In My Camera Bag {GIVEAWAY!}

by jenna on April 18, 2012

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.

Anyway.

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.

 

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Meg April 18, 2012 at 2:47 am

I have the same comment and love it Jenna! Your pictures are all really good and capture everything nicely :)

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Lindsay April 18, 2012 at 2:52 am

Amazing giveaway! I would love to win!

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Caitlin in MD April 18, 2012 at 2:55 am

I am *this* close to buying my first DLSR. I have an almost-2-year-old and would love to capture all his milestones with something better than my point and shoot. Would love to have more editing capabilities, too, so this is a timely giveaway :)

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Jeannine April 18, 2012 at 3:02 am

I’m pretty new to photography so it’s nice to see what lenses you use for your beautiful photos. I was not sure what to get in terms of editing software, so would love to win this giveaway. Great site!

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Mo April 18, 2012 at 3:04 am

Just bought my first expensive camera…a Canon S100. I was torn-spend $425 and get a digital camera with great stock focus…or get a Rebel for $600 and be able to add on later?

My college bank account said, $425…photos are worth more than groceries (and clothes, coffee, all the other things I would probably end up spending the money on).

-Morgan

p.s. Not sure if you watched the Yoga Girl video I posted for you, but I can’t get that song out of my head!

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Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) April 18, 2012 at 3:08 am

My husband would love this software! Love your blog.

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Tara @ A Daily Dose of Fit April 18, 2012 at 3:08 am

I’ve been thinking about getting a new camera. It would be fun to explore the use of a DLSR, rather than a point and shoot. This software would be a step in the right direction. Right now, I’m just using Photoshop to edit my images.

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Kim @ girlevolving April 18, 2012 at 3:09 am

I would love this for my husband!!

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Emily @ Life on Food April 18, 2012 at 3:10 am

This post is so timely as I am looking for a new lens. Now I have to pick which one of the two. I love up close photos but I am thinking the more versatile one is going to be then winner.

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Ellen April 18, 2012 at 3:11 am

I have just started looking at cameras, and haven’t had the time to talk with people about suggestions for good ones, or what the difference is between the lens. This post did just that! Thanks :)

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Sarah April 18, 2012 at 3:12 am

Wow, what a great giveaway! You have come such a long way in your photography since the early days of your blog. I love learning about what equipment you are using.

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Bridget April 18, 2012 at 3:19 am

WOW! I have been pining over this software for so long! Would be so excited to try it! Thanks for hosting the giveaway! Love your blog!

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Kate April 18, 2012 at 3:22 am

I have a Nikon D5000 and love it, especially for capturing photos of my 6 month old daughter. :)

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Beki April 18, 2012 at 3:23 am

Some great info here, thanks! I love your blog and it’s nice to know how you get such amazing photos :) My boyfriend is hugely into photography and is trying to teach me- I’m a slow learner but it’s great fun, and very rewarding when you get that perfect beautiful shot!

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Jen April 18, 2012 at 3:23 am

I have the same camera and love it!!

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Maja April 18, 2012 at 3:25 am

I used Picnik to edit my pics. A little ashamed of that, but it was soooo easy. Maybe it’s time to start editing my pictures like a grown up…

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Mo April 18, 2012 at 3:51 am

I do too! I’ve been editing like crazy since they gave out free premium…but I’m saddened by the fact that it closes down tomorrow :’(

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Mara @ What's for Dinner? April 18, 2012 at 3:26 am

I have, use, and adore Lightroom 3 and am saving up for 4! As for the lenses, I have a zoom lens and 50mm 1.8, but a 1.4 will be purchased this summer. It’s a necessity now!

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Danielle April 18, 2012 at 3:28 am

I would love this! Cute camera bag, by the way!

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Ashley April 18, 2012 at 3:30 am

I use a canon rebel at work and I love it! I need to buy myself one now…

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Molly April 18, 2012 at 3:31 am

I am just getting into photography, and while I have a MAC…the photo editing programs are pretty basic and dull. Excited for this giveaway!!

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Christine S April 18, 2012 at 3:31 am

Love the camera bag…just got my first dslr and while it’s pretty overwhelming I figure I just have to keep shooting!

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Hilary K. April 18, 2012 at 3:32 am

This is such an awesome giveaway! Thanks, Jenna!

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Katie April 18, 2012 at 3:33 am

I shoot with a Nikon, and have gone from taking pictures of everything to mostly taking pictures of my two sons! I am really lazy about editing my pictures, so would LOVE to have this software! And Jenna, I’ve been reading your blog since the beginning- you rock!

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Kate April 18, 2012 at 3:39 am

I am new to posting on this website and to photography. I have been along time reader, about 4 years now. I just love eatliverun! I would like the chance to use Adobe Lightroom and get the chance to dive in head first.

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Kristen @ notsodomesticated April 18, 2012 at 3:40 am

I would love to win the giveaway … I need all the help I can get when it comes to my photography! ;)

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Allison April 18, 2012 at 3:43 am

Great post! I love when successful food bloggers share their photography tips and tricks. It’s so helpful! By the way, I have the 50mm 1.8 lens and it’s a great option for me, and the accidental lens decorating you’ve done looks a lot like mine :) I find vanilla buttercream very hard to scrub loose!

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Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming April 18, 2012 at 3:43 am

I’m learning to improve my photography, and Lightroom would be awesome for my pictures! I hope they can be as good as yours someday :)

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Katie @wishandwhimsy April 18, 2012 at 3:44 am

Lovely photos and I would love the bag. Thanks for a great blog.

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Lauren April 18, 2012 at 3:45 am

This could quite possibly be one of the best giveaways I’ve seen all year. I would die for Lightroom software!!!

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Shep April 18, 2012 at 3:48 am

i spent this past weekend in the outer banks, nc, and our little divey motel room literally opened up onto the sand. all i had to do was open the door to see the sun rising each morning… photographing sunrises is my absolute favorite hobby, regardless of whether it’s with my rebel or my crappy non-smartphone camera.

p.s. — i don’t even like lime-flavored anything, but that photo with the macro lens makes my mouth water. you’re very talented!

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Emily April 18, 2012 at 3:49 am

Just the other day I hinted to my boyfriend that it was time to get a nice camera! We have a small digital one that works nicely, but we’re living in Europe for awhile, and I beautiful surroundings deserve a little more attention! Thanks for the helpful info and fingers crossed he took the hint. :)

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Talar April 18, 2012 at 3:51 am

Thanks for the amazing giveaway! Your photography is beautiful, I am always admiring it. I’m still learning to use all the different functions on my camera, and Lightroom software seems AMAZING (although overwhelming as well!)

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Jenny April 18, 2012 at 3:51 am

Such a great giveaway!! I would LOVE to have this to edit my photos with!!

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Kayla April 18, 2012 at 3:53 am

I love that picture of the key lime bars that you took for the recipe.. the colors are just amazing and it’s so rich and decadent!

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Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest April 18, 2012 at 3:54 am

I have a Canon DSLR too and love it. I do use my iPhone a lot too and it takes great photos. Would love a copy of Lightroom!

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Julia April 18, 2012 at 3:56 am

I have a cannon camera and was just thinking about buying some new lenses, so this post really helped a lot. I read your blog everyday and I swear things that have been on mine always become answered when reading my daily dose of Eat, Live, Run. So Thanks for that :)

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Michelle April 18, 2012 at 3:56 am

I love my Canon DSLR too — and have been curious about using LR4! Thanks for the chance!

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Erin April 18, 2012 at 3:58 am

What a fantastic giveaway! Those lime bars look absolutely amazing… Wish I had one of those for breakfast this morning ;)

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Jessica @ the Learning Curve April 18, 2012 at 3:58 am

OMG I would love to have lightroom! I too have a canon rebel and I love it… it’s a really versatile camera for beginners like me. :) I suppose I should join the 21st century and get a smartphone soon too…

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Allywan April 18, 2012 at 3:59 am

Love Lightroom. I have version 3. I would love 4.0.

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Ellen April 18, 2012 at 4:00 am

My sweet wedding photographer is just starting out. This would be perfect for her!

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Freja April 18, 2012 at 4:01 am

Oh man. I’ve been eyeing the Adobe Lightroom software for a long time but have just stuck with the inferior Picasa because it’s free. Lightroom looks more awesome, though.

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emily @ emily-eats.com April 18, 2012 at 4:04 am

I am a new food blogger and would looooove that software to help me with my photography! PS- I looove your blog, keep it up!

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MaryM April 18, 2012 at 4:04 am

Love your recipes and pictures! I have a good camera just can’t seem to get the light just right.

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Erin April 18, 2012 at 4:05 am

Oh, great giveaway! I have the 1.8 and do love it – I’d love a macro lens next. This software would be great because I have over 500 pictures from a trip to Europe that I still haven’t gone through yet!

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Erin April 18, 2012 at 4:05 am

This is amazing! I got a camera for Christmas this year and have been considering investing in some software to fiddle with my photos!

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Stephanie April 18, 2012 at 4:07 am

I could do so many things with that photo software! Thinking wedding picture project!

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Lauren April 18, 2012 at 4:09 am

I love your photograpy and would LOVE to win the Lightroom software! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Melanie G April 18, 2012 at 4:10 am

Just discovered your blog Jenna – love it! Thanks for all of the great recipes and tips!!

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Pam April 18, 2012 at 4:10 am

Wow what a great giveaway. Being a creative person I have spent a pretty penny on Adobe products but have never purchased Lightroom. Would be fantastic to win! :)

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Karen H. April 18, 2012 at 4:14 am

We just got a Canon Rebel for Christmas this year (or was it last year?….). Anyways, love it! Love your site and especially love the picture of the Greek yogurt cheesecake.

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Julia April 18, 2012 at 4:15 am

I love that camera bag!!! I just purchased a new nikon and therefore am going to need a new cute, bag as well thanks for the link! :) xo

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Carrie C. In VA April 18, 2012 at 4:16 am

I need to win so I can improve the pics I take of my kids!

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Emily April 18, 2012 at 4:16 am

I love that bag! Your photography on this blog has improved so much over time :)

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Karlee April 18, 2012 at 4:17 am

i need this, my pictures are scary.

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Jenn April 18, 2012 at 4:18 am

Jenna I love lovd love your photos – I comment on them every post. It sets your blog apart. I think I can feel the love behind your photos and recipes….yes that’s cheesy but what I’m saying. And,yes! The iPhone can produce great shots!

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Cheryl Heppermann April 18, 2012 at 4:20 am

I love your blog & your recipes!!

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey April 18, 2012 at 4:21 am

I used the Lightroom trial version for about 2 months and I fell in love. Then I cried when my trial was expired.

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Natalia April 18, 2012 at 4:23 am

I lovelovelove my DSLR! I’d be stoked to win.

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Mallory April 18, 2012 at 4:23 am

Jenna, thanks for this update! I always like to hear what other people are shooting with and how they are shooting…quite helpful in learning new techniques, etc…
Thanks again!

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Kayley April 18, 2012 at 4:24 am

I so would love to take a photography workshop. I have a Canon camera that I love too (don’t have it with me to say the exact model), and I have two adorable but fast-moving children that I can’t seem to get good quality pictures of! I’d love this software too to play with the images I do have of my kids…

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Britton April 18, 2012 at 4:24 am

I am a fairly new reader and besides the content one of the first things I noticed was your pictures and how great they were!!! I would love to win this software and learn more about editing!!!

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Kimberly Heath April 18, 2012 at 4:25 am

I would love to have lightroom, I’ve been hearing about this software for a few years, but haven’t given in to buy it. Very nice article!

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K @ The Chic Teach April 18, 2012 at 4:26 am

That shot of the dessert bars is truly beautiful! It kinda makes me want to take more up close photos :-)

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Anna April 18, 2012 at 4:26 am

That cupcake picture still makes me drool :)

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Blair April 18, 2012 at 4:27 am

Love your blog!! My friend just bought a new SLR and it’s now on my list – I love photography.

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marianne April 18, 2012 at 4:28 am

im glad to hear that half of the time you dont know what you’re doing! If not knowing yields THESE pics, then maybe I’ll be able to get some good results too!!

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Dale April 18, 2012 at 4:29 am

Just purchased a new camera and am still learning to use it. I have a son who plays a multitude of sports and am trying to learn to shoot action shots. Editing sure would help!

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Aeran April 18, 2012 at 4:31 am

Love your pictures! Love your blog! Would love to win! :-)

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Marnely Rodriguez April 18, 2012 at 4:31 am

I’d love this program! Definitely need all the help I can get with my pictures! Loving that camera bag!

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Laura April 18, 2012 at 4:33 am

Great post! Thanks for the photography update :)

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jane April 18, 2012 at 4:34 am

crossing my fingers! i love my 50mm as well, but being a shorty, i need a stool to get those coveted overhead shots!

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Nicole A April 18, 2012 at 4:34 am

Photography is a new passion of mine! This would definitely come in handy!

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Caroline @ chocolate & carrots April 18, 2012 at 4:36 am

I love Lightroom 3…I’m curious as to how Lightroom 4 is better! :D Thank you for the giveaway!

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Marlow April 18, 2012 at 4:38 am

Thanks for sharing the lens you love!!! Very helpful :)

Fingers crossed! I would LOVE Lightroom!!!

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Molly @ RDexposed April 18, 2012 at 4:38 am

You should have put up some before and afters-befores being with your point and shoot. You’ve learned so much which makes me want to do the same!

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laura April 18, 2012 at 4:39 am

I really hope I win. I’ve been wanting lightroom for a long time! Thank you!

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Nicole April 18, 2012 at 4:40 am

I love my 50mm and macro lenses! I learned about and then got my 50mm after reading about how great they are on your blog. Thanks for sharing your lens story.

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nilam April 18, 2012 at 4:40 am

I’ve been using the same canon rebel I bought 5 years ago now (the eos). I love it though, and keep choosing to get a new lens over a new camera too.

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Kayce April 18, 2012 at 4:40 am

Now that I have a little girl, we take thousands of pictures. It would be wonderful to have a program to edit with!

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Ahn Ei April 18, 2012 at 4:41 am

Thanks for sharing! :) Have a great day!

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Joanna April 18, 2012 at 4:42 am

I’m 2 weeks away from giving birth to my 1st baby (Brielle Elizabeth). I’m *hoping* for a new DSLR from my hubby. Lighroom would be amazing to edit pics of my new baby girl!

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Susan April 18, 2012 at 4:43 am

Now I’m waffling back and forth…do I buy a new camera (that I’ve been dreaming of forever…) or my very first tablet??

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Katie Didit April 18, 2012 at 4:45 am

I used to have photoshop way back in college, but then my computer blew up. Literally, caught on fire. I would love to have lightroom on my new computer!

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Shelley April 18, 2012 at 4:46 am

Oh my gosh i would LOVE to win this!! I really want to start my own blog and this would come in handy for sure!!

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Carissa April 18, 2012 at 4:46 am

I am researching DSLRs to buy one before our first baby arrives in June and this post was really helpful! (and winning Lightroom would be such a pick-me-up for this hugely pregnant and ever-more-cranky gal!)

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Donna April 18, 2012 at 4:46 am

Oh my gravy, the photography is the hardest part of blogging, in my opinion – honestly, i spend more time lamenting my lack of skills in the editing department…don’t get me started on chasing the “good light” around my house!! You have no idea how much I could use this!! Thanks for sharing! :)

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Kathryn April 18, 2012 at 4:48 am

Lightroom! Ack! My friend and photo fiend who has generously loaned me one of her cameras for over a year has been bugging me just as long to buy Lightroom….please can I have it! Purrty Please?

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Mary April 18, 2012 at 4:49 am

I got my “fancy camera” for Christmas and there hasn’t been a single day gone by that I haven’t played with it. I promised myself I’d only shoot in manual and it’s been such fun figuring it all out. I am ready to up the ante though, with both new lenses and software and I’ve had my eye on Lightroom 4 for a few weeks now. Would LOVE to win!!

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Cory April 18, 2012 at 4:49 am

Love you and your blog even though you shoot Canon ;)
-Nikon girl here who also adores her 50mm 1.4

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Sarah April 18, 2012 at 4:49 am

Mmmmm, lime bars. They look so tantalizing!

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Carolyn April 18, 2012 at 4:50 am

What an awesome give away! I just bought an “expensive” camera (for me anyway) and can’t wait to get it in the mail! I have been using my iPhone to take pictures for the last year or so and while they take amazing pictures I need a little something more for the blog /etsy world! :)

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Jill @ JillEats April 18, 2012 at 4:51 am

This program looks amazing! I definitely want to focus more on my photography skills and enhancing them for my blog, and this would be a step in the right direction for me to get a little more professional about food photos. Love love love your blog so much, and can’t wait to make those lime bars!

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Betty N April 18, 2012 at 4:51 am

Thanks for the chance and for the amazing pictures!

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LO April 18, 2012 at 4:52 am

I have a Canon Rebel that I barely use… you’ve inspired me to pick it back up! And the Lightroom software wouldn’t hurt either! Thanks for the giveaway.

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Katrina April 18, 2012 at 4:52 am

Oh my!! This is such a great giveaway! Thanks!!

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nicole zacharias April 18, 2012 at 4:53 am

Love you website and your photos!
nicolezacharias@hotmail.com

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Megan April 18, 2012 at 4:54 am

Good for you for acknowledging the good old iPhone photo! Sometimes I feel like I should be using a nicer camera, but when the opportunity hits, I get some awesome shots just with the phone :)

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Elizabeth April 18, 2012 at 4:55 am

I just started saving up for a DSLR. In addition to taking pics of food, I hope to bring it with my when I travel!

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Sarah April 18, 2012 at 4:56 am

Your pictures are gorgeous!! I’ve been wanting to get into photography so this would definitely help motivate me!

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Samantha April 18, 2012 at 4:56 am

Haha I always wonder who “they” are… My boyfriend got me a Cannon Rebel for Christmas & I’m loving it. I really need to take a class to really learn how to utilize everything though. Thank you for the giveaway! You always have the best pictures.

xo
Sam

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Sarah @ Belle on Heels April 18, 2012 at 4:58 am

I’m a new follower and never would’ve know you weren’t a photography pro! One of my goals this year is to invest in a nice camera and improve my photography skills. This software would be one less thing to buy :)

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ginna April 18, 2012 at 4:59 am

What a great giveaway! Your photos of food and life are beautiful — thanks for sharing all of your tips! :)

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Jeannette April 18, 2012 at 4:59 am

I just got my Canon for Christmas and although I love it on auto, I’m too afriad to mess with it myself LOL. Intimidated, if you will. But I think I’ll sit down and mess with it one of these days :) Your pic of the lime bars looks amazing!!!

Great giveaway!! Always been curious about lightroom!!

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Leela April 18, 2012 at 4:59 am

I love your blog and your photos are always amazing. I have a canon eos and haven’t mastered the manual mode yet. It takes fantastic pictures, but having a great software to help me capture the memories of my kids growing up would just be amazing!!

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Laura April 18, 2012 at 5:00 am

I’m really getting into photography. My husband bought me a camera about a year ago, and I am about to enter a season of life where I’ll have more time for a hobby like that! So that software would be just fab.

Love your blog! I recommend to friends all the time!

