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Thanks for all the PM's about my photos they make my day. I shoot these photos hoping to capture some unusual animal or bird behavior. So they may be enjoyed by others who may not be in a position to see things of this nature on a daily basis. Living in the woods does have its advantages, until you have to plow yourself out every day in late winter.

Lately several folks have asked me what kind of equipment I use, unlike the guy I asked years ago after seeing some of his photos who refused to answer me I will share the info. Photography is a wonderful hobby which can also be rewarding if your lucky enough to sell a few of your photos and its sure a good way to pass the long winter.
To those who asked I am shooting a Canon 50D and usually use a 70-200 Canon 2.8 L series IS lens or the same in a 100-400 zoom. The secret to preparing a good photograph for presentation is in your editing software. Programs can run from less than a hundred dollars to my dream program which begins at 500. One I highly recommend and use most often is Adobe Elements 7. Not costly and very user friendly, trust me if I can figure it out anyone can.

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Nice pics Griz as always. I've been into digital photography now for about 9 years. I've had some in our local magazine, and in our local newspaper as well. I have sold quite a few prints too. I upgraded to a Canon Rebel XSI but will get the Canon 50D sometime in the future. I have the 18-55mm IS lens plus a 55-250mm IS lens. I use Photoshop, Picasa3, and FX foto for editing. Never tried Adobe Elements yet. Some day when i'm not hunting and working so much i'm going to get back in photography, I mainly started to continue when I retire. But I do shoot some in between all the everyday hustle and bustle when I can.



By the way Griz, didn't mean to steal your thread that wasn't my intention.
 

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Moss, no problem at all, you have some nice toys to play with too.
I'm no expert by any strech of the imagination and as you know it's a constant learning experience.
When I started doing the digital end of photography I asked questions to those photographers I thought were good to learn. In a lot of cases you would have thought I was trying to find out family secrets by the answers I got if any.
My point is not everyone can afford to go to a photography school to learn but I can not understand why some so called Pro's have such an attitude. Heck I'm no Pro but if I'm asked a question I consider it a compliment and will do what I can to help promote this great hobby to anyone whose interested.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder if a photo thats taken pleases the photographer thats what its all about. Different strokes for different folks.

Bottom line shoot pictures and have fun doing it sure is better than staring at the boob tube eight hours a day.


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I'm like you Griz, i'm self taught through books and through a website I used to be on. I learned alot on that website from people all over the world. In fact, and i'm not bragging either, I have a print or two in France and Sweden from friends I made while there. If you would be interested to try the website out it's fanartreview.com. You can even sell your prints there if you want.
 

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For those on a tight budget, I just read about some FREE photo editing software called Gimp at gimp.org . I haven't downloaded it or tried it yet but thought I'd pass along the info...

Great photos Griz... I use cannon equipment also .. I Love my 300-D .. Hoping santa will bring me a 50D ....
 

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Chuck, sorry if I neglected to mention this before but there is another free editing program called Picasa which is easy to use and provides very good results. Word of caution though it's easy to get carried away with the special effects in that one.
For anyone who is shooting any brand digital EOS camera I also very highly recommend getting the Magic Lantern book for your particular model camera. This is an instruction book detailing the features and setting for your camera written in easy to understand terminology not a bunch of technical gobbledygook like the average owners manual.
I found out about these books after expressing my frustration to a Pro photographer friend of mine. He said the day he orders a new camera he calls Amazon and orders the ML book for his model.
The book is great and it also offers tips for special effects and unique setting for you individual camera.
Hope Santa comes through for you Chuck, I love mine. Took a little getting used to though, lot more bells and whistles than my Rebel EOS but again the ML book made it easier.
Tough teaching an ol dog new tricks, my learning curve is beginning to flat-line but I am persistent if nothing else.


Hope this helps

Griz
 
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