I’ve had a lot of questions on what camera I use, editing program, etc, so I thought I would post some answers along with these photos I took of Lauren a few nights ago. These are some of my favorite photos of her…she is a natural beauty!
Camera // Canon T3
Lens that I use most of the time // 55mm
Editing Program // Lightroom
My goal in improving my photography is not to become a professional photographer, but to capture our family in photos. My biggest “tip” in taking photos of the girls is to have fun! When I first got my camera (last November), I would get stressed out when the girls wouldn’t cooperate. What’s so nice about having my own camera, is that I can just take photos whenever the opportunity arises. Our “sessions” are never longer than about ten minutes. I let the girls do their thing, and I Just shoot around them. It’s so fun to capture their personalities this way! They LOVE taking photos now, and I think it’s mostly because it is fun for them….and sometimes I have a special piece of candy to reward them with.
The only photography class I have been able to take is a beginner’s class with my favorite photographer Stephany. I only had a point and shoot at that time, but it was so helpful to learn the basics. I still pull my notes out and study them. I would love to take her advanced class one day!
Here are a few helpful websites I have referred to:
Kevin & Amanda // I love their blog for recipes and photography. They have a great article on understanding your DSLR. You can also click on any of their pictures and see the camera/settings they used for each one. Super helpful!
Pinterest and YouTube are also great sources!
For Editing I use Lightroom (click on the link to download a free trial!). It’s very user friendly and easy to use. I really only know how to do the basic fixes right now, but hope to have time to learn more in the future. It’s a great tool! I have only purchased a few presets, but I have downloaded several free presets that I use often. It’s amazing how a few quick fixes can transform a photo!
I hope that answers a few questions! My goal is always to improve, and I really need to work on taking my camera out and snapping more photos. Our T3 is a great basic camera, and I am SO thankful for the beautiful photos I’ve been able to take with it so far!