camera geek

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a friend’s arm and belly, only hours before labor began, Canon Digital Rebel

So many of you ask about my camera gear, so I’m going to take this opportunity to geek out on you! I upgraded to a new Canon digital SLR called the XTi and I am so excited about it! If you are wanting to expand your photography skills and have an amazing creative and learning tool, I am a huge fan of the digital rebel. The new model is even better (faster shutter, self-cleaning sensor, better auto focus, more compact, less expensive) You will be amazed at how sharp and beautiful your photos are. As you can see, I swoon for my camera…

As for lenses, I used the kit lens (18-55mm) for a couple of years before I purchased any others. It is a great all-purpose lens. That said, when I bought my portrait lens, my universe changed. This dreamy lens is beautiful, fast, works well in low light and creates that wonderful shallow depth of field effect we all love.

Photo sites that always inspire:
The week in pictures
Chromasia
Durham township
Dawn Mikulich photography
Anna Kuperberg

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20 Comments

  1. deezee

    As a camera lover, I appreciate the tips, but I simply can’t ignore the photo caption – “…only hours before labor began”
    What? Is labor happening???

  2. deezee

    okay, you’ve modified the caption since my previous comment, I hope…or I must learn to slow down as I read!

  3. Anshu

    Hi Andrea-
    I had a quick question for you regarding your photography. Do you develop your own stuff or do you have it printed for you? Are there any websites that you would recommend? I feel like you used to have a list of photo resources, but now I can’t find it. Any insight would be appreciated! Thanks, Anshu

  4. Debra

    Oh, for the love of god – I can’t stand all that yummy child energy all over the place in these links you provided!!! Stop it!! Angels everywhere!! Yummy.
    All that camera equipment is going on my dreamboard tonight. Swooning is a very appropriate word :~)

  5. kristine

    This is breathtaking! So strong and yet soft and feminine at the same time… Wow! It touches me in a very distinct way.

  6. Boho Girly

    i love that you are a camera geek. i am entering into the nerdom as well and you have been such an inspiration. the tips you gave me during your visit here has been HUGE. thank you thank you thank you for that. i love it when artist’s aren’t afraid to share their goodness. i respect that on such a deep level. your willingness to share just makes people fall more in love with you.
    like me.
    xoxo

  7. tracey

    Dude, the Canon EF 50mm compact macro/ 2.5 is my favorite lens in the whole world. The macro thing is the bomb. How fun that we both use fixed 50mm lenses. Woah, I’m having a giddy camera geek moment.

  8. rougholive

    I am so glad you are talking about this because I am just getting into the market for a camera and any insight from a user is better then some sales associate telling me it is the best out there just to make a sale. I like your range of photographs on your site.
    Photography is such a great outlet for me because I know that I am not a painter and I can’t sculpt great figures from clay so the best way I know to express myself is through the eye of the camera.
    Happy shooting!
    TA

  9. Boho Girly

    oh, by the way…i forgot to mention how yummy this photo is. xoxo

  10. Meg

    I think I could spend years on Anna Kuperberg’s site. Her pictures are so scrumptious!

  11. meg

    Ok, now I feel like I was being unfair. ALL of these sites are scrumptious. I am, however, a SUCKER for wedding pictures. It’s my weakness.

  12. Laura

    Thanks for posting your camera info. After saving for over a year, I bought the Rebel XT last May, and have been pondering what additional lenses would be good to go with it.
    I must also whine that the XTi came out so shortly after I finally made my purchase, and is an improvement over it – I just missed the boat – but I am very happy with the plain old XT.
    As always, your pictures are great, and your words compelling.

  13. Teri

    great comment by kristine above, about this shot evoking strength and femininity. i got a lump in my throat when i read the caption…
    i always enjoy your photos. i have been pining for the digital rebel but haven’t made the leap…can’t wait to see these beautiful, crisp, artful shots of little baby superhero!
    xo

  14. MARYBETH

    Hi Andrea,
    Just KNOW that IT IS ALL OK.
    The FEAR
    THe insidious need to read more,- buy more to read, then feel angry that you feel you have to memorize every dam fact, hint, set of 5 easy steps to perfection!-etc…etc.. et nauseum.
    Every birth experience is NEW and UNIQUE.
    The classes are helpful in structuring the basic skills for breathing; however, PRACTICING TOGETHER OVER>>AND OVER>>> AND OVER>>> really pays off =)
    Embrace all of it dearest Andrea and be GENTLE WITH YOU.
    Namaste,
    MB in JT
    ((BIG HUGS)) for sharing your incredible camera geekiness with us “Yippeee” I cry, as i copy and paste =)
    Have you shared a mailing address anywhere for us baby fairies who must send a gift??

  15. MARYBETH

    Hi Andrea,
    Just KNOW that IT IS ALL OK.
    The FEAR
    THe insidious need to read more,- buy more to read, then feel angry that you feel you have to memorize every dam fact, hint, set of 5 easy steps to perfection!-etc…etc.. et nauseum.
    Every birth experience is NEW and UNIQUE.
    The classes are helpful in structuring the basic skills for breathing; however, PRACTICING TOGETHER OVER>>AND OVER>>> AND OVER>>> really pays off =)
    Embrace all of it dearest Andrea and be GENTLE WITH YOU.
    Namaste,
    MB in JT
    ((BIG HUGS)) for sharing your incredible camera geekiness with us “Yippeee” I cry, as i copy and paste =)
    Have you shared a mailing address anywhere for us baby fairies who must send a gift??

  16. catina jane

    yay! for camera talk!
    im looking to purchase a used rebel to get me in the dslr game . i am finally going after doing photography full time !
    that lens is a great tip! i have alot to learn , thanks for the info 🙂

  17. nina

    this is one of my favorite photos you’ve taken- i heart bellies! thanks for sharing.

  18. Dawn

    Thanks for the link!
    I continue to enjoy your journey.

  19. zahavaworks

    Nu?! Did your friend have a girl or a boy? Hope Mom and babe are doing well!
    Lovely image – both for it’s compositional and emotional elements!

  20. Kang

    The photo is amazing. Huge congratulations to your friend. It is fun and great joy.

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