If you’re wondering how I capture the magic here on the old blog, this is my story. My photography has been evolving since 2008 since I bought my very first “big” Canon dSLR camera. I took several workshops to learn photography as well as editing with Lightroom through Click Workshops. Since that time, it’s been a neverending learning process to figure out the best lighting and backdrops for my blog photos. I typically shoot in manual mode with natural light only, which means I turn off every overhead light or lamp inside my house when shooting my blog photos. After a few years of heavily practicing with my camera I am finally able to quickly figure out what settings I need an almost any light. If you are just starting your photography journey, I recommend practice, practice, practice!
And also really nice equipment doesn’t hurt! Here are the links to my Amazon Affiliate site to see my favorite photography equipment.
18-135 mm This is the stock lens that came on my camera, but I really like it for the extra wide zoom capabilities, both in and out. I use it a lot for wide angle room shots. Great for high ceilings or foyers.
Tamron 28-75 mm 2.8 lens This lens stays on my camera 90% of the time. It produces tack-sharp images and that low f-stop (2.8!) is awesome for low light situations. The zoom capability is not as good as the stock lens but the trade off is worth it for the image quality it produces.
Canon 85 mm 1.8 lens This is an amazing lens for family portraits or close-up vignettes but it has an extremely limited shooting range being an 85 mm fixed lens. You basically need to stand all the way across the house to get things in the frame. Produces gorgeous close-ups though.
Canon 50 mm 1.8 lens The fantastic plastic. This is a cheap lens that gives me great close-up vignettes with tons of bokeh but limited shooting range. This should be the first extra lens in any blogger’s camera bag.
Canon 55-250 telephoto zoom lens I have never used this lens. Oh wait… once I took a pic of a red-tailed hawk in the top of a tree in my yard with it just for fun. Otherwise, it’s never used, but it came with my camera so I have it.
Canon Speedlite External Flash I try to shoot with no flash but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. This is much better than a hard flash because the light can be bounced off the ceiling.
Targus Tripod I like this one because it flips 90 degrees to take both portrait and landscape shots. I wish it were a little taller, but it works for my needs.
Extra backup batteries You never know when your battery power will run out. This keeps me from having to wait on it to charge back up. I keep one on my charger at all times. Not all Canon dSLR batteries fit all cameras so make sure you buy the batteries your camera needs.
Shutter Release Remote Control I rarely use this, so I got the cheapest one available. It works fine for times when I need to stand across the room from my camera and snap the photo.
Elmers Trifold Foam Display boards (black and white) These are not IN my camera bag, obvi, but I use them all the time for backdrops and to bounce light. That picture up above? My black display board is the background.
I happily pay for the Adobe Creative Cloud monthly plan for photographers so I have access to Lightroom and Photoshop for editing my pics. I love Lightroom the most, but sometimes PS is essential.
To read more about how I edit my photos, click here.
My favorite place to learn is CreativeLive courses. They offer FREE online classes if you watch them live, or you can purchase the courses for a great price. I have watched so many of these for free and bought quite a few as well. They are great!
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