As I mentioned before, there is a ton of information about lenses. So this week’s photo tip is more information about lenses.

This information is also important to consider when purchasing a lens.

The speed of the lens can be a big factor when purchasing a lens. This speed of the lens is similar to the “f” stops in the aperture settings on your camera. So if you are working in low light situations then you’d want a faster “f” stop or a smaller number. The lower the number, the more light the lens transmits to the camera. If that isn’t as important then the larger “f” stop number would work. One typically pays more for the faster lenses and they also tend to be heavier.

These lenses can also come with some special features that can add to the cost and weight of the lens but can also make a difference in what you want from your lens.

One feature that a lens can have is what is called a “Vibration Reduction”. This keeps the image sharper when shooting in low light or from an object that is moving such as from the deck of a ship.

Another added benefit on these special features is the ability to add on filters. So if you plan to use filters, then make sure the lens comes equipped with a “filter thread”. Even if you don’t think you might need one, it might not hurt to get this feature so when you become more advanced you can have that option available to you. It is good practice to use a filter of some sort as a ‘lens guard’.

Another special feature it the “auto focusing” of the lens. This has a little motor that will help you focus on your subjects.

As you can see there is a lot to a lens. There are many things to consider. So make up a list of the things you are mainly wanting to take pictures of. What setting you’ll be most apt to use it in (low light, etc) and what features you’d like to have. Then research which lens is highly recommended for those items. Then base your decision on those factors. Needs vary, so what works for one may not work for you.

Good lenses will tend to cost more because they will have a higher number of glass elements within them and that will make them weigh more too. Remember too, that because you have the best in camera and lenses it still won’t make up for bad composition in taking pictures.

Feel free to click on the links below and check out what Amazon or B & H photo offers.


Monday Madness Freebie

by admin on December 21, 2009

Today’s freebie is perfect for this holiday season.  With it, SumScrapper wishes you the very best Christmas season.  We certainly appreciate the support that many of you have given us by purchasing products in our shoppe.   Many thanks and Merry Christmas.

We are having a BIG sale the day after Christmas so mark it on your calander so you don’t miss out on the savings we are offering you.

Michi (msbrad) has created this Quick Page for you to enjoy.  Thanks Michi!  She is a CT for “Designs by Marcie”.  Today’s QP is created using Marcie’s kit called, “Christmas Time“.  Just think of the pages you can create to match this QP.

To download the FREEBIE click here




by admin on December 19, 2009

Here is another wonderful Quick Page for you to enjoy. The Collaboration Kit called, “Sounds of the Season” was used along with Michi (msbrad) wonderful sketch #0009. Better Grab it while it’s available. Enjoy

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Friday Freebie

by admin on December 18, 2009

Here is a Quick Page Freebie for you to enjoy!   This freebie was made using the collaboration kit called, “Sounds of the Season”. Michi’s Sketch #0024 was also used to create this lovely Quick Page for you to enjoy.

Click here for the FREEBIE


Here is what my page looked like when I was done putting it together.



New Digital Scrapbook Kit Releases

by admin on December 16, 2009

As a reminder the shoppe has a 35% sale going on through Friday night.

There are a couple of brand new kits in the shoppe.

Shelly Marie Scraps has released two.  The first one is called, “Blue Christmas“.


Her other kit is called, “Kissing Santa“.


Pammy has also released a new kit called, “Xmas Wishes“.


Pammy’s other new kit is called, “Crumpled Overlays 01“.


Marcie has a kit in the shoppe called, “Little Elf“.



Last week, the tip covered some information about camera lenses and this week I’ll go into more detail about lenses.

There are many factors to consider when purchasing a lens and each of these features and qualities play a big factor on the type of quality of images captured. I could go into a lot of detail on this, but my goal is to only share the basics with you. If you want to know more, then I encourage you to research it out and seek information from qualified experts.

One of the things that most people look at in the lens is the focal length. The focal length of the lens is determined by the amount of magnification and angle of view that the lens can see. Focal length is measured in “mm”. This focal length is what determines if the lens is a traditional lens, wide angle lens, or zoom lens. Many of the guidelines are based on the film camera’s focal length and so to get the approximate focal length for the DLSR then multiply the number by 1.6. This generally means you won’t get quite the wide angle as you would with the film type camera.

