Canon Rebel SL1 Family Professional Camera For The Everyday Family

It’s Wednesday September 24th, 2014 and we just celebrated our second full day of school in our house. It’s been a long and waning summer, dealing with the teacher’s strike. So the kids were pretty stoked to be going back now, getting into the grind of things. 

One thing I always get the first week of school is photo packages to fill out. Each year the school takes pictures of the kids and parents pay ungodly amounts to have them developed. This year however, we are doing it different with the Canon Rebel EOS SL1 – the world smallest DSLR camera that literally will fit in the palm of your hand comfortably.  

My son Jake and his girl friend Krista first day back to school

The Canon Rebel EOS SL1 makes taking professional photos easy. There are so many features to help you achieve the exact shot you want. You will never again pay for professional photos. Creative Auto featuring: Kids, Flowers, Action, Moonlight and more. People feature helps to focus on the person you are photographing, and stream out the backdrop. Action for those fast moving targets so you can grab the shot you want in action. And many others.

With the Rebel EOS SL1 you can grab clear photos with no editing needed, which is fantastic, and cost effective. You can capture those school moments you want when you want. I mentioned in my previous post about action shots. Now I’m going to show you the difference.

Photo taken with Samsung S4

 The above photo was taken from 200 feet away, using my Samsung Galaxy S4. Not a bad photo I must say. It captured my son number 53 jumping in the air to catch the football. But you can see the players are washed out, blurry and everything is a bit grainy. So how did the Canon Rebel EOS SL1 do? Let’s take a look. 

As you can see the picture quality is amazing! I cropped this photo, and was only using a 50x zoom lense from the same distance 200 feet away. But the clarity of the players around him is much better. So using the Canon Rebel is definitely worth it when capturing those sports moments for back to school. 

Back to school fun!

Trace and his back to school poses

I love using the Cannon Rebel EOS SL1 and all it’s features. It’s on sale right now at Staples for only $599 which is a fantastic price and comes with the image stabilizing lense with 50x zoom. To me it’s a great investment. I no longer need to pay for professional photos for my kids for back to school. I can cover birthday parties, anniversaries, summer vacations and blog photos for every occasion and need. 

Tips for Taking Professional Photos

  1. Photographs are all about light. So having the perfect lighting is important. 
  2. To capture just people, low lighting is best. Try turning off lights setting the camera to 1600 ISO, 24mm it provides a more natural photo as opposed to light bulbs that cause reflections.
  3. Using window light can create many different effects. Put the setting on Portrait and adjust the blur, brings focus to the main person you are shooting and creates wonderful shadow effects.
  4. Use a white backdrop to bring out colors. 
  5. Position a portrait subject near a large, bright window that does not receive direct sunlight. It makes for a no-cost softboxβ€” no studio equipment necessary. – tip popphoto

My favorite thing about the Canon Rebel EOS SL1

My favorite thing about the Canon Rebel SL1 aside from it’s amazing price is the fact I am in charge of how the pictures turn out. I control the lighting, the shadows, the photos from action to portrait and it’s super easy for any novice photographer to use. Here are two of my favorite shots of my oldest son Jake. I actually cry looking at them because of how just grown up he is. 

This photo was shot using window light, all lights in the house turned off. I used a shadow filter for portrait. Then in editing with ipiccy, I added the Susan filter to give it that older feel. I love it!

This is by far my favorite. It captures my son so true to life. He had no idea I took the picture, as he was lost in thought. I use low lighting feature and creative auto image. Then I used in ipiccy the Jennifer filter to put the main focus on my subject. 

I wish to thank Staples Canada for helping me capture my summer moments with the Canon Rebel EOS SL1. Please visit their website for more great products and information on this camera and various other cameras & accessories, back to school, office and house and home furniture and equipment to help make your life easier!

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  1. Kelly @ City Mom October 1, 2014 at 7:12 am

    What great photos! So clear & concise

    I love that camera! .

  2. Bonnie Way September 25, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Wow, those are great pictures! I’ve started thinking about getting this camera… I’d like a better camera for taking pictures of my girls – they’re always moving right when I press the shutter button! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

    1. Jodi Shaw - Site Author September 25, 2014 at 11:41 pm

      Ohhh you’d love this camera then when it’s in action mode it takes consecutive shots, which is so cool for moving kids.

  3. Ladena September 25, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Wow! It looks like the The Canon Rebel EOS SL1 takes great pictures. It’s really well priced for a professional camera. I’ll have to check it out.

    1. Jodi Shaw - Site Author September 25, 2014 at 11:42 pm

      It is a great price Ladena. You should take it for a spin and check it out, you won’t be sorry πŸ™‚ Loved your post on the wake up drops for youths btw, I’m gonna check that out for my son.

  4. Jen September 25, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Great pictures!! I great with you about the most important feature of photograph is lighting!! It is so hard to obtain the perfect lighting! Nature light is the best of course!

    1. Jodi Shaw - Site Author September 25, 2014 at 11:43 pm

      That is so true Jen lighting is everything, you can have the best camera in the world but if the lighting isn’t right.

  5. Alyssa K.Hart September 25, 2014 at 10:15 am

    I have been browsing for the perfect camera but most are either too complex for what I’m looking for or way out of price range. This however seems to take beautiful clear photos, easy to use and cost efficient from what your review tells us. Thanks for sharing, I’ll add this camera to my “must check out” list! BTW you have a beautiful family! πŸ™‚

    1. Jodi Shaw - Site Author September 25, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      Awww thanks Alyssa, I kinda love them (my family) and yes yes Alyssa it’s so easy to use right out of the box. I’m not a professional photographer by any means but this makes taking pictures fun. Now if only I could find a proper bag or purse for it LOL

  6. paula schuck September 25, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Wow Jodi those boys of yours are growing up so fast! They look so much alike too. It’s crazy. That is a very clear difference in the images there. I have needed a new camera for a long time. Maybe this Xmas I will jump at it.

    1. Jodi Shaw - Site Author September 25, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      They are growing up fast Paula. My 15 year old just celebrated his 1 year anniversary with his girlfriend. I feel old LOL. This is a great camera, maybe Santa will bring it for you. It’s great for blogging especially food and kid shots.

  7. Julie F September 25, 2014 at 2:36 am

    Great photos from such a small camera, will have to look more into this as I would like to get a better camera!


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