Alternatively view the slideshow on flickr.
January 2012 I invested in a fancy pants camera. I'm learning there's a lot to learn. Practise seems to be key to improving. Here I share my favourite images. A mix of fashion, runway, self portraits, scenery, markets and my turtles.
I enjoyed and recommendLight Recipes (free) app by Scott Kelby
Photo Recipes 2 app by Scott Kelby
Click How to Take Gorgeous Photos of Your Kids ebook by Rachel Devine
The Art Behind the Headshot online video by Peter Hurley
The Art of Self Portraiture Anna Gay's 365 Days
Portraits Making the shot by Gina Milicia
14 Recipes for Amazing Portraits by Gina Milicia
Glamour Photography by Sue Bryce via CreativeLIVE
|Inspired Wish set up for indoor photos|
My camera travels with me
For storage and travel purposes I use a Vanguard Supreme hard case. On planes I stress less as people shove their bags into the overhead space. My camera backpack is handy. I prefer a hard case for plane travel.
My current every day handbag is a black leather 3Annies Audrey Lu bag. I choose black as most of my outfits are colourful enough. My teal Jo Totes bag is stunning but often clashes with what I'm wearing. The 3Annies bag is stylish and big enough for my camera (with a lens attached) along with a spare lens. A third lens is possible, depending on which lens I'm packing. It also holds my purse and other bits and pieces. I adore the external ipad pocket. I wish it was a centimetre deeper though.
The makings of a keen beginner
I currently snap my photos with a canon 600D camera. It has a flip out screen. Essential for the blogger who takes all her own outfit photos, with the help of a tripod and remote.
Apparently one should work on their lens collection prior upgrading the body. I'm currently drooling over a Canon 7D, 6D and the Mark III. I'm undecided if I want another crop sensor or a full frame. Along with price, the size and weight of the body will form part of that decision.
Canon 50mm 1.4. This lens is awesome! It's possibly my favourite for portraits.
Canon 24-70mm 2.8L. A big lens that makes me look like I know what I'm doing.
Canon 85mm 1.8. Needs distance from tripod to subject. Love to use for outdoor photos.
Tokina 77mm wide angle lens. Great for scenery photos. Makes subjects appear further away.
Canon 18-55mm. Kit lens. This works well for indoors (space wise).
1x umbrella and 1x light box.
Backdrop stand and backdrops by Swanky Prints.
Painted styrofoam for background V-flats.
Styrofoam for reflecting natural light.
Taking photos is half the equation
All my photos are edited using Photoshop Elements 10. I remove blemishes, smooth skin tone, brighten, sharpen, etc. Sometimes I use actions for a different look. I purchased and love the actions from Everyday Elements and Paint The Moon. It's so much fun to play with Photoshop Elements!
This isn't to say I can slack off when taking photos. I'll put up my hand and admit 'I'm a try hard'. I try very hard to take great photos. I try to edit wisely and skilfully.