Photographs

I’ve had several folks ask that I give up my secrets on how I do the photography for this blog.  So here goes.

First, my camera.  It is a Cannon EOS Rebel XSi. This camera is what I’ve been using since the beginning of my blog and, as you can see, its a bit dusty.

I have a Canon 50 mm .45 m/1.5 ft lens for close up shots. In addition, a tripod with a remote that I keep in the garage for shots like this.

I also have pretty good lighting in my garage.  Lucky me, my garage was built in 2009 .. so new lighting. Yippee! 🙂

So .. super secret photography tips.  Well, I don’t really have any.  I try to take photos at key parts of the project and use shots that show as much detail as possible.  

Once I sit down at the computer, I pull up Adobe Lightroom and do a little croping and editing to emphasize the important details.  WordPress makes the rest easy.  I’m happy to share more if I wasn’t specific enough.  

Thanks for reading!

PS.  Bob over at Logan Cabinet Shoppe had an interesting post on how he does his photos.  

Click on the picture to see what Bob has to say about his photography.

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8 Responses to Photographs

  1. joemcglynn says:

    I want a real camera again, I’ve been using my iPhone for all of my photography. It’s convenient, but the light has to be *just* right to get a decent picture. The depth of field is questionable too.

    Actually, I need my wife to take up an interest in photography…yeah, that’s the ticket.

  2. Having never used Lightroom, can you give a quick overview of why you like it? Do you use it your mac or pc? I tend to go between both worlds so maybe I should go with something more universal.

    • Marilyn says:

      Well, first, we get an education discount at our house which makes LR very affordable. I’ve never ventured into the Mac world, mostly because work uses PCs, so I’m using it solely on PC.

      I like the micro adjustments you can do in light room (exposure, contrast, etc) and many of the filtering options. It keeps me from having to be a photographic expert on top of being a woodworker which has a significant curve all on its own.

      Once I get retire .. some day.. I might work more on photography learning curve, but for now, LR makes it easy.

      You could probably do the same thing with a less expensive program, its just what I have.

  3. Very nice Marilyn. I’ve always enjoyed your photography. I’m using a small, Cannon PowerShot and have always been amazed by the quality of the pictures it can take. Digital photography has opened up a whole new world where average people–with practice and an understanding of their cameras–can take decent pictures.

    One of my goals for 2015 is to take my photography to the next level. And while I’d love a camera similar to yours, I think that there’s still a lot I can learn about lighting and background. So I’ll spend a few bucks to set up a similar “lighting box” to yours. And learn as much as I can from that.

    Thanks for shareing.

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