I have had lots of questions lately about the camera and gear I use. Currently, I shoot with the Canon 5D Mark II. It has taken me five years of serious shooting to work up to the 5D though. I started out with the Canon 20D (which is no longer produced). It was a step above the Canon Rebels (which are great DSLR’s to start out with). When I first bought my 20D I shot on AUTO for about a year. I was very unhappy with my photos. I knew I needed to learn more about my camera so that I could take it off AUTO. My husband kept telling me to read the manual- which I did, repeatedly but it never seemed to help. Finally I discovered Tara Whitney’s photos. I loved (and still love) her style of shooting- especially her shots with shallow depth of field. I decided to figure it out, which led me to take this photo . . . which also happens to be the first photo ever posted on frecklephoto. I also bought a 50mm prime lens (because that’s what Tara used). A prime lens has a fixed focal length- it does not zoom in and out. Prime lens are sharper than zoom lenses. Most of the lenses I own are primes. If I could only own one lens it wouild be the 50mm. It sees the world closest to what the human eye sees. If you are interested in taking your camera off automatic mode, I highly recommend investing in the 50mm. It is a very affordable prime lens too.
Here is a full listing of my gear . . .
Cameras: Canon 5D Mark II, Canon Powershot SD1870IS
Lenses: 50mm 1.4, 35mm 1.4 (right now this is the lens that I use most- I tend to go in cycles with lenses), 24-70 2.4, 85mm 1.8, 15mm 2.8 Fisheye, Lensbaby Composer (which I have used once)
Misc.: Underwater housing for my PowerShot
I should also mention that I shoot ONLY with natural light. I own a flash, but I confess that I do not know how to use it (and I really don’t feel the need to learn). I love the look of natural light and I learn more everyday about how to seek out beautiful light.
I hope that answers most of the questions. If not, feel free to ask anything you would like. Oh, and I had to add a photo to this post. This is a photo of Elle taken over Christmas at my mom’s house. Clearly I have a bit of a drama queen on my hands :).