Taking Photos of the New Bathroom

I think one of my favorite projects we finished recently was this little sink for the guest bathroom. I showed some progress shots here and here. I am SO happy with how this one came together!

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We've been enjoying the finished and installed sink for a couple weeks now, and I've been so excited to share. The hold up was I didn't have a lens that could capture the whole sink!

Lately I've just been photographing projects with my old Canon Rebel XTi DSLR camera. I have a pretty standard EF 50mm f/1:1.8 II lens and a nicer mid-range zoom lens (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) that was a bit of a splurge last year. I've been planning to invest in a nicer camera body this year as well as a good wide angle lens.

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Luckily Canon reached out about to me about working with them on their new 'Bring It' campaign. They gifted me with a new EOS Rebel T5i (which has great video capabilities - I was excited about that! Stay tuned for some fun DIY videos!) and their brand-spanking-new wide angle lens, the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM. I was SO excited to try out the new lens on our bathroom sink! Finally a lens that could capture the full space, tight angles and all!

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I thought it would be fun to show how different lenses capture the same space. Here's the sink, shot with the new EOS Rebel T5i camera and my old EF 50mm lens. I love 50mm shots. These are such affordable lenses, I think everyone with a DSLR should have one! They're especially handy for portraits and photographing kids. Every shot will be sharp and bright with a 50mm!

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Here's the same shot, but using my EF 24-105mm lens, zoomed out as far as it will go.

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And here's the new wide angle lens! Ta-dah!!!! Look at that beauty! What's most impressive to me about this lens, besides how well it does in low-light situations, is that it shows almost no warping. There's none of that fish eye look that sometimes happens with wide angles.

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On the other side of the room, we hung two Andrew Wyeth prints. Here's the 50mm version:

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The mid-range lens:

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And the wide-angle again from the same spot. So pretty!

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I've never taken a photography class, which makes me really appreciate how user-friendly Canon's lenses are! I think it's so cool to see what a difference in perspective there is here between the three lenses!

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I was shocked to learn that the new wide angle lens is less than $300! I don't know how I lived without one for so long.

Also, I was surprised at how much I love the new Rebel T5i camera. There are all sorts of amazing features that make it really easy to shoot in manual or program (P) mode, which is sort of the step between automatic mode and manual. The large display screen makes it so easy to preview how a photo will look with different settings before you take the photo (!), which takes out a ton of guess work for those of us who are not pros!

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One of my favorite features of the Rebel T5i is the amazing touch screen display! With the swipe of my finger I can scroll through my playback and I can zoom in and out, just like on an iPhone.

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Another favorite thing is a setting that releases the shutter and takes a photo when you tap on the LCD screen! It makes for a very smooth and steady exposure if you don't want to set up a tripod and use a remote.

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I was SO happy to try out this camera, and especially the new wide angle lens. It's a major game-changer for me. I'm really looking forward to sharing a full house tour with wide shots so you guys can get a better sense of layout going forward!

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