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Last senior pictures of the season with Haley

Being the end of the fall season, I didn't think I would be doing any more senior pictures. Lucky for me, I got to meet Haley. We've pushed ourselves and tried to take some different pictures. Some pictures were darker and others we played with the sun's ray for some awesome
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Last senior pictures of the season with Haley

Try out

There has been a picture I've always wanted to try during the Fall season. Paige was game for it, I had a good location, and here it is! I wish I would have had a wider angle with me to capture all of the hair and more of the dead
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Try out

Another of Paige

It's another picture I really love of Paige. She looks so gracious in her perfect autumn outfit. Her satin blond hair matched perfectly the color of the season. Blurring the background wasn't all the easy with a wide angle and a manual focus lens. I was only at f2.8 and it was hard
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Another of Paige

Beautiful Paige

I had the chance to photograph Paige for senior pictures last week. We manage to get some amazing pictures despite the fall weather arriving at its end. Paige did a great job helping me with that. In the next few weeks, I will be posting a few pictures of our
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Beautiful Paige

Seeking a better RAW editor – Part 1

With the arriving and changes to the new Lightroom, I with many other people are looking for a replacement for what Adobe can offer us as photographers. Today, we have lots of choices, some more mature than others. I would be looking to get the same features than Lightroom with improved speed, better
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Seeking a better RAW editor – Part 1

Freezing oasis

Driving to work this morning was just amazing! I wish I could have stopped at least 4 different places a picture the light come through the clouds and fog. The tone was sometimes a warm yellow, some other times a bright pink. The texture the cloud was providing in the sky
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Freezing oasis

Train of smoke

One of the last picture I want to share of this marvelous ride we took between Antonito and Chama. You had those curves that we took where we could see exactly what people from the less modern days saw. Makes you think of what is really necessary for today's world. The
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Train of smoke

Orange and blue

I had one more picture of fall left in my collection. Nothing fancy too fancy but I really love the colors and it represents Colorado so well! During the cold season coming slowly towards us, I still have several photoshoot planned. But also, I would like to test several other
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Orange and blue

Pictures on sale at Milagros

During the month of November, I'm displaying and selling 9 different pictures all taken from our beautiful San Luis Valley. Out of the sales, 15% will directly go to La Puente Homeless shelter. Perfect to help people in need during the holiday season. Can't find the picture you want? During November,
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Pictures on sale at Milagros

Promise, I won’t tell

I love taking pictures and making those moments memorable forever, but what I love even more is to have a theme just like we did here. With a very expressive model, you can really push and try new emotions. This is exactly what happened here. It was amazing to see the
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Promise, I won’t tell

Photoshoot at Quincy’s

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to photograph a mother and her daughter dressed up with clothing of a prior generation. We did this picture and many others at the Quincy's restaurant in Monte Vista. Thank you so much for the manager and stuff to have given us that opportunity.
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Photoshoot at Quincy’s

Claude Peay

With my modeling and some of the senior pictures, I always work with women. It is nice to have a chance to work with men. You can do different pictures and bring a different look to them. I cannot wait to do another photoshoot with Claude next month. It's one I
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Claude Peay

Wheeler

It has been what seems to be a long time and I'm hoping to go back there next summer. I'm always amazed by the look of those rocks and how the light hit them and cover the rest in shadows. It's a long drive there with beautiful sceneries along the
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Wheeler

Source of life

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to go do a family shoot. The wind was mice with us the most part. We stopped at two waterfalls including the famous North Clear Creek Falls you see right here. It has been a long time I went back that way and
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Source of life

Melting ice

That day was cold. I had a shirt, light sweater, and a hoody. The model on the other hand only had summer clothing. Tara posed like nothing was bothering her. She looks warm here but that's just because I changed the while balance. I cannot wait to work with her
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Melting ice

End of a season

While the fall season is slowly ending and the winder is arriving rapidly, some youth are slowly ending a part of their life with high school while adulthood decisions are arriving rapidly. Most of them are glad this time is finally coming while parents being happy as well, cannot help by
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End of a season

Antonito to Chama

It was a wonderful ride with amazing sight!!! The staff was so nice with us and we got to learn a lot on the way to Chama. The lunch was fabulous. If you haven't take the train yet from Antonito, just plan to do so soon. Otherwise, plan it for
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Antonito to Chama

Darker mood

New people come to your life and they all bring you something different. This is the case of Elizabeth Dupont who's a model with a more darker, gothic style. She's beautiful, talented with her makeup. I'm glad I get to work with her. We have a few different shoots already planned. I'm
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Darker mood

