There are lots of blogs out there for the professional photographer. Blogs with tutorials and such. Blogs that explain F-stops and Shutter Speeds. This is not one of them. I am just a photographer wanna-be with a passion to capture in time my three children and the moments of their childhood.

So I will share here with you the things that I use and the resources that have helped me. If you are where I was a few years ago...transitioning from Point and Shoot to SLR...feel free to dip into my oh so shallow well of knowledge on this subject.

I currently shoot with a Canon Rebel XSi

These are the lenses that I use:

  • Canon Telephoto 75-30mm  This lens is great for outdoor shots of kids. Especially if you want to capture them from a distance naturally doing what they are doing as to not get "cheese" from them when they see the camera.

  • Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II This lens is often referred to as a "Prime Lens"...or as "The best $100 bucks you will ever spend" I would have to agree. There is no zoom on this is set at 50mm. So you have to move more than you are used to with a zoom. It took me a while to learn how to feel this lens...But oh my word the pictures it takes! With such a low F-stop you can achieve that beautiful "bokeh" we all love. The berries above were taken with this lens.

  • Canon EF 85mm f1.8 Medium Telephoto I do not own this lens...but you can probably sense that I intend to.  Since we are making wish lists drooling over things we don't have I will go ahead and add this although I won't hold my breath. For now I will use what I have for post-editing.

Here are a few ladies that have a plethora of knowledge in this area. But don't just take my word for it:

  • McKMama has a few great tutorials on how to achieve certain looks with Photoshop

  • You can always stop by Ruthanne's for some eye candy...and a snazzy new strap from her Etsy shop to boot!

  • Melissa is just super at explaining all things photography on my level..check her out too.

  • And of course if you really want to do some droolin' head on over to Darcy's my fabulous web designer and feast your eyes on her gorgeous might just learn a thing or two there too.

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