Fakahatchee Swamp, Florida
What kind of camera do you use?Amy has a Canon 60D as her primary camera and a Canon 50D as a secondary. Guy has a Canon 5D Mark II as his primary. He uses a Canon EOS 40D as his secondary. He also uses the 40D with an Ikelite Underwater Housing for underwater photography. For back-ups or in conditions (such as kayaking and swamp hiking) we wouldn't dare take our good cameras, Amy has a Fujifilm S8000 and Guy has Canon Powershot SX10 IS. We both have Ewa-Marine housings for our SLR's that we use for photographing waves right in the surf.
Rafting in Thailand
What lenses do you use?Guy has a Canon Ultrasonic 24-105 mm with image stabilizer as his walk around lens. For nature photography, Guy likes the Canon 100-400mm Zoom Telephoto EF lens and a Tamron 18-270mm Zoom lens. For Macro, he uses a Canon Macro EF 180 mm 1:3.5 and a Canon Macro Lens EF 100 mm 1:2.8. He also has a Canon Wide Angle Ultrasonic EF 20 mm 1:2.8 for underwater photography. Amy has a Tamron 18-270 mm with image stabilizer for her walk around lens. Other Telephoto lenses, she uses include a Tamron 300-500mm and a Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 lens. For wide angle photography, she uses a Sigma 10-20 mm 1:4-5.6. For portrait photography, she loves her Canon EF 50mm 1.4 lens.
What photo editing software do you use?We use Lightroom for our initial sorting and editing of photos. For more in depth editing, we use Photoshop CS5, Nik Software and Topaz Software. We also use Helicon Focus to increase depth of field, Photomatix Pro 3 for High Definition Resolution (HDR) and Nik Software. We both shoot RAW for better editing capabilities. When putting together slide shows, we really like ProShow Gold.
Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland
What can I do to improve my photography?Join a local photography club, shoot a lot and review your pictures with people, email your favorite pictures from a phototrip to your friends or put them on Facebook and ask for input, and take art classes (this really helped us see color and how a picture should be in a perfect world). Hang out with photographers better than you. You'll learn a lot just watching them. We recommend Jim Henderson at Callaway Gardens for a broad spectrum of photography classes. His website is at www.pbase.com/sandman3 . We also like an on-line free service entitiled The Digital Photography School at http://www.digital-photography-school.com/ as well as Picture Correct at http://www.picturecorrect.com .
Canyon Hiking, Sicily
What other equipment do you use besides your camera?We both use a Lowepro shoulder harness and waist belt for international travel. We prefer the Cotton Carrier when participating in dynamic activities such as mountain biking. We also like using Black Rapid slings when carrying two cameras simultaneously. We use Bogen tripods with a ballhead. Amy has a Canon 430EX speedlite flash with Gary Fong Diffusers and Guy has a Canon 580EX speedlite flash. Guy has an Ikelite underwater housing with two strobes for underwater photography. We both have Pelican waterproof cases for our point and shoot cameras when canoeing or kayaking.
A Temple in Bali
Do you back up your photosYes, after sorting and editing our photos we perform a dual back up on external hard drives. When traveling we use a laptop to back up our photos as well as two Western Digital Passport 1 or 2 terabyte hard drives. We also try to take enough memory cards on an international trip so that none have to be reused. This in effect gives us 4 copies of each photo.
Flying a WWII Vintage Fighter in Florida
What's your favorite and least favorite kind of photography?Guy loves cave diving photography because this means he is getting to put together his 2 favorite loves. Wedding photography is his least favorite. Amy loves travel photography because that guarantees she is ...well...traveling. She particularly loves taking pictures of people in other cultures young or very old. They are both beautiful to her. She dislikes aquarium photography...that dim light makes her nuts.