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Julie April 18, 2012 at 5:00 am

What fun pictures. I love reading your posts. My daughter (also a foodie) would love having this software, and I would love to win it and be able to give it to her! P.S. Gonna make that ice cream very, very soon, although I don’t see me sharing it, so it appears I’m going to have to make 2 batches so my husband doesn’t whine. :)

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Jessica Z April 18, 2012 at 5:01 am

Thanks for the photography post! As an amateur photographer, I love hearing about what lenses/equipment you use! Its been super fun watching your photography skills evolve over the years! Keep the camera posts coming! :)

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Stacey A April 18, 2012 at 5:01 am

LOVE all of your pictures!!! Thanks for sharing you thoughts and opinions about the camera you use. I am looking to invest in a camera and love hearing everyone’s opinions!!!

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Allison April 18, 2012 at 5:02 am

I wish I had more time to learn about photography. Maybe once I graduate college? I have a big graduation trip coming up and would love this software to make my point-and-shoot pictures look as amazing as possible!

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Jenn April 18, 2012 at 5:02 am

I would love to use that software! My kids are in lots of activities, and it would be nice to have better quality pictures of them.
You’re pics are AWESOME by the way. You DO know what you’re doing.

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Emily April 18, 2012 at 5:03 am

Such a great giveaway! I am very close to buying my first DSLR for an upcoming tri to Europe.

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alicia April 18, 2012 at 5:03 am

I would LOVE to have that program! So many amazing capabilities…especially when using it to shoot things we love – people & food come to mind first :)

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Hannah April 18, 2012 at 5:04 am

I got a Nikon for graduation from my sweet parents. Moved to Jackson, WY and used it all the time! Now I am back in SC, not so much.. Maybe having this software would motivate me to take pictures of my beautiful state! Thanks Jenna!

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Jessica April 18, 2012 at 5:04 am

Love your photos, thanks for the info on how you shoot them! Would love to win Lightroom as my husband and I like to think of ourselves as amateur photogs :)

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Shannon April 18, 2012 at 5:05 am

I’ve heard so many great things about lightroom, would LOVE to give it a try!! now to go search for camera bags, I’ve been in desperate need for awhile :)

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Alexandra Rodriguez April 18, 2012 at 5:05 am

I just got my first canon rebel a few months ago and LOVE it. I can’t wait to invest in some lenses and keep playing around and learning more about taking good photos. Hopefully I win!

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Jaclyn April 18, 2012 at 5:06 am

Hi Jenna! Love the blog. On a trip for work driving from Tucson,az to Tuscaloosa, Al. Spending some quality time with my Rebel this trip, however Texas is proving to be less than inspiring. :)

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Katy April 18, 2012 at 5:06 am

I have a Canon Rebel Xsi and love it! Thanks for the info on your different lenses! Love your work!

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Misti April 18, 2012 at 5:07 am

Love your food pics!

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Brian April 18, 2012 at 5:07 am

Great post! It’s inspiring, I’m in the market for a camera and your lenses choices and body choice seem to be the way to go! Thanks for the advice!

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Natalie April 18, 2012 at 5:08 am

I really, really want to get good at photography. I have a nice camera but I would love to have some editing software…just in time for kids!

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Cait H. April 18, 2012 at 5:08 am

OMGosh that bag is cute. I’ve always wanted to get into photography; your photos are amazing.

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Gina G April 18, 2012 at 5:09 am

I am in my last two weeks of college (just for the semester, I will be a junior) and CANNOT wait to be done. 6 more exams to go….counting down haha.

Thank you for this opportunity!

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Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) April 18, 2012 at 5:10 am

I’d love to win because I have great interest (and serious need) in improving my photo quality… especially now with a baby girl to take pictures of :)

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Nikki April 18, 2012 at 5:10 am

I love your photos!…I definitely come to the blog mostly because your photos are so captivating and mouth watering. I’m in the process of developing my own website for a small referral business and it would be wonderful to have great photo-editing software to spice it up!

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Colleen April 18, 2012 at 5:10 am

I love your blog! I’ve been dying for software, and I love hearing about the equipment you use. Fingers crossed!!

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Liz April 18, 2012 at 5:11 am

Ooh, I’d love to win that! I really want to become a better photographer.

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Chrissy April 18, 2012 at 5:11 am

I have been into photography since I was a kid and was so happy when i got my dSLR a couple of years ago. I have been wanting to get into editing the photos on my mac, so winning Lightroom would definitely give me the push I need to get on it!!

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Jeannie April 18, 2012 at 5:12 am

I really enjoy your blog – it has inspired me to shake things up a bit in the kitchen!

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Peggy DiPietro April 18, 2012 at 5:12 am

Been following you for many years now! Love you site and photography!

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Jessica April 18, 2012 at 5:12 am

Would love to step up my photos with this software!

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Cori April 18, 2012 at 5:13 am

Wow this looks AMAZING! I’m just getting back into photography, used to love it in HS and wanted to go to NYU for it, but my life changed. Now I’m re-kindling that love and this would be great!

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jenny April 18, 2012 at 5:13 am

you rock! love your recipes, love your posts, everything! :)

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Marianna Geter April 18, 2012 at 5:13 am

I talk about you and what you have made as though I really know you. Like we are friends. My husband used to think it was weird, but now he thinks he’s on “first name basis” with you too! ha!

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Leah April 18, 2012 at 5:14 am

I’m taking a class to learn how to use my Canon but still have so much to learn. Love your camera bag.

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Catalina @ Cake with Love April 18, 2012 at 5:14 am

I would love to try lightroom, ur photos are gorgeous all the time!

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Stacia April 18, 2012 at 5:15 am

I love my dslr!

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Michelle April 18, 2012 at 5:15 am

I’ve been thinking about taking a photography workshop, now I defnitely want to after reading this post! :-)

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Rhianne L April 18, 2012 at 5:15 am

I would LOVE a copy of Lightroom! What a great giveaway – thank you. :)

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Kate April 18, 2012 at 5:16 am

I have been going back and forth for quite a while now about purchasing that exact camera! I think it’s time to just go for it. Your photos are always stunning!

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Steffany April 18, 2012 at 5:16 am

Oh man I would loooooove to try Lightroom !!!!

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Bethany @ One Girl's Taste On Life April 18, 2012 at 5:17 am

Love your posts, Jenna! Your photos are always so vibrant!

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Katie April 18, 2012 at 5:18 am

i love your food pictures! i’ve been living in egypt for the last year and your pictures always make me super hungry… luckily i’ve been able to adapt some of your recipes with egyptian ingredients.

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Stacey April 18, 2012 at 5:18 am

OMG, how exciting! and boy do I need some excitement right now. I’m a photography newbie, also have the Canon Rebel. Just bought a new lens. Having a blast learning. Love your blog! Love you!

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Kristen Anderson April 18, 2012 at 5:19 am

Love your photos! Would love to be able to edit mine nicely! :)

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Emily S April 18, 2012 at 5:20 am

Love your blog, love your recipes, love your photography. WOULD love your free copy of lightroom!! My husband would be very happy, too, because I would stop begging him to splurge and buy it for me! By the way, he already loves you for your recipes, so it’s not like you really need brownie points with him anyway…but still — winning this would! be! awesome! :)

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Amie April 18, 2012 at 5:20 am

I would love to get into photography! You always have such great photos and recipes on your website!

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Betsy April 18, 2012 at 5:21 am

I would love a copy of this software!! Just bought my first. If girl camera a few months ago and am slowly learning – would be so fun to start using some editing tools!

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Jen G. April 18, 2012 at 5:21 am

I would love to win Lightroom!

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Máire April 18, 2012 at 5:22 am

What are those divine lime bar type things? And where can I get the recipe? My mouth is water! Amazing photo

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Sara April 18, 2012 at 5:22 am

I love my Cannon too but I definitely need to look into getting a macro lens for my close-up photography. Your photos are beautiful!

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Carleigh April 18, 2012 at 5:22 am

Thanks for the helpful advice. The pictures on ELR never disappoint so it’s fun to learn how you achieve such great shots. Happy Wednesday!

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Sara April 18, 2012 at 5:22 am

I’ve always loved your photographs and am impressed to learn you shoot mostly in manual. Although, I’ve taken the dial off of fully automatic, I haven’t quite learned to shoot full manual. I’m afraid I’ll mess up the pictures (I tend to shot mostly travel photography). Keep up the good work!

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Kellie @ Blackboard Kitchen April 18, 2012 at 5:23 am

Hi Jenna, such a great giveaway idea. I’ve heard a lot about Lightroom, but have yet to give it a try! I’ve been trying to up my photog game of late, too – new camera for Christmas, daytime only shots. Thanks for all the great tips!

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Beth April 18, 2012 at 5:23 am

I think this holiday I’m going to ask for money for a DSLR. I’ve wanted one for awhile, I just can’t bite the bullet and spend a ton of money. But for sure I’m going to get one over Christmas. I have always loved photography and while I love my little point and shoot camera, it’s just not doin it for my food blog. I can’t wait to have one. I really enjoyed reading this post, it was helpful and I know that I’ll be coming back to read it in a few months when I start researching cameras! Thanks Jenna!

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Jenny April 18, 2012 at 5:23 am

I’ve been wanting a nice camera for so lunch, I’m hoping to purchase in the near future! Thanks for the informative post!

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Cathy @ Showing Up April 18, 2012 at 5:24 am

I am still taking photos with my iPhone. Would love to upgrade to a better camera – or at least better editing software!

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katherine w. April 18, 2012 at 5:24 am

looks so cool! I’d give this to my emerging photographer sister and she would eeeaat it uppp.

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Julia April 18, 2012 at 5:24 am

This is a great giveaway! And your camera bag is so cute!!

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Amber Palmer April 18, 2012 at 5:25 am

I got a Nikon D5100 in September and am slowly learning how to use it. I also just got the 50/1.4 lens for my birthday in December and am loving it!

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Hannah Hawley April 18, 2012 at 5:25 am

I have looked at getting Lightroom several times. Then I don’t because I just use a point and shoot, but I would love to win it. It would get put to a lot of good use.

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Isabella April 18, 2012 at 5:26 am

Man that takes great pictures hope i get th softwear!

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Jennifer April 18, 2012 at 5:27 am

I have been a reader for a while and love how great your photos have become! I work with PSE now but would LOVE to get my hands on Lightroom – I’ve heard great things about it!

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Emily April 18, 2012 at 5:27 am

I hope I win! Love your blog!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 18, 2012 at 5:27 am

I’ve been debating between buying a new lens (macro) OR Lightroom for the past little while since I took my camera off of auto and finally put it in manual.. if I were to win this, I could do BOTH! :)

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Courtney April 18, 2012 at 5:28 am

Hi Jenna. Love, Love, Love your blog! You’re very good at what you do. Would love to win the giveaway; I have heard great things about Lightroom. Thank you for the chance.

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Beth April 18, 2012 at 5:29 am

What an awesome giveaway! I myself am not a photographer but my husband is and I know he would love this as a father’s day gift!

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Carryn April 18, 2012 at 5:30 am

Thanks for the photography post! Here’s to hoping I win the Lightroom software!

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Brittany April 18, 2012 at 5:30 am

I am also an “advanced amateur” (as my photography teacher called us) and love playing around with my DSLR. I have a Nikon myself, and new lenses are at the top of my wish list! Love your blog, btw :)

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Mariah April 18, 2012 at 5:30 am

I’m a photographer newbie and am very anxious to learn all I can about it. Also I enjoy your blog immensely; it’s one of the only I make sure to check every day!

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KRISTY April 18, 2012 at 5:31 am

We just came back from our wedding/honeymoon trip to Puerto Rico. I took over 800 pictures in 7 days with our Rebel! Now that I’m back home looking through some of the pictures thinking that they could use just a bit of “touching up” ….a few of the rain forest pictures came out super DARK. I would be interested to see what kind of magic software like this does!

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Kellie April 18, 2012 at 5:31 am

i second your must have lenses! especially the 50/1.4… it is aaaahhhhmazing (espeically for the price!)
I would love to have a copy of lightroom… i edit with PSE8 but keep wanting to experience LIGHTROOM!

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Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living April 18, 2012 at 5:32 am

Fantastic giveaway! Despite upgrading to a DSLR this past winter, I’m still using iPhoto for editing. Lightroom 4 would definitely bring my photos to a new level =).

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Mareesa April 18, 2012 at 5:34 am

I LOVE that beach shot! My Canon (Daisy, as I refer to her) travels with me everywhere around Savannah so I can get great shots like that one! I’d LOVE the new software to help me get better shots to display in my new home :) Kepp posting!!

Mareesa

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Courtney April 18, 2012 at 5:34 am

I hate using the editing software that comes with the MAC, and would LOVE to have more tools to work with! Plus, I’m feeling lucky…;)

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Hannah April 18, 2012 at 5:35 am

Great giveaway. Thanks!

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Lindsey April 18, 2012 at 5:36 am

I’m so intimidated by fancy editing software, but super intrigued as well. I have a one year old that I love to photograph. Thank you!

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Espie April 18, 2012 at 5:36 am

Jenna, are those lime bars? They look delicious. Where can I find the recipe?

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots April 18, 2012 at 5:36 am

what an awesome giveaway!!

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JennieS April 18, 2012 at 5:37 am

Great pictures! If I win, I’ll need to do a little homework on all this. I keep saying I’m getting a new camera and then never do! lol!

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Savina April 18, 2012 at 5:37 am

Fingers crossed for a win! Thanks for the giveaway.

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Lindsey April 18, 2012 at 5:38 am

Love your blog and your photos! I would love to try the new Lightroom!

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Courtney April 18, 2012 at 5:38 am

Love this post! I’ve been eyeing that macro lens for a while now…you’re pictures look great! I use photoshop but have been wanting to try out Lightroom – have heard great things about it.

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Beth April 18, 2012 at 5:39 am

I have always wanted to take great pictures but it seems like my interests have always been focused on school and work and i get too tied up to do anything else, but you are absolutely right about he iphone i use it allllll the time! So in a sense i am a photographer lol
p.s. Love your pictures=Beautiful!

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julie April 18, 2012 at 5:41 am

Hi Jenna! I just recently got my first ‘good to me’ camera. Only in the $300 dollar range but hey it gets me in the game. I’m hoping to go far with it and your photos are always such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing!

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megan @ whatmegansmaking April 18, 2012 at 5:42 am

great giveaway! I would love to win. I currently edit with Picasa, but I’m sure I could do a TON more with lightroom.

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Maura April 18, 2012 at 5:42 am

Awesome giveaway! My bestie is really into photography & I would love to gift this to her for her upcoming birthday!

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Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean April 18, 2012 at 5:44 am

love reading lens reviews on your blog! someday i’ll get to your level :)

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Hello Kimmy April 18, 2012 at 5:44 am

Thanks for sharing. I am at that point too where I want a new camera but shutter at spending $500 on one.

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Emilie April 18, 2012 at 5:44 am

I was wondering how you always get your food to look like I want to lick the screen! Thanks for sharing :o)

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Kristyn Carvalho April 18, 2012 at 5:45 am

I just invested in the Nikon d90! I am such a newbie with photography but I it love with it. I also love your blog!

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pam April 18, 2012 at 5:45 am

great giveaway. I love all of your recipes..Are you going to be doing anymore of your gma’s recipes? I loved those..they reminded me of going to my gma’s to visit..have a great day.

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heather April 18, 2012 at 5:46 am

Photography is dangerous- the more pictures you take the more lenses you want!

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Kelly April 18, 2012 at 5:46 am

Ah, I would LOVE the win Lightroom 4! I’ve been so afraid of it for so long, and I think it’s finally time. :) Here’s to photography! Here’s to winning!

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Christine Crumbaugh April 18, 2012 at 5:47 am

I love the recipes that you have been sharing of your grandmother’s. We love to make things from our grandmother’s recipe box also.

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Jen April 18, 2012 at 5:47 am

Ah, your pictures are always so pretty! I really want to get more into photography myself.

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Emily April 18, 2012 at 5:49 am

I’ve just recently started exploring photography, so thanks for sharing some easy to understand information. I’m not familiar with Lightroom and would love to add it to my library of software!

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Melissa April 18, 2012 at 5:49 am

We take lots of pics at our house. My husband loves photography and sells digital cameras and my nearly four year old daughter takes pics with her own camera.

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Megan April 18, 2012 at 5:49 am

ELR is my morning cup of coffee, and I love to take pictures…just sayin’.

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sewfrench April 18, 2012 at 5:50 am

I use a Nikon D7000, it’s a pretty sweet camera, too! I’ve never used Lightroom, I’d love to give it a try.

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Kimberly April 18, 2012 at 5:50 am

I took photography in high school and loved it! This program would make my pictures so so so much better!!

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Biscuit April 18, 2012 at 5:51 am

I just got a new computer and can’t find my CS software! this would help so much!

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Mellissa April 18, 2012 at 5:51 am

I love Lightroom and would love to upgrade to 4!

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Rebecca M. April 18, 2012 at 5:52 am

Yes, please! I admire photography so much, including yours. It is something I would love to become better at. Winning would make my heart sing:)

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britt April 18, 2012 at 5:52 am

the 50mm 1.4 is my favorite too. but i’m a nikon girl all the way ;)

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Amanda April 18, 2012 at 5:53 am

Awesome giveaway! I could really use something to up my photography. Thanks for the chance!

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Jenn April 18, 2012 at 5:53 am

Jenna – Thanks so much for doing a photography update! I’ve been biding my time with purchasing a “good” camera (my husband and I could really use one) so this information is definitely helpful!

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Jane April 18, 2012 at 5:54 am

I would love to up my photo game a bit! Thanks, Jenna!

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Lisa April 18, 2012 at 5:54 am

I also have the 50mm 1.4, what a little gem that baby is. Your photography is inspiring and makes me want to keep up with my hobby.

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Sara April 18, 2012 at 5:54 am

I am just getting into photography, so this is really helpful. I love your blog and photos!

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Andrew April 18, 2012 at 5:55 am

Thanks for the cool photos Jenna!!

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Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove April 18, 2012 at 5:56 am

We use a Nikon D3000 and love it! It would definitely be great to use Lightroom4 (instead of constantly playing around in photoshop).

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Emily April 18, 2012 at 5:56 am

I have loved watching how your photography skills have increased and become more refined over the years! You are an inspiration!

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Lisa April 18, 2012 at 5:56 am

I love your blog and really need to hear from you like um, every day!lol more posts on real life too please! I can’t get enough of you and your exciting life!
(ok this comment was all meant to sound like a compliment, not creepy…sorry if it sounds creepy! LOL You ROCK! over and out!)

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Laura-Ashley April 18, 2012 at 5:56 am

This post comes at a PERFECT time for me!! I just got my FIRST “serious” camera (the Canon Rebel!) for my birthday and am SO excited to start playing around with it!! Thank you so much for sharing the link to where you bought your camera bag – I’ve been in search of one. As always, great pleasure reading your blog!! It makes my mornings :)

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Mansee April 18, 2012 at 5:57 am

I loved reading about those lenses! My brother got me a fancy camera for Christmas because he knew I was holding out on starting my own food blog until I could afford one (so sweet!) but am now looking for a different lens to change up some of my shots. That photo of the lime bars just kills me – so pretty!

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kimj April 18, 2012 at 5:57 am

hey! I love your site and this giveaway!

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Em April 18, 2012 at 5:57 am

Awesome! :) :) So thankful for your blog!

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Christina April 18, 2012 at 5:58 am

I would love to win this software! I’m a big fan of your photos and your blog!

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Tasha April 18, 2012 at 5:58 am

Jenna – your photography, food and otherwise, is always so beautiful! Thanks for doing this giveaway…my husband and I love Lightroom!

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Maja April 18, 2012 at 5:58 am

Your photographs are stunning! The mouthwatering photographs–those are the kinds I aspire to take myself. I want to take photographs like you! It takes skill, of course, and great lenses.

