The night before I left for Costa Rica, I attended Canon’s Farewell to Summer event held right in my neighborhood on the rooftop of Conrad Hotel. Photography has become a huge passion of mine since having children (ahem my IG account). It brings me joy to capture our everyday moments as I know these times are numbered. Jason and I purchased our first DSLR Canon when Ryder was about six months old, and I will forever regret those first six months that we didn’t have one. The quality of those photos cannot even compare.
When working with Canon I am forever learning something new like my “Big Moment” with the NYC Ballet, and this summer I worked on their “Bring It” campaign over our 4th of July weekend. Photographers of any level can use Canon cameras and optics to make high-quality images come to life. They offer complete input to output solutions, giving consumers the tools they need throughout the entire creative process, from shoot to print. Here are some of the NYC sunset I captured at the event with my T5i with 18-55 lens.
I was lucky enough to take along my new Canon T5i along with me to my trip the following day. The trip alone was a game changer for me, but also my biggest moment was being able to shoot in a manual setting! Aimee Giese held a photography session and literally changed the way I will photograph forever. Something I have been longing to do but just couldn’t figure out. I own a T3i camera at home but with the T5i touch screen, changing settings were a breeze.
Combining my lesson with Aimee and Canon’s tips (below), you are bound to have perfect photos!
Auto White Balance (AWB) – By changing to the Cloudy or Shade setting before shooting an image, you adjust the camera to take advantage of the different warm tones it can render
Exposure Compensation – By utilizing Exposure Compensation before shooting an image, it allows more or less light in, resulting in brighter or darker images that can change the mood of the same scene
Rule of Thirds – The Rule of Thirds advocates that the subject or major part of the image should not be placed in the center of the photograph, so that the eye has more room to explore
And let’s talk lens. If you are like me and want that perfect bright shot with the fading background, a 40 mm or 50 mm may be just for you.
The 18-55mm IS STM lens is a great starter lens
The 10-18mm EF-S lens is a bit wider and great for landscape shots
The EF-S 55-250 mm is a telephoto zoom lens, ideal for capturing finer details such as boats on the river
The 40mm is a slimmer lens without a zoom feature and best for capturing photos in low light
Follow along Canon’s hashtag #BringIt for more tips and tricks on photography.