Your Photography Questions Answered


It’s been a busy season and I am a little behind answering your photography questions.  I’m ready to play catch up now!  This entire post is totally about you… ‘Your Photography Questions Answered.’

1.  Debra wrote: When I put my camera on A it will not let me put ISO on Auto – the lowest is 100 – I have a Nikon d80 – any suggestions?

Most Nikon users will need to first go to their menu, then to ISO, then change the ISO sensitivity auto control to on or off.  With ISO sensitivity changed to off, you should be able to change your ISO to the setting of your choice.  Canon users don’t need to worry about this extra step.  Just change the ISO to their desired setting and begin shooting.

2.  Stephanie wrote: This is exactly what I am looking for is a crash course, I thought I knew a lot until I stepped up my game and bought a Nikon d3200 with a telephoto lens…its almost hard to not take good pictures but I want them to be great. What do you use for a editing program?

I use photoshop from time to time, but mostly I’m spoiled by the efficiency of Picmonkey.  I was stumped by the price at first, but it’s totally worth it.  And the program won’t have to be replaced for a large fee…it’ll just keep being updated.

3.  Beth wrote: I have owned the Canon Rebel T3i for a little over a year and have been trying to muddle through using it! I mostly shoot in the Sport setting since I’m mainly shooting my kids playing their sports but the colors don’t see, to POP like I’d like them too. So I’m reading your blog in hopes if taking better pictures. I also would like to purchase a stronger lens for pictures further away, can you recommend one? Thanks so much for writing this tutorial you’re awesome!

There are several options, but if you are looking for a zoom lens to help you get great shots of your children playing sports, we would recommend the Canon EF-S 55-250 lens.  The lens is just a step over basic, offering image stabilization (for wiggly moments).  If you’re hoping to have this lens carry over into food photography or other indoor photography, you may want to find a more expensive lens that offers a lower aperture which will help with lighting and allow for fun pictures with bokeh, such as the Canon EF 70-200 F/2.8.  And if you need a lens that transitions between close ups and zoom without having to detach the lens, the Canon EF-S 18-200 although a little bigger, would be another great option.

4.  Rhonda wrote: I just found your blog and am very excited to find something that is in “regular” English instead of “technical” English. I have had a D5000 for several years now and have played a bit but not much. I would really love to learn how to use my camera to its best advantage but in reading some other sites it seems as tho there are not many lenses that would work well with this particular camera and then transfer once I upgrade. Could you recommend a good 55m lens that would work for what i have now and what I intend to purchase at a later date (D7000). Thanks so much. I am looking forward to working my way through all of your lessons in hopes that it will help me become a better photographer.

The Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF-S would work great with both cameras Rhonda.  Keep on sharing your awesome photography Rhonda!

5.  Rach wrote:  I need your advice! I have a Nikon D5100 and I am a brand new learner. I DO want to take photos where I focus on one object and the rest is blurred… do you have recommendations on what type of lens I should look into? I also want one where I can zoom in better. My previous point and shoot (also a Nikon) had a great zoom on it and I miss that. Suggestions? Thanks in advance!

The Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF-S would work great for you, too!  Brand new learner?!?!  This lens will hook you to the point of no return!  Bokeh (a blurred background) makes photos look totally Pro-Like!


If you still have a question that Stud or I haven’t answered…it’s in the works!  And as always, you can check the link ‘Photo’ just below the blog’s title for lots of photography tips and tutorials!

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  1. Tom says:

    I Was just looking at your lesson on setting your camera in the manual mode. Do you keep the white balance on auto? Thank You; Tom.

    • Aimee says:

      Tom, so glad you found my lessons!!! For now I would just leave it on auto….there’s a tutorial later that will explore your options for white balance! XO, Aimee

  2. Until now I’ve used Picasa for all of my photo editing, and PicNik – Picasa easily and quickly transfers a photo to Picnik – for more advanced photo editing when needed. Have you used Picasa/Picnik previously? How does it compare to Picmonkey to justify the fee?

  3. What great tips and will help so many of us who are not good photo takers………

  4. Megan says:

    Thanks for sharing these tips, Aimee!

  5. Rach says:

    Thank you so much for answering my question! So for a follow up… how much of a zoom does this lens have? I had a great zoom on my Nikon Coolpix S8100 and I loved being able to take photos from far away. Will I need a separate lens to be able to zoom up on things far away. And if so, which lens? I would consider buying 2 if I need to. We go to a lot of concerts/plays/sports events where I really like having a good zoom.

    • Rach says:

      Just realize it was a prime lens so there isn’t a “zoom in and out” option. But I like the reviews on it. Do you have an affordable lens you would recommend for zoom?

  6. Moni ~ Zu Haus at Home says:

    Thanks so much for the great tips, Aimee!

  7. Thank you for all the great tips! I got a Canon Rebel for Christmas and have your weekly photography “class” on my favorites bar! I’m learning…very slowly! LOL!

  8. laura@Top This Top That says:

    what awesome tips for anyone looking to step up their photo game. Thanks Aimee!