Visionary and goal-oriented internet industry executive with broad experience in all aspects of developing and running large scale, world class, high availability web infrastructures. Passionate about technology and consumer web products.
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we get asked alot about what kind of camera we use. the majority of pictures on our site are taken with a Canon EOS 40D with a 28-135mm lens. compared to an average camera lens, this is a mild telephoto lens. it's a big heavy camera, with a big heavy lens, and it costs around $1100.00. surfing pictures on our site are also taken with a Canon EOS 40D - but with a larger telephoto lens.
we also do some post-processing of our photos with Adobe Photoshop. this software application costs about $600 and is notoriously difficult to use for beginners. however, Adobe also makes a version called Photoshop Elements, which costs only $99 and contains all the basic functionality that you might actually use. rumor has it that some free and easy to use software (like picasa) also provides basic digital image manipulation. if you're not going to invest some time learning how to clean up your images after the fact there is no point in buying an expensive digital camera.
neither of us are professional photographers, although john has studied photography - both film and digital. the best 1% of pictures on this site are invariably taken by john. cailin is a photography novice, and has plenty of entries in our top 5% of pictures.
we're frequently asked if purchasing our camera will enable the "average joe" to take pictures like ours. in our opinion - yes - the right camera will take you a long way in the right direction. however - in this era of digital photography, the camera is only half the equation. to really get good digital pics, you also need some photo processing software (like Photoshop) and a 30 minute lesson in how to do three easy post-processing tasks. we particularly recommend a good digital SLR camera for parents of young children. in a typical photoshop of our daughter as an infant, we probably took 500 pictures - of which perhaps 3 were worth saving. a good SLR camera that dozens of frames per second is essential to catching these wiggly beings at their best!