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In My Camera Bag

They are the tools that will take your snapshots to the next level!

Photographer Jami Edman of "Images by Jami" reveals the four items she always has in her camera bag.


Here are 4 things you can put in your camera bag that can improve your photography.

1. A distraction! The first item is cheap, easy and offers a great way to grab your subject's attention. I like to place a Pez dispenser, Smarties, or even a hair scrunchie over my lens that had "googly" eyes stuck to it. These simple items are sure to grab your subject's attention.

2. Some type of reflector. Reflectors can be used as shade to block the sun or as a way to bounce light on to your subject and open up shadows on the face. You can use something as simple as a piece of white foam core from Wal-mart or buy photography reflectors on ebay. Try it you will be surprised at the results.

3. A low light lens. Let's face it: the lens your DSLR came with sometimes just doesn't cut it! You can spend thousands of dollars on a lens. But a great first "upgrade" lens is the 50mm 1.8 lens. This lens has a maximum aperture of 1.8 which allows you to let in much more light then your "kit" lens. The 50 mm 1.8 is only around $100 and, if you can, I would encourage you to buy the 50mm 1.4 lens which sells for around $400. Both can be purchased at Pictureline in Salt Lake City.

4. Your camera manual. Learn your camera, read your manual and practice, practice, practice! Learning to take your camera off "auto" mode and setting everything in "manual" mode will improve your photography the very most. If you are having a hard time with the vocabulary in your camera manual, I would highly suggest you take some classes. I teach a hands-on photography boot camp class. Participants learn how to use your camera to great shots for those everyday moments. (i.e. birthdays, indoor and outdoor sports, concerts, and candid photos of your cute kids) Visit my website: http://imagesbyjami.com to learn more and enter to win a spot in my next class!

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