I have a great giveaway planned for y’all today—trust me, you don’t want to miss this! I’ll explain all the deets at the end of this post…so stay tuned!
First, I wanted to give you a photography update since I haven’t written one of these posts in forever and a day. Sorry bout that! Let’s take a peek into my camera bag….I got this camera bag from Etsy back in July of 2010. I love it and it’s the perfect size to travel with. Though I can’t seem to find the exact one I have, check out similar bags here.
Now on to what I shoot with. I still use the same ol’ canon rebel that I’ve bought three years ago. It holds a special spot in my heart because it was my first “big” purchase—at the time, I couldn’t fathom spending close to $500 on anything! And while $500 is, obviously, a lot of money, now I know that in the photography world, it’s actually considered cheap. Ha!
If you are a photography newbie and really wanting to dive in head first, I highly recommend the same camera I have—the Canon Rebel T1i (although this isn’t exactly the camera I have—mine doesn’t have video capability like this one does). Honestly, I am in the market for a new camera these days but keep putting it off and getting new lenses instead….
Because it’s really not about the camera, it’s about the lenses! So let’s talk about those.
This is my standard lens—the 50mm 1.4. And look at all the crumbs on it! That’s embarrassing. You can tell that I obviously take really good care of my things.
This is the lens I have on my camera most of the time. A couple years ago, when I first met Todd and Diane, they told me if I buy ANY lens, make it the 50mm 1.4 because it’s so versatile! And they were right. After that first photography workshop, I immediately went home and bought this puppy and I’ve never regret it. A less expensive version of this lens exists—the 50mm 1.8—which is also a great option. However, I’ve found that you really get what you pay for! I used to have the 1.8 and loved it…that is, until it broke into my cereal bowl in a million pieces.
This lens is a fixed lens, which means you can’t zoom in or out. Here’s a shot that I took using it. I love it for these fun overhead shots:
I love that lens….and now I’m going to go clean that lens.
This is my other lens that I use in all my close-up food photography. This 100mm Macro lens is my heart and soul. I adore it. It’s also pretty new. I bought it in February when I really wanted to start upping my game in the food photography area. It was expensive but worth it for me because with it, I can get photos like this:
That beautifully blurred background and perfectly crisp object is what this lens is all about. I love it! It’s not versatile at all though, so if you’re not looking to get up close and personal with either your food or insects, I don’t recommend it. Plus, it’s huge and quite heavy! Not something you want to lug around with you all the time.
So those are the two lenses I use daily. Every recipe post you see on this site is shot with a combination of those two lenses. You definitely don’t need to break the bank though if you’re interested in photography! The stock lens that comes with the Canon Rebel is a great choice for everyday photos and one that I always take when we travel. Also, never underestimate your iphone! Sometimes my favorite photos are taken with my phone…like this one:
That’s Jaden’s sweet son running on the beach in St. Pete! I love this photo. I also love this one:
I can’t even tell you how many times my iphone camera has come in handy! They do say the best camera is the one you always have with you….(who is “they”?)
In terms of settings, I shoot in manual mode and try to only use natural light (never the flash!). Taking a workshop with Todd and Diane in 2011 and then traveling to Florida to help shoot the new Steamy Kitchen cookbook really taught me so much and helped me grow as a photographer. I still don’t know what I’m doing half the time, but that’s the fun of it! You really do learn by trial and error, and by just taking lots and lots of photos!
After I take my photos, I run them through Lightroom for a little editing magic….and that’s where the giveaway comes in (is anyone even still reading, anyway?)!
I will be giving away one copy of the brand new, just released Lightroom 4 software. I have it, use it and love it. And now, so can you!!
To enter to win the software, just leave a comment on this post–could be anything…just talk to me! I’ll then pick a random winner Friday night at 10pm PST.
This giveaway is sponsored by Adobe Lightroom. No purchase necessary to enter or win. Giveaway only open to legal residents of the United States. Eat, Live, Run is not affiliated with Adobe Lightroom and thus, assumes no responsibility for late or lost-in-transit prizes.