A Lens To Learn On // Your First "Good Lens"

Many cameras come with a lens. People call this a “kit lens” and while it can be good for some things (sports, landscape), it’s not really going to give you a professional-looking portrait (in the traditional sense - like the image with the blurry background below). And it’s not going to be useful in low light unless you are using flash.

Perhaps the worst thing about kit lenses is they are nearly impossible to learn on. When you zoom in and out on them, the amount of light the lens lets in changes. And when you are learning it can be really confusing and frustrating.

Considering all this, I highly recommend you learn on a prime lens (no zoom). And for shooting portraits of people or product photos, specifically a 50mm or 35mm (f1.8 or f/1.4).

Here are links to my suggestions (check compatibility prior to purchasing):

Nikon 50mm f/1.8 & Nikon 35mm f/1.8

Canon 50mm f/1.8

Sony Mirrorless (E Mount) 50mm f/1.8

If these are not in the budget, I’d check the refurbished gear at your local camera shop or B&H or Adorama.

Send me an email if you have any questions about this or need suggestions for other camera models!

-Chrystal



Must-Know Tips to Choosing a DSLR Camera

Must-Know Tips to Choosing a DSLR Camera

DSLR camera options can be overwhelming. There are so many different features, it's hard to know what should take priority. Many people want to get into photography but get so intimidated while camera shopping that they just give up. Please don't! I am here to help! I have a lot of parents asking me what’s best to photograph their children and children's photography is unique in that the subjects move a lot and are indoors a lot (birthday parties, sleeping, bathing, cuddling, etc) so here is my list of the features I would look for if I were buying a camera today if I were to consider versatility:

  1. Continuous Shooting Mode. Make sure the camera has it and check out it's max speed (frames per second).

Get It Printed // Must-Know Tips For Printing Your Family Images Quickly & Beautifully

Get It Printed // Must-Know Tips For Printing Your Family Images Quickly & Beautifully

The negative is the equivalent of the composer's score, and the print the performance. - Ansel Adams

While digital images may not be the same as a film slide, this is still true about prints. Holding images in hand is the most emotional and satisfying stage in the lifecycle of a digital photograph. Albums and photo wall art bring me and my friends/clients much more joy and pride on a daily basis than a digital album sunk deep into my hard drive somewhere. So today, we're talking about how to make sure we get our favorite images through a printer and into our hands.

Online Backup vs Online Storage For Photography // Why You Need Them Both Right Now

Online Backup vs Online Storage For Photography // Why You Need Them Both Right Now

As you know, I am all about preservation and protecting your family from "The Digital Dark Ages".  Everyone knows how it goes....SAFETY FIRST! I will post separately about how you should have 3 copies of all your photos but today we are only covering online solutions. If you don't have an online backup right now, stop what you are doing and BACK. IT. UP.

How to Protect Your Family From the Effects Of "The Digital Dark Age" // The Digital Declutter Challenge

How to Protect Your Family From the Effects Of "The Digital Dark Age" // The Digital Declutter Challenge

Digital photography has many advantages over film but also has one major downside. Without proper organization and backup, we are vulnerable to losing all our family's memories in an instant. Today I put my foot down with my procrastination. Nothing is more important to me than preserving our memories and it's shameful I've let my family photos get so unorganized. ESPECIALLY because I'm a professional photographer. I know better.