A few weeks ago, I had the most amazing experience working with Canon and the New York City Ballet. Just in time for the holidays, Canon released the world’s lightest and smallest DSL camera, the EOS Rebel SL1. Throughout the day we were able to use this new and innovative camera to capture our “Big Moments”.
We began our day at Lincoln Center, meeting the New York City principle dancers in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker: Abi Stafford, Jared Angle and Daniel Ulbrich. Daniel taught the small group of writers a mini dance class. I was a ballerina when I was younger and haven’t practiced since. Some of the moves came right back to me; but it definitely felt more of a workout since I was so out of practice. Next, we enjoyed dancers Abi and Jared perform a dance from The Nutcracker’s Sugar Plum, while being able to capture their “Big Moments” on camera.
Using the new Canon EOS Rebel SL1 was a dream. It’s so lightweight you will forget you have a DSLR in your hand, not joking. The quality of photos were incredible and new features like their fun filters which include: Art Bold Effect, Water Painting Effect, Miniature Effect, Fisheye Effect, Grainy B/W, Soft Focus and Toy Camera Effect, and are all accessible via touch screen. I own a Canon T3i but found the SL1 way more user friendly and same quality of the photos. Especially for moms, and if you are like me carry around everything but the kitchen sink, having a lightweight camera but one that takes awesome photos is key. There are so many occasions where I simply cannot grab my camera and wind up taking photos on my iphone which clearly are not the same. I truly believe if I owned the Rebel SL1, there would be no problem toting it everywhere we go!
After our lunch, we toured backstage the David Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center, being able to capture photos of different props used in The Nutcracker and what it looks like for the dancers rather than the audience. And finally our day ended with a matinee performance of The Nutcracker. The performance was stunning and absolutely a dream experience. I have seen other versions of The Nutcracker but nothing quit like this! It was breathtaking and just pure beauty and talent on stage. I cannot wait to take my children to see this stellar performance! I will never forget this amazing experience!
For more information on the CANON EOS REBEL SL1 visit www.canon.com
The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center will show till January 4th. Visit www.nycballet.com for more information.
SITC was not compensated for this post but did receive complimentary tickets to the Nutcracker at Lincoln Center. All opinions are, as always, my own.