amazing gifts for a photographer

What to Buy a Photographer – Awesome Gifts for You

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What Do Photographers Want for the Holidays?

Oh me, oh my… it’s time to talk about equipment and fun tools.  Don’t you love our gadgets?  We can be such squirrels about this.  Wanting that nice new shiny goodie to add to the fun of making and creating work adds excitement to the blood. You and I get it, but others don’t… when they ask you what you would want from Santa, and you tell them, they draw a blank.  Soooo, I made this blog post for you 🙂

Remember though that most of these amazing gifts are not needed in order to make beautiful work, they just make life easier and if you’re a gadget person, exciting.



Canon 5D IV – Love for Macro Photographers

canon 5d IV

Sony 7R – Perfect for Landscape Photographers

Sony a7r


Wide-angle Lenses
wide angle lenses

70 – 200 mm Lens

70 - 200 mm lens

100mm Macro Lens

100mm Macro lens


manfrotto tripod

Tools in the Video


Wimberley PP-200 Plamp II

Third Hand

Color Checker Passport

Some other fun that I didn’t mention in the video

Lensbaby Composer Sweet 50 

Epson Scanner expression XL10


Wacom Intuos Pro Creative Pen Tablet (Medium)

LaCie 4TB Rugged RAID Pro Mobile USB Type-C RAID Drive

Remote Trigger

PhotoTrust 5 in1 Pocket Reflector

Streamlight Strion HL Rechargeable LED Flashlight with 120/100 VAC / 12 VDC Charger Bracket (Black)



It’s like having Lightroom and Photoshop in one place.

Luminar / Skylum

Clean My Mac  – LOVE this!


Foldable on-camera diffuser

Favorite LightCanon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo Lens

Canon Extention Tube EF 25II

Novoflex Focus Rail


Everything Is Figureoutable

Highly recommend this book to keep you moving forward with your Vision

All of Harold Davis’ books


If you have any questions on what to get your photographer friend or family member, just ask below!  I check all my comments 🙂

Before I say goodbye, I’ve linked most of the goodies here from B & H video.  The reason is that I LOVE their return policy.  They make it so easy to ship back what the photographer may not like.  Even though I’ve given you an awesome list, they could return what you gave them and then use the credit to get what they really want or they can grab the cash 😉

Hope this helps you… as soon as this goes out to you, I’m sending this to the hubby, hehehe!



making your image sharp

8 Tips On Helping You Focus Your Camera

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8 Tips On Helping You Focus

One of the members in our membership group is having problems focusing.  It can be so frustrating thinking you have your focal point nice and sharp, you pull the images on your computer and argggg…out of focus cringing effect in your body! Basically, WTF happened.

So let’s help her and you to make sure you’re not wasting time and to get to the point. Here are some tips to help you when you just can’t get your subject in focus.

1. Most important tip that I see where people have problems: Check your diopter

fix diopter to see clearly in camera

Once you see clear in your camera you’ll see the sharp focus points.

2. Use manual mode when focusing up close.

always use manual mode when photographing up close

Lens autofocus will bounce in and out when you get up close.

3. Use autofocus and then lock your focus if your subject isn’t moving a lot.

auto focus and then lock it for a sharp image

I have changed up my focus lock button to suit my needs.

4. Use back of camera visual zoom in 2times to really get that sharp focus.

use back LCD panel and zoom in to focus

Use something to drape over you outside so you can see the panel.

5. Use f-stops with higher numbers.

use higher fstop numbers to get more in focus

Don’t go too high in the numbers  … f32 has refraction and will give you problems.

6. Low light can be a problem so add extra light to focus and then remove light to shoot.

use extra light to focus then remove to take the shot

This will help you focus on your subject, just remember to remove.

