Coley and Annie picking some flowers today.
1. I got both of the desks for the girl's room from the 6th st. Antique Mall (it's my favorite antique shop in town).
2. I do have a camera bag and though I think it is would be the perfect bag for shooting weddings, portraits, etc. (it is actually meant to hold extra lenses, not camera's) and I love all the covers (I have the Baroque), it just doesn't work well for "every day" shooting (for me). It doesn't have any zippers and my camera doesn't fit in it. To tell you the truth, I haven't found a camera bag that I like enough to spend the money on it.
Funny story about my camera bag...when I ordered it, I thought, wow, $49.00, that's a great price. When it arrived, I tore open the box, excited to see my new camera bag only to find that $49.00 just paid for the cute, decorative Baroque flap. The actual camera bag is an additional $179.0o.
3. Honestly though, I'm not really a camera bag kind of girl anyhow. I like to wear my camera around my neck because I want it quickly accessible (I can't imagine how many shots I would miss if I always had to get my camera out of the camera bag first). And I think that looking like a dork with my camera slung around my neck at all times is a small price to pay for not missing the shot.
4. I don't keep a lens cap on any of my lenses either (I don't want to deal with taking them on and off). The first thing I do when I get a new lens is put a UV filter on it (which serves as a UV filter and protects the lens).
5. Yes, I still recommend the Canon Digital Rebel Xti (although the new Rebel Xsi is due out next month). I think it's a great camera at a great price. Although you can invest in a higher end camera (if finances are not a huge concern for you, a higher end camera like the Canon 40D or the Canon 5D is a great way to go), but honestly, once you get into a good DSLR (like the Canon Rebel), your money is better spent on good lenses. You will see more improvement in your photos by investing in a better lens, than investing in a better camera (I shoot with a Canon and am familiar with them, that's why I am making Canon recommendations).
6. I recommend purchasing your camera body separate from you lenses. The lenses that come in a kit with a camera are designed to be cost effective lenses, not high quality lenses. Lot's of camera store employees will try to talk you into purchasing the kit, but just say no.
7. If you are shooting primarily everyday life and portraits, I think that a 50mm lens is the way to go. If you are shooting Canon, you can get the 50mm f1.8 for $89, the 50mm f1.4 for $309 or the 50mm f1.2 for $1359. If you need to watch your spending, I think the 50mm f1.8 for $89 bucks is the deal of the century (if you decide to upgrade later, you can always turn around and sell it on Ebay for 50 bucks). If you are able to spend a bit more, the 50mm f1.4 is an amazing lens. I don't really think the 50mm f1.4 is all that necessary unless you have plans of shooting professionally. These lenses do not have any sort of "zoom" and are not ideal for shooting stuff like sports, when your subject may be far away from you. But it is (in my opinion) an ideal lens for shooting everyday stuff (when you can get relatively close to your subject), portraits and indoors under low light situations when you don't want to use a flash. I keep a 50mm lens on my camera probably 90% of the time (I actually have to force myself to use my other lenses).
8. I shot with a Tamron 28-75mm lens for more than 3 years and I think it's a great "zoom" lens for the price (about $350). After shooting with and seeing the clarity, sharpness and color from the 50mm f1.4 and the 50mm f1.2 though, I would have a tough time going back to the Tamron though. But if you prefer a lens that "zooms" and will allow you to work in reasonably low light situations, this really is a great lens. The Canon version of this lens is about $1139.
9. If there were 1 perfect lens, we'd all be shooting with it, but there are a lot of variables when it comes to purchasing a lens based on what you primarily shoot and your budget.
10. When am coming back to teach at the Scrapbook Clubhouse in Westbrook, CT?...funny you should ask. Sharon (the owner) asked me if I would come back if she sent me some chocolate. I said that chocolate might just do the trick. She overnighted me some truffles and I'm coming back sometime in June (will keep you posted on a date).
11. All the great labels (in a bazillion colors) that I posted about awhile back are from this Etsy shop (thanks Trish). They might just be the best thing ever.
12. Ross just pretends to be a University of Oregon Ducks fan to get Cole and Josh (the die-hard Oregon State Beavers fans) riled up.
13. Erin (or anyone else), you can email me at email@example.com if you still have questions about my online photography class.
14. Still planning on launching my online photography classes by June (hopefully sooner), but will keep you all posted. If you have not already been put on the list of people who want to be emailed when I have a sign-up date, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and put "please email me when you are taking sign-ups" in the subject title.
14. I get most of the fabric trim and lace that I use on my layouts from a variety of fabric stores. Unfortunately (and I don't know why), it's getting harder to find a store with a good variety though.
15. I usually save photos to upload to Typepad as a 4x6 at 100dpi. When I upload a vertical photo to typepad, I upload it at 400 pixels in width and I upload a horizontal photo at 600 pixels in width.
Ok, I hope that answered everything. I try really hard not to miss any questions, but I know I do (sorry).