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Urban Wife {Live Faithfully} April 18, 2012 at 5:59 am

Hi Jenna! What a great giveaway. I could definitely use something other than my current photo editing programs – Lightroom is perfect! Thanks for the opportunity. :)

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joelle (on a pink typewriter) April 18, 2012 at 5:59 am

I love photography and really want to start upping my game as well, like you said.. It’s time I put more time and dedication into it!

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Sarah@sarahssweetlips April 18, 2012 at 5:59 am

Oh, wow! I would love to win this. I’m just getting into photography and would have so much fun making my pictures look better. Thanks for the giveaway, Jenna!

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Ashley Smith Mikkelson April 18, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Photography talk excites me… !!!

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Colleen April 18, 2012 at 6:00 am

Oh wow! I actually just got a Canon T3i yesterday, and this would be the perfect addition!

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Shelly April 18, 2012 at 6:00 am

Hey Jenna, I recently became interested in photography. Recent as in, last month! I just got to South Korea and will be here for one year. I’m writing a blog about my experience, and ever since, I have become obsessed with photographing this country. Anyway, great giveaway! :)

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JMine April 18, 2012 at 6:00 am

I luuurrve Lightroom but I don’t have a nice shiny new version. Have you tried Photomechanic? It’s fantastic for quickly doing selects and renaming photos. It doesn’t take forever for it to load the raw previews like LR does.

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Kristie April 18, 2012 at 6:01 am

It’s hard to be a law student and find time to shoot in natural daylight (…because the stacks of casebooks block all windows). An editing program would be amazing for documenting some stress-baking.

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Debbi April 18, 2012 at 6:01 am

I’m IN! What a great giveaway, and I love that we don’t have to jump through a lot of hoops … who has time for hoops these days?

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Vicki April 18, 2012 at 6:01 am

I am a newbie photographer myself. . .I’m enjoying my new camera (Nikon D3100)!

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Lauren L. April 18, 2012 at 6:02 am

Very sweet! I would gift Lightroom to my sister…She is really into shooting in raw, so we patiently wait as she adjusts the camera before each shot. Since I know literally nothing about photography she is responsible for capturing all of the family’s memories!

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Kristen April 18, 2012 at 6:02 am

I have loved watching your blog grow over the past few years. Thank you for sharing your passion with the rest of us!

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Cait's Plate April 18, 2012 at 6:02 am

I LOVED this post! I’ve admired your photos for a long while now! I too have both a prime and a macro lens and now I just need to learn how to really use it!!

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Valerie B April 18, 2012 at 6:02 am

Great info. on lenses. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Anne April 18, 2012 at 6:03 am

I’ve heard of Lightroom before but never used it — it seems like the blogger editing software of choice!

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Veronica April 18, 2012 at 6:03 am

I have been wanting to try this software!

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Alicia @ The Reluctant Home Cook April 18, 2012 at 6:03 am

I love your food photography tips! Thanks!

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Lauren April 18, 2012 at 6:04 am

I never underestimate the power of the iPhone camera! But I’m guessing Lightroom produces some better quality photos :)

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Molly April 18, 2012 at 6:04 am

Thanks for your advice on lenses!!

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Mai April 18, 2012 at 6:04 am

My trial of Lightroom just expired, so I’m really excited about this giveaway…Lightroom is amazing!

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Sarah April 18, 2012 at 6:05 am

Love that camera bag! I’ve been looking for a pretty, yet durable camera bag too.

I have an older version of Lightroom, so it would be great to upgrade. Sometime you’ll have to do a post on how you edit pics!

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Abigail April 18, 2012 at 6:05 am

Your blog and the perspective you bring make me happy!! I’ve been following you since you moved to California. I grew up in Oregon and moved to Tampa… kind of opposites:) I am just starting my own nutrition consulting business and am doing all sorts of research. Your blog is good inspiration!! Thanks!!

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Emily Fischer April 18, 2012 at 6:06 am

Just bought my first DSLR over the summer, still getting the hang of it, but I love it. Great giveaway- I’m definitely hoping to be the lucky winner!

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Line Laflèche April 18, 2012 at 6:06 am

I am reading this blog for two months now and I love your site. It’s my second time I dare to leave a comment… Anyways, we have the SAME camera as you and we do love it too. Keep up with the awesome work – you make me smile everytime I read you!

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Lauren April 18, 2012 at 6:06 am

Awesome! I have been wanting to try out Lightroom so I would LOVE to win!! Thanks!!

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Lindsay {life and kitchen} April 18, 2012 at 6:07 am

Your iPhone pictures make me wish I had one! So pretty!

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Ashley April 18, 2012 at 6:08 am

Love your blog! Thanks for the great photography tips!

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Laura @ The Traveling Owl April 18, 2012 at 6:08 am

Beautiful photos! Thanks for the giveaway.

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Sandy April 18, 2012 at 6:08 am

I love your blog and have been following since you live in Florida. Inspiring!

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Stephanie Markey April 18, 2012 at 6:09 am

I am hoping this comment takes. The first one kept coming back as an error, so if two show up that’s why :0) My hubby and I have been saving to get a new camera. I finally have enough to get it. I would love this software to use with it!! I am looking forward to capturing so many special moments. Your pictures are gorgeous. Thanks for the chance to win!

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PaigeP April 18, 2012 at 6:09 am

I would absolutely love to try some new photography software. I have been using a free online version for years. It’s simple to use and doesn’t cost anything, but doesn’t really do my pictures justice. Thanks for the chance to win!

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Terri April 18, 2012 at 6:10 am

Hi Jenna, I love your photography! You have a great blog for reading paired with the photos. Keep it up!
I <3 Etsy!

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Stephanie April 18, 2012 at 6:10 am

i have the same camera and LOVE it! I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone as well. All i need is some *awesome* photo editing software because it makes a world of difference! Thanks, Jenna!

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JenFromDallas April 18, 2012 at 6:11 am

I have been a great fan of yours for a couple years now and cannot wait for your book to come out. Thanks for keeping us inspired everyday!!

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Phoebe April 18, 2012 at 6:11 am

Hullo!
This is a very schweet giveaway. I’m going to keep all extremities crossed.
bisous.Xphe

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Barbara April 18, 2012 at 6:11 am

awesome giveaway! i love hearing about your photography, because it is something i’ve always wanted to get into, but never feel like I have the time! its inspiring.

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kathleen April 18, 2012 at 6:12 am

hi jenna!

love your blog, been following for some time now. keep it up :)!

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Erin Hack April 18, 2012 at 6:12 am

Thanks for the info! I’m just starting to play around with photography and appreciate your insight. I also LOVE your blog and can’t wait to read your book!

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Ali O April 18, 2012 at 6:13 am

This is a fantastic giveaway! I would probably cry from excitement if I won. haha For the record, I will always read to the end of your posts, even if it seems as though you’ve just rambled on forever. :-)

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Angie RB April 18, 2012 at 6:13 am

My husband and I love your recipes and we are having so much fun making lots of great food and trying out new dishes. Thanks for making dinner an adventure again!

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Angie H. April 18, 2012 at 6:14 am

I’ve been thinking about taking the plunge and splurging on a DSLR so this giveaway is perfect timing! I discovered your blog a few months ago and can’t wait for your post each day!

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Dana April 18, 2012 at 6:14 am

This Christmas I was incredibly lucky to receive the Canon Rebel from my parents! I’ve been busy finishing up school and cannot wait to start experimenting with it. I love baking and of course, I love documenting my creations!!! Love your pictures and thank you for all the great camera info!

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Anne Weber-Falk April 18, 2012 at 6:15 am

My husband likes to photograph his collection of Hot Wheels. He then posts them on the website. He would get a lot of use from this giveaway. That photo of your keylime bars is still amazing. I could almost take my finger and swipe it across the bar on the top to taste it. Wow.

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Gennin April 18, 2012 at 6:15 am

Hey Jenna! I have been reading your blog for a few years but rarely comment. Your photography has come a long way! I especially love all your camping pix! Keep’em coming!

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katie @KatieDid April 18, 2012 at 6:17 am

I use a 35mm f/2 lens on my rebel for everything from food to faces and nature and love it. I’m looking to upgrade sometime in the near future though… will look into the 50mm!

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leslie April 18, 2012 at 6:17 am

Thanks for the giveaway– and the lovely photography!

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Natalie Menser April 18, 2012 at 6:18 am

I adore your blog! I especially enjoyed the posts when you were working through your great grandma’s recipe cards. It inspired me to talk with my 93 year-old grandma about her recipes last Thanksgiving when I visited her, and she gave me her marvelous handwritten cooking journal. She unfortunately passed away over Christmas, but I have enjoyed working through her recipes and in some ways getting a glimpse into my family’s cooking history; her journal has recipes from many women in the family. :)
Thank you for that inspiration! The journal is such a treasure.

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Amanda April 18, 2012 at 6:19 am

I really want a nice camera, right now all I have is my iPhone. But I do love most of the pictures I take with my phone. Thanks for this post, very informative and helpful! :)

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Jes Dirrim April 18, 2012 at 6:20 am

I have always loved taking pictures. I am really close to just breaking down and buying a good camera. Maybe I can tell the BF to buy me one since he won’t buy me a ring… hummm. haha

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Jacqueline April 18, 2012 at 6:20 am

I love all of the pictures in this post!!!

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Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac April 18, 2012 at 6:20 am

AH! I would love to have Adobe Lightroom! I need some serious help with my photography, and am not able to use natural light unless I’m cooking on the weekends. Love your blog Jenna! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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Amy April 18, 2012 at 6:20 am

Love your blog! Thanks for the info on the lenses. Your photos are beautiful!

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estroJen Zabala April 18, 2012 at 6:21 am

Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for a few years now!! I am going to purchase my first rebel this weekend so I am excited!!

Keep up the great work!!!

estroJEN

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Cassandra April 18, 2012 at 6:21 am

Do you happen to have any rhubarb treat recipes coming up for us? Looking forward to eating as much rhubarb as possible this season!

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Jacquelyn April 18, 2012 at 6:21 am

Love your recipes and photos! I run a nonprofit in Birmingham AL teaching tennis and life skills to inner city kids! This software would be awesome for our photos!

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Dorothy April 18, 2012 at 6:22 am

I’m definitely going to keep your recommendations for photography equipment in mind… I’ve been dying to get a new upgraded camera!

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Rachel April 18, 2012 at 6:22 am

Your pictures are always SO amazing!! I’m still rocking the old school film version of the rebel. Film?! What is that?? Who uses film?!

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Robin @ our semi organic life April 18, 2012 at 6:23 am

What a great giveaway! Great photos!!!

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Amy April 18, 2012 at 6:23 am

I just bought my first DSLR and have so much to learn! Thanks for the tips, i love your photography.

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Julianne April 18, 2012 at 6:24 am

Great giveway! I’ve been wanting to up my game in photography with some new gear. Just waiting for that tax return.

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Michele April 18, 2012 at 6:25 am

Just bought a new camera so this gift would be perfect!!!

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dairyfreechick April 18, 2012 at 6:26 am

Anything? Ok…
I think you should ship your baked goods as a give away… just sayin’ I’m sure that would be popular and a new way to connect with readers. :D

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brandi April 18, 2012 at 6:26 am

wow – great giveaway! i’m embarrassed to say that I never do ANY kind of editing – I don’t have photoshop, lightroom – anything! winning this would be huge and so exciting!!

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Kay April 18, 2012 at 6:26 am

I always admire your photography because I love the “natural styling” and lighting they have! I’d love to try this software program.

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Jenny April 18, 2012 at 6:27 am

I am dying to try out Lightroom. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

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Margarita April 18, 2012 at 6:27 am

I have always been a big admirer of your photos Jenna! Thanks for telling us what lenses you use for different photos that you take. This is a great giveaway. Hope I get lucky!

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Becca Walsh April 18, 2012 at 6:28 am

Hi! I somehow stumbled on your blog several months ago (I don’t actually remember how) but I have fallen in love with it ever since! I really enjoy food photography, and your posts are always an inspiration. Also, your pinterest ROCKS. :)

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Ginger April 18, 2012 at 6:28 am

I would love to get more crafty with my picture taking, the program is the missing element. Thanks for the opportunity! Baked those strawberry cupcakes for Easter and they were a hit!

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Jillian April 18, 2012 at 6:28 am

Your pictures are beautiful and I would love to be able to edit photos of my travels & my wonderfully adorable nephew :) Thanks for sharing!

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Ingrid April 18, 2012 at 6:29 am

loved this post. i try to shoot in manual too, but my shots never come out that good. i definitely need practice. but my iphone shots? they are always amazing, haha!

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Jess April 18, 2012 at 6:30 am

What an amazing giveaway!! I do not have a good photo editing program- I would love this!!! Happy Wednesday!

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Hilary April 18, 2012 at 6:30 am

Jenna, I love love love your blog! Your photos are always beautiful and make me want to live on the edge and FINALLY purchase a macro lens. Also, your banana bread cupcakes with cream cheese frosting are my go-to for any event. Or I just make them for me. hehe

P.S. I would REALLY love to win this giveaway!! I’ve always been super curious about Lightroom!

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Christy April 18, 2012 at 6:30 am

Love your website!!! Hubby would love this!

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Stina April 18, 2012 at 6:31 am

Apparently wordpress thinks I’m leaving comments too quickly with my first comment of the day….weird.

I love that camera bag!

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Megan {Country Cleaver} April 18, 2012 at 6:31 am

I have the 50mm 1.8 lens and it’s changed my photos like, Woah! But I would love to test out a 1.4 next and see the difference. I love lenses, my bank account however – does not.
I use Aperture for my Mac, but I keep hearing so many fantastic things about Lightroom – maybe I should change it up? Hmmm… Thanks for the opportunity!

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Jen April 18, 2012 at 6:32 am

Jenna – I love your site! Thanks for all the DELICIOUS recipes. You’re the first site I go to when I’m trying to find a recipe for anything I’m dreaming of eating.

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Jenny April 18, 2012 at 6:32 am

Love this giveaway! Would love to start doing more photography!

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Shannon April 18, 2012 at 6:32 am

Thanks for the giveaway! You food photos are always drool-worthy :)

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Kassia Pisklak April 18, 2012 at 6:33 am

Hello from the Lowcountry! I currently use a Nikon D80 which was purchased on a whim in London, after my Canon Rebel (which had served me well for several years) broke down on the FIRST day of a trip to Europe! I would love to get the opportunity to use Lightroom after hearing so many wonderful things about it.

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Sarah F. April 18, 2012 at 6:33 am

Not sure if this posted twice but let’s try again!

Your photos are always beautiful! I have a crappy point and shoot but I seem to take pictures of everything so an editing program would be amazing! Especially as I just moved and want to decorate my house with pictures that I’ve taken rather than paying for art. What a great giveaway!

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Sara April 18, 2012 at 6:34 am

We have been looking into a new camera for an upcoming trip to Alaska and heard the Canon Rebel is awesome! Thanks for the confirmation!!

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lina April 18, 2012 at 6:34 am

You are SUCH a talented photographer, Jenna! Keep it up!

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Anna April 18, 2012 at 6:34 am

I’ve always wanted nice software but my student budget doesn’t allow!

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Cari April 18, 2012 at 6:35 am

What a fun giveaway! Thanks Jenna, you’re awesome!

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Lucinda April 18, 2012 at 6:36 am

Your pictures are gorgeous whether your using the Canon or your iPhone – says something about the photographer! ;) I’ve only ever used Photoshop for editing but would love to play with Lightroom. I hope, i hope.

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Melinda @cookingalamel April 18, 2012 at 6:36 am

I love your photography! I’ve been using a point-and-shoot for a while now, and I just recently started to understand some of its manual settings (I have a fancier one), and I’ve really noticed a big difference in my photography. I’m almost ready to take the leap to a digital SLR!

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Rachel B April 18, 2012 at 6:37 am

Great giveaway!! I hope i’m the lucky winner!

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Jo April 18, 2012 at 6:38 am

Oooh, I would love to try Adobe lightroom! I’ve used Aperture for a couple years now and it’s okay, but so slow!

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lourdes April 18, 2012 at 6:38 am

Love your bag! I’ve been looking for a new one forever now!

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Bridget April 18, 2012 at 6:38 am

I have the cheaper 50mm lense you were talking about…I love it, but yeah it would be nice to upgrade!!
I’d LOVE to get this software!!! I’ve been thinking about it for a while now!

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Erica April 18, 2012 at 6:38 am

I’ve been wanting to get in to photography and this post just inspired me even more! Thanks for all the great info!

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Allie April 18, 2012 at 6:39 am

I love lightroom! I’ve been reading for years and your photography has really come a long way, ‘atta girl!

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Jodie April 18, 2012 at 6:39 am

I always love how beautifully you capture the food in your pictures Jenna. Makes me want to reach out a take a bite, which is why I often end up making many of your recipes I guess. Thanks for sharing the great shooting tips! :)

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Jenna | The Paleo Project April 18, 2012 at 6:40 am

Hey Jenna! This is such an amazing giveaway, thank you so much. I have been food/photography blogging for a little over one year. I feel so grateful that I was given a Canon Rebel camera and a big lens for graduation one year. Since, I landed myself a macbook and have become obsessed with the whole process. I am in love with all my gadgets and find myself photographing any and everything. However, I have no editing software. I was just thinking the other day, “It’s too bad Christmas and my Birthday are both so far away (january birthday), I would so be asking for the new Lightroom”… anyway, this would be such a perfect addition to my career. Talk to you soon, Jenna Antonelli

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Sheena April 18, 2012 at 6:40 am

Hi Jenna! Thanks for giving us a look into your camera bag (which is gorgeous, by the way). I would really love to have this new software, and it would definitely come in handy. Also, as always, I love all of the bright, saturated colors you use in your photos :)

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Rachel April 18, 2012 at 6:40 am

I admittedly still use a point and shoot…I can get nice photos with it though with some patience. I’m looking forward to post-school employment…maybe I can splurge on something fancy!

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Kayla S April 18, 2012 at 6:41 am

Wow, soo cool Jena! Love your blog and reading little pieces into your life. You’re amazing!

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Shelby April 18, 2012 at 6:42 am

Anything that can make my photos better would be an awesome treat,,, that ,, and maybe making that chocolate spice cake recipe later!

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Diane April 18, 2012 at 6:42 am

~Peace~ :)

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molly April 18, 2012 at 6:43 am

omgoodness. I have wanted Adobe Lightroom for.ev.er. but couldn’t find the money to pony up for it. I use my cell phone camera ALL the time – it’s TOTAAAAALLY okay to use :) hehe i love this!!

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Trish W April 18, 2012 at 6:43 am

Love reading your blog. You are very talented photographer. Aftrer reading all of your tips, I’m considering trying it out.

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Linda April 18, 2012 at 6:44 am

While most of my photos are currently with my iPhone camera, I have been trying to learn more about photography with my Canon. I have also noticed most of my photographs on said phone are of food…think it just makes it taste better when you can take a photo of it right??? Love your blog and your photos!

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Jenn April 18, 2012 at 6:44 am

Do you consider your style hipster, classy, or just Jenna? :-D ps I’m rocking my 10.5 week old baby and she just looked at me, smiled, cooed. Love.

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Angie April 18, 2012 at 6:44 am

I have been wanting to get a 50/1.4 lens and I think you just made me want one even more :)! I love Lightroom! It would be great to win the updated version!

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Chrissy April 18, 2012 at 6:45 am

I have been thinking of purchasing a Canon Rebel for a couple years now. Maybe this will be the year. Your pictures are always amazing!

