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Monday, September 05, 2011

My Heart And Mind Are The True Lens Of The Camera

People find it funny that I always have my camera with me everywhere I go. People even laugh because I take the most mundane images, i usually get comments that vary from "Are you ACTUALLY going to take a photo of that" to "oh no, she has the camera out again! I am glued to my cameras, I have a very strange and worrying obsessions with them. I still remember my first ever digital camera that was a mere 4.1 mega pixels. It was at the age of 16 when I started to love photography and from then, it has grew stronger and bolder. I have been getting quite a few emails and tweets about my camera and what I use to produce my photos on this blog. So this post is dedicated to explaining to you all what camera I use and how I use them to produce my photos. As well as explaining what sort of editing/photo manipulation program I use to enhance my images.


Digital SLR
Canon EOS 500D
15.1 MP CMOS sensor
Full HD (1080p) movies 
High ISO up to 128000 for low-light conditions
Up to 3.4fps with up to 170 JPEG burst
3.0" clear view LCD with live view mode
9-point AF system
Digic 4
EOS Integrated Cleaning System
EF/EF-S and EX Speedlite compatibility


I bought this camera just over 9-months a go from Amazon at around £500. It is pretty much on the more pricier side of digital cameras, but if you lust for quality over style then a DSLR is all you can ever need. The Canon 500D has been labelled an entry-level DSLR, so it is perfect if you want to step in to the world of big bulky SLR cameras.  I already have a Canon Powershot S90, which has the characteristic of an SLR, but in a digital point and shot formate. Both cameras produce stunning photos, but of course the DSLR wins hands down on image quality. It is a user-friendly camera that fits perfectly on the palms of my hands (i have really small hands!). I've been a Canon devotee for the past couple of years, so the functions wasn't new to me. I particularly like the macro functions as it produces the most stunning, sharp and precise photos.


For my everyday shooting, I usually use the 'P' mode as it gives me the flexibitity to change certain aspect of my photography.  For example, you can change flash exposure and adjust the intensity of your flash when flash is needed. You can also change the IOS mode, ISO indicates the sensor sensitive to light, the higher the ISO, the less light is needed to make an exposure. The whole photography jargon was all new and confusing to me when I first started off, so don't be too scared to ask questions in photography forums or even twitter. No questions are too silly nor mundane.. we all started of as newbies once.

Currently I am switching between two lenses, a standard kit lens of 18-55mm that came with the camera when I purchased it. I also have the 50mm f/1.8 that produces the most awe-inspiring close up images.

What I mostly love about this camera is the ease of use. It is probably the most easiest DSLR that I have ever come across, having already owned a Nikon D40, which is still sitting on my desk gathering dust. The shutter speed is amazingly fast and the image quality is breathtaking. Each funtions/mode has its way of producing different images and gives the user the ability to work to their own liking.


Photo Editing/Photo Manipulation
So, this probably is the most asked questions that I have gotten through all my emails regarding my blog. I am a huge believer in photo manipulation and enhancement, I don't think there is anything wrong with it.. the more of it, the better I'd say. The main editing program that I now use is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, I purchased the full version for £130, which was on offer on the month of August. I believe it now cost £230 or roughly that price. This editing program gives you the flexibility to adjust colours, contrast, lighting, clarity of images and many more. A perfect little program if you want to be arty with your photos.

All the images on here was taken with my Canon Powershot S90 and edied on Adobe Light Room 3. If you have any questions, then please tweet me @ PetiteDorimu or email me @ paulaxchang@yahoo.com.


5 comments:

shanice said...

I seriously need a DSLR! Your photos are always lovely :) x

Grace said...

This is a very lovely and interesting post!
And I hate when people say things like that 'oh no she's taking the camera out again'.. They're actually very rude :|

Peiyinn said...

Great DSLR! Nice post. :D

Nelah said...

THIS is a great review on Canon and wonderful tips. Thanks do much for sharing. I own a NIKON D3100. My obsession with camera and photography started two years ago when my daughter was born. It led me to eventuality took a plunge on a DSLR and I love it to death. I still don't know how to use it property and haven't really tried manual mode yet. If I want another camera, I know it would be a Canon.

Kirsty said...

Omg hun, your camera is so sexy! Yeah Im the same too, I get cussed at for taking the most random pictures but sod them you take whatever you find interesting right? :)