7. If none of these work, then calibrate your camera  (I’ve never done this) 😉 So here is a link to help you with it.

8. Last – if calibration doesn’t work, there may be a flaw in your lens…it happens.

It’s so important to have your main subject in focus if that’s what you’re going for. I hope these 8 tips help!  I actually have one more that I use a lot.  Tether your camera to your computer so you see everything up close and personal 😉


Janice Sullivan


fixing reds in camera, printing red, saturated photographs, red

I show you How to Fix Saturated Colors in Camera

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Let’s Fix Your Red Images in Camera and Print Them

Fixing reds in the camera and then printing saturated colors like reds and yellows can give you problems when you get up close to your subjects. I did this video for my Macro Photography Live Chat Show and feel that it’s super important so I want to help you if you didn’t have the chance to watch the show. I realize that you may not have time to watch an hour show but hopefully, you’ll have time for a 10-minute video.  🙂


Steps from the video:

2:15 – Color problem example and why

2:07 – Custom White Balance Camera

04:13 – Use the Histogram

06:30 – Ways to Fix the problems

Now if you want to print those colors… go to this video CLICK HERE and click on the 21:00 mark. It’s worth your time so you don’t get the mushy print that could happen because your gamut is out of whack. Below are some links to help you with color.

Color Munki Display

Color Munki for Printing from Studio

If you have a cheaper monitor you may want to use this with ColorMunki or whatever calibrator you’re using:

Color Card

White Balance Card

If you have any questions feel free to ask below. There is always more than one way to work on our images. If you have a suggestion on how you photograph those saturated colors let us know below. As always… feel free to share a link to your work.


Janice Sullivan

raw vs jpeg

RAW or JPEG – What’s the difference?

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Should you use RAW or JPEG files while photographing? That’s the great question I had from Elise on my Macro Photography Live Show.  It’s such a great question that I had to do a deep dive on it!

So let’s talk about the difference between RAW & JPEG and then you can decide which file you should use while photographing.

Here is the download I was talking about in the video…grab it free!  I had fun making the PDF for you!

Click to Download


Raw & Jpeg

This may be the final image…for now 😉


Now that you know what the difference is…will you photograph in RAW or JPEG and why?


Want to see the Macro Photography Live Chat Show replays?  Click Here!

Or sign-up to see live show on my Youtube channel here.


Have a great day!

Janice Sullivan


White Balance your Camera – Let’s fix those Reds

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Problems with Your Colors – White Balance your Camera

If you’re a Macro and Close up photographer and love photographing rich colors,  you’ve probably have had some problems getting those dark or bright reds, yellows,  and other beautiful rich colors come out in your camera.

You upload a batch of beautiful work to your computer and wonder what in the world happened to the details of your subject.  I’ve had it happen to me and I know many others have had that problem too.  Actually, I got this question from Michael Pye.  He photographs Orchids and can’t get the dark reds to be accurate in camera.  So let’s talk about this in more detail to help you get the correct color in camera.

Now if you’re out photographing and have forgotten a white card, then go to the K (next to Custom White Balance)  you’ll see it in the video, and change your Kelvin.  Also if you still feel that the colors are just a bit too rich after you custom your camera’s white balance, then take the exposure down one stop and all should be good.

 Have questions?   Ask below…. I’d love to chat with you.

Speaking of chatting…did you know that I have a live show every other week on Youtube and Facebook to talk to you Macro and Close-up Photographers?  I would love to see you there!  Here’s a bit more info for you if you’re interested.

Have a great day!



understand your histogram

Understand your Camera’s Histogram

By | Equipment & Tools, Exposure | 4 Comments

Your Camera’s Histogram is Important

I’m going to talk to you in my language…this is not technical at all, BUT it will help you understand your histogram in your camera.

I’m just not a technical person, but I do want you to know that I do have the technical knowledge…. I just don’t like to teach that way unless a student asks me for it.

If you’re looking for technical information, then just leave a comment and I will do my best to make a video for you and others that would like this kind of information.

So let’s get to it…

Our cameras record light coming into the sensor.  There are only three light colors that make all the colors we see in our images.   Red, Green, and Blue make the magic that we see. When we look at our histogram, we can see the amount of that particular color (it will rise up on the graft) and we can see how dark and/or light each of these colors are. The darkest part of your picture will be to the left of the graft and the brightest part will be to the right of the graft. I explain this and more of the fun in the video below.

The histogram is an amazing guide for you to use while you’re shooting.  Look at your histogram and make your adjustments in the camera.   You’ll be much happier when you upload your photographs into the computer.   Here is a small tip… if you’re photographing in RAW format, you’ll be able to push your colors brighter or darker just a bit in post processing.

understand your histogram

Understand your histogram to help with bright colors.

