:09 pm #

      Know exactly what you mean Lucy. All my photos of so many trips to Europe on developed film. I suppose taking the film to be developed and then revisiting the trip when you got them back had a certain romance, but it’s so great to take a photo, check it and if it’s no good try it again from a different angle…

  5. sabinasupernova 18/08/2014 at 12:52 am #

    I know what you mean and can totally empathise! Luckily I just got a DSLR before starting my blog this January, but looking through my photo albums no longer gives me the joy it used to… Ah, first world problems!

  6. She Dreams of Travel 18/08/2014 at 1:25 am #

    I’ve been looking into buying a camera recently. Most (if not all) of my pictures have been taken with my iPhone. The iPhone does wonders but it can never beat a real camera. I will have to check this sony one out!

  7. jenny@atasteoftravel 18/08/2014 at 5:59 am #

    I feel the same way about my trips to Africa Jo. I travelled there with a small point and shoot and would love togo back with my new camera though I think I’d have to take the DSLR there as well for the distance shots! Have fun with your new toy!

  8. Ryan O'Rourke 18/08/2014 at 10:23 pm #

    Totally feel you on this one, Jo. I have thousands of pictures from old point-and-shoot cameras (when I mean old, I mean 1-2 megapixel old). There’s no saving most of them: bad composition, noise, bad quality, poor focus—you name it. Good thing for the kind photographers at Flickr and their CC 2.0 licensing: we can still write about travel experiences before the advent of the DSLR without having to share all the embarrassing old photos!

    • frugalfirstclasstravel 19/08/2014 at 6:19 am #

      Ryan, I have old, as in they were taken on film old of Marocco, Spain, Portugal and all sorts of places…..

  9. The Barefoot Backpacker 18/08/2014 at 11:42 pm #

    Nice camera – I didn’t even know there was a MarkIII out! After speaking to a few photographer friends, I bought me a MarkI for my year out trip, and everyone I’ve come across has congratulated me on my choice, so can imagine the MarkIii is just out of this world!

    I wanted something good in low light that I could carry around in my pocket – with travelling as light as possible I didn’t want to be carrying lenses around with me etc, and it’s definitely much better quality than the old Sony compact camera I had.

    • frugalfirstclasstravel 19/08/2014 at 6:23 am #

      Your thinking was exactly the same as mine. I’m very satisfied with my playing-around photos, and have had the same feedback from “serious photographer” bloggers. It’s interesting in blogger circles because everyone talks about their fancy DSLRs, but when you mention a good quality compact a whole lot of other bloggers come out of the woodwork saying they never use them

  10. Heather 20/08/2014 at 12:04 pm #

    Oh, I totally know the feeling when I upgraded (still on a Canon digital, not a DSLR!) from a tiny 3x zoom Canon powershot. Have fun with your new camera!!

  11. Lisa 03/09/2014 at 7:33 am #

    Every time I get a new lens or accessory for my camera I think I need to re-visit all of the places I went before and didn’t ‘get the shot’:)

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