Since moving to Singapore, I’ve become very interested in photography. We had perviously owned a DSLR camera before our move and used it often, but in automatic mode. Knowing that I would have some free time on my hands, I wanted to learn more about using our camera and better my photography skills. A few months into our adventure I took a basic photography skills class and learned about my camera. I can now shoot out of automatic mode! We have loved capturing our adventures traveling and enjoy sharing with everyone. Taylor has even become interested in using the camera which has been really fun to do together.
Since our move we made some purchases and upgrades to our gear. I thought I’d share this week what gear we having been using lately! I’ll write a brief note following, but if you have questions let me know and I’ll try my best to answer them! Side note:These photos were taken with the Ipad!
Our first camera body we purchased second hand and it is pictured on the left. It is a Canon EOSRebel ZSi 450D. We later upgraded our body to the Caond EOS 700 D. I find our new body has some better functionality, clearer back screen and a few more added features.
We quickly found that lenses are the key to great photographs. Lens are also very expensive! Our first camera came with the lens on the far right, a 28-135mm f3.5-5.6. This is a great all around lens and we have used it for most of the pictures we have posted on the blog. The next lens,(second from the right) is our newest lens, a 24-70mm f2.8. I have not done much with this lens, but have a few outings in the next couple of weeks and can’t wait to use it! Second in from the left is our wide angle lens, a 10-22mm f3.5-4.5. We have used this lens often in traveling for things like the Sydney Bridge or taking pictures of the houses that we have stayed at. On the far left, we have our only prime lens, a 50 mm f1.8. This is sometimes an everything lens if I don’t want to lug the camera around with a heavy lens attached. This is also a great portrait lens that I can’t wait to put to use when the little one arrives. On all of our lens we have filters and hoods for them.
When we travel, we have taken a large and small tripod with us. It’s been super helpful when it is just the two of us and taking pictures at night. The small little device on the left is a remote camera shutter release which allows us to take a without hitting the button on the camera. Very helpful when your by yourself and don’t want to set the timer and when taking pictures at night.
The two bags that we use the most are the Kelly Moore Posey bag and a large Canon camera bag. I like the Posey bag because it looks more like a purse and less like a camera bag. It’s great for walking around town and not looking like a tourist! While I can only fit the camera body and lens in this bag along with other essentials(umbrella, bug spray, sun glasses, money), I wish I had one in a larger size. The Canon bag is great for storing all of our gear at once, especially when we travel. I’ve got my eye on a new Kelly Moore bag and another bag I’m interested in trying out because the Posey is good, but not the perfect bag, especially as I add a baby and all of its need gear to the equation. I’ve posted more pictures of the Posey bag because it is pretty cool!
We also have a Canon point and shoot camera and a Lumix underwater camera that we take when we travel. Some times we just don’t want to take the DSLR with us and carrying the point in shoot works just fine. The underwater camera has come in handy on many occasions! We’ve gotten our money out of that purchase for sure by using it on our honeymoon in Hawaii to capturing our scuba diving experience at the Great Barrier Reef.
Taking the photos is just one small part of the process. Uploading, managing, editing, and sharing are a whole other part of the process! While traveling, Taylor and I both take turns with the camera, I’m usually in charge of the final production and sharing of the pictures. Here’s a brief snapshot to the process. We shot all of our pictures in RAW and then edit and change to JPEG to share. After our first trip(and thousands of pictures!) we ran out of storage space quickly. I now upload all of our photos to an external hard drive. I then use our Mac and the Adobe Lightroom program to make and edits if needed to our photos. I’m still a beginner at editing and the post production, this is area I would like to improve and learn more about. We also have an older version of Photoshop on a different computer, but I have not played around with the program much. After editing, I re-save the pictures on the external hard drive and usually share them on the blog. We have a million travel photos, I can’t upload them all to this site so next time you see us just ask to see them!
In the next few months my photography focus will be shifting from documenting our travel experiences to documenting our newest family member. I can’t wait for all the new possibilities with photography and bettering my skills. Of course, I have a list of some new gear and photo props that I want now….Taylor is just thrilled!