It’s Photography Wednesday!
I’m honored to have Shayna, from The Wood Grain Cottage here today to share what’s in her camera bag!
Hi House By Hoff readers! I’m Shayna from The Wood Grain Cottage! I’m so excited to be here today participating in April’s amazing Photography Wednesday series! I know from experience that photography is definitely a form of art. It can be hard and sometimes pictures don’t turn out as good as you hope. I’ve had plenty of those pictures, just dig deep in my blog archives! Some of those pictures are just bad! Photography is a true journey. It’s something you have to practice and play with. I know, because I’m still on my journey. I’ve come so very far from where I started, but I still have a long way to go! Today I’m sharing my camera equipment!
First, I think a good camera is essential. When I first started my blog, I was using a really basic point and shoot camera and my pictures definitely showed it. I’m not saying you need the top of the line equipment, who can afford that?, but a nice DSLR camera is worth its weight! I use the Canon Rebel T3i and absolutely adore it. It’s been such a wonderful camera and I’m not sure how I ever lived without it, it’s practically an extension to my body. When I bought my Canon, it came in a package with the very basic 18-55 mm lens. I was so excited when I first got it, but after about a year of using the basic stock lens, I was ready for an upgrade. I wasn’t able to capture some of the shots that I was hoping for, blog and personal life! After a bit of research, I ended up splurging on the Tamron 28-75 mm lens. This lens is 100% amazing! Here’s the first picture I took with it, right out the box:
Not only is it a fabulous lens for Bokeh, but it’s really sharp…
Often times it will pick up the smallest speck of dust, which my eye missed… Truly I can’t even compare my Tamron lens to the stock lens that came with my camera. They’re not even on the same playing field and I’ve noticed such a huge improvement in my photography since the edition of my Tamron lens. It’s a bit pricey, but very worth it if you use it every day, like me.
My next piece of equipment, is a tripod. After trying to shoot in a few dark rooms, I quickly bought a tripod. It’s another item that has really improved my photography, but I don’t always use it. There are times I feel like the tripod is a bit limiting to me, so I don’t use it. For overall room shots, or dark rooms where I need to turn my shutter really low, it’s an absolute must. Without it in those situations, my pictures are blurry and dark. Without the tripod:
With the tripod:
Next, I can’t rave enough about Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Just wow. Before I spent the money on it, I played around with the free trial version and knew I had to have it. I completely hated editing my pictures in all the web editing sites. It took waaay too long and I was always disappointed with the outcome of my pictures. In my opinion, Lightroom is worth every penny I spent on it. It’s user friendly, I can edit my pictures in batches and save the pictures with my watermark on them. Easy. Easy. Easy. Lightroom has so many fabulous editing features, and I’m sure I don’t know about half of them! Every now and then I’ll find a new feature and I fall in love with it all over again. I wish I were exaggerating! Here’s a before & after with Lightroom, it truly makes a difference… I seriously couldn’t do it without those items… My pictures have come a long way from where I started, and I always enjoy seeing my growth and progress with every photo shoot.
We’ve all got to start somewhere, and we can only make progress from there. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Be patient and keep taking pictures!
I’m linking up at: Tatertots & Jello
Great tips! I blog about my house and stuff but my preferred photog subject is definitely people, and it shows in my photos, I think. 🙂 I have PSE 11 and the trial of Lightroom is downloaded on my computer but I haven’t opened it yet. Will have to give it a try soon!
April Hoff says
Thanks, Erin! I have Lightroom too, but barely know how to use it….I need to figure it out ASAP. 🙂
Jenna LaFevor says
Awesome tips! I have got to step my game up with my lens. That is one of the big things I am lacking!
April Hoff says
I know, I really want that Tamron!!!! 🙂
Chelsea @ Making Home Base says
Thanks for sharing your secrets Shayna (and April!) I always love both of your photos!