Saving for Things You Want

Four years ago I was at the point where I wanted to move past the kit lenses I owned and start investing in “fast” prime lenses that would allow me to shoot at wider apertures to get the beautiful bokeh we all love. My first investment was the “nifty fifty,” the Nikon 50mm f1.8D ($100). […]

Lens hood tip of the day

written by Beckie of Where do you store your lens hoods when you’re not using them? Do they end up on a shelf somewhere, or buried in the bottom of your gear bag? Or have you just lost them? Here’s a simple little tip to help you never lose your lens hood again, and to […]

What is dappling? And how you can avoid it.

written by Beckie of dappling: verb; to produce numerous, usually cloudy and rounded, spots or patches of a color or shade different from their background – In photography, “dappling” refers to the spots or patches of light that fall onto your subject. Usually caused by the sun peeking through the tree leaves. Dappling is distracting […]

Troubles with your auto White Balance?

written by Beckie of I’m going to confess something…I shoot in auto WB! <gasp> Yes, I admit that while I shoot everything else in manual, often times I am too lazy to set a custom WB for every shot or series of shots. So, I flip that WB setting to “auto” and I don’t […]

Tips on using a reflector to bounce light

written by Beckie of Hey all! Today I want to talk a little bit about using reflectors. (this is one of the topics that I will be discussing at the Prime Workshop this weekend) The main purpose of a reflector is to bounce and/or diffuse light. They are really handy when you are shooting […]

The versatility of the Nikon 60mm f/2.8 D micro lens

written by Beckie of I know that I have written about Nikon’s 60mm micro before, but this lens is so versatile, and deserves another look, I think! 😉 I recently reacquired this awesome lens. Long story short: I sold mine because it kept going unused in my bag so I thought I didn’t need […]

Gear review | Nikon 70-300mm 4-5.6 D

written by Beckie of Today, I am reviewing the Nikon 70-300mm 4-5.6 D (this is NOT the VR version). In the last few years I have owned and sold about 4 different zoom lenses. I have come to the conclusion that I am just not a zoom girl (I love me some prime lenses!). […]

It’s been a whole year already!

written by Beckie of I was just looking at the calendar this morning, and realized I have been writing for Everyday Elements for an entire year already (March 14, 2012 was my first post)! Wow how quickly the time has flown by! Through Everyday Elements, I have learned new things, traveled new places, and […]

ThinkTank Pixel Pocket Rocket review & Giveaway

written by Beckie of The Pixel Pocket Rocket by Think Tank is an awesome little memory card wallet! It was designed to hold up to 10 CF or XQD cards, but it could likely hold SD cards as well. Its outer shell is made of a durable rip-stop nylon, while the inside has clear […]

How to use a gray card

written by Beckie of What is a gray card? You’ve probably heard this term before, but maybe didn’t have any idea on what it is or even how to use it. A gray card is a small, handy tool to aid in adjusting your white balance. They can be used two different ways. There […]