I said in the video that to correct over saturated colors you’ll need to work on a custom white balance. Look out for that video soon 😉

 Do you use the histogram? If you do…how does it help you with your photography?  If you don’t, let me know why and I’ll try to help you understand it more.


With the histogram, you can really fine tune your colors and exposure.  I did a deep dive on exposure…you can read about exposure more here.


sjp membership

SJP’s Membership email updates.


Something really cool is coming this Fall!  Yep, I’m working on my new membership site!

This will be a place to learn and receive new products I have lined up for free!    I’m going to have live calls that you can join in if you’d like and much more for only $29 a month!   To get updates on how it’s going and some freebie treats every other week…sign up here!

I’m so crazy excited that Coco and I are dancing all over the house!  😉

Have a great day!  Cheers!


Janice Sullivan

Do You Need Expensive Photo Equipment to Be a Professional?

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Does Your Photo Equipment Need to be Expensive?


Is this you?

You see top notch photographers using amazing equipment and see a WOW factor in their work.  You say to yourself, “If I had their equipment, my work could be just as amazing as theirs”.

It’s easy to get sucked into the “I NEED THAT PIECE OF EQUIPMENT”.  I’ve been there!

I didn’t realize how much equipment I had until Mark from Shotkit contacted me and asked if I’d share my equipment on his website.  I set up most….yes, most of my equipment to take a picture of my goodies for his site and I was like whaaaat! I really have all of this equipment and tools. Damn, I’m a junkie!

You and I are not alone…Mark has a huge following because of the amazing photographers on this site sharing their work and the equipment they use.   We are curious.

My fun equipment but remember you don’t need this to be a professional


With all that said and my confession of my fetish for equipment…I want you to know that you DON’T need expensive equipment to be a professional, but you DO need equipment that works for what you are doing in your photography life…let me share a bit more in my video.



Why would you want to move forward with your equipment?

As you grow in your photography life,  you will get to a point where you want to move forward, BUT remember you can sell your work even if you’re not using the latest and greatest camera, lenses, lights, etc….

When you’re ready to move a step forward,  RENT before you purchase.  I used Borrowed Lenses.  It’s a great company and I highly recommend them.


Are you at a time in your photography path where you want to step up to a higher quality piece of equipment?  I’d love to know what’s the next purchase on your bucket list of tools.



Understand Exposure to be a power shooter.

Stop Being a Snap Shooter and Really Focus on Exposure

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I know that exposure isn’t the sexiest thing to talk about…we just want to make awesome pictures and really hope that we grabbed the perfect shot the first time. But unfortunately that rarely happens 🙁   So I’m here today to discuss this dreaded word: EXPOSURE. If you LOVE exposure, kudos to you and I’m slapping a high five at you right now! If not, let’s help you understand what happens with your camera when it makes the exposure and how you can work it!

Let’s dive in a bit deeper than the 3 parts that make an exposure that I talked about a couple of weeks ago.

Once you really understand exposure, you’ll have so much power while using your camera, and if you’re a power freak like me, you’ll be in photography heaven while you photograph. No Snap Shooting for YOU!



I talked about the steps to start your learning fun with exposure. For now, just play and don’t stress out. You’ll get it!

Here is another visual to help you see the difference of how bright the sky is compared to the grass and trees in the field. I manual shot the best image paying attention to what I could bring out when I processed this in ON1.

The grass looks great, but I couldn’t get the clouds to pop.


 Focus on Exposure

1/125 @ f6.7 ISO 200 Manual Mode Over Exposed


Now the sky looks amazing, but everything else looks like crap!


 Focus on Exposure

1,3000 @ f6.7 ISO 200 Manual Mode


So this was the shot I had to work with. I had just enough information to pull out what I wanted to make my river of grass shot. 🙂


Exposure to get the shot. Had to use manual mode.

1/350 @ f6.7 ISO 200 Manual Mode


It was tough, but I worked the image and got what I wanted in one shot! Whew! Fun…fun!


Correct Exposure to get the shot.


