FAQs

If I haven’t answer your question below, feel free to ask it in a comment on one of my posts. I’m still debating as to whether or not I’m going to include a “contact me” page on this site, but if I do, you’ll probably see a link in the navigation bar above, so if it’s there – feel free to use that, too!

What kind of camera do you use?

I use a Canon Digital Rebel XTi (also known as a 400D outside of the United States). It is an entry-level dSLR. I used to have a Canon point-and-shoot as well, but I no longer have one – though I wish I did.

What lenses do you have?

I currently have the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 (the kit lens), the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 and the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5.

Which is your favorite?

It’s a toss-up between the nifty fifty (the 50mm lens) and the wide angle (the 10-22mm). Which is almost funny since the nifty fifty is the cheapest lens I have and the wide angle is the most expensive (a Christmas present from my family – aren’t they awesome?). The 50mm is what people call a fast lens (even though I cheaped out and got the 1.8 instead of the 1.4). A “fast lens” is one that has a low f-stop (1.8) because that means you can get the aperture open wider, which means it lets it in more light, which means you can use a faster shutter speed. So, I like the lens because I can use it in some lower-light situations without having to bump my ISO up really high. And, let’s face it, I also love my bokeh, and you can get good bokeh with that 50mm – as you can see below

Landscape Lighting

On the other hand, I love that wide angle lens. It’s still faster than my “kit lenses”, and I just adore wide-angle shots of nature, crowds, inside smaller rooms and even buildings. Here’s two of my favorite wide angle shots – of Alder Pond in the Goodyear Heights Metro Park near my house – same pond, different camera angle, and I love them both!

Alder Pond

 

Alder Pond

I probably love the effect I get from the wide angle lens more than I love the 50mm, but the 50mm is more useful.

Do you use Photoshop/Lightroom/Someother expensive editing software?

No! I use The Gimp! It’s FREE.

Are your pictures for sale?

I’m always willing to sell most of my photos, but I don’t currently have a site up where you can purchase them online… I’m working on it, though.