Wednesday, April 14

a little housekeeping …


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.) 





  1. I am with you all the way on this one Stephanie. We take the same approach to photography and the same cameras too! I never toss a photo either...there is always something that can be done. Vacation photos...always happy to look at those too. So interesting to see how people view the world:) Just love these pink sensations....wonderful!

    Have a good one..
    Jeanne :)

  2. Stephanie, your 2 cents were worth a million! Thank you for stopping by and giving me your opinion! I think I was leaning towards everything you thought. I have more decorating dilemmas that I will surely post about again!

  3. Thanks for posting this Stephanie. I actually have the same Canon that you have - have owned it for a few months now. I LOVE it but have no idea how to use anything on it. :o\ I do love the photos that I take with it, but since I only use automatic I know I'm not using it to its fullest potential. I seriously need to buck up and take a photography class!

    And BTW, I'm working on a camera bag (still in my head) and will let you know when it "comes out" and materializes. ;o)

  4. Your photos are gorgeous. I am not in to photography at all so just use a basic camera to catch my pic. I have a Fuji S5100 but can't find the instruction book now and so all I do is point and press! I'd like to do more but I haven't a clue how to without the booklet!

  5. The photos are gorgeous! I am such a bad photographer I never wonder what camera anyone uses. My camera is my iphone. Which works out the best for me, as I can barely figure out how to download those photos.

  6. Such an interesting and lighthearted post. I love the colours in your pictures!

  7. Taking photos is one of the things I love most about blogging. I've been thinking of upgrading my camera - I've been thinking of getting a Canon Rebel.


  8. Stephanie, still waiting for my super duper camera!
    Your photos are always gorgeous, have a fabulous weekend.

  9. gorgeous, gorgeous. love them all, especially the first one. the arbor and fence in the background - perfect. thanks for sharing!!!

  10. Thank you so much for your kind words Stephanie! I haven't advanced much further then pointing and shooting with my little D-Lux III, but I am blessed to live in Santa Barbara where I'm surrounded by gorgeousness- as it looks like you are as well. I LOVE your blossom photos- I want to fall into them. I also want to learn how to "watermark"- whenever that "free-time" comes rolling around!
    Re chubby toe photos- I have one of my boys that brings tears to my eyes every time I look at it- I might just have to share...

    Happy Weekend to you!

  11. Thanks for all the great camera advice! Now can you come here and show me how to use it? :)