Burning sun

Like everyone else, I love fall. No so much the beginning or the end of it but just at the right time. When the leaves are yellow with some orange in it with the trees full of them.  The next best part of fall is when all the leaves have
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Burning sun

My newest model

In the past month or so, I have been lucky. Several people have contacted me to model in front of my camera. I have been looking forward to that for a long time and I'm glad it's finally happening! Tara is amazing to work with and we managed to get
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My newest model

Overlook Mountain

This was an incredible view, it just stops you when you see it. With our dear deep blue Colorado sky, the red rocks on the mountain with its peculiar formation and the green and yellow from the early fall trees. It was a hard picture to edit since it has
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Overlook Mountain

Amazing colors of fall

It has been a long time, but my friend and I managed to finally have a day to go and take some pictures. We went to Summerville and took the long route. We left Del Norte, went to Summerville, through Platoro for lunch and finished through Antonito. The day was long
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Amazing colors of fall

New class 101 – Master your camera for beginners

I'm offering a photography class 101 - MASTER THE CAMERA for beginners. - Date: October 12, 19 and 26 - Time: 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm - Location: 623 East 4th St in Alamosa, please park in the parking lot in the back and use the side door in the back. - Cost: $120
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New class 101 – Master your camera for beginners

Nature beyond our time

Nature can always surprise us with its beauty. Sometimes, it shows self-made structure that could have been used by mankind. In the foreground, we can see what could have been once the beginning of a bridge or platform. The rocks are telling a story, reminders of what once was. Were
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Nature beyond our time

Woman in the castle

Those are the kind of portrait I love. A mix of shadow and light. Beautiful scene. Awesome clothing and jewelry. Interesting pose. Gorgeous model. We did another quick photo session and came out with some amazing pictures. I'm glad I get to do that with my friend and I hope
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Woman in the castle

Together forever

Once the weather will warm up again next year, those 2 friends will bond their love forever. Javier and Krista have known each other for a long time. They have opened their own business together The Wet Paintbrush and are having a wonderful success! The photoshoot for their engagement was
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Together forever

Still from a quick photoshoot

During my lunch break, I was just doing a photo shoot with my friend Malissa. We took some great pictures for that short time we had. This is my favorite one! I love her hair and the look she has in her eyes. Cannot wait to take more! If you
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Still from a quick photoshoot

Today I would rather…

Today, I would rather be doing that than being behind a desk all day. Just want to do more manly things with the only purpose to have fun! We all have those days. My job isn't bad but for sure I don't get the same thrill as I would have
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Today I would rather…

Last ray of sunshine

In the last few weeks, I have been veru busy doing portraits for friends and models. I do enjoy it a lot but I haven't had the chance to take any landscape for a while. Luckly, one of the photoshoot happened in the evening. I got to see the beginning
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Last ray of sunshine

Lady of the lake

It is so much fun to shoot with professional models who have experience. We went to a waterfall and we had to jump from rock to rock to get there. A bit risky but it was so worth it! The dark waters with her green eyes and her hair on
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Lady of the lake

Visiting the Sand Dunes

Saturday was a special day for me. It was the first time I was going to shoot with professional models. We had picked the Sand Dunes and a waterfall as a location for our shoot. I arrived early and took a few pictures of the Sand Dunes. It was a
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Visiting the Sand Dunes

Don’t fall

That what your parents would say if you were standing right there! I didn't fall but lost some equipment that fell off my camera. I'll never see them again but I still have the pictures and my camera. This waterfall is amazing. There is a trail that goes down and
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Don’t fall

The old pathway

When we arrived at the lake, those mountains looked so massive and ancient. We all know that's what mountains are, but the feeling was different. This lake and the valley surrounded by them made everything different. Of course, the storm was helping create a different atmosphere. This scenery seems to come out
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The old pathway

Help me choose my new logo!!!

I am trying to create a new logo, come to my facebook page to vote for it (https://www.facebook.com/yael.photography.1). A winner will pick which will receive 20% off one of my prints or one on my classes. I am looking for a bold, dynamic and light (as not heavy) logo. Also, I might
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Help me choose my new logo!!!

