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Digital Photography Information








Canon SLR Lens Talk Forum

Forum at Digital Photography Review

Beginners Questions Forum

Forum at Digital Photography Review

Canon Digital Rebel Forum

Forum at Digital Photography Review








Canon Digital Photography Forum

Forum at Photography-on-the-net

Steves Digicams Forum

Forum at Steves Digicam – recommended by John’s coworker

Canon User Group Forum

Forum at the Digital Darkroom








Sweet Spot Forum

New forum started by Bella Armadis.

I Love Photography Forum

Great forum for learning.

Foundations Forum

Great forum for learning, and they offer classes for learning.








Mpix Community Forum

Forum by the professional printer.

Photoshop User TV

Watch each week as “The Photoshop Guys” (Dave Cross, Matt Kloskowski, and Scott Kelby) share the hottest Adobe Photoshop tutorials and the latest insider tricks.















Camera Bodies

I own ( F)

Canon PowerShot A610

Compact / Point-and-Shoot

35-140mm  f/2.8-4.1 (35mm equiv)

Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi)

Digital SLR / Prosumer

? mm  f/? (35mm equiv)

High Res 3888x2592 JPEG (~3.1MB/photo)









Memory Cards

I own ( F)

SanDisk Standard SD™ Card 512MB

High transfer rate, 521MB retails $19.99

SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash

Min 20MB/second** sequential read and write, RescuePRO® Data Recovery Software, 4GB retails $99.99











Gear that I own ( H )




I must somehow choose




between the list




to the right




for my Rebel XTi.




My style is for lenses to

serve as a “universal walk-around”.




I prefer candid/photojournalist style photos over poised.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM

- Zoom Super Wide Angle EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Autofocus Lens ($1449)

- Highly recommended for landscapes







Canon 50mm f/1.8

- Canon Normal EF 50mm f/1.8 II Autofocus Lens ($79)

- recommended by Ali Edwards and others for portraits/depth of field and everyday shooting

Canon EF 70-200 f/4L IS

- Canon Zoom Telephoto EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Autofocus Lens  ($1059)

- recommended by MANY in forums







Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6

- Canon Zoom Super Wide Angle EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM Autofocus Lens ($90)


Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS

- Canon Zoom Telephoto EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS Image Stabilizer USM Autofocus Lens  ($1699)

- Highly recommended for landscapes







Rodenstock Cleaning Cloth

Micro-fiber cleaning cloth for lens


Canon 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

- Canon Zoom Super Wide Angle EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Autofocus Lens($499)

- recommended by MANY in forums







Joby Gorillapod (mini-tripod)

It has flexible, gripping legs which can wrap around almost any surface.

-Gorillapod SLR

Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3

- Sigma Zoom Super Wide Angle 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Aspherical (IF) Lens for Canon Digital EOS  ($379)

- recommended in review








FORUM RECOMMENDATION 1:  I bought my 400d (first dslr) with the kit-lens, and haven't regret it. Of course it has all the downsides presented by the others, but it is capable of producing ok pictures, and it is capable to use as training equipment so you know what you actually need in YOUR style of photography. I have now used the kit-lens, 50mm 1.8 and Sigma 70-300 APO for nearly a year, and will replace the kit with a Tamron 17-50 2.8 soonish.

FORUM RECOMMENDATION 2:  Initially disappointed with the kit lens. The pictures were not contrasty, colors were disappointing and lack of IS meant a lot of blurry pictures (unless you were willing to push the ISO). As I learnt more, I started getting better pictures from the kit lens. But I decided to replace it anyway. I have since added the 17-85 and the 70-300 (apart from the 50/1.8).

FORUM RECOMMENDATION 3:  You can take perfectly fine photographs, learn all about the camera and when you become perceptive enough to recognize the limits of the kit lens, you will be much smarter about what kind of lens to sink you carefully saved $$$ into.  Get the kit lens to start with and learn to use your camera. It seems best around F8 for the wide angle scenic shots I use it for (local countryside.)

