Friday, October 15, 2010

What Kinda Camera?

I've been asked quite a lot lately what kind of camera I have so I thought I would share the details with y'all in case anyone else is wondering. I currently shoot with an old Canon Rebel XT. I think it's about 5 or 6 years old. The poor thing has been dropped, scratched and yet still has served me well. Many people look at my pictures (for the record I don't always care about my picture quality when I blog so don't judge my camera for my laziness) and say, "wow, what kind of camera do I need to get a picture like that?" I would like to privy you to a tiny bit of information that you probably are already well aware of or maybe not. The camera is definitely not everything. Yes, it is extremely helpful and will greatly impact the clarity of your images and nicer cameras have so many more features to let you manipulate lighting, motion etc. but some other things to consider: lenses are also very important and lastly 99% of the people whose pictures I oooh and aaah over, edit their pictures to suit their liking. My pictures often come out nice but, sometimes a tad too dark for my liking even if I meter them correctly so I usually lighten the images with software on my computer. I also try really hard to use the manual modes on my camera as often as I can because I am able to get better exposures than what the auto setting captures for me. These days you can get great pictures with a nice point and shoot camera so don't feel like you have to spend a lot or go all out! If you are wanting a professional grade camera such as the last two I've shown in the pictures below, the 50D and the 5D are absolutely amazing (also very expensive) and would be a great invenstment if photography is your passion. I love that cameras have come such a long way and are getting much more accurate in auto mode so everyone can enjoy great pictures now!

What kind of lens do I shoot with? I am poor so I shoot with best quality offered for the lowest price....(well, I am by no means poor but, I will say I would definitely upgrade my lens if I could afford to but, for now I am very content with the one I have)...I shoot with a Canon 50 mm 1.8 f lens. It was about $100!! Seriously, for the quality it offers you really cannot beat that price. It is a prime lens which means that it does not zoom in or out and is designed primarily for sharp portrait style pictures. It has flaws as all things do. Color wash out being the most frustrating thing but, this can be corrected with a few simple editing steps. Otherwise I love it. The reality if if you love photography, work at it with whatever camera you have until you can upgrade. I used to do photography challenges with my point and shoot in manual modes and loved it! I am currently saving my booty off for the Canon 50D. I would love to buy the Mark II but, for now the 50D will be a very nice upgrade, especially since I am pursuing photography as a career at this time. I have a whole slew of nicer lenses that I will invest in eventually. Any questions? What camera and lens do you currently shoot with and what camera and lens would you love to have?

I'm saving hard for the 50D at this time. It has so many features that my current camera doesn't. I'm giddy with excitement about owning it someday...but till then, gotta be patient. :-)


  1. I think my girl friend, the one who got married last weekend, has a Canon Rebel. My hubby loves photography too, but he doesn't think he's any good. His photos are great and I've told him so but he may not believe it himself. He uses a Nikon D70, I don't know more specs but I can ask.

    Happy Friday to you!!

  2. I have a Nikon D3000. Their lowest grade DSLR I want to upgrade to the D90 soon. Would like an even better one, but the D90 would be good. I use a 35mm 1.8. I love it!! I use it most of the time.

    I agree it is the person that makes the photos better, not the camera. I will stick with my D3000 for now. :D

  3. Not always true when they say...size matters:-) hehe. You take great pictures and you are right, it is more than the camera. You can have the most expensive one and take boring pictures...however, it can help to have a high grade one! I wouldn't know though since I have a Nikon D5000...always gotta get your feet wet with something right?

  4. Nice camera - I want a new one! I have a Kodak camera and am not sure what kind as it's been stuck in my desk at home for about a year...I've been bad and haven't bought batteries for it which means I have missed out on SO many picture opportunities. :(

  5. My hubby just bought me the Canon EOS Rebel XS, and I love it! I need to get better with all the functions, but like I said I love it!

    Happy Friday beautiful lady!

  6. I have the Canon XS...i just feel like I don't know how to use it well. I always shoot in auto b/c my pictures are crappy in manual. I bought adobe photoshop elements 8 and it confuses me. I usually don't let things whoop me but I really feel i need a class on the program. What editing software do you use?

  7. I just wrote you on FB, sorry. Yeah, what photo editing program do you use? My main goal is to be able to take beautiful pics of my kids with the background blurred. Love your pictures!!!!!!!

  8. I LOVE my canon 20D and my photoshop CS3! :-) But you already knew that.

  9. okay, I just have to say that I love your new family picture!


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