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Understanding Exposure

I think Bryan Peterson is pretty great, and has one of the best books on understanding exposure. He explains exposure – talks about Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, Light and special techniques and filters.

What I liked most about the books is the examples and the way he explains exposure. When you’re first trying to understand how your camera works, words like ISO and Aperture don’t mean a thing, but he explains it in a way that makes sense. For instance here is a quote when he explains ISo

“To better understand the effect of ISO on exposure, think of the ISO as a worker bee. If my camera is set for ISO 100, I have, in effect, 100 worker bees; and if your camera is set for ISO 200, you have 200 worker bees. The job of these worker bees is to gather the light that comes through the lens and make an image. If both of us set our lenses at the same aperture of f/5.6 meaning that the same volume of light will be coming through our lenses – who will record the image the quickest, you or me? You will since you have twice as many worker bees at ISO 200 than I do at ISO 100″

He also has an updated version to the one I own – Understanding Exposure the 3rd edition that you might want to check out!

Understanding Exposure



CanvasPop review – Love them!

I must say CanvasPop was great. I just purchased my first canvas print ~ Instead of seeing how I liked a small canvas I went big and bought a 48″ x 18″!

Process was easy…  I like their website, very easy to navigate and see exactly how much it would cost.  After I ordered it I received an email with a picture of what the canvas would look like. You could accept the print layout or write some notes about what you would like changed. I imagine this would be a good option if you had a panel canvas. You would be able to make sure your pictures lined up the way you wanted them to.

Once it shipped they sent me tracking so I could watch and wait until it arrived on our doorstep. It was packaged excellent! No complaints will use them again in the future!

10x20Downtown (1 of 1)

After I bought my canvas at Canvas Pop I received and email with a link inside –  The link stated “Refer your friends, and they’ll get $30 off their first purchase! For every friend that makes a purchase, we’ll send you a $50 gift voucher! Once you buy your first print you will receive the same deal. So if you use the link on this page you will get $30 off your first purchase offer valid until October 26th.

I highly recommend them. Thought the print quality was excellent and the turn around time not bad! In fact I just ordered another one this time it will be a 10×20 canvas print.

CanvasPop seems to always have a sale  going on so be sure to sign up for their newsletter. Actually you should sign up for everyone’s news letter MPix, Snapfish. They will email you coupons and let you know when sales are going on.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II


Canon 50mm f/1.8

I have a few lenses under my belt now, but this lens never stops amazing me and always remains in my camera bag. I love the picture quality and color that comes from it plus it’s so light. In the video he talks about it feeling toy like, which it definitely doesn’t feel as solid as my other lenses, but I still think it’s a good lens I take that back I think it’s a great lens.

Official Product Description:

Shipping Height: 3.0 Shipping Width: 3.0 Master Pack Qty: 0 General Information Manufacturer: Canon, Inc Manufacturer Part Number: 2514A002 Brand Name: Canon Product Line: EF Product Name: EF 50mm f/1.8 II Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens Marketing Information: This is the lightest EF lens of all at a mere 4.6oz. Compact and high-performance, standard lens. Its Gaussian optics provide sharp delineation from near to far focusing distances. The color balance is excellent for a standard lens. Product Type: Lens Technical Information Lens Type: Telephoto Fixed Focal Length: 50 mm Maximum Aperture Fixed: 1.8 Filter Attachment Diameter: 52 mm Physical Characteristics Depth: 1.6 Diameter: 2.7 Weight (Approximate): 4.60 oz Miscellaneous Application/Usage: Camera Compatibility: Canon EOS Cameras

If you’re trying to decide between the Canon f/1.8 vs f/1.4 vs f/1.2. I have only tried the F/1.8. You can skip ahead to 5:43 on the video where he takes 3 of the same picture with each lens to see the results. To me the 50mm f/1.8 held up pretty good minus the fact that he said it felt like a toy in his hands, which I would agree.

Sigma Lenses on Sale

sigmaGreat sale going on Sigma Lenses this summer! To view the entire list of Sigma lenses on sale and Save up to $200.00 on Select Sigma Lenses

For a limited time, save instantly on select Sigma lenses when you buy from Amazon.com. Discount already included in current Amazon.com price.

Offer valid unitl September 25, 2013, or while supplies last. Applies only to purchases of products sold by Amazon.com, and does not apply to products sold by third-party merchants and other sellers through the Amazon.com site.

Save big on Bundled Canon Camera and Lens

Save big on bundled Canon EOS Rebel T5i and SL1 SLR Cameras

These are the four bundled packages going on right now:

Canon Rebel T51 with 18-55mm EF-S IS STM Lens and the EF-S 55-250mm
Canon Rebel SL1 with 18-55mm EF-S IS STM Lens and the EF-S 55-250mm
Canon T51 with 18-135mm EF-S IS STM Lens and the EF-S 55-250mm
Canon Rebel SL1 with 18-55mm EF-S IS STM Lens and the EF-S 75-300mm Zoom



Canon Lens – EF 28mm f/1.8 USM


The Canon 28mm f/1.8 Wide Angle works on both Canon Rebel EOS Crop Sensor camera and the Canon EOS Full Frame. F/1.8 is great giving you a wide aperture and lots of light.

