Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Rogue Woman Photos

I get repeated questions about my photography and the type of equipment I use to get the photos I take. I have not always been a photographer, actually up until June 2008 I did not even own a camera. Mrs. Pool Shark actually had a little point and click that I fell in love with so I bought my own exactly like hers a few days later.

Six months later I was much more into photography than I ever could have imagined I would become reading everything I could get my hands on and then Mr. Rogue and I invested in a wonderful new camera, the Canon 50D which changed so much in my life.

I took to photography as my 2009 challenge as I do with everything in my life with an all or nothing attitude. It has brought me HOURS of joy and wonder, learning and frustration until I master a new skill, and happiness and peace to see things in a different light.

Although photography is very new to me I have always been a creative person, I owe this to my mother who would encourage me in my creativity and do crafts with us kids often. Although some of my “creative” ideas were not always practical, sorry mom for using all the shoelaces in the house to tie up every toy I could find, my creativity is something that has always been a wonderful constant in my life.

So the camera that takes most of the photos on this site is the Canon 50D although from time to time I do still use the little point and shoot I bought back in 2008. Although I try to bring the 50D almost everywhere I go there are instances, for instance skiing on the slopes


or when I go out on a night with my girls to wherever the night and the martinis lead us,


where my nice camera must stay at home.

Over the past twelve months we have acquired quite an arsenal of lenses. My suggestion is to buy the nicest lenses you can afford and to buy a cheaper body. Lenses last for 20 years or more if properly cared for where camera bodies need to be replaced every 4-5 years generally. Currently we have a standard all purpose lens, a 24-105mm, which does wonderfully in most situations like taking photos of the wonderful people in my life


the gorgeous flowers,


or my super cute pets



and is probably the lens I use the most often as it has the most versatility. We also have a 100-400mm /4.5-f/5.6 L lens which I use sometimes coupled with a 2x teleconverter for wildlife photography. This is a great lens for taking photos of birds


or animals because you don’t have to be very close to the subject in order to get a great photo,


with that said it is pretty heavy and has caused me to get tennis elbow (boo) because I use it so much.


We also have a recent purchase of a wide angle 17-40mm f/4 lens which I am totally loving. It is particularly awesome for wide open landscape photography


or even indoor and architectural shots.


We are looking to add two more in the future a nice macro lens (right now I am constantly borrowing my brother-in-laws 50mm f/2.5 lens) which takes amazing photos of bugs


or small objects that you just normally don’t see the detail of.



Lastly we are looking at getting a more powerful telephoto lens for my bird and wildlife photography. One that is not as versatile as the 100-400 we have but in the right situations one that performs superiorly.

If you are trying to get your photos better or are just starting out in photography there are a few simple rules to follow. Use natural lighting as often as you can, you should never use the flash. Get good post editing software because you can enhance a photo wonderfully with a few tweaks.


And learn to use your specific camera inside and out because missed shots come and go generally very quickly most often a subject won’t wait for you to make adjustments.


I love photography so much because rather than attempting to put something into words, a camera can in a mere second allow us to capture our perspective on the world and spread it to the masses.



paul peggy zeus said...

What a wonderful array of pictures. Thanks for sharing all these with us and your knowledge of photography. You do have a gift for digging in deep to whatever it is you do.

paul peggy zeus said...

I'm so very proud to by your mother.

myLA said...

Seeing all I have missed makes me sad then I saw my pic and your words and it warmed my heart just a little more. I am so blessed to be love by you. Let me get back to work. *sigh with a scrunchy face* a cute one of course...

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