Getting back into DSLR photography

Black and white picture experiment, an empty drinking glass, remotes and glasses on a low table; background is blurred

A couple of weeks ago on the Fediverse, somebody posted a picture of a bee taken with an old Canon Rebel XS DSLR and a telephoto lens. It piqued my interest, because I happen to have this exact same camera model at home.

The EOS Rebel XS/1000D was an entry-level digital single-lens reflex camera that Canon released back in 2008. I bought the basic kit with EF-S 18-55mm lens (29-88mm equivalent of full-frame 35mm cameras), with the plan to purchase an affordable telephoto lens at some point.

During the next 4 years I took thousands of photos. Mostly family shots, family pets shots, and product pictures for the work place (I was the designated “photographer” even though I had no experience). I tried to use the manual settings, but mostly I used it as a point-and-shoot.

Then I progressively used it less and less. I stopped using it between 5 and 6 years ago. I never did get that telephoto lens.

Why did I stop?

I tend to lose interest in things. But the main reasons were:

Why get back to DSLR photography?

What now?

I took my Rebel XS out of the closet and started shooting again, exploring its features. And I ordered a telephoto lens! :-D I can't wait to get it.

I took the camera to a bike ride last week (the pictures in my previous post were made with it), but I'll either have to figure out a way to fasten the camera bag on the handlebar (to free my rear pannier rack), or purchase a dedicated handlebar bag.

Compared to what's being sold now (including mirrorless cameras), the Rebel XS is hopelessly outdated. But I think I can still get nice pictures with it. I won't pretend that I know what I'm doing, or that the pictures I'm getting are any good. But I'm having fun! :-D

P.S. I'd like to thank ( for giving me the push to get my DSLR out!

Black and white photo of a black and grey tabby cat sleeping over a sofa's backrest

This post is day 8 of my #100DaysToOffload challenge. I'm making an English and a French version of each post, and I decided to count each as a day. If you want to join in this challenge, visit the 100 Days website.

tags : #EN, #100DaysToOffload, #photography, #DSLR, #RebelXS