I've had some of you ask what sort of equipment and editing equipment I use, so I thought a post answering these questions might be a bit easier.
For starters, I use a Canon Rebel XSI aka the Canon 450D.
I highly recommend it! It's a great starter DSLR camera and you can find them for a good price.
I have 4 different lenses I use for my camera. Generally I use the kit lens that came with it the 18-55mm lens.
I also have a 70-300mm lens that is a telephoto lens. I use it a lot when I travel. It's a great lens.
Then there is the 10-22mm lens. It's for wide angle shots. It's great for crowded rooms or if I want to get a large landscape entirely in one picture.
My last lens is my newest and I find it to be the trickest. It's the 50mm f/1.8 lens. It's great for portraits and taking close-ups. I'm still working on getting good shots from this lens.
Now for editing software. I highly recommend Adobe Photoshop Elements. I'll list a few reasons why I like it.
1. It's way, way cheaper than Adobe Photoshop CS4. I just got the new version of Photshop Elements for $50...compare that to over $300 for CS4.
2. Bascially they do the same thing. Unless you are some sort of graphic artist I don't really understand the need for CS4. Not to say it's not an excellent program, because it is. But you can get the same results from Elements that you can get from CS4.
If you do get Photoshop Elements it may seem a little overwhelming at first. Get this book, I promise you won't regret it.
I call it my bible. Seriously..it's that important and it makes using Elements ten times easier for someone who has never used it before.