This is another way to get up close and personal with your camera, so when you start to photograph and just look at your scene, you’ll start to know what’s going to happen before you even push that shutter button. I’d like you to be different than the snapshooters, and the way you really begin to create your OWN work is to understand that there may be problems with your exposure and to know what to do when those problems arise.

Normally I ask you questions, but I thought today it would be better for YOU to ask me questions. If you want more techie answers, I’ll answer them here in the comment section.  Feel free to ask anything about exposure, I really do want to help if you’re just not understanding why the pictures are not turning out the way you want them to!





what is the f-stop, shutter speed & Iso for photography

The Secret of Successful Photography using the F-Stop – Shutter Speed and ISO

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Understanding the f-Stop, Shutter Speed and ISO

One of the problems I see the most when people ask, “why isn’t my photograph looking the way I want it to look after I take the picture?” is that they let the camera do all the setting for them. What they don’t understand is that the camera can’t handle the extreme lighting conditions like our eyes do.

The secret of successful photography is when you play with the f-stop, shutter speed and ISO, but you must understand the basics before you can really push these three main components. These three components determine your exposure. I’ll be talking about exposure in more detail later, but I want you to really understand what the f-stop, shutter speed and ISO will do for you macro photographers.

Yes this is for the beginner photographer, but I always say you never know when you may learn something new if you already know the f-stop, shutter speed and ISO, so keep reading…

I’ve combined all of the elements in one blog post so you can grab this information while you’re photographing.  This way you have everything in one shot while you photograph, no pun intended…hahaha I couldn’t help myself! So let’s get started…

Most important for Macro Photographers is the f-stop.

When we get up close we lose what’s in focus. Your f-stop number will determine what’s in focus so you really must master the f-stop which is the number you’re using to open and close the aperture.

The aperture is like the irises in your eyes. Just remember that the higher the number the more in focus your shot will be, but know that f-22 lets less light into your camera and in turn you’ll need a longer shutter speed to let the light into your camera. For example, say I’m photographing a beautiful flower outside and I want to use f-22 with my natural light conditions. I’ll need to have my settings at f-22 – shutter speed 1/125 sec – iso 100 BUT if I change my f-stop number to a 2.8 that means I opened my aperture larger so it will let more light into the camera and to get the same good exposure I’ll  have to set my shutter speed to  1/4000 (really fast open and close of shutter)  ISO 100 or the picture will be blown out (white).

The f2.8 – 1/4000 – ISO 100 will be less in focus than the f-22 – 1/125 – ISO 100 but they WILL both have the same exposure (not too dark and not too light in the picture) depending on your conditions.   If you’re outside look for a shady place to photograph. NO harsh light or shadows for now.


Shutter Speed

The next most important tool to get that shot you want is to learn the shutter speed. This is how fast the shutter opens to let light into the camera.

You set the f-stop (the number of the opening of the aperture)  look into your camera and look at your meter. Move your shutter speed number up or down until you have it in the middle of your meter.

I talk to you in more detail in my video on what the shutter will do for those close up shots you’re working on.  But know that if you want a bug say flying to the flower you’ll need a faster shutter speed to capture the be and if your shutter is slow you’ll need a tripod or bump up the ISO.


The ISO is the next part of taking your picture to make a good exposure.  Start on a low number like 100.  If you don’t have enough light coming into the camera with the f-stop and shutter speed you want it’s now time to push up the ISO.

Google your camera to get an idea of how much you can push up your camera’s ISO.  Here is a great site to plug in your Camera:  If you go too high you’ll get grainy and ugly shots so you need to pay attention on how much you can push your ISO.

Definition: 0:43
Looking at the camera 1:05
The 3rd element to Exposure 2:17
Macro with a Tripod – slow shutter: 3:33
Photographing bugs or subjects needing a faster speed: 4:48
Overview and my question 6:22


I realize that this can be a challenge to understand each of these settings on your camera but you REALLY will understand what you can do while you’re photographing if you get these 3 tools down.  Work on manual mode and play with the f-stop – shutter speed and ISO.  Once you get the basics down then you’ll push them to create your own stories with your images.  Trust me! It’s hard I know!  But if you really want to push your creative spin in your work this is where you start.  This is, “The Secret of Successful Photography.”

