Earlier this month, I asked you to share your photography or gear related questions for an Ask Lyn webinar. Then I changed my mind and decided to record your answers in a podcast format.
I respond to the seven questions you see below, which are posted in their own words. I've included some of the resources I referenced during my response.
Listen to the broadcast
What free or fee-based photo editing software would you recommend for an amateur photography on a very, very tight budget (and is a Mac user). Images to be edited would primarily be landscape and pet candids. Also you have suggestions for online portfolios with the same criteria? Thanks!
In addition to my response, read this post: Affordable Photo Editing Programs
I'm at a point in my photography where I want to sell photos. Which is best to use an on line company like Fine Art America where they handle everything,, or others that I may not know,,, or printer and do your own? or other options????
In addition to my response, read this post: 12 sites to display share and sell your photos
I am looking to update my gear. I currently have a Canon Xti which has been a workhorse, but I am thinking that I need to move up. I prefer to stay i Canon lineup since I already have lenses. I shoot flowers, birds, landscape, and grandchildren in motion. Suggestions?
Lyn, Too many of my photos lack critical focus. This is my biggest challenge right now. I rely on autofocus because my eyesight is not the best. Please discuss all the elements that go into achieving critical focus (photographer, camera settings, camera, lens, etc.), what can go wrong with each element, and tips for achieving critical focus. I shoot with Canon T5i and T4i, Canon EFS 18-135 (3.5-5.6) IS STM, and Canon 75-300 (4-5.6) IS. As I'm writing this email I'm figuring out what some of my problems are. I learned that some of what I initially interpret as out of focus comes from a too slow shutter speed and camera shake or moving subject (example attached 6636). I also learned that some of my intentional focus points were not where I expected them to be (example attached 7121). I'm hoping to be able to improve this with the gear that I have, but would also appreciate your touching on higher quality glass as well. Thanks, Nancy
In addition to my response, read this post: How to avoid blurry photos by choosing the right auto focus mode
I was at the Calvert Club last Saturday and heard you speak. This was my first time attending and had a great time. I'm interested in purchasing a digital camera, never had one. I just saw on your wed site your recommendations. I was in Costco yesterday and happened to see a D3300 DSLR bundle. You recommend the D5200. Can you tell me the difference? And what I should buy for my first one. Doesn't have to be a Nikon, don't know the difference anyway.
I'm new at taking pictures always wanted to do it. So now I'm jumping in. Just not wanting to break the bank.
My budget is under $1,000
Thank you for your time.
As I have just started shooting wedding & events, I am finding I carry too much gear. So I am thinking of not carrying the macro lens and replacing it with a magnifying lens instead. Was wondering what your thoughts are about the differences in the cheaper single glass vs expensive double glass versions. Also how sound a thought is it to replace the dedicated Macro lens? You only take a few shots with it anyway?
I'm looking for am affordable wide angle lense for my Canon 60D any suggestions?
Michael Lennett responded - It depends on how wide you want, how fast a lens you want and if you want it a prime or zoom. I have a 24-105mm F4 lens, but for the ocasional really wide I have a 14mm prime that a bit fast at F2.8 It's not a canon lens but a Bower, which according to a lengthy research is as good as canon, and in some things better. I believe them after using it. The same exact lens also has lables by Rokinon, Samyang and Bower on it. Same lens. It's not auto focus, and you adjust the apreture on the lens, not in the camera. It will focus within about 10 inches, and infinity i believe is only about 6 ft. but you need to check that. It can be had on Ebay for around $300, and the canon version is from $1800 to $2300
Skip Slomski responded - I shot Nikon but love my Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 lens. It is also made for Canon of course. Auto-focus, Little aberration, sharp focus and smooth bokeh. Ebay price around $350-400 for a sweet wide angle zoom lens.