SAD, Cabin Fever & Photography

One of the many disorders that has been in the forefront of the public eye lately is SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder. As winter comes it becomes more reported on to the point of being annoying. When I was growing up my Mother called it cabin fever but that was not cool enough so the disorder of SAD was born. It is something that many if not all people suffer from and many have it but don’t know they have it. It effects people in different ways, some more severe than others.

Winter scene with snow and snow covered reeds
Cold winter day – not only does everything look B&W it can feel like everything is B&W
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What to buy the photographer on your list

An oldie but a goodie…..

I get asked a lot from photographers and those that have to buy gifts for photographers what is good to get/give for a present.  I have answered this before but thought that it is a good time to do it again as I have been asked many times this week. So lets go through some things;

Lenses/camera

Unless someone really needs a new camera it is more important to get better lenses than to get another camera body.  A GOOD lens will do far more to improve a photo than a camera body will. Don’t upgrade a camera just to get a new camera, save the money and get some pro lenses it will amaze you the difference a great lens makes to your photography. If you are buying for someone make sure you get them the lens that they need and not just any lens.

Canon 5D Mark IV with grip / battery holder.
Canon 5D Mark IV with grip / battery holder.
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CASA Lethbridge

A quick shoot of CASA Lethbridge, Alberta building last night. PERFECT light for the look I wanted to get!

CASA Lethbridge at sunset
The snow and the blue sky give the picture a cold look while the light from inside warms the building up.

#sunset #Lethbridgephotographer #evening #architecture #Canon

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Crop Factor

If you are using one the the APS sensor cameras, and most people are, here is a conversion guide for you to figure out the crop factor for your lenses..

The conversion guide give you the working MM of a lens when put on a crop sensor body.

So for instance a 50mm lens when put in a cropped body is actually 80MM. A 600mm lens when put on a cropped body is 960mm. Most times it is not important what the MM’s are but if you do need to know this will help.

Some of the APS cameras that are available are:

Canon Rebel line, Canon 10D, 20D, 40D, 50D, 60D, 70D, 80D, Canon 7D with the 1.6 crop factor

Nikon D7200, Nikon D500, Pentax K3 and the Sony Sony A77 with 1.52 (I used 1.52 – there are some versions 1.53 or 1.54 but it gets to confusing to add all these)

(there are more brands and models but this is a sample)

If you want a printable copy click here https://www.firstchoicephoto.ca/CropPage.jpg

Macro Photography – Leaf

One thing that I like about macro photography is that you can do it almost any place and anytime.  Unlike wildlife or scenic photography you do not even have to leave your house if you do not want to and if you have some light sources you can shoot pictures in the middle of the night or when it is freezing outside.

Macro Leaves

Outside my front door I have a plant that has the most colorful leaves you could imagine each fall and seeing that I have not done any macro photography for the longest time I thought one of these leaves would be perfect to work with.

Macro leaf #1

I am not someone that goes out of my way to do macro photography but I do like playing with the settings and looks you can get.  This shoot was just what I needed to get my creative juices flowing for more macro.

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