"Photography to me is catching a moment which is passing, and which is true." ~ Jacques-Henri Lartigue
When I began this month long blogging challenge the best piece of advice I got was from Sue Bruyns (@sbruyns) when she said that my photographer's eye will become my writer's eye, constantly looking for the next idea for a post. Sue was right. Along with being more present I have found myself being more observant to the things happening around me, using my photographer's eye. Photography is a passion of mine. It's something that I picked up in my early thirties and have continued to work on my craft. I'm asked often about tips and tricks, what I like to shoot, and what equipment I have. So here you go!
Camera - I have a Canon 6D. It's an entry level full frame camera with a 20.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor that also has wifi and built-in GPS. Of course there are lots of other technical specifications but the one I like the most is the ability to shoot in low-light situations.
Lenses - I've got a problem when it comes to buying lenses. I want them all. But what I have learned over the years is that a great lens is worth it. Currently I have a 50mm 1.2, 135mm 2.0 and a 16-35mm 2.8. Each serve me well and each have a purpose for me depending on what I am shooting. The 50mm I use mainly for people shots. The 16-35mm I use for landscapes and street photography and the 135mm I use in all situations.
Software - To edit and catalogue my photos I use Adobe Lightroom. It is simply the best software on the market for photographers as far as I'm concerned. Currently in my database I have over 22,000 images. Remember to become a better photographer you need to take more pictures.
Accessories - I have 2 flashes and 2 different types of camera bags that I use depending on where I am going. I use an expodisc for perfect white balance, tools to keep my camera clean and a variety of filters too.
TIP: I have 2 external hard drives. One acts as my working drive and the second is my backup drive. By using this setup I can be assured my photographs won't be lost.
Online tools - If you're into photography you've probably heard the saying "The best camera is the one you have with you." In a way that's true. Although you can never get the quality of photographs from an iPhone that you will from a digital SLR if you don't have a device with you, the moment will be lost. So I always have my iPhone 6Plus with me. Not only can I use it as a remote trigger for my camera I can use it for Instagram and Flickr as well. When I take pictures that I want to share with family and friends I use Pixieset. A great site for photographers to share, deliver, proof and sell online. It's free and has options to upgrade if you want.
So that's a brief look my photography tools. But what has really spurred this post is our grade 8 graduation ceremony tomorrow night. This year our theme is red carpet Hollywood. I'll have a photo area set up just like you'd see on the red carpet. The kids are excited and so am I. I hope to share some of the pictures in a few days.
I'd be happy to answer any of your questions about photography. I certainly don't have all the answers, but I love to help people.