Canon EF 28mm Lens = $449.00 Plus Free Shipping

Official Product Description:

28mm wide-angle lens with f/1.8 maximum aperture for Canon SLR cameras
Broadens angle of view and increases depth of field to bring more area into focus
High-precision aspherical lens minimizes distortion and other aberrations
1-foot close focusing distance; light enough to function as standard wide angle lens
Measures 2.7 inches in diameter and 1.7 inches long; weighs 6.5 ounces

Take a look at this review from Dombowerphoto on the 28mm Canon F/1.8


Microscope Adapter? AmScope Nikon D-SLR Adapter

microscopeWhat? I have never seen and Nikon adapter like this before, but why wouldn’t there be an adapter for the microscope. We want a zoom lens to see as far as possible why not go the opposite direction!

How cool would this be, you could take stills, but also video of microscopic images!microscope2

If you’re in the market for one right now might be the time to pull the trigger… Great price!

List Price: $350.00
Sale Price: $89.90 Plus Free Shipping -> That is a savings of 74%, awesome!

Official Product Description:

Compatible with Nikon SLR/DSLR cameras including D40, D40X, D50, D60, D70, D80, D90, D200, D300, D700, D5000, D7000 … (except G series)
Magnification Power: 2X
Material: metal
T-mount Connection Standard 23.2mm
Work on Monocular (Eye Tube), Binocular (Eye Tube) or Trinocular Photo/Video Port


Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mama’s out there!

Mother’s Day is Sunday… Do you have a gift yet?

mothers day gift ideas

Here are a couple ideas for you in the photography department! The Canon PowerShot ELPH 115 is coming in at an extremely low price, but if you don’t want that specific camera, then take a look at this list of digital cameras on sale. Right now most of these digital cameras are about 40% off!

And there are the digital picture frames as well that would be a great gift.  You can find most of these digital frames for about 25% off and more.


Canon SL1 -World’s Smallest Digital SLR

SL1World’s Smallest Digital SLR

Canon SL1 / EOS 100D
List Price: $799.00 comes with the Canon 18-55mm IS Lens.

It’s amazing what they can pack into this little camera body.  What will next year bring?

Official Product Description:

Compact and lightweight DSLR featuring a newly-developed 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, ISO 100-12800 (expandable to H: 25600) for stills and ISO-6400 (expandable to H: 12800) for videos for shooting from bright to dim light, and high performance DIGIC 5 Image Processor for exceptional image quality and speed.

9-point AF system (including a high-precision dual-cross f/2.8 center point) for exceptional autofocus performance when shooting with the viewfinder; new Hybrid CMOS AF II, which combines the advantages of high-speed phase-detection AF and high-precision contrast AF, provides a widened Hybrid CMOS AF focus area for increased autofocus speed and accuracy when shooting photos and movies in Live View.

High speed continuous shooting up to 4.0 fps allows you to capture all the action
EOS Full HD Movie mode with Movie Servo AF for continuous focus tracking of moving subjects, manual exposure control and multiple frame rates (1080: 30p (29.97) / 24p (23.976) / 25p, 720: 60p (59.94) / 50p, 480: 30p (29.97) / 25p), built-in monaural microphone, manual audio level adjustment, and Video Snapshot with editing for expanded movie shooting options.

Touch Screen Wide 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II (approximately 1,040,000 dots) with smudge-resistant coating features multi-touch operation with direct access to functions for setting changes and Touch AF for an easy, intuitive experience and clear viewing when outdoors; an Optical Viewfinder with approx. 0.87x magnification makes subjects easier to see.

Here is a YouTube Review on the SL1 to help in your decision making process!

Great Deal on Ravelli APGL4 New Professional 70″ Tripod

Ravelli TripodEveryone needs a tripod! This one caught my eye today because of the price, it’s 77% off and it has great reviews! Be sure to check out the review by David Lsi, he does a great job with the details!

Ravelli APGL4 New Profssional 70″ Tripod with Adjustable Pistol Grip Head and Heavy Duty Carry Bag

List Price: $399.99
Sale Price: $93.33 plus Free Shipping
That  means you save: $306.66 (77%)

Official Product Description:

The Ravelli APGL4 is a Professional Pistol Grip Tripod providing a solid base for high-end photographic equipment. This model is all pressure treated aluminum alloy construction and is unrivalled in stability. The pistol grip adjustable head provides smooth fluid adjustment to any angle. The center column is height adjustable and the legs can be inverted for low angle shots. Dual foam grips, quick release leg locks, a quick release camera plate and rubber feet/metal spikes complete a very nice tripod.

Collapsed Height: 32.75″
Minimun Operating Height: 0″
Maximum Operating Height: 69.75″
Tripod Weight: 8lbs
Supports Up To 16 LBS

David Lsi does an excellent review on what you get with the Rivalvi Tripod! Take a look: