[amazon_link asins=’B073Q8J4GY’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’mindylight0f-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’1e472c7a-b7f9-11e7-b690-ed76fceed891′][amazon_link asins=’B001CJVV6A’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’mindylight0f-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’e6b63fef-b7fa-11e7-bbcf-152a4a6d3a1e’]I have been drawing birds for a while and have started to take more and more photographs for photo reference for my paintings. I have invested my time and money in upgrading my camera equipment. I just bought the new Canon Rebel SL2. It is a DSLR- Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera which means it has the ability to take different interchangeable lenses. I researched cameras for a while and was overwhelmed with the amount of options and price points out there. I really enjoy getting out in nature whether it is at Disneyland or a local preserve. It is fun taking photographs but I really don’t like carrying all the bulky camera gear, lenses, tripods etc….. The Canon Rebel SL2 is a small light weight camera that also has video capability, wifi  and a wonderful flip out touch screen. I have had it for about a month and I am happy with it so far. I thought I would share some of the shots I have taken with it. I also purchased a 55-250mm Zoom Lens. This has been great for capturing birds at a moderate distance. The lenses that allow you to be far away and get great up close shots are lenses that are 400 mm and greater. They are very expensive!…. around $2000 and are heavy. It is possible to shoot with them without a tripod but there has to be a lot of light. I decided to stay under a $1000 for all my equipment and keep it light and portable. I will be going to Peru later this month and will be taking it with me. I am excited to see the new possibilities it can bring to my art! What camera do you use and what has been your experience? I would love for you to share your comments, challenges and experiences!

Photo taken at Animal Kingdom in Disney World.

White Ibis- Photo taken in a park.

Photo taken at Animal Kingdom, Disney World.

Close up using a zoom lens- Photo taken a Animal Kingdom in Disney World.

Tri-colored Heron- Photo taken in a nature park