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DessertForTwo April 18, 2012 at 6:46 am

Thanks for this post!

I’ve been using Photoshop Elements, but I would love Lightroom! It seems so much easier!

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Crystal April 18, 2012 at 6:46 am

I have the Rebel and absolutely love it! I also love your blog! I am similarly from the South and lived in the Bay Area for six years.

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Tamara April 18, 2012 at 6:47 am

I would absolutely love to win! I just recently got married in October which has been the joy of my life and I am obsessed with taking photo’s! Crossing my fingers and saying my prayers! :)

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Jennifer April 18, 2012 at 6:47 am

What a great post for a photographer newbie like myself! Thanks for the inspiration and, of course, the giveaway!

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Pippa@sundaysupperswithpippa April 18, 2012 at 6:47 am

Thanks for the post, it was very helpful!!

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Hannah April 18, 2012 at 6:48 am

I’m loving photography lately… but I mostly take pictures of children, not food. I have the 50mm 1.8 lens and use that all of the time. In fact, my stock lens is sitting here at my computer, OFF of the camera, and has been here for weeks… I just would rather use the other lens! Editing, though, is definitely a weak spot for me. But I am inspired!

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Kathy B April 18, 2012 at 6:48 am

Fantastic giveaway, Jenna! I’ve had my DSLR since 2009 and I still only shoot with the kit lens … the two you use have been on my Amazon Wish List for a couple years, though, waiting for “some day.” :) And I would love to win an edition of Lightroom, as I’ve been making do with Photoshop Elements (a REALLY old version!) for quite some time, and it would be awesome to experiment with some modern technology ;)

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Erin April 18, 2012 at 6:48 am

Thanks for all the camera and lens advice! I have been concentrating on improving my photography recently and thinking about purchasing a new camera; I only have a point and shoot. The Canon you are using sounds perfect and I’m already pretty loyal to the brand!

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Katelin April 18, 2012 at 6:49 am

We have the same camera, but our pics don’t turn out quite as beautiful as yours! I need a Jenna lesson! :)

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Meghan April 18, 2012 at 6:49 am

I’m just starting out with my Canon Rebel T3, and am so excited to learn more about it. It’s already clearly superior to my old point-and-shoot, even in my amateur hands.

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Melanie April 18, 2012 at 6:50 am

I would looooove to win your magical photo software! Yur pict-ures are so darn purdy. ;)

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Feisty Eats April 18, 2012 at 6:50 am

Great giveaway. Thanks for the chance!
FeistyEats

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holly April 18, 2012 at 6:50 am

since i was hoping to get that macro lens before discovering it is more than $1000…i guess i will settle on editing magic in lightroom :)

crossing my fingers hard on this one!!

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GRAMMIE2MADDIE April 18, 2012 at 6:51 am

I have always loved your photos – and have often wished mine could be similar. I would love to have this software!

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Kim April 18, 2012 at 6:51 am

Love your blog and love your pictures!

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Miller April 18, 2012 at 6:52 am

I’m dying to learn Lightroom and hoping to splurge on the fixed 50mm soon….keep waiting for a decent used one to pop up on eBay! Love your blog, Jenna — you keep my cooking interesting!

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Tori April 18, 2012 at 6:52 am

I love your food photography… I did my senior thesis in graphic design this past term on baking and did all of my own photography, and used your photos during my pitch to the advisers to get the project approved. You are truly an inspiration!!

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Renee Scott April 18, 2012 at 6:53 am

I would love to be able to edit my food photography for my blog and really amp it up to the next level! Thanks for the giveaway..love reading your blog!

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kevin April 18, 2012 at 6:53 am

Nice post. I am trying to get into photography and I think this is just the info I was looking for!

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Alisha April 18, 2012 at 6:53 am

Hi Jenna!
Your blog is a wonderful light in my life. As a stay at home mom of 3 with a culinary degree your posts keep my creativity flowing. Many blessings to you!

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Julie April 18, 2012 at 6:54 am

Love your food and photography!!!!

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Alex @ Alex Eats Green April 18, 2012 at 6:54 am

I am currently using a Nikon D40 but am in the market for a serious upgrade – with both video and photography capabilities. Thanks for posting this – super helpful!

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Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel April 18, 2012 at 6:54 am

I’d love to win, and I’d also love to DEVOUR those lime bars…. YUM!

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Elisabeth April 18, 2012 at 6:55 am

Awesome giveaway, Jenna! Would love to win!

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Wrymes April 18, 2012 at 6:55 am

New to your blog. Love it!
Thanks –
Whitney

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Kristen L. April 18, 2012 at 6:56 am

Getting ready to buy my first DSLR! This would be perfect to go with it!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen April 18, 2012 at 6:57 am

I bought my T3 last June and until 3 days ago (when I got the 50mm f1.8 for my bday) solely used the stock lens it came with. I don’t think people realize how versatile and decent of a lens that stock on is! I currently use the free Canon editing software that came with the camera so LR would be amazing!

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Summer April 18, 2012 at 6:57 am

I just recently found your blog and I am loving it, I check it everyday! Thanks!!

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Ali April 18, 2012 at 6:58 am

I’d love to win this software. Always trying to improve my photos. Thanks!

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Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef April 18, 2012 at 6:58 am

thanks for the giveaway :)

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domonique April 18, 2012 at 6:59 am

newbie food blogger! love your site. read it religiously. i am “SO” close to upgrading my older 1st generation rebel. This post couldn’t have come at a better moment! was thinking of you of my hilly 5 miler yesterday! wish i had a camera with me to snap a shot of the beautiful crane i ran by…like you said, the best camera is the one you have with you!!

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Mare April 18, 2012 at 6:59 am

Hmmm… I got an error message. Thanks for a fantastic giveaway!

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Christina April 18, 2012 at 7:00 am

I have played around with photography for years but never took it to the next level. The recent birth of my niece has given me a great excuse to break out my camera and work on my skills!

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Brittany April 18, 2012 at 7:00 am

Ooh I’ve heard so many good things about Lightroom. I usually just use Photoshop Elements because most of the editing I do is very basic but friends of mine have been telling me of Lightroom’s capabilities and I’ve been dying to try it!

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Kate April 18, 2012 at 7:01 am

I love photography and get some pretty good photos with my point and shoot…I wish I had a nicer camera though!

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juli April 18, 2012 at 7:02 am

Is it sad that I still use just a point and shoot camera? And I’m really bad about taking pictures and then not doing anything with them for months. Maybe this software will motivate me to get my pictures out!

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Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) April 18, 2012 at 7:02 am

I really love your posts on photography! Also, your camera bag is SO cute.

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Bridget April 18, 2012 at 7:03 am

Jenna – I LOVED this post about your daily photo habits/uses/techniques/equipment! I love my old Canon Rebel 2000, but for some time now have been dying to get a good digital SLR and play around with digital editing. Whether I win or not, I’m going to look into Lightroom as an alternative to PhotoShop! thanks!

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Lisa April 18, 2012 at 7:03 am

wow! what a great giveaway! love this!

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Casey W April 18, 2012 at 7:03 am

What a great giveaway!!! I have had my eye on Lightroom for a while! Thanks for the post about your favorite lenses also! It’s always nice to have a visual for what various lenses are good for and what makes them special :-)

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Callina April 18, 2012 at 7:03 am

Thanks for the photography tips! Great post.

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Christina April 18, 2012 at 7:04 am

I love taking photos! Yours are always so bright and colorful! (kinda like you!)
Maybe this Lightroom software would make my photos look like yours? :-)

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Laura April 18, 2012 at 7:05 am

I am dying to have Lightroom!! What a great giveaway!!

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Angela April 18, 2012 at 7:06 am

Love your photos and I would love to win this editing tool!

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Coco April 18, 2012 at 7:06 am

Nice post and giveaway, Jenna!

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Megsie April 18, 2012 at 7:06 am

I love this post!! thanks for all of the tips!

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Nichole April 18, 2012 at 7:07 am

I took an online photography class last year to up my game and would love to try LR for editing! Love your blog and what a great giveaway!

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Janice Smith April 18, 2012 at 7:07 am

As a wedding videographer, I totally appreciate the value of a good lens. And I always love hearing from photographers what their favorites are- while video and photography are very different in many ways, I have SO much to learn from good photographers who have an eye for great shots- then I get to piece them all together to tell a story :)

Would love to try out Lightroom- with video the editing comes with piecing everything together, but I would love to learn more about editing individual images. Hope to get a chance to try it out, but regardless, I certainly enjoy checking out your photography on a daily basis :)

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Krystal April 18, 2012 at 7:07 am

I still have a cannon point and shoot but would LOVE to start taking better photos. If only I had been a mega millions winner! ;)

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leslie April 18, 2012 at 7:08 am

Hi Jenna, I’d love to win the software!

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jenna April 18, 2012 at 7:09 am

i have been wanting to try lightroom forever and kick myself for not getting light room 3. I would cry tears of joy if I won this…then i would eat chocolate cake just to celebrate!

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kacee April 18, 2012 at 7:09 am

I love taking photos and wish I had more time for it! My favorite part is editing and making the pictures come more alive! Love your photos :)

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Katie April 18, 2012 at 7:09 am

Hi Jenna! i love you site! i love testing out your yummy recipes too!

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Maiyan April 18, 2012 at 7:10 am

Your pictures are always amazing! My dad is a photography nerd. So pretend that this is his comment to get a program :P

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Renee C. April 18, 2012 at 7:10 am

Hi Jenna!

Been reading your blog over 3 years and still comin back for more each day- thank you for all the inspiration you give:)

Happy Hump day!

Renee

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Bailee R. W. April 18, 2012 at 7:11 am

This post took me from being intimidated by photography to interested. I need to do some practicing before vacation this summer – can’t wait to capture those memories as best I can!

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adrienne April 18, 2012 at 7:11 am

thanks for the lens info! i’m pondering purchasing one like the second one you put up

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Sara April 18, 2012 at 7:13 am

Woohoo! Awesome giveaway. And now I suddenly want a cupcake. ;)

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Jen C April 18, 2012 at 7:13 am

I’ve really been wanting to spend the money to get a really good camera but can’t really justify it right now. Seeing this has made me really want to get into photography and buy the nice camera!

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Abby April 18, 2012 at 7:14 am

Well, I’d definitely take camera and photography blog advice from you. So thanks!

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Samantha Lalani April 18, 2012 at 7:14 am

Love the blog! Started following you a couple months ago and I’m totally addicted! Check it every morning while listening to the radio and checking e-mails. =)

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Rachel S April 18, 2012 at 7:15 am

Would love a chance to try out lightroom! I’ve heard great things and would love to see how it compares to photoshop.

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Alison April 18, 2012 at 7:15 am

Would love to win!!!!!!

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maggie April 18, 2012 at 7:16 am

let’s talk about that food. and the polka dotted camera strap!

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Sarah W. April 18, 2012 at 7:16 am

I loooooooove the crispness of those lime bars!!!!!!!! amazeballs!!!!

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Lo April 18, 2012 at 7:16 am

WOW! What a great giveaway, thank you Jenna! Love your blog!

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LeAndra April 18, 2012 at 7:17 am

I upgraded from a point-and-shoot digital camera to a Canon Rebel T1i in February. Though I’m still very new at photography, the Canon Rebel provided a huge, instant improvement. Thanks for the tips on the lenses!

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clare @ fittingitallin April 18, 2012 at 7:19 am

I’d die to have lightroom! And I’m sure my readers would appreciate the better pictures ;)

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Katie April 18, 2012 at 7:20 am

I have been thinking about buying a new lens… this post is really helpful!

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Quinn Harper April 18, 2012 at 7:20 am

Hi Jenna! I love hearing about your photography. It’s amazing to hear the “background” of your posts and how you take your pics!

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Emily April 18, 2012 at 7:21 am

I would love a chance to try Lightroom! My Nikon editing program really is great but I think I’m ready to step up my game a bit.

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Bonnie April 18, 2012 at 7:22 am

Love photography!! I took a photography class in college, and have never looked back. Kind of miss developing my own film in a darkroom

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Liz April 18, 2012 at 7:22 am

What an amazing giveaway! I recently moved to NYC and love walking around the city taking photos. I really need Lightroom though!

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Courtney April 18, 2012 at 7:22 am

I love your food pics!

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Erin April 18, 2012 at 7:24 am

(sorry if this is duplicate, I got a WP error before).
I’ve been wanting to try Lightroom for a while now! Everyone says such good things about it! Thanks for the tips about the lenses.

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Liz April 18, 2012 at 7:24 am

I started blogging recently so this would be perfect! Thanks for having the giveaway.

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Becky April 18, 2012 at 7:24 am

My husband would love me long time if I won this!

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lisa April 18, 2012 at 7:24 am

my hubby just got me my first dslr for my 30th bday – i’d love to win this!! :)

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Heather April 18, 2012 at 7:25 am

Oooh, I want a macro lens so bad. I’m expecting, and I think it would come in handy photographing little baby feet, no? :) Sadly, my husband’s not buying my logic… Lightroom 4 would be magnifico.

PS more pics of Dexter!!

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Molly April 18, 2012 at 7:25 am

I’d love to “up my photography game” with the Lightroom software!

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Karen April 18, 2012 at 7:25 am

I don’t have a fancy camera at all, just a point and shoot, and you can tell from the quality of my photos.

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Katie April 18, 2012 at 7:26 am

Love the advice on natural light! So many people never take their cameras off automatic!

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Christina April 18, 2012 at 7:26 am

What an amazing giveaway! I would love a chance to try Lightroom.

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Rene April 18, 2012 at 7:27 am

thanks for the tips! I read the whole thing! ;)

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rachel April 18, 2012 at 7:27 am

because i love you & i actually built your at home photography studio. i used picnik for my photo editing but it closed- so i am definitely in need and have heard wonderful things about lightroom! :)

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Lesley April 18, 2012 at 7:28 am

I need to up my photo processing game again and this would be the perfect motivation!

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Katherine M. April 18, 2012 at 7:28 am

This post is very helpful! My husband and I have been debating about updating our camera and starting the research on doing so! Thanks for all the information!

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theresa April 18, 2012 at 7:29 am

Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

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Rhonda April 18, 2012 at 7:29 am

Thanks for a great giveaway. Lightroom would be a dream!

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Paige B. April 18, 2012 at 7:29 am

What a great giveaway! I just got my DSLR camera for christmas and love learning how to use it. I’m already in the market for a new lens though…

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Ana April 18, 2012 at 7:30 am

I always wondered how you get such crisp close-ups of the food, thanks for the tips! Also, such a cute camera bag (and scarf!)…..love your blog!!

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Stacey April 18, 2012 at 7:30 am

I love your pictures – they are beautiful & inspire me to go dig out my dslr from my closet

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christina April 18, 2012 at 7:31 am

Holy cannoli, that is quite the giveaway! I’d love to wine…omg I just typed wine instead of win. Apparently I need a drink. It’s 10:30 am. Ohhhh dear.

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Alison April 18, 2012 at 7:31 am

Awesome giveaway! The software sounds great. It would give me a reason to play with my DSLR more.

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Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray April 18, 2012 at 7:32 am

I’m planning to make a “real” camera my first big purchase too (not counting the deposit on my apartment, haha)–I’d love to have some great software to work with! :)

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Neena April 18, 2012 at 7:32 am

What a great giveaway! I have really enjoyed playing with my new DSLR camera and not really knowing what I’m doing, but enjoying the process.

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Dani April 18, 2012 at 7:32 am

Thanks for sharing your experiences with lenses… I’m in the market for a new lens, and this certainly helped!

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Jenna April 18, 2012 at 7:33 am

I love reading your blog in the morning over breakfast. Your food always sounds and look so delicious. Keep up the good work!

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Nikki H. April 18, 2012 at 7:34 am

Although I don’t spend much time utilizing a camera, my husband claims photography to be his third love (following myself and our son). He has an older version of Lightroom and has been itching to upgrade. This would be such a fun treat for him!

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Jenna April 18, 2012 at 7:35 am

Jenna – love your name first of all! And I’ve been following your blog for about a year now and absolutely LOVE it! On that note, I was so happy (and found it very ironic) when I read this post. I NEVER splurge on myself and my next big purchase within the next couple of months is going to be a good camera. I know nothing about cameras or photography so I found this post very helpful and want to thank you for your opinion on your camera. There are some upcoming life events I want to make sure I have great photo memories of!

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jamie @ balancedpalate April 18, 2012 at 7:35 am

your blog is awesome! :)

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Catie April 18, 2012 at 7:35 am

Came across your blog a couple weeks ago, and love it! I’m a Charleston girl, and was pleasantly surprised to learn you’ve lived here, too! Your recipes are gorgeous, I plan on trying some very soon!

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Michelle M April 18, 2012 at 7:36 am

I just got a new camera so the timing of your photography post is perfect! Keep ‘em coming please :) And wow, what an amazing giveaway!

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Melissa McD. April 18, 2012 at 7:36 am

I usually use Photoshop but have been dying to try Lightroom to see if it simplifies my photo editing. I would love to win this! Oh, and I’m a little obsessed with your blog. :-)

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ChrissyB April 18, 2012 at 7:36 am

Loved this post! I am really into photography and I loved hearing about which lenses you prefer. Love that camera bag! :)

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Caitlin @ This Bride's Joyride April 18, 2012 at 7:37 am

First, your pictures are beautifullllll!

Second, I want it I want it I want it! I just started taking tons of pictures with my rebel lens but I don’t have any photo editing software. What a great giveaway!

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Lindsay April 18, 2012 at 7:37 am

Sounds like you know a lot more about photography than the average food blogger! As a photographer, I’m very impressed. Have you thought about getting any wide angle lenses? I’m not sure how they would work with food, but seems like they might offer a cool, different type of perspective.

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Elle Arut April 18, 2012 at 7:38 am

My husband and I have been dappling in photography for quite some time now, but I want to learn more and get better! Maybe taking a photography workshop is a good idea. You have some great lenses and your photos are beautiful!!

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Ashley @ Freckles & Spice April 18, 2012 at 7:38 am

I’m hoping to get my first dlsr for my bday next month! My photography on my blog is the worst.

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Mona April 18, 2012 at 7:38 am

I’d love to win Lightroom…and learn how to use it.

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Claire April 18, 2012 at 7:39 am

I love your photographs!

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Lauren McLeod April 18, 2012 at 7:40 am

My fiance loves photography, and I KNOW he would use the hell out of that software! Fingers crossed :)

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Molly April 18, 2012 at 7:41 am

I could really use this to step up my photography game — thanks!

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Sue April 18, 2012 at 7:41 am

Love the giveaway! Your pictures and recipes are very inspiring. I love to take pictures, mostly of my garden, pets and sometimes the meals I prepare.

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Lauren Lindley April 18, 2012 at 7:41 am

Even though you sport a Canon and I a Nikon, I won’t hold it against you! I’ve been lazy about upgrading to LR4 and I would looooove to win. Wahoo!

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bernie April 18, 2012 at 7:42 am

your pictures always make your food look sooo good.

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Sara April 18, 2012 at 7:42 am

Great information on the different lenses. Thank you.

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Meg April 18, 2012 at 7:42 am

Awesome giveaway!! I recently purchased a Canon Rebel T3 and sbsolutely love it. I’m still a newbie, but love taking pictures. Yours are always beautiful!

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Lindsey April 18, 2012 at 7:43 am

This would be a great addition as I SLOWLY get in to photography. Thanks, Jenna!