FORUM RECOMMENDATION 4:  For flash photography, someone recommended The Shell to place over a 580EX, its one of the better flash attachments out there (especially since you can go from horizontal to verticle without having to do anything). A separate flash recommendation: There's a lot to be said for a flash unit and a flash diffuser. My favorite (on an XT, incidentally) is a Gary Fong Lightsphere connected to a 580EX flash. Definitely get a flash to bounce off the ceiling or wall.

FORUM SEARCHES:  Search DPREVIEW forums for B&H discount code or B&H Coupon code to find additional discounts.











Canon Learning Center

Canon’s digital learning center with tutorials and tips & techniques

Photography Tutorials

Luminous Landscapes comprehensive tutorials on all photography topics.

DOF Calculator

The calculator will determine DOF for the actual focal length of the lens and automatically adjust for any "field of view crop" for the selected camera.








Rule of Thirds (1)/Rule of Thirds (2)

(1) The Digital Photography School’s definition and (2) Wikipedia’s definition of the compositional rule of thumb in photography.

Digital Photography School Tips

A blog with tips and links for beginners through professionals.  It includes tutorials as well.

aezine Magazine

Photography articles (1 , 2) from one of my favorite scrapbook designers








Camera Equipment Reseller Ratings

Website lists vendor ratings and deals of the day.

Deal News

Website lists best  deals of the day for electronics.

Windows Photo Story

Create slideshows using your digital photos and create files to send through email








B&H Photography

Great website for purchasing camera equipment and very knowledgeable staff for answering technical questions.

DxO Labs

Great website for image quality reviews of all the latest D-SLRs.

Southerland’s Photo

Southerland’s Photo on Ebay

Reputable, locally owned photo shop in Huntsville, AL.








Huntsvillle Photographic Society

HPS meets on the second and fourth Monday of every month, at the Huntsville-Madison County  Public Library, corner of St. Clair and Monroe Streets.

Tennessee Valley Professional Photography Association

TVPPA normally meets on the Tuesday following the fourth Monday of each month except for July and December of each year at Glenn W. Campbell Photography Studio.

Professional Photographers of America

PPA is the world’s largest not-for- profit association for professional photographers, with more than 18,000 members in 64 countries.








Photographer’s Examples










Bret Curry’s Photography

Attended a seminar at my mom’s AEC Fall Focus workshop in 2007.

Yongbo Jiang's Photography – Gallery and Tips

Great website that I found through DPreview’s beginners forum.

Carol Foret’s Fine Art & Photography

Photographer’s blog of an artist located in Athens, AL.








Aliesha Robertston

Photographer located in the Atlanta area that specializes in newborns.

Capturing Life Photography

Photographer located in Madison, AL.

Bookout Studio Photography

Photographer located in Huntsville, AL.








Carla Blakenship Photography

Photographer located in the Madison area.

Jennifer & Company Photography

Photographer located in Huntsville, AL.

Janet Kaye Photography

Photographer located in Birmingham, AL.








Whispers Photography

Photographer located in the Madison area.

DeLeigh Kelly Photography

Photographer located in the Montgomery area.

In The Light Photography

Photographer located in the Madison area, specializes in composition.








Heather Baczewski Photography

Photographer located in the Madison area.

Work of Heart Photography

Photographer located in Pennsylvania.

Heather Boyles Photography

Photographer located in Pennsylvania.








Patch’s Photography

Photographer located in the Huntsville area.

Elisha Snow Photography

Photographer’s blog I stumbled across on the internet.

Courtney Wilkinson Photography

Photographer’s portfolio on








Rankin Photography

 Photographer’s blog I stumbled across on the internet.

Drawing with Light Photography

 Photographer’s blog I stumbled across on the internet.

Flickr Children Photography Group

Professional child photography group on Flickr.  Also try the Natural Light children’s group on Flickr.








Life’s Captured Moments Photography

Photographer located in Huntsville, AL.

Bella Amadis Photography

Photographer located in Austin, TX.

Heather Mitchell Photography

Photographer located in the Auburn, AL, area.








