Thursday, July 24, 2014

My Camera and Must Have Accessories – This is what I use.

I love my camera and I love taking photographs. My favorite photos of my family are ones that I have taken myself. My children’s smiles reach their eyes and I am able to coax their personalities out of them during our photo shoots. This is something that can be hard for a stranger to do. While I am not a professional photographer – I am a mother who loves photography and who enjoys taking pictures. I get asked all of the time about my camera and my camera accessories. Purchasing a DSLR camera was a great decision and looking back at past photos I only wish that I had bought it sooner.

For the longest time I had a simple point and shoot camera and that was fine, until it broke. When I went to replace my camera I knew that I wanted to upgrade and get a really good camera. I did a lot of research, read a lot of reviews, and played around with many different cameras. After a lot of time and consideration I made my purchase.

My Camera And Must Have Accessories: Which DSLR Camera, lens, & accessories I bought.
My Camera:
I bought myself the CanonRebel T3i Camera. I chose this camera after spending the weekend with my parents who also own a Canon Rebel. I was on the fence about which camera to get until I spent an afternoon playing around with the Canon. I found that it was pretty user friendly and I was pleased with the picture quality. I wanted a camera I could grow with. I did not want another point and shoot camera and I did not want a crazy expensive camera that was too difficult to use and too expensive to be taken out and about. I am very happy with my choice.

My Camera And Must Have Accessories Canon Rebel T3i DSLR Camera

My Lens:
I actually bought my camera as a body with a lens. The lens I chose to bundle my Canon Rebel T3i with was the EF-S18-55mm lens. I use this lens a lot. I frequently use this lens for taking photographs of product and food. I find that it is better with stationary object than with live action shots. What I really love about this lens is the fact that I don’t have to be far away from the object I want to photograph.

My Camera And Must Have Accessories 18-55mm lens

Mom Mart Food Photography using the EF-S 18-55mm lens

The other lens I bought almost immediately after ordering my camera was the Canon EF 50mm lens. I chose this lens because fellow photographer friends had recommended it to me as THE lens to use for taking portraits. It also gives you that great out of focus blurry looking background – which I love. I have used this lens to take pictures of my children over and over again. It is my go-to lens.

My Camera And Must Have Accessories 50mm lens

Mom Mart Portrait Photography using the EF 50mm lens

My Backup:
After seeing my father on several occasions go to use his nice Cannon camera only to discover he had no battery I knew that I would need to have a backup battery – just in case. This purchase was one of my best camera purchases ever! I cannot tell you how many times I have taken my camera out and started using it only to discover my battery needed to be replaced. Since I purchased a battery charger kit that came with two addition batteries as well as a rapid travel charger I have three batteries with me at all times and switching out a dead battery with a fully charged one is never an issue.

Backup Battery Kit: Vivitar Ultra High Capacity Rechargeable 1300mAh Li-ion Batteries + AC/DC Vivitar Rapid Travel Charger
My Camera And Must Have Accessories backup battery

As a mom taking portraits and a blogger trying to get a great food photo there are plenty of times that I would like to take a photograph and the lighting I have to work with is not ideal. So instead of waiting for the right lighting I control my lighting with the flip of a sleeve using my Fotodiox 5-in-1 Premium-Grade Professional Collapsible Disc Reflector. I use the soft silver reflector most often to bounce the light onto whatever I am photographing. This has worked well for me so far and has helped to provide a nice soft natural light.

My Camera And Must Have Accessories Fotodiox 5-in-Collapsible Disc Reflector

My Accessories:
When my camera arrived it came with a standard strap which I quickly decided to get rid of. It was not very comfortable and I wanted to remove it almost as soon as I put it on. I knew right away that I was going to need to upgrade my camera strap. A friend of mine had purchased a Mod Camera Strap and told me that it was one that I needed to check out. I did, and then I bought one of my own. It is exactly what I was looking for in a camera strap. The underside of this camera strap is this soft material – similar to the super soft minky fabric found on baby blankets. It is very comfortable to wear for extended periods of time - in the cold and in the heat.

My Camera And Must Have Accessories Mod Camera Strap

When I bought my camera I was worried about losing my lens caps and scratching my nice camera lens… so I bought a few extra lens cap savers that were cheap. Big mistake, huge! Those cheap lens cap saves didn’t stick for very long and eventually popped off at inopportune times. Since I had such great success with Mod Camera Strap I decided to go back to the well and give the Mod Lens Cap Saver a try. These babies are not only super cute, but they work. They have been on my camera for over a year now and have not popped off once. They are fabulous.

My Camera And Must Have Accessories Mod Lens Cap Saver

My Camera And Must Have Accessories Mod Lens Cap Saver

I am still on the lookout for the perfect camera bag. I really want one that functions as a camera bag as well as a purse. I do not want to have to tote around several bags if I can avoid it. I also want a camera bag that is chic and stylish, one that I can wear to events and conferences as well as to the park when I get together for a play date.  That isn't too much to ask, right?

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I purchased all of the products mentioned above for my own use. These thoughts and opinions are completely my own and may differ from others.

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