Closer from home

I have been posting lots of pictures from around Pagosa lately. Today, we're heading back home with our Great Sand Dunes. Black and white are just perfect to show the contrast you get with the sun hitting the dunes. As well, it's easier to see the purity of the curves
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Closer from home

Fencing the storm

I love how this one turned out with its foreground being bright and the background so dark. That fence was just perfect. Though, at the same time, I wish I wasn't there so I could have explored more the area. While going out taking pictures, I love the chance to explore
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Fencing the storm

Cold, mud and a puddle

If we have to have so much water in our area, I would prefer this instead! The rain has brought us some awesome clouds for my pictures. But a little bit of warmth, a beach, and the sea would be a lot better than our cold, mud and a puddle.
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Cold, mud and a puddle

Always learning – 2 new Godox products

If you are looking into using artificial to enhance your pictures, you have lots of options. Some really expensive, some too cheaply made, and finally, others that just do the right job for the right amount of money. Godox (Flashpoint, Cheetahstand, Pixapro, etc) is in that territory, they have been
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Always learning – 2 new Godox products

Always learning – Create amazing black and white

Even though I do offer classes and workshops, I always come around some great little videos or websites. I would like to share those with you every week. So I'll be posting 1 or 2 posts a week on some great educational material regarding photography. This first one is about creating
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Always learning – Create amazing black and white

Hiking to the waterfall

That was back in June, hiking to that one waterfall without any trails. I took that picture and then we figured out we had to cross the creek in order to reach that it. We looked for the easiest and shortest crossing. Looking at it, I thought I could just
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Hiking to the waterfall

Into the abyss

Before mountains existed, your plain of view was all flat. It provided no surprises to your journey. It was either grass, dirt, rock, sand or water. Through diverse monumental earthly events, the earth took its shape and offered us its full beauty. We can take all the benefit from its
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Into the abyss

Gorgeous day

I had the chance to have a good friend coming to the valley for the weekend and she gladly volunteered to be my model for a few hours. We went to Zapata falls, the road to get there is really bad. But that could be a post all to itself!
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Gorgeous day

To the lake

After all those amazing stops, we managed to get to the lake we were aiming for. It was pretty gray nevertheless, we did get the ray of light once in a while. Which lit up the ground and gave dimension to the already amazing location. The light wasn't what I
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To the lake

First stop

That was it, the first time we stopped on our way to Williams Reservoir. As you remember, we loved the light that was coming through the big storming clouds. I had my wide angles on to try to capture this gorgeous scenery. It wasn't wide enough to see what needed
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First stop

Winding road

We were heading towards a lake. Hoping to be able to get some good lights in-between the stormy clouds before it took over all the sky. We saw those rolling hills and could see the shadows of the clouds and the light passing through them to hit the unleveled ground.
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Winding road

Fabulous family reunion

A few weeks ago, I received a call from a friend of a friend who wanted family pictures at his cabin. It has his family and his extended family there. Some of them couldn't make it to the family reunion but they had a group of 26 of them together.
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Fabulous family reunion

Summer storm

The weather has been so amazing this week with those beautiful storms. Bob and I had to go somewhere to take pictures. We decided to go beyond our San Luis Valley and head towards Pagosa. We took lots of pictures. Meaning lots of editing time need to be done, and
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Summer storm

Alamosa Air Show No More

Yesterday, someone requested if I knew when the Alamosa air show was going to happen. I though it would be late July. I contact a friend to see what he has heard. The sad news is there won't be one next year and there is no plan has of yet
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Alamosa Air Show No More

An old journey

I like revisiting old pictures and test my new photo editing skills on them. Trying to make them look what I remember is a challenge. New technics can help you do recreate that look. I like the roughness of the mountains tops. It gives then texture and shows their old age. It's
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An old journey

A long hike

This was an unexpected, we turned around and saw this waterfall. Well, it did look smaller at the time so we decided to head that way. The trail didn't exist, we knew a few went there but most of it, we had to make our trail. We ended crossing a
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A long hike

11,760 feet

11,760 feet high. We thought we could get there by truck but the top of the mountain still had snow. We had to climb hard and we could feel the rarity of the oxygen. The view was just amazing. We'll have to get back and take a sunrise and sunset
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11,760 feet

Exploring day

Finally, the day came where we could both go out and explore an area. We had a few places we wanted to check out while leaving open to anything that could seem interesting. We went to an overlook at 11,760 ft. Due to the snow that was still on top,
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Exploring day

Living with the dead

Beautiful mountains go through our wonderful Colorado state with many rivers, lakes, and waterfalls. A few years ago, a disease hot the trees and they started dying. I can only imagine the beauty it once with everything living around this gorgeous lake and grass. Nevertheless, we could almost picture it looking
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Living with the dead

Cold breeze

We all want summer, the warms and long days. Me, on the other side, anything beyond 80 degrees and I'm melting. With the heat coming up this week and reaching over 90 this weekend. I had to look back at sometimes where a cold breeze was just perfect. This one
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Cold breeze

Just for you

It seems you my mountain landscape are pretty well liked. I went back to some older pictures and brought you one from the past. This one was taken around Independence Pass if my memory is correct. That area is really nice to photograph especially if you can get some good glad formation
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Just for you