Eternal Reflections Photography

Photographer located in the Huntsville, AL, area.

Picture Perfect by Candy Photography

Photographer located in the Auburn, AL, area.

Tabella Photography

Photographer located in the Athens, AL, area.








Soul Prints Photography

Photographer located in the Portland, Oregon, area.

Erin Cobb Photography

Photographer located in the Huntsville, AL, area.

Jodie Otte Photography

Photographer located in the Baltimore, Maryland, area










Autofocus Studios

Photographer located in Atlanta, GA.

Lisa Julia Photography

Photographer located in the Virginia area.

Bittersweet Photography

Photographer located in the Waterloo area.













Kyle Hale’s Photostream

Photographer located in Atlanta, GA.

Kimberly Bee Photography

Photographer located in Phoenix, AZ.

Denis Reggie Photography

Photographer located in Atlanta, GA.








Lisa Russo’s Photography

Photographer located in Atlanta, GA specializing in newborns.

Brittany Woodall Photography

Photographer located in Atlanta, GA specializing in newborn art.

Jaidean Baker Photography

Photographer located in Spokan, WA specializing in newborns.








Carpenter’s Photography

Photographer specializing in newborns.

Karen Hunter Photography

Photographer specializing in newborns and children.

Kelly Highby Photography

Photographer specializing in newborns and children.































Thom Hogan's (Writer & Photographer) Recommendations

A frequent contributor to the DPreview forum recommends books for all aspects of photography and includes links to them on Amazon.

How to Select and Use Canon EOS SLR Cameras

Written by Carl Shipman.  This is a great explaination of FILM canon cameras and sheds light into the history of the Canon EOS series of cameras.


A Simple Guide to Digital Photography

Written by Bill Corbett.  A good non-brand specific guide to using advanced compact and digital SLRs as well as the post-processing side of digital photography.  It was a good source for info.

ISBN: 0-8174-5890-5








The Camera and Lenses

Written by Ansel Adams. This was recommended by a photographer I spoke with at one of my engineering conferences.

The Digital Photography Book

Written by Scott Kelby.  I flipped through this book in Barnes & Noble and liked it.  I’ve also seen it recommended by several forums.

ISBN: 0 321 47404 X

Canon EOS 400D Digital Field Guide

Written by Charlotte Lowrie.  I flipped through this book in Barnes & Noble and liked it since this is the camera that I own.

ISBN: 978 0 470 11007 2








Understanding Exposure: Revised Edition

Written by Bryan Peterson. This was recommended by an amateur photographer John works with as well as by Scott Kelby (see above). This is one of my favorite books!

Learning to See Creatively: Updated Edition

Written by Bryan Peterson. This was recommended in a thread that I was reading based on a review of Bryan’s book Understanding Exposure.













Professional photo storage and back up website.

Yahoo’s photo storage with free uploads limited to 20MB per month (basically 240MB per year).  Or, $25 for up to 2GB per month per year of storage (basically 24GB per year). Cons: only download one photo at a time.  Pros: supports tags & direct blog publishing

Google’s web album storage with free file uploads up to 250MB. Or, $25 for up to 6GB per year of storage. Cons: has no support for tags.  Pros: allows you to download entire albums.





Upload and share your photos and videos for free.

Professional photo storage with layouts. No real “free” account, $25 per year for up to 1GB, or $40 per year for unlimited upload (full size photos).

Gallery (Post On Your Own Website)

The open source web based photo album organizer that lets you blend photo management seamlessly into your own website.





Photo storage and sharing but no “free” accounts: $23 yearly for 500 Mb or $60 yearly for 1.5 Gb of storage.












Password secure site for  proofing & photographers to store their photos.

Password secure site for proofing & photographers to store their photos.










Professional and amateur photo printing.  Uses Kodak and Ilford’s professional paper for color and black and white.

Professional photo storage, sharing, and printing.  Upload photos, apply photo corrections, create books, etc.