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mary @ what's cookin with mary April 18, 2012 at 7:44 am

I have and also love that macro lense! Did you get the one with the image stabilizer ?? I didn’t and should have. At the time an extra 2-300 seemed like so much more since I was already spending a bundle. In hind sight, totally should have.

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Amy April 18, 2012 at 7:44 am

I’m still saving up to take the plunge on a dslr and this would be great motivation! Thanks so much for doing this and for the great tips- maybe those lime bars could be a nice consolation prize :)

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Shelley April 18, 2012 at 7:44 am

now I really want to get into photography. and move to somewhere more scenic. :)

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Ashley April 18, 2012 at 7:45 am

Yay I’m so glad you did another photography post. I love these!! I broke my 50mm (wah!) and need to get another one soon. Maybe I can convince 5ohbaby it’s a good mothers day gift ;-)

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Elisabeth April 18, 2012 at 7:45 am

I’ve been considering buying a dSLR for probably 4-5 years now. I keep getting *thisclose* to buying one…and then not doing it…ha! I do really like the 2 point & shoot cameras I use – the Lumix FZ35 for the awesome zoom capability & the Canon Powershot ELPH 300 because it’s so tiny! I do use the 8mp camera on my Motorola DROID X quite a bit, too. I would probably buy a dSLR sooner rather than later if we had any good dSLR/Canon Rebel workshops in my area (I live in rural northwestern Ohio). I do know that I’ll definitely be buying Canon once I finally decide to buy :)

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Melissa April 18, 2012 at 7:45 am

I’d really be excited to learn more about photography. Great tips!

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Lu April 18, 2012 at 7:46 am

I have been thinking about getting a new camera because all of the pictures I take are with my iPhone. Granted, they turn out pretty amazing…just check out my blog (shameless plug). I would love to have the Lightroom software to improve my photos. You take some amazing photos!

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Courtney April 18, 2012 at 7:46 am

I would love lightroom 4! I love photography and it would help me edit all the photos I take of my 6 month old!

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Nicole April 18, 2012 at 7:47 am

I reaaaaally want to buy some lenses because I feel like it will make my photography so much better, but I know I need to get better at just using my camera first. I’m guilty of always shooting in auto mode, in horrific lighting, and for just brightening things up in Photoshop later.

I also really need to work on my food styling. Do you have any good food styling tips? I always neglect styling because I feel like, “Hey, I just want to eat! I don’t have time for that stuff!”

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Heather April 18, 2012 at 7:48 am

I just bought my first DSLR right after Christmas and I’m obsessed! I’m looking to get more lenses over summer to broaden my shooting horizons. I edit in Picasa now but would love to win the giveaway! Thanks, Jenna!

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Kat April 18, 2012 at 7:48 am

The picture of your key lime bars is making my mouth water!

Photography is so interesting , I wish I had more time to study it..

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Nicole April 18, 2012 at 7:48 am

Love your blog sooo much, and talk about it to other’s almost as much. Checking out your new post is my favorite thing to do in the morning.

Your photography is amazing, and I would love, love, love to win the copy of Lightroom to help improve my own photography.

Hope you are having a wonderful day!

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Keltie April 18, 2012 at 7:49 am

Thanks for the info on the lens’! I am still so confused with my camera!
I would love to win the new Lightroom! Great Giveaway:))

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Nicole April 18, 2012 at 7:51 am

My little bro has the same camera. :)

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lacey kloster April 18, 2012 at 7:51 am

This would be perfect for my mom! She is just getting into photography and her birthday is coming up :)

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Abbey April 18, 2012 at 7:52 am

I would love a copy of Lightroom 4. I have been really getting interested in photography and this would help me to up my game!

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Caitlin April 18, 2012 at 7:52 am

I love your photos and your blog! =)

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Lauren H April 18, 2012 at 7:52 am

awesome! : ) pick me!

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Katelyn April 18, 2012 at 7:54 am

Your photographs are always so beautiful! I especially love the one you took of their son at the beach- wouldn’t have guessed that was on an iphone!

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Laura April 18, 2012 at 7:54 am

After reading this post, I think I really need to invest in a 50mm lens (and start using my camera a whole lot more, unfortunately pictures of studying aren’t too interesting…)!

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Lisa G April 18, 2012 at 7:55 am

Thanks for the great post. I have always wanted to get into photography and just never take the plunge. I just use my small digital camera and my phone. I started researching cameras a few weeks ago so this is perfect timing for your post!! Thanks for the great information!

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Kathy April 18, 2012 at 7:55 am

Ooooh, I want to edit my photos more now that I’m blogging and having Lightroom would be awesome. Also I love Canon cameras and am desperate for a new one, but can’t justify the cost when my older one is still working…maybe someday :)

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Meghan April 18, 2012 at 7:55 am

mememe!
(please)

It’s funny, because I just bought the newer model of your camera about three weeks ago, and love it. I don’t have any additional lenses, yet- total photo neophyte. But it’s amazing how much I’m learning and how much fun I’m having. So glad things are digital now though, because I’d be wasting a lot of film otherwise. So many things to photograph! And my ratio of good to bad photos is currently a closely guarded secret known only to me and my memory card ;)

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Kirsten April 18, 2012 at 7:56 am

What an exciting giveaway!

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Jess April 18, 2012 at 7:56 am

I would love a copy of Lightroom 4! It looks awesome. Thanks so much for a great giveaway!

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Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic April 18, 2012 at 7:56 am

A few months ago I invested in a Canon Rebel T3 and I adore it. I would lovelovelove to win Lightroom!!!

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Whitney April 18, 2012 at 7:57 am

I use picasa photo editing and it is just not cutting it! i hear wonderful things about lightroom!

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Angie @ Big Bear's Wife April 18, 2012 at 7:57 am

Thank you so much for posting this!! I am getting ready to get a new camera and Christina from http://www.dessertfortwo.com/ told me that you just put this info up about your cameras! I am so excited to learn about what you use! Thanks for the links and this giveaway! Super Nice! Oh and I LOVE that lime bar picture!! Just breathtaking!

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Brittany @ Brittany Cooks April 18, 2012 at 7:58 am

I would love to buy a better camera. I only have a sony cybershot right now..but I feel like I’m doing pretty well with it. Gotta start somewhere. I’d love to learn more about food photography! It’s so challenging, but I have so much fun doing it! :)

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AshinMT April 18, 2012 at 7:58 am

Dang dude. I went to submit my comment and got the error stating i was posting comments to quickly?! It was only one…

Well, ill try again. Long story short: cousin=wedding photographer+tiny budget/ this contest win for her?=Awesome

Thanks!

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Rachel Wierenga April 18, 2012 at 7:58 am

love your blog – thanks for this awesome giveaway!

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Courtney April 18, 2012 at 7:59 am

I would love to have Lightroom– I have heard such good things about it! Thanks for the recommendations on the lenses, helps a lot! I have been saving up to purchase one for my Nikon!! Thanks Jenna :)

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Madison @ Espresso and Cream April 18, 2012 at 8:00 am

Oh my goodness, what a great giveaway! I remember making my first big camera purchase. I saved and saved to afford the 1,200 dollar camera. It’s the best investment I’ve ever made.

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Stephanie @ Live Cook Love April 18, 2012 at 8:00 am

I think photography would be so much more fun if I had a really good editing system. To win this giveaway would be awesome! I’m going to Paris (!!!) in a month and a half and want to practice my photog skills :)

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Lesley April 18, 2012 at 8:00 am

Your pics are gorgeous and so are you in the red lipstick :)

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Kelly April 18, 2012 at 8:01 am

Awesome! Just purchased a new computer so would love this software to go with it! Thanks Jenna!

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Adrienne April 18, 2012 at 8:02 am

I actually have a cannon that uses black and white film… its like 934392 years old and still works beautifully!

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Emma April 18, 2012 at 8:02 am

I’ve used Lightroom once or twice on other people’s computers and it’s so wonderful! Really powerful stuff.

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Lauren R. April 18, 2012 at 8:03 am

Wow, what a great giveaway Jenna! Of course I would loooove to have the new Lightroom :D

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Jenna April 18, 2012 at 8:03 am

I received an error when I tried to post a comment, so I’m not sure if it posted (hopefully I don’t inadvertently comment twice). Anyway, great giveaway! I would love lightroom.

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Carolyn April 18, 2012 at 8:03 am

What an awesome giveaway! Let’s see, what random tidbit can I share. Oh, there was a Whole Foods grand opening right by my house this morning! I have been counting down for well over a year. It made me so happy to see all the fresh produce, bins of stocked grains and beans … heading back there for dinner tonight!

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Mary April 18, 2012 at 8:04 am

Jenna, it’s been a pleasure to watch your photo skills grow over time.

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Averie @ Averie Cooks April 18, 2012 at 8:04 am

I just bought Lightroom 4 over the weekend!

I have a customized version of that camera bag from Robyn at Porteen Gear!

And I love Todd & Diane!

I own the 50 f/1.8 (have always wanted to step up to the 1.4 or 1.2) but bought the L glass 24-70mm instead. Glad to hear you love your 100 mm macro L !

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Aska April 18, 2012 at 8:05 am

Your photography is always so perfect. I’d love to get a chance to use Lightroom- I’ve heard so many good things about it! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! :)

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Lauren R April 18, 2012 at 8:05 am

I have been looking at purchasing this software and would love to get it for free!

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Susan Atkins April 18, 2012 at 8:06 am

Everytime I read your West Coast words here on the East Coast, I identify with your taste buds and your love for all things wine, outdoorsy, and Southern related. If Lightroom helps you, I’m certain I would love it also!

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Emily April 18, 2012 at 8:06 am

I love your blog and reading about your lenses was super fascinating. Thanks for the giveaway…I have been investigating lightroom recently so this would be just perfect! Keep blogging! :)

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Sandra A April 18, 2012 at 8:06 am

I would love to win this giveaway! After coveting a DSLR camera for years, I’ve finally decided to take the plunge and buy myself one for my birthday in a few weeks. Lightroom 4 at the same time would be too good to be true!

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Anna April 18, 2012 at 8:07 am

I’ve had my Canon Rebel for 2 years now. I’ve taken thousands of pictures with it all over the world and I still feel like I have so much to learn about it. A new lens (or 2) is on my birthday list, and I would love to learn how to use something a little more advanced than iPhoto.

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alisha April 18, 2012 at 8:07 am

Gasp, I am yet to try lightroom, but getting really tired of photoshop….it would be a grand challenge to learn this program….

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Rachel in NC April 18, 2012 at 8:08 am

This is great! I have been trying to decide if I want to upgrade to PSE 10 or get Lightroom. Love your pics!

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Jessica April 18, 2012 at 8:08 am

Jenna- thanks for sharing! It’s always great to see what happens behind the scenes! I just upgraded my Canon lens and am loving it.

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Maria April 18, 2012 at 8:09 am

Love the color of your hair in that first pic!

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Jennifer April 18, 2012 at 8:09 am

I have always loved your photographs! Being new to the photo scene, I appreciate your easy instruction regarding what you use. Also, my iPhone has given me some priceless photos as well.

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Julia April 18, 2012 at 8:10 am

I’m a Nikon girl, through and through! Funny how there seems to be a divide in the photography world :) I haven’t tried Lightroom but I’d love to have the chance to!

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Megan S. April 18, 2012 at 8:10 am

I would love to win this software. I’ve been really needing a way to edit and improve my mediocre pictures.

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LaurenAR April 18, 2012 at 8:10 am

Your photos are always so beautiful. I am learning to shoot manual on my DSLR, but have no editing software–this would be great!

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Jamie April 18, 2012 at 8:11 am

I tried lightroom beta a while back and LOVED it! Would be a huge step up from Picasa : )

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Christine April 18, 2012 at 8:12 am

I NEED the 100mm macro lens. Thanks for sharing this info. I am always looking for tips to better my pics!

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Sarah April 18, 2012 at 8:13 am

I love your photos! I actually just made my first big camera purchase last fall – I have the Canon Rebel XS. I just finished up a photography class and learned Lightroom. I would LOVE to get a free copy of the software – it was going to be my next photo-related purchase!

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Daisy April 18, 2012 at 8:14 am

thanks for the photo inspiration, Jenna! I rarely comment these days but I read everyday. I have a canon rebel t3 so I understand your love for the rebel. :)

I’d be overjoyed to win this.

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Sara April 18, 2012 at 8:15 am

I love your camera bag! I have been looking for a new camera bag. I really like epiphanie bags! I really want to start using my Cannon DSLR camera more often and I think a new bag and maybe a new editing program would inspire me to do so !

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Melody April 18, 2012 at 8:16 am

THIS IS AMAZING!!!! I’m buying a brand new Nikon D7000 this year and this would be so great.

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Shruti April 18, 2012 at 8:16 am

I love your photos! It is interesting to see the lenses behind them.

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Sarah Louise April 18, 2012 at 8:17 am

I am about to have my first baby, and am in the process of updating my camera equipment. I would love to have this software so I can make all my baby’s first moments extra special!

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Alissa April 18, 2012 at 8:17 am

My boyfriend got me a really nice Nikon camera for Christmas and I am starting to learn and love this whole photography thing. I would *love* to have Lightroom!

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Kara Slack April 18, 2012 at 8:18 am

Those lime bars look amazing! Great picture : )

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Melissa April 18, 2012 at 8:18 am

I love this! I could use a lesson on food photography. By the way, your blog is the one I most consistently come back to for healthy recipes and delicious food. Thank you!

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Nicole April 18, 2012 at 8:18 am

Awesome giveaway!!! I’ve been reading your blog since the very, very early days, and it’s been so fun to watch you grow as a photographer. I love using your photos to help me grow as a food photographer. I have A LOT of learning to do, but like you said, that’s the fun of it. A good challenge is what keeps me coming back to it :)

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Lynn April 18, 2012 at 8:19 am

I’m a newbie photographer and always love your posts about what you’ve learned!

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kim s April 18, 2012 at 8:20 am

I’ve been missing my photography hobby. It’s been a number of years, and I was just starting to plan my re-approach… So, I’m in the market for a new camera and some editing software. Your giveaway came at the perfect time, and I sure hope I win. I’m already looking for a workshop and/or a quarter-length class, so I can get back into the groove again!

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Kelsey April 18, 2012 at 8:20 am

We are shopping for Lightroom or Photoshop at the moment, so this giveaway is perfect!! As a food + hospitality PR shop, we do tons of photoshoots and even more editing.
Crossing our fingers,
Bread and Butter PR – Austin.

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Monica April 18, 2012 at 8:20 am

That was such perfect timing for this post!! I am new to
Blogging and have been thinking about investing in a camera and lenses but didn’t know where to start! This would be amazing tO have and use!! Thanks Jenna!

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ellie April 18, 2012 at 8:21 am

I just started blogging, this would be perfect

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Kristen April 18, 2012 at 8:22 am

Great giveaway! I would love to use Lightroom to edit photos of my 8 month old daughter. I cannot get enough of her silly expressions these days! Love your blog, Jenna.

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Stephanie April 18, 2012 at 8:23 am

This was a really helpful post! I just got my first dSLR, and am working out the intricacies of it day by day. Lightroom would be an amazing addition to my photography learning process!

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Elena @ Apples & Pastelitos April 18, 2012 at 8:23 am

I have dreamed about owning Lightroom for a few years but have never been at a place in my life where I could afford it. I would love this!! Awesome giveaway! :)

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Hillary April 18, 2012 at 8:23 am

Great post! I definitely need help in the photography department :)

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Leah April 18, 2012 at 8:24 am

In the market for a new camera and have seriously been considering the rebel! This may be the perfect way to convince me to take the plunge :)

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Kelly April 18, 2012 at 8:26 am

Your pictures always look so amazing! I love the way you capture the vibrant colors and perfect clarity.

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Julie April 18, 2012 at 8:26 am

The macro lens is where it’s at! I’m going to start up my own blog and this editing software would be perfect!

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Rachel April 18, 2012 at 8:27 am

Fantastic giveaway! I would use it to edit pictures of my food, travels, and twin babygirls.

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Katya April 18, 2012 at 8:27 am

I have been so eager to get my hands on a nice camera. Until then I have to edit my pics from my point and shoot.

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Kristy April 18, 2012 at 8:27 am

Pick me! You’ve inspired me to get a new camera and take more photots! Thanks for the informative post :)

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Liz O April 18, 2012 at 8:28 am

We just purchased a Canon Rebel after our daughter was born in October. We would love to learn how to use all the wonderful features as right now we often shoot in auto mode (probably a huge photography ‘sin’!).

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Joy April 18, 2012 at 8:31 am

I would love to have that software and I would share it with my daughter. We are both foodies but she is a better photographer than me! Thanks…

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Marissa April 18, 2012 at 8:31 am

I have been studying the history and theory of photography for about 5 years now, but it just gets to a point where you need to dive in head first and get to know photography up close and personal you know? I think your photography is beautiful and love to read about your methods — thanks for the post!

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Lili April 18, 2012 at 8:32 am

Thanks for the camera recommendation. I have been wanting to get a new one, but just have had no idea where to begin. The bag looks lovely too!

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Rachel Cooks (formerly Not Rachael Ray) April 18, 2012 at 8:32 am

What a fantastic giveaway! Lightroom has been on my wishlist for a while now!

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Isabelle April 18, 2012 at 8:33 am

I always love seeing what technology people use. My dad and sister are big on photo editing–they’d love to try out the software!

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Lissa April 18, 2012 at 8:33 am

My husband and I are moving to Kuwait in August (to teach) and I’m in the market for a new (REAL!) camera!

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Emily Wenzel April 18, 2012 at 8:34 am

I started out with a rebel too and just upgraded to a 5d. When I decided I wanted to pursue wedding photography, I knew I had to up my game.

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Alicia April 18, 2012 at 8:35 am

So interesting–thanks for sharing! Would love to see a post all about setting up the food for photographing.

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Stacey April 18, 2012 at 8:36 am

I just bought my first dSLR, a canon T3i, and I love it! Just playing around with it in manual mode and I’m obsessed!

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caroline April 18, 2012 at 8:36 am

i love your food, i love your photos, and i’d love to win!! thanks for doing what you do. it always brightens my day :)

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Liesel April 18, 2012 at 8:37 am

Hi, Jenna. I enjoy your blog – you are always so upbeat. My husband and teenage daughter are addicted to photography. It would be fun to try out a new editing software! Thanks!

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Alana April 18, 2012 at 8:37 am

Great giveaway!

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Darci April 18, 2012 at 8:40 am

I’ve been in love with photography since high school – where I became yearbook photo editor. Since then, life has gotten in the way and I don’t get to do much beyond take pictures of the dog and family trips. A DSLR is high on my list, as soon as I have some spending money. I would love to win this! Your photos are always very professional

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Crystal April 18, 2012 at 8:40 am

I just got a DLSR camera for Christmas a couple years ago and I am absolutely in love with it. Now I just need a good editing software to go with it..

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Rachael @ FreshlyMinted April 18, 2012 at 8:41 am

I’m taking a photography class now to prep for an upcoming two week trip to Italy – LOVE learning new things (if I can ever get the whole ISO, aperture, shutter speed thing down! :)

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Crystal April 18, 2012 at 8:41 am

I just got a DLSR camera for Christmas a couple years ago and I am absolutely in love with it. Now I just need a good editing software to go with it.. :)

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Sabrina April 18, 2012 at 8:42 am

Not entering the giveaway, just wanted to say I love this post :)

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Katie H. April 18, 2012 at 8:42 am

I’m just getting started with photography, and have been looking for good editing software for my Mac! Love your blog!

