Just a few things here. I’ve had some questions in comments and emails the past few weeks, and I thought I’d address a few of them now since I had a bit of time …
A few people asked what camera I use. I use a Canon DSLR – specifically the Rebel Xsi. I love this camera. I have thought about upgrading, but I prefer to spend my money at this point on better lenses. And if anyone cares why, by all means, let me know and I’ll explain. The Xsi is about $300 less now than when I bought it, which is bad for me, good for anyone who is interested.
I also use a little Sony Cybershot point and shoot. 12 megapixels on a tiny camera small enough to fit in a really small bag or pocket. This is pretty much my go-to in situations where lugging the big camera won’t work. Also, it’s lime green. What’s not to love?
The photos that I sometimes mention that I took with an old point and shoot were taken with an older Sony.
All that being said, and since I was asked, I strongly believe that while a great camera and lens can improve the quality of your photos, it’s only half the story. For me, I find photography, especially of my kids and trips we’ve taken, to be one of the most rewarding things I do. Look for beautiful moments and things around you and I promise you’ll find them. When you do, you’ll love your photos.
But I’ve asked other people what cameras they use too. I’ve asked Slim Paley, because she had mentioned she used a Leica in one post. Turns out it is the D-lux 3, which is as expensive as some DSLR’s, but isn’t one. She has a great eye, and Leica has great lenses, so the combination makes for some amazing photos.
Last question – other than adding in a watermark, these photos are straight out of the camera. I sometimes shoot RAW, which requires adjusting your photos, but since I have been taking a ton lately, I’m using regular JPEG all the time right now. I will usually mention if I’ve done any processing on a photo.
And you know how some people hate to look at other people’s vacation photos? Yeah, that is totally not me. Show me 100 photos of your kid’s chubby toes and I promise I will enjoy them all.
Thank you all for your comments on my photos – they make me smile. You really are the kindest, nicest readers. Every time I go to your blogs I find something beautiful and inspiring.
And because it just isn’t a post without pictures, I’m including some of those too. (I realize I need some new subjects, but I can’t pass up these beauties when they’re right out my front door.)