Behind the photography
While I’ve never considered myself a photographer, I’ve always loved taking pictures. For the most part, I’ve documented my social life through photos: from a disposable Kodak for middle school field trips to borrowing my dad’s digital camera for high school dances to taking (and breaking) my own point-and-shoots at the bars in college.
But after a trip to Italy with friends when I was 18, I realized that I loved taking photos of more than just my social escapades. Many times, I liked my own photos and what they captured more than the pricey postcards I was sending back home.
I still don’t think I’m much of a photographer, but I have taken some photos that I absolutely love—and that other people seem to like, too. Whenever someone mentions the photography on C’est Christine as one of its differentiating factors, it still kind of takes me by surprise.
When I was in the market for my first grown-up, DSLR camera, I was overwhelmed by the options. I was clueless about the terminology, and had no idea what was a must-have, a nice perk or a waste of money. I spent a lot of time combing the camera review sites and double-checking the Best Buy comparison charts, but I wasn’t getting anywhere closer to a decision.
When I was finally exasperated enough, I went to Aaron Quinn, a photojournalism professor at California State University, Chico. When I told him what I was looking for and my level of experience, his top recommendation was the Canon Rebel XSi.
I’ve been using the Rebel for about eight months now, and absolutely love it. It took some getting used to after using a point-and-shoot for so long—I actually didn’t realize at first that I’d have to look through the tiny little viewfinder! However, I can notice a real difference in the range of colors and textures it’s able to pick up. It’s amazing for shooting up-close and taking flattering portraits. (While this model has since been discontinued, I’m still very confident in the Canon Rebel line.)
While I adore my Rebel, it’s not ideal for nights out, hectic days or times when I just plain don’t want to carry a lot of stuff. In addition to my DSLR, I wanted a point-and-shoot that would be easy to keep in my purse for those times when a photo opportunity arose out of the blue.
The SD940 IS is my third Powershot—and there’s a reason I keep buying them. (Although if it wasn’t for my penchant for documenting just one more oatmeal cookie shot or game of beer pong in college, maybe I wouldn’t have to keep buying them.) The photo quality is tremendous for its size and price. It’s incredible easy to use. And it’s light enough that I can pack it in any purse.
I don’t know how to explain how I take the photos I take. I think it’s a combination of luck and speed: I’m often in the right place at the right time, and I’m often in such a wanderlust-y mood that I’m looking all around me. That’s how I usually spot street art or offbeat angles. I don’t use many photo edit programs, other than a quick crop or enhance in iPhoto. What you see is you what you get. I’m almost shocked sometimes at how high the quality is of the photos without editing, but I think that’s what you get with a higher quality camera. Then again, I am pretty lucky to be able to photograph in some absolutely beautiful natural settings: the French Riviera, Paris, my home state of California. There’s a reason why so many people love to take photos here!
What kind of camera do you use? Do you edit your photos? Are you happy with your current photo setup?