Things I can’t live without: My Camera

Rebecca asked me yesterday what camera and tripod I use so I thought I’d show you!

I’ve had my camera for a few years now and it is a CanonPowershot S5 IS.  It has 8 megapixels, a 12x zoom and a super micro function.  Even though it is not a dSLR I do have the option to pick Aperture priority and shutter speed priority.  I can even manually adjust the focus.  Although, not in the same way as a dSLR would.
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This camera has treated me pretty well over the years, however I’m still wanting more.  I own a 35 mm SLR and had a lot of fun using the functions so I know that I’m held back by the lack of control on this camera.  I want to get a dSLR, but I need to master the use of this camera first.  Plus, my old SLR was so heavy I didn’t want to take it places.  So, if I get a new camera I have to be able to take it with me without trouble…
 

I’m excited about my tripod because of all of the different options I have with it.  The head is really flexible so I can get any camera angle from it.  The legs are easily adjustable so I can go between different heights without a problem. 
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Another bonus was that the tripod was on the lower end of the price range (I’ve seen tripods starting at 12 and going all the way to over 300).  I was eyeing the $12 tripod but found out that it would not be strong enough to hold my camera.  I suggest if you go to get a tripod bring your camera so the salesperson can help you get the right one.  I can’t imagine the pain of seeing my camera toppling over the tripod to its’ death!
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There is also a level on the head and the base of the tripod.  Of course most of my pictures are at angles so this doesn’t apply so much to me.
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It also came with a carrying case and isn’t too heavy so we’ll see if I take it to races in the future.  I doubt it though, there usually isn’t enough room.  A great feature is the quick release and quick connect.
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I keep the connector on my camera and it just clicks in and out. Easy as pie!  Here is my picture set up(without the camera attached.)
IMG_0877 You may recognize this as my elliptical station as well!  In a one bedroom apartment everything has to have two uses!  This area is great because it is right next to the window and gets light from some internal lights as well.  I am building up my collection of white plates since they seem to make food look prettier than my blue plates.  Sad that I had to realize this AFTER I registered for a complete set of blue dishes.  You live and you learn.

Does anyone have a camera or other photography related equipment that they want to recommend?