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Heather April 18, 2012 at 8:43 am

Wow! What a great contest. I love your blog and to copy what everyone else is saying… GREAT PHOTOS!

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Jill G April 18, 2012 at 8:43 am

Your close-ups really are great. Maybe I should venture into the photography world and try more myself.

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Laura Cochran April 18, 2012 at 8:44 am

I would love to win! Awesome post!

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Jamie April 18, 2012 at 8:44 am

Lightroom! I need more lenses in my toolkit. Great photos.

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Emily Crews April 18, 2012 at 8:45 am

I love your food shots :)! Thanks for sharing the info about your camera of choice!

Emily

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Diana April 18, 2012 at 8:47 am

Great giveaway! I got my first DSLR for Christmas and am still using auto, but I’m experimenting with the manual settings. I’d love to be able to edit my photos!

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Lauren April 18, 2012 at 8:47 am

Photos and food…OH MY!

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Elise April 18, 2012 at 8:48 am

I’ve always wanted lightroom! Its just not in the cards as a phd student.

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Amy April 18, 2012 at 8:49 am

We bought a “nice” camera when our daughter was born…would love the software! And I love your blog!!

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Melinda April 18, 2012 at 8:49 am

I’m recently retired (am I out of your demographic, or what?) and am seriously looking into taking better pictures. I plan to travel and have been inspired by your photos. I just stumbled upon your blog and have been reading old posts. You are as cute as can be!

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Megan April 18, 2012 at 8:51 am

My daughter just bought her first 35mm camera, a Cannon Rebel and is in love! She’d been lugging around my old Cannon film camera forever, which still works great 25 years later. She’d love to begin playing around with this software, thanks for the post.

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Michelle April 18, 2012 at 8:51 am

Gorgeous photos! Thank you so much for the lens tip. I have a Rebel but I’ve never bought a lens because I wouldn’t know what to buy. This is very helpful. Thank you!

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Nicole April 18, 2012 at 8:51 am

I recently got a fancy camera and I’m still trying to learn how to use it! I would love to have some software to help improve what I lack in my shooting skills :)

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Renee April 18, 2012 at 8:52 am

Perfect timing! I’m in the market for something to catch imagines of my 1 year old son – my point & shoot can’t keep up:)

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Kai April 18, 2012 at 8:52 am

This software sounds amazing!

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erica April 18, 2012 at 8:53 am

Would love this! Always trying to make my photos better :)

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Annette R April 18, 2012 at 8:54 am

I’m new to your site and love it! You have great recipes and wonderful photos.

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Katie April 18, 2012 at 8:54 am

I got a Rebel T3i a few months back and absolutely love it. I also recognize the picture in your Lightroom screen capture as the strawberry cake/frosting you posted a few weeks ago — I made it for Easter dinner with some friends, and it. was. amazing.

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Nicole B. April 18, 2012 at 8:55 am

I am just starting to get into food photography and this would be a great jump start!! Love, love, love your blog!

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BC April 18, 2012 at 8:56 am

I would love to have lightroom!

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Lydia April 18, 2012 at 9:00 am

Wow you read my mind because I have been working on my new food and health blog and planning to buy Lightroom within the next month or two. I hope you’ll check out my blog even though it’s in an unfinished, initial stage!! Btw I was at the Savannah Yoga Center & Back in the Day this morning and always wonder if I will ever run into you someday!

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Monica April 18, 2012 at 9:01 am

I got a great photography camera Nikon3100 for my high school graduation present, but have been neglecting it. I think I might enroll in a photography class this summer to sharper my photography skills, but I know with the addition of a great editing software, one photo can go from dull to brilliant. I’d love to win!

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Jenny April 18, 2012 at 9:01 am

Have the new comp., have an old camera,– now ready to start blogging on all aspects of city living and people – the homeless, politicians, lobbyists, store owners, chefs, mixologists- this would be fun to use and make our pics pretty!

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Sharon Sirvent April 18, 2012 at 9:02 am

Awesome giveaway! Just getting into photography so this would be perfect!

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Maria April 18, 2012 at 9:03 am

I just bought a new canon powershot camera, love it! Nothing to expensive, but definitely a great purchase. Also, listen to the song “Who Are They” by Tim McGraw, great, funny song!

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Hannah April 18, 2012 at 9:03 am

I’d love to get back into photography and editing again. This would be a perfect jump-start :)

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Jess April 18, 2012 at 9:04 am

Thanks for the lens recs! I’m in the market for a new one, as I’m going to Paris in July for my honeymoon and want something versatile yet not bulky for my Canon Rebel.

What a great giveaway!

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Kristen@Slender Kitchen April 18, 2012 at 9:04 am

Thanks for all the great tips and I am really excited to check out Light Room – have never heard of it but can use all the tips and tricks I can get right now :)

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Kelly April 18, 2012 at 9:06 am

Wow this is such a great giveaway! I love getting a peek inside your camera bag too! Your camera bag looks awesome I still need to buy one..I’m definitely going to check out that link you posted – thanks!

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Betsy April 18, 2012 at 9:07 am

Thanks for the great tips – and the awesome giveaway! :)

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Lily @ Lilywanderlust.com April 18, 2012 at 9:07 am

Thanks for sharing your photo tips, I’m saving up for a fancy, new Cannon. Having a copy of Lightroom 4 wouldn’t hurt either! :)

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Debra April 18, 2012 at 9:08 am

i LOOVE your photography!

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Brittany April 18, 2012 at 9:08 am

Love your photography and would love to win the software. Thanks!

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Manda Burge April 18, 2012 at 9:09 am

Hi Jenna! I’m just starting to get into photography . Fun, but expensive hobby:)

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Michelle @ A Little P April 18, 2012 at 9:09 am

Would love this especially with a baby on the way and all of the photos that we’ll be taking! :)

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Janette April 18, 2012 at 9:11 am

We love your photos, but they always make us hungry!

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Jane April 18, 2012 at 9:11 am

I found your site last month while looking for a lime bar recipe (lemon bars are my husbands favorite cookie) however, we have a lime tree and I have a couple dozen limes I need to use…long story short, I made it and it was delicious. Anyway, cool givaway, I hope I win!

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Betsy Grzywa April 18, 2012 at 9:13 am

Love the post and it REALLY makes me want to get a professional camera! Hopefully soon! :D

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Jessica April 18, 2012 at 9:14 am

Your pictures are always so gorgeous! Amazing giveaway!

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Kelli C April 18, 2012 at 9:14 am

Thank you for this tutorial! I’m always looking for tips on photography!

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Sarah April 18, 2012 at 9:14 am

I have played a little with the trial version of Lightroom 4. I would love the opportunity to have the software and use it more. I really enjoyed the organizing and processing I’m able to achieve. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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Leslie Means @ Her View From Home April 18, 2012 at 9:15 am

Want it! LOVE your pics. ;)

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Em (Wine and Butter) April 18, 2012 at 9:15 am

Jenna! I would so love to win this – SOOO much. And your website is one of my top 3 for photos of ALL – seriously I love them!

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Lauren April 18, 2012 at 9:15 am

Would love to try this program.

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Lauren Yee April 18, 2012 at 9:16 am

you’re pictures are always gorgeous!!

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Abby April 18, 2012 at 9:17 am

Your pictures are always so gorgeous, Jenna! I would love to steal one of your tricks and win this giveaway. Fingers crossed.

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Cookie and Kate April 18, 2012 at 9:18 am

Uh oh, I didn’t know that Lightroom 4 came out already! I got Lightroom 3 for Christmas and don’t know how I ever lived without it. I use my 50mm f1.8 for all of my food photos. It’s my favorite!

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Emily K April 18, 2012 at 9:18 am

Awesome pictures!

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Alex April 18, 2012 at 9:18 am

I’d love to win something like this! My old photo editing website is shutting down tomorrow and I could definitely use something new!

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Ellen April 18, 2012 at 9:19 am

I would love to learn how to use my camera manually. Unfortunately I havent had the time yet and resort to the auto focus function. Some day…..

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marie April 18, 2012 at 9:19 am

I want it!!!! The more you learn about photography the more there is to learn, but you’re right, the journey is fun. Thanks for your input and advice.

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Sandy April 18, 2012 at 9:20 am

Your photos are stunning! I would love to win the Lightroom 4 software so I can create beautiful images of my own!

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Raquel Somatra April 18, 2012 at 9:20 am

What an awesome giveaway! Plus those dessert bars look amazing. Love the blog!

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Lauren April 18, 2012 at 9:21 am

I take photos with my iPhone everyday and recently came back from a business trip where I ended up with 900+ photos! I also have an advanced point & shoot but its so bulky to travel with at times. I am learning more about photography and have been drooling over Lightroom for some time now!

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laurie t April 18, 2012 at 9:21 am

I sure do like you and your blog!!

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Kelsi April 18, 2012 at 9:21 am

great giveaway! i’d love a copy. :)

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ljb April 18, 2012 at 9:23 am

what an amazing giveaway! I loved the pic of the lime bars… I made them and they were the perfect st. paddy’s day treat!!

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Stacey April 18, 2012 at 9:24 am

AHH, this is a great giveaway. I always used Picnik for editing bc it was easy but they are now closed . RIP! so this is perfect timing!

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Lisa April 18, 2012 at 9:25 am

Hi, Jenna! Love your blog. :)

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Sarah April 18, 2012 at 9:25 am

love your camera bag! so cute! :)

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Angy April 18, 2012 at 9:25 am

Ohh wow! That looks amazing! The photos would look so professional. Holy moly!

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beth April 18, 2012 at 9:26 am

I’ll just talk to you…..Currently I feel like I am on the bachelorette because I am dating 3 really awesome guys and can’t decide who is gonna win….that’s what’s on my mind today. I could edit them in Lightroom and maybe that would help me decide ;)

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Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables April 18, 2012 at 9:26 am

love this post-I have the same camera and am using the stock lens but I’m def in the market for a new one so I’ll have to check out the two that you mentioned.

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Abby April 18, 2012 at 9:27 am

Fantastic photos and great giveaway!

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Jenny April 18, 2012 at 9:27 am

My comment is that I made your deep-dish salted chocolate chip pie last night… at 11pm! Soooo good! Love your blog & excited about this giveaway:)

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Samantha Stafford April 18, 2012 at 9:27 am

I love your blog! Thanks for posting so often :)

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Ali R April 18, 2012 at 9:27 am

OMG I would love to have Lightroom! I also discovered that the Picnik folks just started PhotoMonkey – it’s a great free alternative :)

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Megamom April 18, 2012 at 9:28 am

Your blog makes me oh-so-hungry. Thanks a lot. ;)

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Lindsay April 18, 2012 at 9:28 am

It’s funny that this was the topic of your post because literally an hour ago I was talking to my boyfriend about how I want to start upping my photography game (which then followed by an unsuccessful camera-to-comp photo import… all the photos uploaded as black squares–no bueno). New photo software would definitely rectify that little situation seeing how I know it’s not my camera that’s at fault. That said, giveaway or not, thanks for all the photo advice!

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Cari April 18, 2012 at 9:28 am

that program looks really neat! i would definitely like to get into photography more!

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MorganBehrens April 18, 2012 at 9:29 am

Your chicken tortilla soup is my absolute FAVORITE!!! I have made it at least 5 times now, once for a huge crowd of 30 ppl… seriously everyone loved it :)

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amelia April 18, 2012 at 9:29 am

My digital SLR just sits there in its bag waiting for me to get it together and get back into photography. Maybe this would be the push I need!

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Grishma @ZaikaZabardast April 18, 2012 at 9:29 am

I am trying Lightroom 3 right now and it will be awesome if I get lucky enough to win and upgrade it!

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Alice H April 18, 2012 at 9:29 am

Hi Jenna! I love your blog. Pick me :)

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Erin April 18, 2012 at 9:29 am

I’m just getting back into photography and would love to start back up with some great software!

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kristin April 18, 2012 at 9:32 am

I would love to win a copy! I use lightroom everyday at work but dont have a copy for myself!

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M Dart April 18, 2012 at 9:32 am

I would love to win Lightroom 4!

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Carly April 18, 2012 at 9:33 am

This post was so helpful! I hope you do more like it. I just got a Cannon Rebel for Christmas and I’m still learning how to use it. My hope is that my pictures will someday be as beautiful as yours. Thank you for inspiring me!

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Katie April 18, 2012 at 9:33 am

Your blog was the first blog that I have ever read. I was looking up a local race called Eat and Run and clicked on your blog instead. That was 2009 and I am still a fan :)

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Jessica April 18, 2012 at 9:33 am

Officially saving for that 100mm Macro lens….now. I absolutely love your photos!

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michelle w. April 18, 2012 at 9:34 am

I have the 50mm 1.8 lens and love it…plus totally affordable!

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Ali April 18, 2012 at 9:34 am

Lightroom would be sweeet! I just got a canon rebel for Christmas
and could use some help with editing :)

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Stefanie April 18, 2012 at 9:34 am

Great giveaway! You do take great photos so its nice to have some insight into the tools and tricks up your sleeve!

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Becki @ Bites 'n Brews April 18, 2012 at 9:35 am

I’ve been saving up for a macro lens, but somehow all of my money goes back into purchasing food and craft beer instead…

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Andrea April 18, 2012 at 9:35 am

Awesome giveaway idea! I was using my Canon yesterday at work and dropped it. On the lens. I said a few swear words. Luckily, there was no damage.

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duffy April 18, 2012 at 9:36 am

Ooh…I love photo editing! We use Photoshop at work, but I would LOVE to check out Lightroom!

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Madeline April 18, 2012 at 9:37 am

I love your advice and photography, and would definitely like the chance to win the software!

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sheila April 18, 2012 at 9:38 am

love your polka dotted scarf!

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Lauren B April 18, 2012 at 9:39 am

Great giveaway! I just bought a Canon Rebel and am still trying to figure out how to use it.

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Janell April 18, 2012 at 9:40 am

I wanna win!

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Emily April 18, 2012 at 9:41 am

Thanks for the lens insight! I love your pictures, it’s definately one of the things that always draws me to your blog. That and you’re a local :) I haven’t splurged on a “real” camera yet, but I am getting pretty comfortable at using the ol’ iPhone camera.

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Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats April 18, 2012 at 9:41 am

Wahoo – I’d LOVE a copy of Lightroom! Hmmm, random comment… How about creepy, I hope you don’t think I’m a stalker comment? Last night I had a dream that you and I went to a party together, and we had a blast! Weird!

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Cellabella April 18, 2012 at 9:42 am

I’ve heard such great things about Lightroom – thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

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Sarah C. April 18, 2012 at 9:42 am

Please oh please. I love your blog!

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Rori April 18, 2012 at 9:44 am

Eeeeeeeek! I would be so excited to get Lightroom……..thank you, thank you !

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Christina M April 18, 2012 at 9:45 am

I love you camera bag!! It’s so cute!

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Jess C. April 18, 2012 at 9:45 am

I love to bake at home and to take pictures of my creations, but they just never turn out nice. I don’t know if it is the lighting, background or something else. The photos just don’t look vibrant and interesting. Do you have any tips?

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Jess C. April 18, 2012 at 9:46 am

I forgot to mention that I have a Nikon D3000

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mel tardy April 18, 2012 at 9:47 am

oh oh oh oh !! That’s sooo what I need! I have a cannon rebel also, and have been told ALSO to get the fixed 50mm lense. I need to do that and win this!!

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Alycia April 18, 2012 at 9:47 am

Awesome giveaway! I have also just started ‘upping’ my photography game and Lightroom would be a great step!
Thanks :)

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Caroline L. April 18, 2012 at 9:49 am

It would be amazing to win Lightroom! What a great giveaway :)

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Natalie April 18, 2012 at 9:49 am

I love your pictures, they always look so beautiful. I am not nearly as creative.

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Kat April 18, 2012 at 9:49 am

Still saving up to replace my stolen rebel Xsi :( Almost deterred me from flying anywhere ever again! Or at least from bringing my camera on flights. I’m definitely replacing with the T3i. Using an amped up Lumix D10 in the meantime so editing software would be great!

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Heather Collins April 18, 2012 at 9:49 am

My husband is a natural photographer, and he is finally branching out and starting his own side business with it. Adobe Lightroom4 would be a great tool for him to have! Thanks for the chance!

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Lauren @ Sassy Molassy April 18, 2012 at 9:51 am

I would love to be able to try the software! Your photography is so great. Someday I need to upgrade lenses if not the camera itself.

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Kathryn April 18, 2012 at 9:51 am

Thanks for the tips! I’m very new to photography so any information is always helpful.

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Caroline @ After Dinner Dance April 18, 2012 at 9:52 am

I love knowing what kinds of cameras and lenses people use. One day I will have to invest in lenses!

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Kim April 18, 2012 at 9:52 am

I have that same Canon camera and I’ve been trying to make time for myself to take more pictures. I love your food pictures and you are a big inspiration for me!

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roma April 18, 2012 at 9:52 am

Jenna, I love your website, your pictures and your recipes. I am trying to plan a vacation to the same place you went to in Cabo. I am hoping for a great groupon as well. I would love a new camera to replace my last one that was stolen. Looking forward to some more great posts!

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Melissa April 18, 2012 at 9:53 am

Love your blog and love your pictures! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Laura Fly April 18, 2012 at 9:53 am

Wow this giveaway is great! Even though I don’t have what I call a “mama camera” I still have a great camera that takes good shots. Would love to have some software that I could play around with my photos!

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Michelle April 18, 2012 at 9:54 am

Great post! I love that you didn’t go to techy/number crazy. Kept it simple and it was good. I would love to receive this program as I’m just starting on my blog. I have the same camera too and love it ;)

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frannie April 18, 2012 at 9:54 am

This is awesome! Thanks for sharing about your photography skills :) I learned a few new tips!

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madeleine April 18, 2012 at 9:55 am

I am saving saving saving my pennies for a nicer camera!!

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JaNelle April 18, 2012 at 9:56 am

The way you describe photography makes me really want to re-engage myself in it! Thanks Jenna!

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Kendall April 18, 2012 at 9:56 am

What a great giveaway! I would love this software!

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Nicole April 18, 2012 at 9:58 am

Right now, the only camera I have is my iphone camera. It’s great but I would love to upgrade someday. Getting Light Room 4 would be a step toward that dream.

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Stephanie April 18, 2012 at 9:58 am

Jenna – This is awesome! I recently found your website and am LOVING it. The recipes always look so yummy (I’ve already made several) and your photography is beautiful. I’ve always wanted to get more into photography and am in the market for a new camera. I’ll definitely look into your suggestions! And keep cooking – I can’t wait to try more dishes!! :)

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amy April 18, 2012 at 9:59 am

great giveaway. I could really use it.

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Devon April 18, 2012 at 10:00 am

Jealous of that new lens. Its gorgeous!

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Valerie April 18, 2012 at 10:00 am

Hello Jenna
This software would make all the pictures I take of my 10month old son Benjamin jump off the screen. And he is so worth being jumped off for.
Have the most brilliant day.
Valerie

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A Little Coffee April 18, 2012 at 10:00 am

Great giveaway! Plus thanks for the link to the Etsy camera bags… I want one badly and this one is priced much more reasonably than most.

