What’s In My Bag

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I get emails quite regularly asking me what camera and lens I use, so I though it would be the perfect opportunity to show you “What’s In My Bag.”


1. Camera Body – Canon EOS 7D SLR

2. Canon 70-200mm F2.8L IS    This is my favorite portrait and sports lens. I use this one everyday for something.

3. Canon 28-135mm F3.5 IS  Kit lens and I never use it.

4. Canon 50mm F1.4  Best lens for macro shots, those close ups with lots of bokeh.

5. Canon 85mm F1.8 Second favorite portrait lens, much lighter than my 70-200.

6. Canon 18-55mm F3.5 IS  Favorite lens for landscape shots and whole room shots, this lens has a very wide angle.


I also use software to edit my photos, for me no photo comes straight off the camera looking perfect so I use a combination of 3 different ways to give my photos the look I want.



Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5                        Pic Monkey                              Adobe Photoshop Elements 12

Click the links to download free versions of the above products.


I take my camera every where I go, I see things in nature and people that others don’t see, and when that happens I want to be there with camera in hand to capture it. I always threaten to get a small point and shoot to carry in my purse but I fear I won’t love it like I do my big DSLR, so as long as my back holds out I will carry along my big girl camera.


Stop back by on Sunday and I will show you how to do simple corrections with all 3 products in under 30 seconds. Never again will you have to post photos you are unhappy with. 











  1. says

    I’m a camera bag lady too. I need to add a macro lens to my collection. I have a great super macro on my Olympus camera but want one for the Canon. We tend to be rather spoiled on cameras don’t we? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • says

      Linda, I am still wanting more L series lenses but they are so expensive. I just have to look a drool for now.

      • says

        And as soon as I get something new, or what I think is new, a newer version comes out ๐Ÿ™‚
        I hear you about the price of the lenses. I watch Nature shows on tv and spend more time admiring the camera lens than the program ๐Ÿ™‚

        • says

          Linda, that is funny about watching the lens. I do that with programs too, I can tell what technique or overlay they used to get a certain look. Couldn’t tell you what the darn program was about thought. LOL

  2. says

    Great post, Dawn. Do you have a special bag that you carry everything in? There are a couple of lenses on my wish list.


    • says

      Claudia I do have a bag I use but it’s not a photography bag. That is on my wish list but hate to invest $200 in one. I have just made inserts for an older flat bottom bag I already had. It works great and is a pretty alligator skin (faux) pattern that is quite attractive but it’s not perfect.

      • says

        My daughter bought me a camera bag from etsy … perfect, has the pouches for 2 lenses and holds the Canon perfectly. I also have a Canon camera bag that I stuff all sorts of bits into. Packing the camera bags is more important than packing other bags sometimes ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. says

    Wow, Dawn I didn’t realize you had so many lenses. Maybe one of these years I can upgrade.

    • says

      Kim, I am still wanting more, I don’ think that part ever ends.

  4. says

    Dawn thanks so much for letting us look in your bag! You do take the most fabulous pictures!!! I would love to use lightroom too, is is difficult to learn? I can’t wait for Sunday’s post! Thanks again! You are awesome!

    • says

      Yvonne, if people like this type of posts I will continue to do a learning series with all 3 programs.

  5. says

    Dawn, this is so interesting! I’m still intimidated by the thought of a DSLR, but I know I need to upgrade from my point and shoot one of these days! Your photos are always gorgeous! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • says

      Susan, thank you for being so kind. I say go for it, but do the research first and get the best bang for your buck.

  6. says

    I use my husband’s Canon camera all the time. He jokes that he bought it for the business, but he has to ask me where it is.

    • says

      Carol, I would keep it in my possession too:) LOL I get anxious if anyone touches my camera. My son wanted to use it but couldn’t even figure it and I was glad.

  7. Kris says

    You’ve got lots of lenses! Lucky you!!!
    xo KRis

  8. says

    Dawn, you have a lot of lenses, girl! I’m hoping Santa brings me a 50 mm lens this year. I can’t wait for your next post because I am wondering how difficult it is to learn Elements and Lightroom. Your photos are incredible!

    • says

      Jane, my first tutorial is tonight for a picmonkey edit. I am trying to stick to 30 second edits for these lessons and will continue to add harder techniques if I get a good response. You will love a 50mm. I did some portrait close ups yesterday with my 50mm and they are amazing.

  9. says

    Oh I did see a box up there that has the same little window I have going on too. Anyway I love this. I think we are redoing our bedroom soon so my new lens is probably going to be pushed off till my birthday. I can’t wait to get one. I think I will try the macro one first.

    • says

      Elaine, I even use my macro lens for portraits. You will love one:)

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