Getting Started: a Journey begins…

Ok, now the journey begins, but where to start?

i use a Canon Rebel EOS T3, a great camera for those of us who are just starting out on this journey of photographic art but want more than a point and shoot.

I have three lenses: a standard 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, a telephoto 55-250mm f/3.5-5.6, and a 50mm f/1.8 II. There are other lenses out in the photography world I would LOVE to get, but am currently unable to take hold of them due to a little thing called “Money.” Yeah, we all know that one. So, being limited on  funds one must make due with what one has. just because you don’t have a two thousand dollar camera or a two thousand three hundred-dollar lens does not mean you can’t make great photos!

When all you have are basics, you should start with the basics, and use them to the best of your ability! Here’s a photo I took this last summer in our backyard of a lovely Daisy…

What did I do to get this great look? I used my 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lense. focused it at an angle on some of the drops of water and…

Camera settings: f/8, 1/200 sec., ISO-100, and zoomed all the way in at 55mm.

Then i took it to Photoshop (i use Adobe Photoshop Elements 8), adjusted the Levels (which i will actually speak in more detail about  in the future), contrast and saturation. i then added the double “S’s” in the corner. i posted it where some friends could see it, most of which were pro-photographers, and they all loved it! my point here is, you can use what you’ve got to make something work. take something and make it special and worth sharing. just because you don’t have the best doesn’t mean you can’t be the best at what you do with what you’ve got. now go and be creative with what you’ve got on hand, and don’t be afraid to explore your options, the most famous photographers are those who’ve made their own style and stick with it.

Hope you enjoyed this first epistle of Sarah’s Scenes Real Life Photographer.

Lesson: use what you’ve got to make something special.



8 thoughts on “Getting Started: a Journey begins…

    • sarahsscenes says:

      Jerry, my two zoom lenses are pretty much the same, except that one only goe sto 55mm while the other picks up at 55mm and goe sto 250mm. it zome farther. and it’s my favorite to take on nature trails because of it’s zoom! my 50mm i love for low light situations. because the aperture is much more open than my other lenses (i’ll be talking about apertures in a day or two), the aperture controls how much light is able to get into the camera. so i love my 50mm for that reason. i use my 18-55mm lense when i’m in a rather crowded or snall area, since it can zoom OUT more. my 50mm i love to use for portraits (mainly because of the aperture), and my 55-250mm for nature photography. Thanks for asking, and i hope this answers your question.
      Sarahs Scenes Real Life Photographer.

  1. Bob Ward says:

    Thanks for sharing; and I am encouraged by your words to go do the best I can with what I’ve got, and stick to it when I’ve found my style 🙂

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