Category Archives: Equipment

Introduction to White Balance was written by Elizabeth Halford and first published in the Winter 2010 edition of Canon’s PhotoYou magazine. The difference between a great picture and a blah one is the white balance.  Here’s the lowdown on white balance and how to control color within your DSLR. There are a multitude of factors…

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Let’s go Inside! was written by Elizabeth Halford and first published in the Winter 2010 edition of Canon’s PhotoYou magazine. FLASH With the rainy holiday season at hand, it’s likely that we’ll be taking more indoor photos because of weather constraints.  Shooting indoors can be frustrating, even for professionals.  Although shooting indoors may seem challenging,…

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I’ve had my Shootsac for over a year now. I like to use things for a while before I give my opinion so this review has been a long time coming. The Shootsac is a lens carrying/wearing solution for photographers who use multiple lenses. It’s not a camera bag. It’s not for storage of gear…

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Here are some quick pull back shots from this recent session. The pullbacks were taken by me because I was shooting without an assistant and they were really just taken for my own record but I thought I’d share them with you fine people! Edited with Florabella Colorplay actions for Photoshop Pin It

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I posted on my Facebook page about 6 weeks ago that I couldn’t wait to get releases back from the parents at a recent preschool gig because I was dying to show you the results of my first foray into clamshell lighting for little’uns. Well they’ve come back and so now I have something to…

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Oh my I really wish some of my most commonly asked questions were the easiest ones to answer. Alas, some questions just aren’t that easy. But before I try to answer this one, these are my top three unanswerable questions: What camera should I buy? What lens should I buy? What’s better: Canon or Nikon?…

I’ve talked about lenses so much but -can you believe it- I’ve never actually done a post about focal length. Focal length is those main numbers you see on your lens. Like: 50mm or 24-105mm or (in my current dreams lens) 70-200mm. You may already know the basics of these numbers and that 50mm is…

Yesterday, my Canon G1 X came in the mail. It was difficult to make the choice to buy such a pricey compact camera when there weren’t any reviews about it yet, but I put my faith in Canon and bought it anyway. You see, I’m always late at making commitments on technology. I bought my…

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This is a question I get often: “should I invest the money I’ve saved into a camera or a lens?” I think the answer is simple. Most dSLRS operate with (nearly) the same sensor, unless we’re talking the jump from crop frame to full frame sensor. Camera upgrades are merely bells & whistles. The lens…

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One of the most baffling features of choosing a new camera (or understanding your existing one) is sensor size and type. Are you baffled by the terms CMOS or APS-C? I was! And as usual, there’s a plain English explanation for this in the world of techie-jargon. First, let’s clear up some of the jargon….

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Today in my shooting backlit series, I’m talking about using flash in your backlit photography. But first as usual, I like to help you get caught up: Pt. 1: Introduction Pt. 2: Examples Pt. 3: Metering Modes Pt. 4: Exposure Compensation Pt. 5: Using Reflectors I think for many new photographers, flash might be the…

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This post was originally written in 2011. It’s now 2013 and this post has been updated to reflect more (and more and more) glass purchases. Hi, I’m Elizabeth and I’m addicted to glass. In the past 5 years, I’ve owned 14 lenses to the tune of $10,250. 80% of the questions I get in my…

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As a photographer, I am constantly fielding questions about ‘good’ cameras, which camera to buy, how to find a camera that ‘takes better pictures’. And don’t get me wrong, this is great. People should ask for advice before deciding on such purchases. But being the public photographer I am, I also get emails from my…

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