faq #1: camera info

I'm going to start posting the answers to questions I get asked a lot... there are just a few because I'm not that interesting, but I'm going to go ahead and answer them here anyway that way I don't have to keep answering them every time someone asks me =) So here's the first installment of my future little "FAQ" series. If you have a question feel free to e-mail me {address is to the left} or leave your question in the comments =)

I probably get asked most about my camera so we'll start there.....




I'm going to assume you all mean the "nice" one that takes the "good" pictures. It's a Canon Rebel XS. I'd been wanting to take the plunge into DSLR photography for awhile & finally did back in June.. but I'm inexperienced and cheap so I went with the {in my opinion} best camera for a beginner, and one of the "cheapest" {but I still almost had a heart attack when I purchased it...}

DSLR photography is not a cheap hobby. The lenses are rather expensive {most are more than I actually paid for my camera!} and it takes a lot of patience & practice to really understand it & get good at it. I still have soooo much to learn, but I love it and I'm so glad I finally decided to do it! I have no complaints so far with this camera!!! I will probably have it until my experience & photography knowledge exceeds this camera's capabilities, or I have enough money for a better one.... which, honestly, I think that lenses are more important than the actual camera body, so I think I'll probably spend my money on more lenses before I get a new camera.

As far as lenses go, so far my favorite lens for every day photography is the 50mm f1.8 lens. It was recommended to me by several people and I see why! I have it on my camera about 95% of the time. It's a fabulous little lens and budget friendly.. you can get it for around $120... which as I said before is a great price considering most lenses are way more than that and it takes great pictures!

That said, I did have another love...

we're gangsta, yo!

The underwater pictures on the blog were taken with an Olympus Stylus SW850 {in pink}. {before it got stolen} I'm currently saving up to get another one. If you want a camera that's tough {can be dropped & not break} and waterproof, I highly recommend it. It was awesome & I loved it! Bonus - it also took videos & I thought underwater videos were super cool! {but maybe that's just me}

I also really love the Polaroid OneStep 600 series =)


A: I just got Adobe Creative Suite 4 {which includes Photoshop} but I haven't really learned how to use it yet.. so I only do minor stuff with it so far. I also have Paint Shop Pro 7, which I've had since about 7th grade {I don't even know if they still sell it}, that I still use and love... mostly because it's pretty time consuming to try and learn a whole new program and obviously I've had lots of practice with that one. I also have the photo editing software that came with my camera, and I like to play around with Picnik and Picasa.

....I think that addresses most of what I use for my pictures! Hope that answers your questions =) more to come soon...

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