Photo Shooting Tips For The Every Day Photographer #BringIt

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I spent the day in NYC getting some photography tips from the good people at Canon. If there is anyone I’d want to get advice from, it would be from THIS team. After all, I’ve been a proud owner of a Canon camera for the last 6 years or so. My current camera of choice is the 70D. I use it to shoot all of my videos and photos – it was an investment for sure. But I am ALWAYS SOOOOO HAPPY with the results! Money well spent.

But you know what? I never invested on additional lenses. I figured that the lens the camera came with would be good for any situation. And honestly, it’s served me well. I really can’t complain as an amateur / every day photographer. But if you want to take your photographer to the next level — you really need to learn about different features (including new lens sizes!).


Everyone had an assignment – to photograph NYC and the sunset. What a subject, right?? I took about 75 pictures of different buildings and horizons but you know what? I don’t normally shoot those sort of things. I like to shoot people – my children in particular. So, I began to take pictures of the people who were taking pictures.

My camera card became filled with a mix of food, city buildings, and people experiencing those buildings. Take a look —

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PS – this building is where Leonard DiCaprio lives. FYI.


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I have some tips to share with you as well. CANON TIPS!! Amazing!


Canon’s Photo Farewell to Summer #bringit Tips

1)  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

2) 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

3) 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

    • For example, if the sky is the portion of the scene that you want to highlight, it should be placed on the lower third level of the frame, leaving the eye more sky to look at.

And in case you were curious about the lenses we were using:

    • 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

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For more photos — see below!

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  1. Patty wrote:

    Beautiful photos! This post makes me want to take my Canon out to photograph the city. Love it!

    Posted 10.3.14
    • Vera wrote:

      THANK YOU PATTY! I had a lot of fun doing it!

      Posted 10.3.14

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