One of my favorite parts of blogging is photography, so I wanted to share with you my new Camera, the EOS Canon 6D and gear. I have come to love beautiful pictures of DIY projects (hello craftgawker) and I really enjoy trying capture a pretty picture. I am in L.O.V.E. with this camera. I upgraded from my starter DSLR EOS Canon T3 and It has taken my photography to a whole new level. I bought the T3 and kit lens used and it was a great starter camera to learn how to shoot in manual and took some great pictures, but I really wanted a more professional look and knew it was time to take the plunge. And it was well worth it! The quality of the pictures is UH-MAZING! And the ISO capability is unreal. It can easily handle a 1000 ISO with out any noise and can go up to 10000 ISO. Hello, low light. And since it is a full frame camera I can use Canon's L series lenses with it.
My go to lens is the Canon 85mm 1.8, I love how close up it gets and how it compacts the background and gives such great bokah (you know that blurry background look). Although sometimes I think I get carried away shooting wide open at 1.8. I think this lens also gives you the best bang for your buck. I also have the Canon 50mm 1.4 which was the first lens I purchased and was a great investment. The 50mm is a pretty standard lens and give you a little more room for your picture, and since it can go down to 1.4 it is pretty easy to take a picture in lower light. Both the 85mm and the 50mm are great quality lenses without the hefty pricetag and I highly recommend either one of them to anybody getting started with a DSLR. The other lens I use is the Canon 24-105mm 4.0L series. I was pretty excited when I first got it to finally get an "L" series lens which are known as Canon's premium lenses that professional's use. This is a great outdoor/walking around lens. It is a zoom lens which makes it nice to not have to change out lenses but since the aperture only goes down to 4.0 it is not ideal for indoors. However I use it often when I am outdoors or at the beach since the kids are usually running around and I can zoom in and out without having to move around too much.
Although I prefer to shoot in natural light, sometimes it is not always possible and a flash is required (and can make a huge difference shooting indoors). I am currently using a Canon Speedlight 580EX flash bought second hand from a photographer friend. But I also have this speedlight flash which was a great budget flash.
Since I was getting a pretty new Camera I needed a pretty new bag to carry all my gear. I wanted a bag that had enough room but didn't actually look like a camera bag. Kelly Moore Bags are known for their amazing style and well thought out features. I went with the Kelly Moore 2 Sues bag in raspberry which is vinyl so it is water resistant and is small enough that I can carry it around like a handbag.
I'm always curious what kind of photography gear other bloggers and DIY'ers use to take their photographs and love it when they share. So if you are a craft/DIY blogger feel free to let us know what kind of gear you use and what resources you use to learn photography. I will be doing some post in the future on my go to resources for blogging and photography and would love to hear from you! You can also join the facebook group I moderate: DIY Craft Sewing Blogger Photography Group
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