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Disclosure: I received a camera bag from Epiphanie for this review, but all opinions are mine.
I received this Epiphanie Clover camera + laptop bag for the purpose of my review. I wanted this bag so badly that I tracked down the media contact. The reason is simple this is the best looking camera bag I have ever seen. It fits my laptop, tablet, sunglasses, Canon and two lens. I can’t even describe how stunning it is in person. I love the color and the sleek look of the bag. It is timeless and elegant and did I say it fits all my stuff. I just love it!
They have thought of everything. I love the outside pocket and the one in the interior. The sections for my camera and one for my laptop. The dividers can be fully removed, so I can easily turn it to an every day bag!
This is my actual bag at soccer this weekend. You would have no idea if it didn’t have the cool camera charm that it was a camera bag. That is what I love most about it. I do not want people to know I am carrying an expensive camera. I am very pleased with the bags appearance and construction. The only issue I have is now I want one in the pink and one in red.
It is funny I just can’t imagine my life without my Epiphanie camera bag. I am just sad that I didn’t have it sooner because it really makes taking the a great shot easier since it does hold the majority of your tools!
This would make a superior gift for yourself or someone who also loves photography.
Epiphanie Bags was started four years ago by professional photographer Maile (pronounced Mylie) Wilson, they offer stylish camera bags for women and men.
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I have become a food photographer. I never thought that would happen. I am learning more each and every day. I really enjoy photographing food. I believe that it is just like anything else you need knowledge, practice, patience, equipment, and did I mention a lot of practice! I am so into cooking and food photography I have a site called cooking in bliss so check that site out. I found the key to great food photography is great looking food. Then you need the right light, setting, and the right lens. I am learning each day and I believe I am close to the perfect picture.
Tutorials I have watched
All the ones on Lynda.com
Check out creative live for FREE Photography classes
Tutorials I have read
Edible Perspective – Great 101 definitions
Awesome free ebook Two Peas
food stylist Vivaldo
The strobist lighting information
Software to edit images I recommend
Okay, I am going to be honest one of the best tips I have received is how to load presets into lightroom. It is easier to use these created enhancements instead of spending hours making your own or doing each picture by hand. This is the best food photography tricks.
Adobe Lightroom presets (you have to tweet and like them on FB)
Lightroom presets I have paid for
Dujardin, Helene Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography and Styling,
Equipment I own
My Cheap Camera Bag
My Stylish Camera Bag
How to make a DIY studio
See my before and after shoot images to see how I set them up.
Places to submit your food photography images
These reduce the glare when you are shooting glass
PLR Optics 58MM High Resolution 3-piece Filter Set (UV, Fluorescent, Polarizer) For The Canon Digital EOS Rebel SL1 (100D), T5i (700D), T4i (650D), T3 (1100D), T3i (600D), T1i (500D), T2i (550D), XSI (450D), XS (1000D), XTI (400D), XT (350D), 1D C, 70D, 60D, 60Da, 50D, 40D, 30D, 20D, 10D, 5D, 1D X, 1D, 5D Mark 2, 5D Mark 3, 7D, 6D Digital SLR Cameras Which Has Any Of These (18-55mm, 75-300mm, 50mm 1.4 , 55-200) Canon Lenses
This is one of the best investments. I have shaky hands and this gives me the ability to take images with a huge range of motion. This is a must have. I can’t live without item. I would save up instead of buying junk!
This is what I started with and I still use it to take product pictures. It makes taking picture and controlling light easier.
I am so glad I saved up and bought this lens it has an amazing ability to capture food images. I can’t explain how in love with this lens I am.
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens for Canon SLR Cameras This is my favorite by far but a bit expensive!
This is my take everywhere lens it shots nicely but is a bit heavy. I find I can take great close ups and get nice detail far away as well.
This is the lens I bring with me when my kids are on stage. It isn’t useful for food photography and it came in a kit I bought at one time.
This is my favorite lens. It is heavy but incredible.
This is a no brainer if you do food. You should not touch your camera while playing with food. I also let my kids click the button so that keeps them out of my picture.
This is really helpful to make sure my computer is tethered to my camera. I shoot using lightroom so I can see what I am doing on a large screen. This item bridges the gap between the camera and the computer.
I use these to hold onto my swanky prints and to keep placemats tied down.
I lost all my pictures once and realized I needed a wifi card just in case. It works with your smart phone to upload the pictures to it.
This is a great lens for food photography. I also use it for portrait photography. It was my starter lens but I like the 100 macro and use that one all the time.
I keep the lens I am not using in this
I always have cards to spare…
I always have two batteries or more you never want to run out of battery.
These are great and they fold up easily. I uses the clips above to hold them.
This is what is in my cheap photography bag post.
This is to prevent my lens from being scratched
This is my baby and the single biggest investment I have made. I have been very happy but I have had to learn a lot to use this camera. I suggest staying with the Canon rebel if you aren’t ready to study!
You can also follow me on instagram if you want to see my before and after photography projects.. http://instagram.com/madamedeals
I decided that I was going to share with you Frugal Ways To Save Money. I think using your brain is the best way to figure out ways to save money. I recently bought a camera and a new lens. The camera was very expensive as was the lens. I realized I didn’t have anywhere safe to keep these item. I started to investigate camera bags. I was shocked to see they started at $100 and the cute ones that I liked were around $300. Truth be told I had spent all my money on the equipment and $300 is almost as much as the lens I am saving for.
I began to think about what a camera bag is. It is a bag with a compartment that keeps lens and the camera body safe. I did what everyone would do and I went to amazon and I searched. Camera bag inside. Then on page two I saw Camera Bag insert. Yes, that is what it is called. I came across a couple of choices. Then I went up stairs in my closet and I pulled out my bag and purse collection. I tried to decide which bag would be most useful as a camera bag. Then I found a purse I had that I could fit a camera in. I found a brief case and two tote bags. I measure out what the inserts would be to try to get an idea of which one would fit.
Then I put the camera and the lens in each box and visualized the additional padding. I decided I had a good chance at making three bags I had on hand into camera bags for the cost of the insert.
Here are some more pictures of what I put in my Clik Elite case. Then you can see I used two of my purses. The camera I have is the Canon 6d
You can check out my 50 other Frugal Ways To Save Money