July 7, 2010

Photography Lesson 2

This is my camera : It's a Nikon D80

I've had this camera for about 5 years now. I think the newer version of it is a Nikon D90. The best site I've found for camera reviews and lenses is at Ken Rockwell. You can look up whatever camera you want and it has excellent tips and reviews.

I personally would NOT buy a camera kit. If you are thinking of purchasing a nice camera I would buy the body and lens separately. Usually the lenses that come with camera kits are crappy. The key to a great photo is a great lens. One of my favorite lenses is the Tokina 11-16 mm lens
Here are some pictures I took with this wide angle lens :
Here I am standing right in FRONT of Connor, but you would never know because it gets the whole room in


I'm standing really close to the living room and I got the WHOLE thing in the frame
Here I am standing right in front of the doorway to the kitchen and I got the entire room in again
You get the point - Wide angle lenses are GREAT if you have a large area to cover or a whole lot of people to fit into a frame.
Another program I could not live without is LIGHTROOM. This program is not as fancy as Photoshop, but if you can't afford the steep price of Photoshop then I would recommend Lightroom to anyone! It's great because you can change the white balance, exposure, and enhance colors in your photos....as well as many other features.
I also own Photoshop and it's a great program and you can do so many wonderful things to photos. I love using "actions" in photos, with the click of a button you can totally transform a photo! I may talk about that in my next photo post.
HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT LIGHTROOM CAN DO :
Here is the photo straight out of the camera
Here it is after I've enhanced it with Lightroom
As you can see it just gives you that little extra "sparkle"
I guess that is about all for todays photo lesson :)
If you have anymore questions just be sure to leave a comment and I'll try my best to answer!

8 comments:

Todd and Courtney said...

You should a teach a class and then I'll attend :)

Bonnie said...

Will you buy me an expensive camera like that!?! I can't afford one & I want one really bad :( WAAAA!!!! I guess the lessons are useless to me, b/c I don't have a fancy camera & can't afford one. Oh well, maybe someday...

Love you sidder.

Lil' Woman said...

Great lesson...I need a better camera bad!!

Tiffany said...

That's awesome! I really want an ultra camera at some point, but husbie said until I can make it a year w/o dropping my point-and-shoot, he's not springing for anything else. :(

Oh, and I left you an award on my blog! :)

MeritK said...

Thanks for the photo lessons - I really appreciate tips and info from people who are talented in this area!

Tiffany said...

That's awesome! I really want an ultra camera at some point, but husbie said until I can make it a year w/o dropping my point-and-shoot, he's not springing for anything else. :(

Oh, and I left you an award on my blog! :)

Bonnie said...

Will you buy me an expensive camera like that!?! I can't afford one & I want one really bad :( WAAAA!!!! I guess the lessons are useless to me, b/c I don't have a fancy camera & can't afford one. Oh well, maybe someday...

Love you sidder.

Todd and Courtney said...

You should a teach a class and then I'll attend :)

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