Wolf Camera

Professional photo storage, sharing, and printing (Fuji).  Apply for an Image Rewards Membership. Working with Fusion Photo Company to provide photobooks.









Photo storage, sharing, and printing (Fuji).  Can pick up photos at your local store.

Photo storage, sharing, and printing.  Can pick up photos at your local Target store.









What Makes A Good Photographer? DPreview Forum Response



OK, let’s start with the obvious - practice! : ) The wonderful thing about digital is that you can take as many photos as you like, at zero cost. Don’t try to make every shot count - just try things out, look at the results, and throw away the duds.


(On that subject also - don’t be a perfectionist. If you are a perfectionist, and/or you do a lot of editing, there is a risk that your family album will suddenly become very sparse because you won’t accept - and keep anything but the “best of the best”. Remember that just because you’re taking it more seriously, doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to keep the slightly out of focus picture of Aunt Mary at her 80th birthday)


First off is natural ability - the “eye” - the ability to see (and take) a picture opportunity that others would walk past. I think that is partly natural ability and partly learned. But it doesn’t really matter, whatever you’ve got, you’ve got. I like to think I’ve got a reasonable “eye for the photo” but it’s not in the same league as some. So what, I’m having a lot of fun with my work.


Next - understand the basics - shutter speed, aperture, depth of field, ISO, white balance. That doesn’t mean you need to develop huge in depth knowledge of each, right from day one, before you start taking any serious photos. Just the basic general understanding of what they mean and how to use them. This is not so much about improving your photos, as removing barriers - get the basics out of the way so you’re not continually making errors in the basics when you could be developing your skills.


For example - after 30 years I couldn’t tell you, in feet or metres, what the DOF is for a given aperture on a given lens, or where is the hyperfocal. It’s not important to me. “Small aperture = more DOF, wide aperture = shallow DOF” is enough for what I do. If I did a lot of macro work, for example, it would be more important.


There’s also the non-technical basics - like the basic composition guidelines such as the “rule of thirds”. Understand these, apply them, and you’ve got it nailed in a sort of generic sense. Then you’re ready to break the rules. I heard it said once of Ian Anderson, who played flute for Jethro Tull, that he was a classically trained flautist and he had to be - because no-one could play the flute as wildly (and in classical terms badly) as him, unless they had first learned to play it properly. If you know what I mean.


And the other basics, in the digital world, include your basics such as pixels, resolution, basic editing, cropping etc. Once again, just the basics so you can turn out decent final products on screen or paper - so this doesn’t get in the way of your work.


Which brings us to the next and final piece of advice I have to offer. Once you’ve got the basics understood, and you’re practicing all over the place, and developing your “eye” - what next?


At last count there were 135,765 photographic topics to be learned and mastered. 97,354 of these have come along since the invention of digital. : ) It is neither possible nor necessary to learn all of them.


Pick your targets. The ones that are most relevant to you, the ones you care about the most. Don’t try and learn everything at once. Like the DOF example above. I would say that most photographers, outside of the macro specialty, could easily get by without knowing keeping DOF tables in their head. Trying to master every topic as soon as you discover it, in a sort of shotgun approach, will result in you (a) knowing a little about a of things, and none of them well, and (b) spending more time reading books and the internet than actually taking photos.



“Good photographer is one who is able to capture essence of moment, beauty of light so well that other people and photographers will look at photos in delight.”  Stan Pustylnik


“Creativity, a good eye for subject, light and composition and practice, practice, practice.  Looking at what other photographers produce helps a lot when learning.”  Fred Kamphues


“While it is true that exceptional photographers know a great deal about photography, I am convinced that they know more about images, about shape, about light, about colour, about tones, about proportion, perspective, about mood, in short they know about exceptional photographs.” Mark A


“I think you have to learn what is considered to be the norm for your target market. Things like rule of thirds and golden mean for composition and so forth. The market decides so a good photographer is one that makes images that please others and thus it's important to figure out what people tend to like in your target market (and this may change over time with trends/fads).”  Hartcons


“Art is subjective and photography is an art.”  GearCollector









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