Of course, if you have any questions please ask below in the comment section and if you feel this was informative and helpful please share with your friends.

What’s your thought process as you photograph? Have you ever thought about the f-stop, shutter speed or ISO?

Cheers to the f-stop, shutter speed and ISO! Knowing its secrets will make your work successful because YOU will make your work…the camera won’t.

Janice Sullivan

Our New GoPro, Drone and a Couple Wins

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I’m so excited to announce that we will be adding video to our work! I’ve been wanting to share with you our travels and to show you my macro photography within the areas I shoot and this will help make that happen! We have now added to our equipment a new GoPro and drone…well, the drone will be delivered tomorrow.

These are what we purchased:

Our GoPro

GoPro HERO5 Session

Here is the unboxing video I just did on the GoPro…well, it’s kind of an unboxing. Kevin opened the box before I could get to it. He was excited, lol!!

Putting the Battery in: 05:37

Capture App to go with GoPro: 06:31


We ended up buying a couple of goodies for the GoPro:

GoPro Casey (Camera + Mounts + Accessories Case)

GoPro 3-Way Grip, Arm, Tripod (GoPro Official Mount)

GoPro Headstrap Mount + Quick Clip (GoPro Official Mount)


Our Drone

We got the kit…there is more to the kit.  The link has the details.

DJI Phantom 4 Kit with Batteries, Battery Chargers, and iPad Air 2


These are the highlights from B&H


DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter DJI Intelligent Flight Battery for Phantom 4/4 Pro/4 Pro+ Quadcopter Apple 128GB iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi + 4G LTE, Silver) DJI 100W Power Adapter for Phantom 4 Quadcopter (Without AC Cable) DJI 100W AC Power Adaptor Cable for Phantom 4 Quadcopter (USA & CA) DJI Phantom 4 Kit with Batteries, Battery Chargers, and iPad Air 2


  • Gimbal-Stabilized 4K / 12MP Camera
  • Visual Sensor for Obstacle Avoidance
  • Top Speed of 44.7mph in Sport Mode
  • Apple iPad Air 2 for Monitoring/Control
  • Visual Tracking of Moving Subject
  • TapFly – Fly With a Tap of the Finger
  • Avoids Obstacles When Returning Home
  • Seven Flight Batteries Total
  • Each Battery Lasts up to 28 Minutes
  • Three Battery Chargers



I’m also very honored to have these images win top of 2016 in Pixoto.  I always tell my apprentices that this is a great place to share your work to see how others react to them. Pixoto is not a popularity contest! You don’t know who the images are from when you vote for them so it’s perfect just to get that feel of what others may like when you create new work. But, with that said you may love a piece of your work that others don’t and so be it! It’s your creation.



Have a great week!

Cheers to having video in our work.

Janice Sullivan

Save Money and Frustration on Printing

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You work hard and photograph your favorite subject…you’re now ready to print so you google “photo printers” to print your pictures, mugs, maybe a tote bag or two. You send the photo off to the printer only to find in the mail your picture is not the color you saw on your monitor and/or darker than what you wanted. Oh yeah…it’s happened to me too!

I read from PPA that at least 42 percent of people do not print their photographs. Ouch! I want to help you change that if you’re one of the statistics. I also figured this would be a good article to write about to save you money and frustration.

All it takes is two steps to get you going…maybe even one!

  • 1. Calibrate the monitor that you’re using to work on to send your pictures to the print shop. If you change your lighting area where your monitor is, you’ll need to calibrate for each lighting situation. Watch the video from the link below, it’s pretty good.

If you’re only using a commercial printer and not printing from home, this is an awesome calibrator. Now a days it’s the cost of two going out to a nice dinner with drinks and dessert!

If you have a printer and want to print from that, you’ll need more calibration tools like this  so you can perfectly match your printer, paper and monitor. But that’s for another post.



  • 2.  Download Printer Profiles from your printer companies.

Below is Costco’s information, this is a cheap and easy way to print in the US.   These types of companies only print in a smaller color space srgb.  I do have to admit that I’ve had great results just by calibrating my monitor and sending out to a printer as an srgb. But if I’m printing a professional image or a high quality print then I download the company’s printer profiles.

