My New Toys!

It has been a fantastic busy few weeks. My Hubby, who I will brag on constantly, is the most wonderful person ever! He decided to give me my Mother’s Day gift a little early, a Canon 6D.

Photo taken by the youngest

Photo taken by the youngest

Now those of you who know cameras will appreciate the excitement of moving up to a full frame camera. When I decided to get back into photography it was a step I wanted to take cautiously. It can cost a lot of money, and I wanted to be sure it was something I really still had a passion for, let alone ability. I have a little issue with my left thumb, it pops, so I was concerned about the weight. So I started with the Canon T3i. What a wonderful camera it has been. It is a crop frame, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The sensor crops the edges of what you see in the viewfinder, but actually gives you more focal length. But for me, I needed the ability to take better pictures without having to pull out the flash. That means upgrading. I have a few nice lenses, but I can tell that I will want to upgrade because I can now see the difference a better quality lens makes in the end product.

I also had to upgrade to Adobe Lightroom. I didn’t realize that the raw photos coming off the 6D could not be processed in Camera Raw CS5. Don’t get me wrong, I was never against Lightroom. I do have an issue about the cost of everything now they have moved to the ‘Cloud’. But, I have been saving up for a Wacom tablet, and there was a special on Lightroom 6 if you bought them together, so I jumped on it. The reason I got into all this is that over the last two weeks I have been learning all about the Canon 6D, Lightroom, and how to use a Wacom tablet!!! All this while working to finalize my #1 clients 11 page brochure for the conference this summer in New Orleans (which is why I went there to take pictures for it). The brochure went live on Monday, and I am pretty darn proud of it 🙂 But I am still working on research for a book on the Founders of New Thought that goes to be published before the youngest and I leave on our trip . . . I’m feeling a bit tired just writing this!

Both the wild child and I are cursed with being multi-talented. I’m not patting my own back here, it is true that we both enjoy the capability of being able to do many different things. The curse is that you get pulled from one to the other constantly, and it makes it hard for you to become really good at any. Being an ‘expert’ at something takes time and practice. But when you have so many different interests, and things you enjoy doing, it makes it hard to really get there. But that doesn’t stop me from trying!

So the plan is to learn as much about my new toys before we leave on our trip. You will be seeing many wonderful updates and picture on here. The youngest will now have the T3i to use, and we will be traveling to Iceland first, and then on to England. Our goal is to take the pictures to really share the experience with everyone. I hope you will enjoy it <3