I'm shaking things up for this week's Behind The Lens. This week I'm featuring someone you might know, myself. I realized I had never answered the questions myself, and thought I'd give them a shot!
What do I enjoy most about photography?
I love the challenge photography provides. I love thinking through all of the possible settings and angles to create an image. I love working to see if I can capture something as I see it and likewise, working to capture something in a completely different way than it presents itself. And, of course, I love recording the moments of my son's life.
50mm | ISO 800 | f/2.0 | ss 1/800
How has my photography changed since I started shooting a Photo A Day?
I started shooting a photo a day in February 2008. I shot mostly in Aperture Priority mode then and often used a rapid fire, shotgun approach. I've slowed down since then and I now shoot almost exclusively in Manual Mode. In those two years I have tested and tried every button and dial on my camera. I take fewer photos and have come to enjoy the process of finding my images. I love the visual journal of our life that has been created.
Picture of the Day July 31, 2009
50mm | ISO 400 | f/2.8 | ss 1/80
What camera and lenses do I have in my bag? Which do I use most? Why?
I shoot with a Canon 30D, in my bag I have:
Canon 50mm f/1.4
I use my 50mm lens more than my others. I love the quality images I can create in low light situations and the ease of carrying it around. It is a safer lens for me to wear everywhere I go as my wide angle lens happens to be at the perfect height of a little boy who happens to like to hold my hand! I do get the 17-40mm out more for outdoor shots despite the risk involved!
36mm | ISO 400 | f/5.0 | ss 1/160
What is the strangest thing I've photographed?
I once took a picture of giant blister I got on my foot while training for a marathon with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Great cause, ugly photo. I won't make you look at it! I've also photographed my brother's post marathon toes, again, not a pretty picture.
150mm | ISO 500 | f/2.8 | ss 1/100
Where do I keep your camera when you aren't shooting?
It is anywhere, but the bag! Right now it is on my bed upstairs where I just finished a photo shoot for a tutorial I'm writing. Typically it sits on the corner of my desk surrounded by the lenses I'm not using. I like knowing I can grab it and go with a moment's notice. I've left the house wearing my camera only to realize I left my purse behind.
200mm | ISO 100 | f/8.0 | ss 1/125
What editing/organizing software do you use?
For almost all of my editing and organizing I use Lightroom 2 and the Lightroom 3 Beta. I do some noise reduction, sharpening, and spot removal in Photoshop CS4.
50mm | ISO 200 | f/2.8 | ss 1/200
What do you love about teaching photography?
I love sharing my knowledge! I love helping people take creative control of their cameras. I love seeing them capture images in a way they didn't think they could. Most importantly, I like making the journey to record our moments easier. I think, as moms, the moments feel like they are flying by so quickly. It is so important to know how to capture them.
I hope you've enjoyed my twist to this week's Behind The Lens.
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