I bought a new camera just before Christmas - I’ve been wanting one for ages and as it was the cheapest of the long list of gadgets I’ve been lusting after I thought I’d take the plunge.

I was really wanting a Canon 40D which is a digital SLR type camera, but eventually settled on the cheaper Canon 400D which is pretty much the same only different - as in it lacks some of the features of the more expensive 40D but will probably do me just fine.

The worst part is that I used to do a bit of photography when I was younger (pre-digital days), so I thought I would just pick it up and away I would go but it hasn’t been like that at all!

Of course, you can leave it work away itself pretty much on auto-pilot which is fine and dandy, but to get the best out of it you have to be able to set things up manually - which is my downfall at the moment.

I didn’t really have time to do any experimentation before Christmas and the Paris trip so I didn’t really use it very much when I was there.  Now that the holidays are over though I need to get out and about to get a hang of this lovely bit of kit.

Having bought the camera, of course now there are a million accessories to pursue but I don’t see the point in spending very much at this time - the only thing I would really like at the moment is a tripod.

I like taking long exposure pictures - of lights, night scenes, waterfalls etc so a tripod is really essential for these.

But having had a quick look around some photography sites today it seems the tripod market is like any other - there are literally dozens of them to choose from and then you have to decide on a head which you use to attach your camera to it.

So much choice - too much choice in fact!

More research methinks, but for now I’ll stick to practising with what I have.