Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Surprise Gift!

Greetings, friends!
I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends and are able to take a deep breath and relax a bit now that it's all over! 
As for my gang, we're still cleaning up bits of wrapping paper here and there, as well as starting the daunting task of Christmas "take down." (ugh)
But, before I forge ahead, I simply had to give a "shout out" to my sweet husband for surprising me with this beauty for Christmas:

I had *noooo* idea that he was going to do that and can't wait to get to know it better (although, admittedly, I'm a bit intimidated by its fancy lenses and *grown up* features)!  If you're a Nikon D3100 owner and have any tips and tricks you'd like to share, I'm all ears!
Until then, you can find me in an OCD panic, as I deal with boxes, glitter and *mess* everywhere!
Happy New Year!


Denyse @ Crazy Beautiful Life said... Reply To This Comment

Great gift, Becca! I have a Canon Rebel with 3 different lenses and have no clue how to use it...Very frustrating at times. I tried to read but I'm so hands on! Hopefully you will be a natural ;-)

Phyllis said... Reply To This Comment

So sweet! I own the Nikon D3100 and absolutely love it. My suggestions are to first and foremost read the user manual and then take a class. You will be amazed at the capabilities of this camera and the beautiful photos you will take.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said... Reply To This Comment

Oh how fun, what a super surprise. I am sure you will love it. Hugs, Marty

NanaDiana said... Reply To This Comment

Congratulations! You are so good at what you do you deserve a wonderful camera. What fun! Hope you OCD mess day went okay- xo Diana

Holly Browning said... Reply To This Comment

I am totally jealous! I abuse my cameras during projects so I got another point and shoot - maybe if I don't crack and paint this one in the first month of use I can get a grown up camera.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said... Reply To This Comment

Yay, for hubby getting you a good camera. I use a Canon Rebel so can't help you out.

Judy said... Reply To This Comment

the one good thing about not putting out a lot (like I did this year) is hopefully it won't take too long to get it all put up! i was going to start today but i'm coming down with a cold and it was too cold and windy outside to get anything done. we ended up not going to the beach due to the weather predictions and me getting sick...oh well i'd rather go to the beach in warm weather.

what a great surprise your hubby gave you...i know you'll be posting lots of fabulous pics of your beautiful home soon.

happy new year!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said... Reply To This Comment

What an awesome gift!! I have the Nikon D5000 and love it! Can't really give you any tips because I just wing it LOL!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said... Reply To This Comment

Great gift, Becca! I know that you and your clever self will figure it all out!

Debra @ Common Ground said... Reply To This Comment

oh boy!! You're going to have great fun with your new toy!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said... Reply To This Comment

What a surprise!! are going to have so much fun learning your new camera..Such a wonderful gift!!!I have a Nikon but it is a D7000...I got a Nikon 105mm macro lens for we will both be learning camera techniques...I just signed on for Kevin's (The Lettered Cottage)..Shoot Fly Shoot on line photography sessions...Have fun with your camera...!!!

reFresh reStyle said... Reply To This Comment

Awesome gift! I can't wait to see you work it, because your photos are awesome already :)

Suzy said... Reply To This Comment

Woohoo! That's wonderful, Becca! I've had that exact camera for a little over a year and love it. Sadly though, I haven't taken it out of auto yet, except to turn off the flash. The only tip that I have for you is what everyone has told me - purchase and take the Shoot Fly Shoot online course from The Lettered Cottage. I just recently bought it, but haven't taken it yet. :)

The Decorative Dreamer said... Reply To This Comment

I got this camera last year. It is wonderful but I have not really had the time to figure it all out. I've tried learning a few things but when I don't use it I don't retain it. Which is why the Mr. also bought me a guide book for the Nikon D3100. The book recently helped me a lot to adjust some settings I had previously set that were no longer working for me. I think bit by bit it is slowing coming together. Taking an online course sounds like a good idea too. Enjoy your new camera, you will love it!

Kristel said... Reply To This Comment

What a sweet husband! I own the same camera, and the only recommendation I have is to make your self use it in manual mode, it's the only way you will ever learn it, oh yeah, keep the manual near by as well. I have found great books online about this camera, with a lot of tips on how to use it. Good luck, you will love it!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said... Reply To This Comment

Hi Becca, Congrats on your new camera. Hubby got me a Canon Rebel and an additional lens for Christmas. I have a lot of reading and practice to do. Happy New Year.
xx, Sherry

Gypsy Heart said... Reply To This Comment

Yay! He did good didn't he? You will have so much fun with it.

Good luck with the "take down". I did that yesterday, however, I didn't have near as much to deal with. It's amazing how much "less" claustrophobic I feel with it all packed away. :)

Happy New Year!

Linda@Coastal Charm said... Reply To This Comment

What a wonderful gift. I purchased the online class from Kevin (The Lettered Cottage) and it is GREAT!!!


Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

Oh my gosh I just found your blog and I know, I just know, I have found a new path to stalk! Your home Christmas pictures have left me drooling in my coffee! I started taking my decorations down 2 days ago and make me want to decorate all over again. lol, just with all different decorations!! ps, and yes, I need a new camera too!

Traci said... Reply To This Comment

You're going to love it! I have the D5100. I've only had it a few months so I still don't know everything but it's awesome!

ileana-carmen said... Reply To This Comment

Hello Becca,
Happy New Year and the best of all!

Unknown said... Reply To This Comment

Congratulations! You are going to love it! Improve Photography has helped me the most. Good Luck!

Carol said... Reply To This Comment

I have the same camera, and I'm still learning! Really the best advice is to just start using it. You will get the hang of it and learn as you go. It's a great gift! Mine was from my sweetie a couple of years ago.

Definitely yes to digging through, organizing, and trying to get the Christmas stuff cleared up, packed up and stowed away!

Happy New Year!

Debbiedoo's said... Reply To This Comment

Awesome! Happy New Year sweet gal:)

Bonnie said... Reply To This Comment

Hi Becca, my name is Bonnie..I am new to your blog. I am enjoying your sense of style and decorating! Those Christmas trees are fantastic!! I was wondering how you decorate your home for January. It's one of those between holidays. I am going for a white, snowy theme..snowflakes, paper and crocheted garland, white candles, white tipped pine cones...things like that. I am curious to see how you will decorate for January...I am needing some good ideas!! Thanks.

Kristi said... Reply To This Comment

You will LOVE your new Nikon! I have the D5000 and the D90 and adore both! Just start in auto, then move onto auto without flash (the auto that has the little lightening bolt through it) then move onto "A" in the settings and you can play with White balance and ISO SOOOO much fun! Can't wait to see your new pics! :)

Eclectically Vintage said... Reply To This Comment

Lucky you! I just got my new dslr a couple of months ago - you're going to love yours! Just don't bedazzle, glitter or mod podge that thing!

thistlewoodfarm said... Reply To This Comment

What a lucky girl! I know you will take the most beautiful pictures! Happy New Year to you and I'm so excited you are going to Haven!


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Yvonne @ StoneGable said... Reply To This Comment

Back for a second look, sigh!

Becolorful said... Reply To This Comment

I am hoping to upgrade from my point and shoot later this year so I hope you will post about your learning curve and what you like best about your new camera. Congrats and a belated Merry Christmas.