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Unsociable

I realised last Saturday that I am an antisocial photographer. Or maybe unsociable is a kinder way of putting it. Either way, I am not sociable once I have a camera in my hand. It was my big day out to a photography event at the local Birds of Prey centre last weekend, and the evening before it suddenly struck me that everyone else would know more than me and I would look, not to put too fine a point on it, stupid. I also realised that I would have to be sociable whilst taking photographs,... continue reading

Optimism, compromise and crowds

A family holiday is not a photography trip, so the sensible thing to do is probably to leave your photo dreams at home with your other valuables, and pack your “great shot blinkers” to avoid feeling irked whilst you’re away. But this year our family trip was to Argentina, and included a train journey in the Andes and four days at the Iguazu Falls. This made it more of a struggle than usual for me to resolve to be a co-operative family member and not regard each day as potential camera fodder.... continue reading

Wow factor - Film lenses with adapters on digital cameras

I got my first film lens to digital camera adapter in 2012, when I received a Minolta lens as a gift. I work with a Canon 7D. My daughter, a wedding photographer, told me about using an adapter. They aren’t expensive, so I gave it a try. The adaptor fits between your camera and the film lens.Cottonwood leavesI’m glad I decided to take the risk and invest in an adapter - which sell for $30-$50 on Amazon.com.Fotodiox adapterSince that time, I picked up a Canon A1 at a garage sale,... continue reading

It's better to invest in camera bodies or lenses?

Especially among younger photographers I seem to see a buying spree of megapixels: trying the camera with the most megapixels, and it is believed that they alone can guarantee to get good photos. Otherwise there is a search for the latest model, the camera straight out, the ultimate body. But in the world of microstock, more than ever, this trend (especially for beginners) can be deleterious. In a year - but also in only six months - the new camera body will be obsolete; there will be a new... continue reading

Rodeos, and editorial licenses

I've recently submitted photos I had taken whilst at a rodeo in Grace Idaho, and this is a place where it would be impossible to acquire a model release for all people in most photos. So I am very happy about using the editorial license to put my photos up for sale on Dreamstime.Also I would like to point out that I have found that when taking action shots at a rodeo a 100 to 500 mm zoom lens works very well for these conditions.    continue reading

How I'm Using My Budget Lenses

I'm a Nikon D90 owner and I bought my camera with a typical kit that very much available in my country. D90 body, an 18-55mm VR plus a 55-200mm VR and a nifty fifty (50mm f/1.8 non AFS version). I added a battery grip and Flash to it later.When first time I joined here, every photo I uploaded were rejected. I wrote another blog about how I learned to use the gear properly - you can check it out here - What Dreamstime Thought Me I discovered what the sweet spots are. And also learned... continue reading

6 Children, a 300 lb elephant, and a cracker in a Van that Seats 5

     Monty, our 9 month old Dane really stands out in a crowd. I tend to take him to the dog park, which is quite a ride from our home...and when I say "quite a ride" I mean not only is the park two towns down the interstate from where we live, but the ride itself is...well...imagine packing 6 kids...3 car seats..one camera bag, with a magnitude of lenses, ...and a 300 pound elephant into a mini van that seats 5....and then, just for fun, let's also put in ahalf eaten peanut butter cracker.... continue reading

Advice on macro lenses!

Hello dreamstimers!!I am looking to buy myself a good macro lens for my Canon 700D body!I have read some info about the Tamron AF 60/2 Di-II LD lens which has a very good price and seems like a good lens, but I somehow, wouldn't like to go with my first pic, at least without getting a couple of opinions from you guys!So is that lens worth it's money, are there better ones with abt the same price? Any recommendations?What is your favorite macro lens??Thanks continue reading

I've lived the Legacy

I shoot micro four thirds.Unlike many, I'm not a DSLR to m4/3 convert.Although they fascinate me, especially full frame, I know little to nothing about cameras using APS-C,APS-H or full frame sensors except what I have read on the internet.My decision to go micro four thirds was mostly borne from the fact I bought into a brand and to save cost remained there. Other than my long since broken 35 mm film camera, my experiences with anything that allowed the ability to be creative, with adjustable... continue reading

It's all about the children

As mentioned in a previous blog of mine, capturing the perfect images of children sometimes means letting kids behave naturally to catch some great candid shots.Think of children exploring a beach at low tide and the expressions on their faces as they find a starfish or a small crab.What a great image this would make..While I still believe candid shots of children create some truly memorable images, I have found that some pictures are better planned and posed (P&P) to correspond with the spring... continue reading

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