Costco’s info:

For a more professional printer you’ll have more to do, but once you get the ball rolling it will be so easy to upload and send out to print.

Here is WhiteWall’s info:

If you don’t understand the online information call them. Most printing companies love to chat (and if they don’t, it’s time to find another company) with you about printing with them.   Usually the specifications will be about:

File size –  Resolution

File formating

and Color management


Calibrating your monitor is seriously the best thing to do. Now don’t cringe and say, “Hello Janice! I don’t have time for this and it’s too much work!”. If all you’re doing is printing to a commercial printer, then just purchase a calibrator for your monitor.

A tip… if you’re shooting jpg, then your files are usually srgb unless you have changed that setting on your camera. Now for those of you who have more knowledge of file formatting, if you find a company that prints ProPhoto or Adobe RGB then definitely try them out! These profiles have a lot more color to them.  If you’re using a program like Lightroom and Photoshop, definitely download their printer profiles! Just think…once you have them you wont need to worry about it next time you print.

Here are some companies that I have used and like for those special prints:

White Wall

Black River Imaging

Adorama Pix

If you don’t calibrate your monitor you not only take a chance on color change but also how light or dark photograph will be. I’m hoping this helps you if you are frustrated with your prints. If you have questions please ask me below.

Cheers to commercial printing,

Close-Up Art Photo Contest

By | Tablet | No Comments

Oh yeah! I’m way too excited to be a judge for the Close Up Art Photo Contest on Viewbug! There are so many amazing creative people out there and for me to see their work and really focus on what’s being submitted, is a blast! Last week I shared the other contest I’m judging, “Reptiles and Amphibians”  (just had mention just in case you didn’t read the post).

The grand prize winner will receive an instant mobile printer! Perfect timing since the new iPhone 7 just came out. If you don’t print your images, please do.  They don’t have to be big prints, just something to hold and feel will make your work so much more memorable. I have 4″x7″ prints around my home and when I look at them, they make me smile. Each one reminds me of the amazing moment in time and where I took the shot.

Since Ashley has had the boys and she’s making amazing photo albums for us. Don’t get me wrong, I love technology and have lots of it, but it just feels amazing flipping through the pages. It’s fun when we have company and our friends & family pick up our albums to enjoy. If you like flowers like I do, try making an album of your faves.  Before you know it you’ll have a book!   Ok, enough about that. Let’s get back to the contest.


Crazy excited to be a judged for this contest!

Please check out the contest here and join in! It will end November 30th so you have time to photograph your close-up art. 😉 I hope to see you there or on my social media accounts. Just look above at the top of the menu to the right and you’ll see were I play. Please stop in and say hi and of course you can comment below.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot…  Here is my latest unboxing.  I just LOVE my new tablet!!  If you’d like to sign up for my channel to get the videos as they are published click here.



Janice Sullivan


Latest 4 Unboxings / Reveals

By | Equipment & Tools, Lenses, Lighting, Tablet, Tripods | No Comments

I really love getting goodies in the mail. It feels like Christmas, but better because it’s all about photography and my video tools. Here are my four latest unboxings and reveals. I hope you see some products that you want to purchase. If you’re interested, please sign up for my channel and you’ll get the reveals sooner.

Please check out Youtube to see links to the products and other goodies I have to say about them.

I’m working on a couple more, so stay tuned. 🙂

Janice Sullivan

One Minute Photo Recipe

By | Depth of Field | No Comments

I see on facebook these amazing one minute recipes and thought, “how cool are these”! A couple of us photography friends decided that would be fun for us make too. One minute photo recipes are to inspire people to photograph and post process their work. I would like to make more, but time is always the problem….maybe, we will have to see. But for now here is my first “One Minute Photo Recipe” recipe:

To purchase image:

one minute photo recipe

f-stop changes your focus

Have a great day and hope my One Minute Photo Recipe inspires you to play with your f-stop. 🙂

Janice Sullivan

Unboxing Products and Equipment

By | Equipment & Tools, Lighting, Tripods | No Comments

I’ve been having so much fun unboxing new products and equipment that I want to play with. I love to play with new tools and I have decided that when I receive a new product, I will make an unboxing video. Once I have played with my goodies for a while, I plan to write about them to help you decide if they are good purchases for you. So far for 2016, I’ve done two unboxings.