The information below is guidelines found for the film camera….so don’t forget to factor in the 1.6 conversion.

A lens that is less than 21mm is an extreme wide angle Lens made more for “Architectural use”. A wide angle lens has a small magnification and wide angle of view. They range from about 20-35mm and are used more for “landscape” type pictures.

A traditional lens is 50mm. However there is a range of about 35-70mm which is considered a normal lens that is used more for your “street & documentary” type pictures.

A zoom lens can change it’s focal length to zoom in. A zoom lenses typically fall between a 50mm to 150mm.

A telephoto lens has a high magnification and a narrow angle of view. The range is typically 105mm to 300mm. A 70-135mm Medium Telephoto lens is more for your “portraiture” type pictures.

A 135-300+mm lens is considered a telephoto lens that is used in Sports, birds, and wildlife type of pictures.

When you purchase a Macro lens, they are designed to be the sharpest at macro focus distances and are not quite as sharp at other focus distances. With these Macro lenses, there are different categories depending on the focal length. If you are doing product photography or needing pictures of small objects then a range of 50–60mm is recommended. If you were wanting to take pictures of insects, flowers, and small objects then the 90–105mm range is recommended. Now if you were working at a distance and needing to take pictures of small insects and animals then the 150–200mm range would work best.

Next week I’ll go over a few more tips on lenses.

Feel free to check out some of the lenses offered by Amazon or B & H Photo by clicking on the links below.


Friday Freebie

by admin on December 12, 2009

Well it didn’t get posted on Friday but here it is today.  You know how the Christmas season can go.  Hee hee.  Anyhow Enjoy.

This Quick Page was created by Marcie’s CT Helen.  She used the Collaborative Kit called, “Sounds of the Season”.

Click here for the FREE Download

Click here for more INFO on the Collab kit called “Sounds of the Season”

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Christmas Sale at SumScrapper

by admin on December 10, 2009

Everything in our store is 35% off for one week.  The sale goes from Dec 11th to 18th.



A couple weeks ago, I gave some tips on buying a digital camera. It occurred to me, that another important thing to consider when buying a camera, is the lens. You can have one of the best cameras available, but if it doesn’t have a good quality lens, your pictures may not have the best results. Of course, that is if you are using good composition. Even having the best of all equipment isn’t going to give you exceptional results if you don’t know the tips, tricks, and guidelines to good composition.

The camera is the holder of the images one takes, but the lens is the seer for those images. The lens system makes the largest impact on image sharpness. Special features of lenses and their quality can have a big impact on the resulting image. Better quality lenses can tend to weigh more and cost more.

It’s recommended that one stick with the top name lenses like Canon, Nikon, or Pentax lenses. Another important thing to consider is, making sure the lens is compatible with your camera. It’s important to follow the recommended lenses for your camera to get the best results.

Now if one is thinking about purchasing a digital camera that has a built in lens then checking out the lens optics is an excellent idea. Get one with the higher rated optical lens.

There are lenses available that has the fixed focal length (prime) where you can’t zoom at all. They are the best for absolute ultimate in sharpness but then it’s a trade off in the other features lenses can offer. Yet some of these other lenses have come so far as to rival the fixed or prime lenses for sharpness.

The three most common types of lenses are your normal lenses, Telephoto lenses and the Wide Angle lenses. The type of lens is determined by their focal length. For instance, a zoom lens is simply a lens that can change the focal length from a wide angle to a telephoto and everything in between the two.

Next week I’ll cover some more about lenses.

You can check out what amazon or B & H photo has below.


Fridays Freebie

by admin on December 4, 2009

We have a newly released Collaboration kit called “Sounds of the Season”. It’s been put together with seven of SumScrapper’s designers. So you get seven mini kits all in one. You can get this kit for free when you purchase something over $5.00. Get more information here in the shoppe on how to either purchase it or get it FREE.

We have also made up a handfull of Quick Pages that are FREE. So be watching for them here in this blog this week.

Today’s Quick page is provided by Pammy. This is her 2nd one.  It’s adorable. You’ll want to download it while it is available. Below you can view the sample of the preview.

Click here for the FREE Quick Page Download

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