Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Dollop of Photography: My Camera Gear.

I have had several people ask photography questions lately, so I figured I'd write a post about my photography gear. Please keep in mind, I am a pro by NO means, but I've been hacking away at this hobby for the past 6 years, so I figured I'd just kind of give you a timeline of my gear. (For those of you who asked about this picture... I will address that question in a different post, so stay tuned!).
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I started out in 2005 with a Canon Rebel XT. I purchased the kit, which included the camera body and the 18-55 lens.

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A couple of months later, I purchased the Canon 28-135 f3.5-5.6 IS lens. At that point, I put the kit lens away, and shot solely with this lens. Then, I started saving my money for an eventual upgrade.

(6 years later)......
Several months ago we visited the drive-through safari that is in Northwest Arkansas. As I reached for my camera from the back seat, something messed up with my lens... it wouldn't extend past 70mm. While it still worked fine image wise, I knew this was the push I needed to finally upgrade my equipment.

Between that time (May 2011) and a couple of weeks ago, I was shooting with a Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens that I had purchased around Brayden's birth, but never really used consistently.
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For the past 3 weeks I've been shooting with my 100mm macro and my new Canon 60d.
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Then last Thursday, my dream lens came in the mail:
the Canon 24-70 f2.8L
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I love it, but I am still learning how to shoot with it. It's quite a bit more lens than I am used to, and I need to figure out the settings completely before I would say that I can consistently get great images out of it.

Some other gear I own:
- I try to shoot with natural light as much as possible, but if I can't, then I use a Canon 430ex speedlite flash.
- I own a Lowepro Nova 2AW, a Lowepro Toploader Pro 70AW, and a Lowepro lens case. I LOVE Lowepro... they have GREAT customer service, and their bags are high quality.

So there you have it. That's what's in my camera bag. I'll try to address some of the questions on how I edit my pictures in a later post. If you have any other photography questions, feel free to leave them in the comments!

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