My first unboxing was this Gorillapod.  I’m still playing with it, but once I have a good grasp of what I like and what I don’t like, I’ll let you know.

The most recent unboxing was this 12″ reflector. I have a feeling that I’m really going to love this for my macro work, but I’ll let you know soon.


Want more videos on equipment? Stopover and check out our channel on youtube and follow our Channel to receive the latest unboxings and other fun photography tips.


Janice Sullivan

macro lens 100mm

Macro Photography: Cameras, Lenses and Tripods

By | Camera, Equipment & Tools, Lenses, Tripods | No Comments

Today I would like to share with you the various tools that you will need to start your macro fun, so let’s talk about Cameras, Lenses and Tripods. I personally use Canon products and the reason I am even telling you this is that you will be investing money on your equipment.

Research the various cameras and choose the one YOU like. My suggestion is to research cameras and the macro lenses that work with them.

Mirrorless cameras are becoming more popular so I’d check out the Sony products if you want a camera without the mirror.

I’d like to also suggest before you go out and buy anything, that you check out You can rent almost anything there.

I am a Canon 5D user. These are full-frame DSLR cameras. This is important for Macro shooting because as you get closer to objects, you’ll want more light coming into the camera. I also don’t want anything cropping my composition, but that’s me. What you see is what you get in full-frame cameras.

Canon 5D

If this is to pricey for you, check out this article on the Best Entry Level SLR cameras.

Once you have your camera, play with it…the better you know your equipment, the better you will photograph. Don’t worry if your photos turn out bad, it’s o.k. That is how you learn.

Now you have your camera, let’s check out some lenses. Go for the MACRO lens if you’re serious about photographing up close (please click this link and go to equipment it’s important). If you took the time to read the link I gave you, you will understand why a macro lens is the best for what you want to achieve. Basically, the lens optics are cut so you can get up close to the subject and have a quality 1:1 ratio of your subject. Also, the link gives you information on the various focal lengths you can purchase.

My favorite lens is the Canon 100mm macro lens:

Canon 100 mm Macro Lens

Extension tubs will get you closer to the subject and you can also buy a reversible adapter to reverse you other lenses to get up close.

extension tube


If you don’t want to disturb your subjects than a longer macro lens would be perfect for you.180 Macro Lens

Ok, now the tripod…In order to have your subject sharp and photograph looking professional, you really need to set your camera on a tripod for the really up close compositions. The closer you get to your subject, the harder it is to keep subjects in focus.

Here are links on a variety of tripods and ball heads from Really Right Stuff.

Now, before you say, “it is way too expensive for me!” Remember, I am giving you info on quality equipment. Read up on it and if you can’t afford it, that’s ok. I found you a less expensive kit here (Manfrotto MT190CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit with 054 Magnesium Ball Head and Q5 Quick-Release System-note to me to check flat to the ground tripod) I do have to say that my husband always tells me you get what you pay for. I have never been unhappy with my equipment until I went cheap.

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What I like about my tripod is that it’s sturdy, I can adjust the legs to go flat to the ground (which I have used outdoors) and I can adjust the neck to a horizontal position when needed. I have the ball head, which is excellent for Macro Photography.

Light a Fire!

I used my Canon 5D, 100mm macro lens, and extension with a tripod to make this photograph. You will see a whole new world photographing up close! It’s like looking in a microscope, well kind off . 🙂

If you have questions, feel free to comment. I’ll do my best to get back to you ASAP.


Janice Sullivan


Want to read more about macro?  Check out this article here.

Gorillapod Focus Unboxed

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I did an unboxing of a Gorillapod Focus tripod. She will write more on this later but we wanted to share Amazon’s sale since its on now. 40% off the tripod and head. It’s a great way to inspire you to try new ways to photograph. 

To purchase:



If you would like a Ballhead for the tripod:



I don’t know how long this will last but Amazon is having a sale…the tripod and ballhead 40% off!!


Latest fun Macro:

f11 @ 1sec ISO 100



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