A New Lens, Twigs, and Lightroom Is Awesome

Friday, May 20, 2011

Last week some time, Alex happened to mention to some of his co-workers that I'd started taking a photography class. It turns out that one of those co-workers has a Toronto-based photography business (Olya Smith Photography) that she runs on the side of her daytime job. Alex mentioned to her that I was interested in getting a new lens so she offered to come over and let me try all of her fancy lenses

I was a bit nervous and intimidated once I took a look at her website and portfolio. I have a portfolio. It's of Roary and muffins.

But then she came over. And she was wickedly awesome. And nice. And pretty. Not only did she show me how to shoot photos in raw to get better quality, she gave me a quick tutorial on how to process the raw photos in Lightroom.

Oh. My. Goodness.

Buh bye, Photoshop Elements. It was nice knowing you.

I still only barely know how to use Lightroom but I am in love with the program already.

So, long story short, Alex ended up surprising me last night with a new lens. He got me the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II. It's cute, light, and very inexpensive. Just perfect for some shallow depth of field pictures that I am currently obsessed with.

I used my new lens to take the above photos (of twigs because I don't have any muffins). I think I love it already. What are you using for your photos??

Linking to:

Photo Feature Friday @ A Rosy Note
Photo Friday @ Milestones and Memories


  1. Sarah~ Alex is a hero! How exciting!
    Have a pretty day!

  2. I need a lens like that!! And what a wonderful experience for you!!!

  3. Awesome!! Congrats on the new lens. I have the same one and it's one of my favorites. I've been wanting to check out Lightroom. I've heard good things about it. I just got a new lens for my b-day, a Tamron 28-75mm 2.8. So far I really like it!

    Happy Weekend!

  4. Well, I'm using photoshop elements, but now I want Lightroom! Your photos look great Sarah. Congratulations on the new lens...what a great surprise! Thanks for sharing your post at Photo Feature Friday :)


  5. Beautiful pictures! That is the same lens I just got too. It does give you nice soft background. I have not tried shooting in raw yet. I have heard you can still edit in raw using PSE so I will give it a try.

  6. Oh yeah, a wide 50mm is THE BEST LENS EVER! Lovely pics!

  7. wow, really great photos! i'd love to learn more about Lightroom.....actually i'd love to learn about anything photography related...i'm such a newbie! thanks for linking up and i'm so happy to be your newest follower ;)

  8. I'm using that same lens - still getting used to it but I like it!

  9. I'm a Nikon girl, and I have a 50mm f/1.4 that remains one of my absolute favorites. It does amazing things in low light and I love the "bokeh" I get with it too. Love your photos, and I'm going to have to do some looking at Lightroom too...

  10. Really beautiful photos! Going to have to take a look at Lightroom... thanks for the heads up.
    Have fun with your new lens
    Becky C

  11. I keep trying to comment and kept failing.

    I read this after a 12 hour flight in my saved items and literally SQUEEd. Thank you!!

    Alex is totally sweet for getting you that lens right away, and I see that you're having a lot of fun with it already. Can't wait to see how your photography grows - as your adorable and amazing home is an indication of how excellent you are with visual thinking makes me think that you're doing to be AMAZING.

    SQUEE. Thank you.


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