To infinity and beyond

Mountaintops give you such a nice view of nature's fierce history of the earth. All of those history events are made by force but of different kinds. Some rocks pushing against each other with long lasting brute force and shaking violently. Others, move slowly through the rocks to calm and soothe them down
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To infinity and beyond

Always double check

Life is busy and I didn't have the time for a while to go out a shot some pictures for myself. Last Saturday, after finishing some work on the roof, under the staircase or doing some business in Antonito, I was exhausted. That evening, I took my daughter with me
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Always double check

25 seconds at Big Meadow

Long exposures are always fun to play! So I plugged in my ND filter on my Canon FD 24mm f2.8, set them on a tripod. After different tries, I found out the 25 seconds mark worked perfectly with my other exposure settings. My ISO was at 100 while I used
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25 seconds at Big Meadow

Arriving at the right time

Following my post of last week, and for those who didn't see it, here's the picture I was talking about. We were there at the right time. Always with me, my Canon 24mm f2.8 on my Sony Nex 6. I also decided to use my ND filter. I allowed me to use a
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Arriving at the right time

Excursion to the unkown

A few years ago, I started an interest in finding and photographing all the waterfalls surrounding the San Luis Valley. I had done lots of research and found several of them. Though little information is given about them. So one day, after I found a location of one, or more the possible location
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Excursion to the unkown

Finding motivation

For sure, it happened to all of us. We lost interest in photography. The easy to overcome that, we think, is to buy more gear which is usually a new lens. That's called G.A.S. and I'll write an article on that later on. But for now, what else can we
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Finding motivation

Remembering the past

Family traditions are met to stay. They are established for a reason or simply due to a habit from everyday life. So why break them? Moving with someone else and having to combine traditions to keep peace. Or sometimes, sometimes something will rush and crush everyone's life and force that
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Remembering the past

Workshop for the new class

The new 201 - Master the light class is going forward! I had almost everything done and yesterday I work on a workshop. This class will be in 3 parts like my other classes. The last part will be just workshops to practice all of what we have learned. There
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Workshop for the new class

Unknown future

Opening my eyes I was suddenly here with no notion of my past. I felt weak, being barely able to get off the ground. My knees were shaking, my vision still blurry. After a few moments of slow movements, I managed to stand, not straight but stand nevertheless. From the bright
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Unknown future

Forgotten land

Due to the bad weather we have been having, I have been going through my old pictures and I wish I had GPS at the time. Unfortunately, I cannot remember where that picture was taken. It was part of my camping trip albums, that all I know. Nevertheless, I love the details, shadows
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Forgotten land

Waiting for the magic

Driving by the place every night, I had to stop to capture that moment where the light of mankind is burning its last flames and where the magic fairies and creature will rise and ensemble to control this world once more.  As you can see this place makes me dream simply
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Waiting for the magic

Rainbow comet

On old pictures back from 2009, where the end of a storm and of a day meet. That was back at the old house, smaller house but with what a view at sunset! I miss the sunset there, they are so amazing! I was still using my first DSLR, my old
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Rainbow comet

Update on the new class

Some of you might be wondering when this new class about studio light will come out, I have some updates for you! But first, let me tell you all the different steps I have to go through to prepare a new class, it takes lots of time and research in
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Update on the new class

Brightness through the darkness

I think it was the last senior photo session of the season, we traveled all over and came up with some amazing pictures of a wonderful young woman. I always use my Minolta 35-70 f/3.5 that can go down to f/2.8 since the guy I bought it from did the
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Brightness through the darkness

La Veta Pass

This one is from a long long time ago, with my first DSLR, an old Pentax K100D Super with the basic kit lens of the time. Camera equipment doesn't make the picture. Of course better one allows you to push your boundaries and be more creative. I remember very well this
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La Veta Pass

Goldie Locks

Springs in the San Luis Valley is wonderful! You can get 18 inches of snow in one night, canceling schools and slowing everyone down in the morning. It doesn't happen often but when it does the kids love it and the adults just deal with it. On the other hand,
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Goldie Locks

Real sunset colors

It was late August of 2012, on my drive I saw that sky changing colors so I grabbed my Nikon D90 and whatever old manual lens I had at the time to capture that shot at Home Lake near Monte Vista, CO. I think the lens was an old Nikon
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Real sunset colors

How to choose my camera?

Whatever camera and lens combo you'll end up buying it will deliver great pictures! That's what cameras do; they are made to do that. It's like picking a vehicle and expecting that some of them won't be able to drive. Of course, every brand and model bring something specific. For example, Canon is known for
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How to choose my camera?