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jenjenk April 18, 2012 at 10:00 am

I love shooting with my iphone…so much that I find myself leaving my big dSLR at home!! :(

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lisanne April 18, 2012 at 10:02 am

thanks for this! i love my canon rebel but now i’m thinking about a new lens. it’s great to know what the benefits are to each! wonderful giveaway! :)

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Pockets McGregory April 18, 2012 at 10:02 am

Generally blog about books but I’m also thinking about getting into plant photography. Starting to shop for cameras, good to know about a good lens for close ups. I will def keep that in mind. Thanks Jenna. Adore your blog. Tried yoga because of you and LOVE it. :)

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Ashley April 18, 2012 at 10:02 am

I love all your equipment! I use Nikon D40 right now, but I’ve had it for almost 5 years and I’m ready for something new! I have also been looking into a great photo editing software and love the quality of your photos, so I think Lightroom would be perfect! :) Love!!

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Kristina April 18, 2012 at 10:04 am

What an awesome giveway! I love your photos- they always look so fresh and yummy (when it’s food that is :)! )

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Emily April 18, 2012 at 10:05 am

I always love your food photos Jenna! And your recipes of course! :) Would love to win this giveaway. Keep on cooking, writing, and taking pictures–you do all three so well.

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Andrea Roberts April 18, 2012 at 10:05 am

Thank you for this awesome giveaway. I have been a follower of yours for about three years now. You are so inspirational to me. From your travel, photography, your style, book suggestions…etc… I would love to win the software. I have recently just started learning about photography and this would come in handy. Thanks so much.

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Lisa D April 18, 2012 at 10:06 am

How Fun! I work for PEOPLE.com and have to play with images all the time for custom ad units – nothing as beautiful or complex as your photos, but it’d be great to have a new software to play with!

Thanks for always supplying me with delish recipes and an interesting read – I’ve been reading you daily for over 3 years now (wow… that’s a long time!)

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Sana April 18, 2012 at 10:07 am

Holy crap! Awesome giveaway Jenna!

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Leah April 18, 2012 at 10:08 am

I am def. getting some ice-cream salt tonight! and I love your camera bag!

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Lea @ Healthy Coconut April 18, 2012 at 10:09 am

You are right, the best camera is the one that is with you always and for me, that’s my phone. I love the “day to day” look of the pictures I take with my phone, it’s very natural.

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Brittany Onstott April 18, 2012 at 10:10 am

Jenna, I think you should pick me :) I don’t think I deserve more than anyone else on this wall, but I think you should pick me :)

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Jennifer W. April 18, 2012 at 10:12 am

Thanks for the great tips! I’ve been interested in getting into photography for a while but still haven’t gotten around to buy a camera. I have a point-and-shoot and also use my iPhone a lot.

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Katie April 18, 2012 at 10:15 am

I have sooooo many pictures to edit it’s ridiculous. I never thought I’d be “that” person, who takes a ton of awesome pictures on vacation, with friends, just in life, but then never properly edits them and puts them in books and on my walls. I would love to start with some good software. Obviously, Lightroom is what you would suggest. I need to look into it more.

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Cathy April 18, 2012 at 10:16 am

Oh how I would love this software. Just took a class for my new Canon so I can take beautiful pictures of my daughter- I would LOVE to learn how to edit a little bit! Jenna, I love your blog!

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Jenna Kim April 18, 2012 at 10:17 am

Looks amazing! What is your favorite lens?

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S April 18, 2012 at 10:17 am

Thanks for a) making me want to become a better photographer by watching your steady improvements and b) hosting this giveaway! Thanks Jenna!

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Maia April 18, 2012 at 10:19 am

It gives me hope that after only three years with your Rebel you’re taking such wonderful shots! Certainly one of my favorite parts of the blog. Thanks for sharing your methods behind the crumb capturing!

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Minna April 18, 2012 at 10:19 am

Fingers crossed! I’ve been hemming and hawing over purchasing Lightroom for a while now :D

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Hannah (Hannah Lives) April 18, 2012 at 10:22 am

I’ve just recently gotten into photography (a little over a year ago) and most of the time, feel totally and completely lost! But I am working on it, trial and error!

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Jackie April 18, 2012 at 10:23 am

I dream of a professional camera…someday

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calee yoe April 18, 2012 at 10:25 am

I would love to have lightroom to edit! I am stuck in iphoto these days and would love to do more. Great Blog, Jenna, thankful for the tips on photography, books, and of course- recipes!!

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Christine Khoo April 18, 2012 at 10:26 am

Awesome giveaway! I’d love to have the new Lightroom. Thanks for being such an inspiration with your fun, amazing photos!

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Sheri April 18, 2012 at 10:26 am

Your pictures are amazing! I would love to have shots like that on my blog, lol! Maybe someday… In the meantime, I’ll just visit yours and dream. :)

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Holly April 18, 2012 at 10:27 am

I love reading your blog and I would love to take up photography!

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Valerie April 18, 2012 at 10:27 am

I would love to use Lightroom! I’m still relying on iPhoto and have been meaning to upgrade.

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Juliann April 18, 2012 at 10:31 am

I love my 50mm f1.4 lens. So happy I spent the extra money.
But I need to be better about editing my photos!

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Jamie April 18, 2012 at 10:31 am

Hi Jenna! You are definitely speaking to me through this post-I’m in the process of teaching myself more and more about food photography. You’ve been such an inspiration! I’m working on getting my bakery blog up and running, and have used some of your tips and tricks to capture some great shots. It’s been a a fun, rewarding, at times maddening experience :o) Would love to work with this software!

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diane April 18, 2012 at 10:31 am

It is sunny and I just saw my first daffodils, would love to take photos of them and edit with new software, Jenna! Pick me, pick me!

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Rachel Wilkerson April 18, 2012 at 10:32 am

Awesome giveaway! I would love to have better editing software.

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Ashley April 18, 2012 at 10:33 am

Ummm…Awesome giveaway! I bought a DSLR camera and the plastic fantastic 50MM 1.8 lens last November and really need to learn how to use it better!

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Corinne April 18, 2012 at 10:33 am

With lots of kids, pets, and sports in my life, I would love to step it up in my photography.

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Padma April 18, 2012 at 10:34 am

Hi Jenna, I’m such a fan of your work! You have some the best recipes and your posts are so much fun to read! The other day I opened my inbox, and amazon recommended me the book “White Jacket Required” and I got so excited cause I thought it was released already. I think Amazon is stalking me :P But I really can’t wait for your book!

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Melissa R April 18, 2012 at 10:34 am

I would love to try this software to make my photos look better. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Yvonne Fide April 18, 2012 at 10:35 am

Great give away! Hope I win :) My friend told me about your site and the first thing I saw was the recipe for Spicy Lentils with Sweet Potatoes and Kale and knew it would be an instant hit. I’ve already made it 3 times since you posted it :)

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christine April 18, 2012 at 10:35 am

Itching to buy a new camera! Never been fully satisified with the point n’ shoot’s. Your photos always look amazing!

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Jen April 18, 2012 at 10:36 am

I would love to use Lightroom to make my photos look fabulous!

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Tara April 18, 2012 at 10:37 am

I love your site and your photos! And would also love to have this software to go with my DLSR that I’m still learning to use :)

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Tiffany April 18, 2012 at 10:37 am

I just got into taking pictures for my website and would so love this!

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Lenore April 18, 2012 at 10:38 am

January first of this year I started a new blog – one where I take (at least) one photo a day and post it — of my family, life, what I see, anything. It has been a great way to learn how to use my new camera (LOVE the Pentax K-x) and lenses… now I just need to learn how to do some of that “editing magic” of which you speak :)
Thanks for the great recipes, photos, and stories — I’m an avid reader!

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elizabeth @ chronic venture April 18, 2012 at 10:40 am

love you and your photos and food and blog and everything. Hooray!

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Robin April 18, 2012 at 10:41 am

I have the Canon 50mm 1.4 and love it too! I rarely use my other lense any more. What I don’t have is cool photo editing though. I would love to pay with Lightroom more!

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Lynne April 18, 2012 at 10:41 am

Great giveaway! I would love to try this software!

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Melissa @ Journey to Marvelous April 18, 2012 at 10:42 am

I use Lightroom 3 and I love it! I haven’t upgraded yet to 4…but I’m thinking about it!

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Leslie April 18, 2012 at 10:43 am

I always love your blog and pictures. Such great recipes!

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Beth April 18, 2012 at 10:45 am

What a fab giveaway! I’d LOVE to win! I’m about to move to a new city and I’m inspired to capture new adventures there, and photos of my beloved NYC before I go.
Thanks, Jenna!

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wendy April 18, 2012 at 10:46 am

Ooooo, pick me, pick me!! :) thanks for a great give away!

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Danielle Haigh April 18, 2012 at 10:48 am

As a photography novice who’s looking to up their game in the photo world I would love playing around with this software!!

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Shelley April 18, 2012 at 10:48 am

Amazing giveaway! :)

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Megan April 18, 2012 at 10:48 am

I love reading your blog and I share your whole-wheat pizza dough recipe with everyone I know! Delicious!

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Dominique April 18, 2012 at 10:49 am

How about a joke…

Q: What do nosy chili peppers do?

A: They get JALAPENO BUSINESS!!!

Hope it gave you a chuckle!

You are an inspiration to all the young women out there that aspire to do what you do. Your blog brings me, and all the others I’ve introduced to your blog, a lot of happiness. Thank you Jenna.

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Stephanie Rigdon April 18, 2012 at 10:50 am

I would LOVE Lightroom!

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Ashley April 18, 2012 at 10:50 am

Banana!

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Lindsay April 18, 2012 at 10:51 am

Hi Jenna! I have just started my blogging journey, and now that I have my big race behind me (I ran the Boston Marathon on Monday!) I hope to have much more time to devote to my blog. This would be an amazing tool!! Love your blog!

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Lauren A. @ Newest Obsession April 18, 2012 at 10:52 am

wow! what an amazing giveaway. i have really been getting into digital photography, but i haven’t made the jump to photo editing yet. i am a bit overwhelmed by all the editing options! but, i would love to learn.

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Curly J April 18, 2012 at 10:52 am

I would love to learn to use Lightroom, and I know my hubby would too! We have a Nikon D5000 (I think :p) and I know he would love to get more into editing and what not :).

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Margaret April 18, 2012 at 10:52 am

Your photos are consistently awesome Jenna, and now I know why! ;-) Lightroom! Thanks for such a generous giveaway.

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Aggie April 18, 2012 at 10:56 am

What a fun post Jenna! I just upgraded my lens to the 50mm 1.4 in January (happy birthday to me!) and I just love it. Its an adjustment b/c its fixed but I absolutely love it. I also LOVE my iphone camera! It is my BFF.

Love that bag! going to check it out. Oh and btw…my old lens has so many crumbs too, lol

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Sarah April 18, 2012 at 10:56 am

Lightroom rocks! I would love a copy of the new version…

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Britt April 18, 2012 at 10:57 am

Hi Jenna!
I love your beautiful photography and all the fun recipes loaded with produce.

I’ve heard rave reviews of Lightroom!

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Lisa April 18, 2012 at 10:59 am

A picture is worth a thousand words.

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Heather April 18, 2012 at 11:00 am

I’m a Nikon girl! I always love hearing other people’s opinions on lens preferences!

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Heather H April 18, 2012 at 11:00 am

I have no idea when it comes to photography… this is one chance to figure it out!

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Katelin April 18, 2012 at 11:01 am

I would love an editing program! I have yet to bite the bullet on purchasing one.

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Lori Z. April 18, 2012 at 11:02 am

I got a Canon Rebel T1 for Christmas and I am actually going to a workshop tonight so i can learn how to use it. Then that Lightroom would really come in handy!!

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Anna Whiteman April 18, 2012 at 11:03 am

Bought my first “big girl” camera this year. Canon Rebel T2i. Love it!

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Jennifer B. April 18, 2012 at 11:03 am

I have always wanted to learn how to use photo-editing software like this! Cool!

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Anna April 18, 2012 at 11:04 am

I LOVE your camera bag!! I got my first DSLR a year ago and have been wanting a good editing software, picasa just doesnt cut it. Your photos are fantastic by the way!

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M.C. April 18, 2012 at 11:04 am

Wow,this is exactly the one thing i still need to really jump in with my food blogging! Greatest giveaway item EVER!! Thanks!

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Kellie April 18, 2012 at 11:05 am

We just got a Rebel to capture our newborn and 19 month old. This would be awesome!!

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Allison April 18, 2012 at 11:06 am

I’d love to try my hand at photography!

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Tina April 18, 2012 at 11:07 am

I would love to take my (very basic) photography up a notch with Adobe Lightroom!

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allyson April 18, 2012 at 11:07 am

this post has really inspired me to do something about the photography itch i have had for the past few years. for some reason, i have been intimidated by it, but you have really made it seem like something i could do. thank you! i want to get out and photograph the world!

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Atti April 18, 2012 at 11:11 am

I have a big fancy camera and a small point and shoot. It’s true – the best camera is the one you have with you!

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Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out April 18, 2012 at 11:11 am

Ahh, I’ve desperately been wanting Lightroom or Photoshop but can’t bring myself to pony up the money! (I was going to ask for the money for my birthday…)

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Yin April 18, 2012 at 11:12 am

Would love to win this!

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Amy April 18, 2012 at 11:12 am

Hi, Jenna! Coming across your blog last week has made me decide to finally give a shot at it. So I’m pretty new at it and you’re an inspiration. Love your photography and your recipes! Must must invest in a camera like that. My pictures are pretty bad. =/ Thank you for your tips!! =)

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jenny April 18, 2012 at 11:13 am

the 100mm macro lens payed for itself with that lime square picture. well done!

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Teresa April 18, 2012 at 11:13 am

Would LOVE to win this…

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Megan April 18, 2012 at 11:16 am

I’d love to try it!

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Laura @ She Eats Well April 18, 2012 at 11:16 am

This is such a wonderful and informative post! Thank you for all the information…very interested in photography!

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Emily P April 18, 2012 at 11:17 am

Would love me some lightroom :) I finally bought myself a DSLR for xmas at 3:00am on black friday. It has been super fun, but I have just been using picnik for editing… Time to take it to the next level :)

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Kim B April 18, 2012 at 11:20 am

I love my Canon Rebel T2i and just got a 50mm/1.8f can’t wait to take fabulous pictures with it!! I keep Lightroom on my Christmas and birthday lists… just can’t seem to financially commit to it myself ;-)

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Maud April 18, 2012 at 11:21 am

I would love to win the Lightroom 4 software. I’m not using anything at the moment and am in desperate need! Love your blog by the way!

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Jane April 18, 2012 at 11:21 am

Such beautiful pictures! I need to start using my husband’s nixon more… but instagram does do a great job too!!

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Sam April 18, 2012 at 11:21 am

Meatloaf, lets talk about meat loaf and why the sugar glaze on the top always makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside

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Nora@LifeLifeEatRight April 18, 2012 at 11:22 am

HOW EXCITING!!! I love your photography and one day hope to get a new camera to play with food photos too (finances pending). Keep up the YUMMY photos!

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linda April 18, 2012 at 11:22 am

Hi Jenna,
thanks for this post! I’ve been meaning to dive in and buy a camera!

cheers,
Linda

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Eric M April 18, 2012 at 11:23 am

Do you have a make ahead recipe with chicken on the bone?

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April April 18, 2012 at 11:26 am

As a photojournalism student, I would LOVE this! :-)

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Rachael April 18, 2012 at 11:26 am

That macro lens looks awesome! I’ve been using an old manual lens on my Nikon D90, I think its time for an upgrade!

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April April 18, 2012 at 11:27 am

Love your blog Jenna…keep up the great writing and photography!

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Tara April 18, 2012 at 11:27 am

Your pictures are always so pretty! I am trying to get better at photography :) thats my goal this summer! i also want to get really good at cooking and baking. however, i also want to get in really good shape which is kinda conflicting… :/

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Wendy April 18, 2012 at 11:28 am

I could sooo totally use this. ;-)

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Megan Q April 18, 2012 at 11:28 am

I have been dying to buy this software! Great giveaway Jenna, and thanks for the helpful post!

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Kara D April 18, 2012 at 11:28 am

Your photography is great! Thanks for this giveaway!

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Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe April 18, 2012 at 11:29 am

Hi Jenna! :)

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Wendy April 18, 2012 at 11:29 am

Love your blog…love this giveaway!!! Pick me please! :-)

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Laurel C April 18, 2012 at 11:33 am

I just have to say……you take the most glorious pictures. That is all. :)

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Ashley April 18, 2012 at 11:33 am

I’d love to try Lightroom!

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Liz April 18, 2012 at 11:34 am

What a great post! Thanks for all the information, and for the fabulous giveaway!

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sandy April 18, 2012 at 11:35 am

i have been dying to up my photography game through editing! and i have the same camera – love it!

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amyt @ Chicken Nugget Momma April 18, 2012 at 11:35 am

Awesome giveaway!! I have a Canon Rebel, got it for Christmas…..LOVE it!!! Also got my first KitchenAid Mixer for Christmas…talk about hitting the jackpot!!!

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Nancy F April 18, 2012 at 11:36 am

Love your food, love your photos, LOVE your blog! Thanks for being such an inspiration to us readers…

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Teri April 18, 2012 at 11:36 am

I’m not eligible to win as I’m not in the US, but I just wanted to tell you that I’ve always loved the pictures that you take!

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Amanda April 18, 2012 at 11:36 am

I’m on the fence about buying a DSLR. I’ve read a few posts recently that mention how much they love lightroom so I’ve been thinking about trying it along with my point and shoot. It would be so great to win a copy!

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Kate April 18, 2012 at 11:37 am

Hi! I love your blog, and your photography is awesome!!

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Teri April 18, 2012 at 11:39 am

Hey, Jenna. Is that a storyboard of some kind in the background of your first picture? The thing with the pink stickies and what look like pictures on it? Could you tell us about that sometime? Hope so!

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debj April 18, 2012 at 11:39 am

Would love to win, just getting into photography!

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Jes April 18, 2012 at 11:41 am

I’ve been a regular lurker on your blog for years and just wanted to say that I bought a Porteen bag after you first reviewed yours! I love it so much and it **is** perfect for traveling. That said, I wouldn’t mind a copy of Lightroom as I’m going to have to get a new version soon anyway :)

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Christina April 18, 2012 at 11:42 am

What an awesome giveaway!

This would be an amazing opportunity to be able to edit my pics I take for my blog… besides instagram i just hope for the best now that picnik is shutting down!

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Lexi April 18, 2012 at 11:43 am

What a generous giveaway!

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Cara April 18, 2012 at 11:44 am

I wish my Canon Rebel had the video feature!

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Stacy April 18, 2012 at 11:44 am

Ahhh, I’ve been drooling over the Lightroom software for months. Yes please!

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Ashley T April 18, 2012 at 11:45 am

I would love to have Lightroom! I love photography and editing!

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Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner April 18, 2012 at 11:46 am

I am sooo sad this is open to US residents only :(

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Jessica April 18, 2012 at 11:46 am

Hope I win! I would love to have Lightroom!

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Theresa April 18, 2012 at 11:46 am

I love your food photography, especially the Macro lense for the really close up shots.

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lexi April 18, 2012 at 11:46 am

this post was super helpful! i’ve been shopping around for a nice camera but it’s a very overwhelming process!

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Andee April 18, 2012 at 11:49 am

I love that you keep it so simple by only using two lenses!!

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Jason April 18, 2012 at 11:50 am

I shoot an old Nikon digital camera, but am thinking of switching to Canon. I’ve never used them but have only heard good things. Was planning to buy lightroom sometime, but hope I win instead!

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Kathy W. April 18, 2012 at 11:51 am

gorgeous lime bar picture!

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Chelsea April 18, 2012 at 11:52 am

I love my dslr but honestly I find that I definitely still use my iPhone because – yah – I ALWAYS have it! Love your photos – especially the macro!

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Lalaland April 18, 2012 at 11:52 am

Loving my camera, but have never played with editing photos. This would be great.

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Victoria April 18, 2012 at 11:53 am

I’ve been looking for an upgrade! Thanks for the tips.

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Laura April 18, 2012 at 11:53 am

I keep really wanting to get into photography, but find I am a bit too intimidated to really do more than get my feet wet (honestly, I still get confused about aperture… sigh).

Your photos are always so beautiful though — this post def inspires me to jump off the fence and try it myself sometime…

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Jessica April 18, 2012 at 11:54 am

I have a Nikon 3500 and use it tons, but never color correct and would LOVE to learn this software and just add a special something to my photos, which I share with family and friends (I’m always the designated photographer at gatherings!).

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Alison (Fueling for Fitness) April 18, 2012 at 11:55 am

I really want to eat those lime square bars that you posted that picture of. Perfect timing since I’m trying to control my sugar addiction. >_<

You do take some pretty amazing photos though. :)

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Jamie April 18, 2012 at 11:56 am

Love your photography, Jenna! I would love to check out Lightroom.
Hope you’re having a great week!

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Iris R. April 18, 2012 at 11:56 am

My DSLR is pretty old — it’s a Nikon D40x — but it’s trusty. I got a 50mm 1.8 lens not too long ago and it’s a dream (I really wanted the 1.4, but the price difference is enough to make a poor college student think twice). You’re right though, it really is the lens, not the camera (although the camera certainly helps). I keep trying to tell this to my boyfriend, who has barely taken any photographs in his life and wants to get a Mark III. I’m sure we’d all love that kind of processing capability, but it’s nice to learn on a smaller, friendlier camera.

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Kelly April 18, 2012 at 11:56 am

I have been putting off purchasing photo editing software for the longest time… I would love this!!

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Sarah N. April 18, 2012 at 11:57 am

I would love to try out Lightroom. I currently use Photoshop Elements, but I’m willing to try anything new.

Love your recipes BTW. So far this month, I’ve made Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, Fluffy Butterscotch Cookies w/ Brown Butter Icing, and Birthday Cake Popcorn. Help, I’m in suger overload, haha!

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Lisa April 18, 2012 at 11:59 am

I LOVE my Canon Rebel! I got it for Xmas and I’ve been loving learning how to use it. I have Lightroom too and am slowly figuring out how to use it. Would love the updated version.

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LawandButter April 18, 2012 at 11:59 am

I am going to go check out that camera you recommended. I need to get better pictures of my food and travels!

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Dana April 18, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I JUST bought the 1.8 50mm!

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Rachel G. April 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Awesome giveaway–I’d be completely psyched to win! I love playing around with my photos :)

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Maggie April 18, 2012 at 12:03 pm

I just made the final payment on my DSLR camera (buying a DSLR was def on my bucket list). I am so anxious to learn all about it and start taking quality photos!

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Erin April 18, 2012 at 12:04 pm

I love your camera bag! Now if only I had a real camera to put in it..

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Jen Papaya April 18, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Having this would be SO helpful!

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Kelly April 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I love your recipes & your photography! The homeade ice cream looks like the perfect thing for my kids this summer!

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Rina@Itheecook April 18, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I have the same Canon Rebel and It to holds a spot in a my heart for the same reasons lol. I have wanted to invest in the Light Room software. I only have what my computer came with!

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Stephanie Rose April 18, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I love going back to old posts to compare photography. You have improved leaps and bounds! Great to know since I’m working on my skills little by little as well.

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Natalia April 18, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Sweet giveaway! Although, I wouldn’t mind a baked good or two from your kitchen thrown into the mix :)

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whitney April 18, 2012 at 12:11 pm

what a generous giveaway?!?! i would LOVE to have some editing magic in my life.

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Carter April 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I’m dying to up my photography game. Would love the new software!

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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama April 18, 2012 at 12:14 pm

As someone who is a photography newbie, this is a fantastic post! I would love to win the Lightroom 4 software. And “they” are right…the best camera is the one you have with you! :)

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Clizia April 18, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Hi Jenna – your pictures look really good and they make me want to try all your recipes!!!

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Katie April 18, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Pick me! Pick me! Pretty please with a cherry and some chocolate on top and some cafe con leche on the side!

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Katy April 18, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Your pictures look great! I enjoy taking pictures of my food, but don’t know a thing about it.. I just got some food photography books for my birthday, and am excited to learn about it! This editing software would be great for me!

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Katie April 18, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Hi Jenna…I’m from the pacific northwest and love your blog. Would love to get into photography, but have always felt a little nervous. Thanks for the tips and Amen to IPhones. I take great pictures with mine as well. Thanks and Happy Wednesday!

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Sophie April 18, 2012 at 12:21 pm

you take beautiful photos! it’s really encouraging to see how you’ve grown and gotten better over time. I have a wonderful camera and no editing program : ( so this would be perfect!

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Vanessa April 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm

I love the 50 mm lens! I had the opportunity to shoot with that 100mm lens once before and I died.. Love, love, love it. Never used Lightroom but I want to try it!

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Robyn April 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Your pictures always look awesome! And thanks for the lens tips. I have been wanting to get another lens besides the one that came with my T3i. I would love to win the software!

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christine April 18, 2012 at 12:24 pm

hi!

i am moving to san diego soon! yay for the sun and beach!
i just printed the cornmeal pancakes to make for my man there :) cant wait!

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christine April 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm

ill take a picture of it and use the new software and send to you ha!

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Melissa April 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm

can’t get enough of your blog! your photos get better and better by the day…
I’ve recently purchased a canon rebel t3i. learning slowly….. but surely. i also could not live without my iphone cam!

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Meg April 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm

AHhh love the recommendations. I haven’t had any formal photo training but hoping to in near future. Would love to explore more in Lightroom :) Thanks for hosting.

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Rachael April 18, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I’d love to improve my photography – maybe better editing software will give me the push I need! I keep falling back on my trusty iphone.

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Carla Reed April 18, 2012 at 12:32 pm

You’re camera bag is really rockin’

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Maura April 18, 2012 at 12:34 pm

I always love reading others’ lens recommendations, and now that I’ve read yours I’m going to put my 50mm 1.8 back on my camera! It’s been collecting dust recently…

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Amanda April 18, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Love your blog. Hope i win!!

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Kelly April 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm

I love this post! So much helpful information. Although, my iphone photos never seem to look quite as good as yours. :)

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Catherine April 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm

What a good one! I’d love the giveaway… and that cupcake!

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kayla April 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm

i JUST purchased my first dslr camera a few weeks ago! i have a lot of learning to do, but i’m excited about improving my photography skills!

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Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat April 18, 2012 at 12:37 pm

This is awesome! I really need some editing software but I’m too broke from culinary school!

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Erin A April 18, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Oooo… what a great give-away! Keep taking beautiful pictures, Jenna!

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Kelly F. April 18, 2012 at 12:41 pm

I’ve always wanted to do photography, but haven’t been able to put out the money. Maybe this will get me started!

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Kaley April 18, 2012 at 12:45 pm

I would love to improve my photos!!

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Emily C April 18, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Hey, Jenna!
I’ve been following your blog for forever and a day! You’ve actually really inspired me, and I’ve been thinking of possibly starting up my own.. this would be purrrrrrfect!

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Susan April 18, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Long-time reader but first time commenting. Can I just say that I love your blog? I have the same DSLR as you and I’d love to get my hands on Lightroom for some of that editing magic!

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Catherine April 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm

I just started following your blog a few weeks ago. I stumbled upon it looking for a blog about healthy food for distance running. Although it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for I am super glad I found it! I love your recipes, photography and personality! Thanks!

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erin @WELL in L.A. April 18, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I’m saving my pennies for the lenses! Thank you for sharing your secret weapons and I would LOVE to win a little Lightroom love! (I currently use a combo of phone apps & Photoshop to edit my photos).

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Imwaytoobusy April 18, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I’d be interested to know what the advantages of Lightroom are over Photoshop. Is it easier to use? Fantastic giveaway!

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Laura April 18, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Great pictures! Pick me!

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Keriann April 18, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Sometimes good editing software is the best inspiration! I am studying design in school and playing with the idea of creating a blog/portfolio next semester. I definitely get a lot of inspiration from your site!

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elle @ nutritionella April 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Your photos always put me in a happy place. I own the 50mm 1.8 and love it for those above shots. Been holding out for the macro though – do you need a tripod even in broad daylight to get that clarity? Anyway, love your blog and would LOVE a copy of Lightroom to play with and make my food photos better!

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jessica April 18, 2012 at 12:52 pm

where did you get that watch?!?!?! i want it!

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Erin April 18, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Would love to be able to edit my photos as I learn

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Jessica Grady April 18, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I am really interested in getting more into photography. Thanks for the informative post! Love the macro pic! LOVE

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Stephanie April 18, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Ohmygoodness, this just might be the best giveaway ever. I’ve been drooling over the new version of Lightroom almost as much as I’ve been drooling over that chocolate spice cake you posted last week.

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Kristen April 18, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I’m so glad you posted about this topic! I’m fairly new to blogging and going through an “I really wanna learn how to take awesome pictures” phase. I appreciate your recommendations. Also, I’d love to try the new software. I have Photoshop Elements but it’s not my favorite. Fingers crossed!

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Lora April 18, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I would LOVE to win this software . . . I’m a SAHM who shoots WAY too many photos of her kiddos. :)

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Walter Davis April 18, 2012 at 12:58 pm

I’ve been dabbling in photography since the 70′s and still love it. Hope you enjoy your camera as much as I do my Canon!

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Kate April 18, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Great giveaway Jenna! And I’ve been admiring the images on your blog since I began reading a few years ago. They just keep getting better!

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Nat April 18, 2012 at 12:59 pm

I’ve been wanting to purchase a photoshop software for a long time. This would be awesome!

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Genevieve April 18, 2012 at 1:00 pm

You’re pictures are just amazing and so inspiring! Until I get myself set up can you just come photograph my life:)

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Kris April 18, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Great post! I love the camera bag.

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Meghan April 18, 2012 at 1:00 pm

I love that camera bag! It is so added to my wishlist! I also currently use lightroom so to be able to update to LR4 would be great! Thanks!

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Julie April 18, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Adore both photography and food – would love to win!

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Brianne April 18, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Your pics are beautiful! I’m saving up to get my first “real” camera now. I have a little digital get-up, but I want a more professional camera. I love taking pictures!!

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Cindy April 18, 2012 at 1:05 pm

What an amazing giveaway! I also wanted to tell you I love your watch :)

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Alyssa @ Don't Look Down April 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I currently use a Canon Powershot and I would say its on the upper end of point and shoots. I like that I can shoot in aperture priority! I’ve been kind of browsing for a DSLR but haven’t taken the plunge yet–probably because I keep buying myself triathlon stuff instead!

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JennieM April 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I have heard great things about that software. Would love to get it…I struggle (a lot) with photoshop…

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Calee (@chimes) April 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm

I’ve been tossing around the idea of buying lightroom for a while. I’m a graphic designer and where I’m lacking is PHOTOGRAPHY. Yarp.

Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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Michelle April 18, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Lurve your blog, Lurve your pics, would Lurve to win!

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Heidi Nicole April 18, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I could seriously use some editting software – I used a Corel free trial to make my blog header, very economical of me! ;)

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Jessica G April 18, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Thanks for the lens suggestions… I have the T1i and the kit lens I got with it is just not doing the trick. May have to save up and get one of these guys.

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Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy April 18, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Great giveaway! Would love to try the software out! :)

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Ashley April 18, 2012 at 1:18 pm

what a good giveaway!!! i have a dslr but am embarrassed to admit that i shoot in auto mode. need to learn how to really use it! :)

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Kasie April 18, 2012 at 1:20 pm

You always have the best pictures!

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Joy April 18, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I love the beach photo

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Gary Ratajczak April 18, 2012 at 1:22 pm

WOW! Winning this would be AWESOME. I have been looking at LR4 and drooling! Lot’s of pics of my little girl to edit…. an up and coming chef maybe? At 4yrs, she does mix a mean bowl of mac and cheese.

Terrific blog – love the posts and the PICS!!

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Meghan P April 18, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I would love to be able to take beautiful pictures like you!

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Amanda April 18, 2012 at 1:25 pm

We’re about to have our first baby this fall, so I really want to get a nice camera we can use to capture memories for years to come – thanks for the suggestion on the Canon Rebel! I will check it out. And what a great giveaway – I’d love to win!

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Tonya T. April 18, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Your photos make me want to diet just so I can eat the food you shoot! Carry on!

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Kristy Bolton April 18, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Really loving your pictures, they add so much to your posts! Great giveaway, too!

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Tracy Hougham April 18, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Love my 50 1.4!!!! And I would love to have Lightroom 4! =). Thank you for sharing your stories. Your blog is always a fun treat to follow!!!

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Amanda April 18, 2012 at 1:34 pm

I’m looking for a new camera lens but I don’t know which to get! I used borrowlenses.com to rent the 35mm/1.4 lens for a recent trip to Europe but it wasn’t perfect. Shopping usually isn’t this hard for me…

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Katie April 18, 2012 at 1:35 pm

I always love how crisp, clean, simple, and beautiful your images are!! They always make want to go home and cook:)

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Emily L April 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Yeah, about the website thing, I’m thinking about getting one some day. For now I just enjoy reading blogs! Yours being one of my favorite! I would love to win the software. I am the lowest of amateur levels in photography and something like this would help me BIG TIME! Btw, I met you in Austin during the SXSW 2011 ( i think that was the year). I was in the group that went to dinner at Z-tejas! Hope you are well!
-Emily Lindley

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Tara April 18, 2012 at 1:39 pm

That last photo looks great! Would love lightroom!

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Jennifer S April 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I LOVE your photography and I would love this software – thanks for the chance to win!

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Sonia the Mexigarian April 18, 2012 at 1:44 pm

my camera is on its last legs it seems. i take a picture and find that there are lines distorting the entire thing :( I had my Kodak Z 540 for a good 7 years now, so perhaps it’s time to invest in another camera.

awesome giveaway :)

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Heidi April 18, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Thanks for the photography post! I love your food and travel posts and always admire the photos on your site.

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Amelia April 18, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I love my 50mm lens! Best thing ever.

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Sarah April 18, 2012 at 1:50 pm

I’m rocking my old-school film only Rebel. Been wanting to upgrade for some time now. I use another cannon at the moment and my handy dandy iPhone. Love photography. Love food. Would be fun to combine like you. :) Great giveaway.

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Tyler April 18, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Cool giveaway – would love to play with this software.

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Rachel @ I'm Loving Today April 18, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Ahhh… what a fantastic giveaway! I’ve been meagerly getting by by trying to edit photos on my Mac software or through Pixlr online. I’ve heard such great things about Lightroom 4 and would love to have it as part of my arsenal!

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Emily April 18, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I love macro lens’! They are my favorite for taking pictures of all the little wildflowers I see when I’m in Wyoming.

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Lilli M April 18, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Love this post! always dreamed of having lightroom :) I have aperture 3 and I love it but it’s only my gateway to a better editing software! You take such beautiful pictures!

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J Weck April 18, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Thanks for the insight into what camera you use. We’ve been in the market for a new one for a while now so it’s nice to see what others use.

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Stephanie @ Food and Fitness 4 Real April 18, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I love reading your photography tips, especially about your lenses. I got my camera in November and I am still learing how to use it and the two lenses that I bought. I do not have photo editing software because it is so expensive but I would LOVE to win it!

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Keri R. April 18, 2012 at 2:05 pm

I would love to learn Lightroom!

I am currently waiting at the doctors office to find out what I am allergic too… Rumor is one of the thing is chocolate :( sad!

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Lilli M April 18, 2012 at 2:06 pm

love your blog so much!

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Samantha April 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Yesss. This is a giveaway I can get behind! I have a DSLR that I bought a few years ago for a good deal of money, but I’ve done barely anything with it. I really want to start learning more about photography instead of just snapping pictures in AUTO. :/

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Katie April 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I would love that software! I don’t have a fancy camera yet, but I’m sure an editing program could help me out with that. :)

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Sarah S. April 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

All I can say is stunning photos. I need a camera and your words/photos have tweaked a new interest of photography. I just turned in my final grad school project today! Photography might just be my new hobby!

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Heather April 18, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I use the best cameras and Lightroom at my job, but would LOVE to have Lightroom for my own personal use! :)

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Lindsey m April 18, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Ah!! That is awesome! I love those key lime bars and that shot makes them look EVEN better!!

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Ashlee April 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I would love to win this! New baby on the way!. Does it work with Mac’s?

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Whitney @ A Way With Words April 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I have been debating on getting a Cannon Rebel!!! Your pictures convince me to do so – love them!

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Molly April 18, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Please please!

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April April 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Love all the pictures. Would love the giveaway!
HUGS,
A

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Jenny H. April 18, 2012 at 2:27 pm

I just ADORE your photography, Jenna. You also inspired me to buy my own 50mm 1.4 lens and i’ll NEVER go back. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

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Jackie Kilroy April 18, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I always wanted a grown-up camera-what an awesome giveaway! :)

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Chloe April 18, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Hi Jenna,

Love this post on your photography – I’ve been following your blog for a while and defintely see a huge improvement in your photos.

I’d LOVE to win a copy of LR 4.

Chloe M.

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nicole k April 18, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I wish I would take time to take beautiful pictures of my food….but it always ends up eaten before that could happen anyway!

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katherine April 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I’m not a blogger, but I would love this software to better
my family’s photos!

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Lauren G April 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Wow! This would be such an exciting opportunity! I took a photography class last year and bought a used Canon Rebel off ebay. It was also one of the most expensive purchase I ever made, but one of the best!

I have yet to purchase an editing software, but would love to learn how to use one – especially one that you like.

Beautiful pictures as always:)

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Liz C. April 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm

“Take a photography class” is on my 2012 resolution list, so I’d love to win Lightroom software to go along with that.

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Catie April 18, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Love it!

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Cassidy Gibson April 18, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Hey Jenna! i’m liking the lens shots… and the bag…super cute! And I would love, LOVE the lightroom software too! I do some photography of my own since i’ve been living in uganda for the past two years, but my trusty o’l computer died on me last week, (snif snif) so i don’t have anything to edit my photos on my new computer! Hope your day has been wonderful! This bay area weather has been bliss.

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Ellen April 18, 2012 at 2:37 pm

love love editing photos!

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Krista April 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I love the saying about the best camera is the one you have with you. I need to break out the phone camera more often and try out Instagram:)

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alanna migliacci April 18, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I was a photo major in college (dumb choice, but I just didn’t know what to do with myself) and I haven’t owned a camera since I graduated. That was 8 years ago! I also have no idea how to edit photos. How on earth did they even let me graduate???

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gia April 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm

I am thinking about investing in a decent camera-thanks for your thoughts!

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Amanda Cortes April 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm

I love Canon cameras! Also, I recently purchased an iPhone and cannot even comprehend how many pictures I have taken! The photo apps are also amazing.
Thanks for your post Jenna!

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Trisha April 18, 2012 at 2:44 pm

That’s a cute camera bag! And now you’ve got me thinking how fun it would be to buy a new lens for my camera!

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Laurie April 18, 2012 at 2:48 pm

WOW! Via Pinterest I was directed to your blog earlier this week and I alredy have found myself visiting again-love your work!

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Lauren April 18, 2012 at 2:52 pm

What a fantastic giveaway! I’ve had the Canon Rebel on my wishlist for awhile but it’s so hard to part with $500! It might be a birthday present for myself tho. :)

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