some of the biggest questions i get via twitter + facebook are in regards to photography and what i use for my photos. i'm probably the furthest thing from a professional, but i picked up some knowledge within the past couple of years on how to actually work this thing.
a year and a half ago i was starring at my dslr in the eye trying to figure it out. it was like a alien and the manual might as well have been in a different language. i would record videos and take pictures completely out of focus thinking they were brilliant and really they weren't. furthest thing from brilliant.
but hey! if thats you at the moment, fear not friends. these puppies are actually totally simple to use to create some beautiful photos.
i use the canon eos rebel t3i. its an extraordinary camera and i'm really happy with it. when i was in the market for a dslr, i went back and forth between canon and nikon like a kid in a candy store. it took me forrrrrrrever to choose between the t3i and the nikon d5100. in the end, i ended up with the t3i and i couldn't be happier. i'll probably upgrade to the 60d soon, but for now i love my t3i! definitely recommend it if you're in the market for a dslr that is beginner/user friendly!
my absolute favorite lens is the canon 50mm. i may be biased because of how affordable it is, but this is the lens i use for almost all of my food photos. the pictures come out amazing and, if you have good lightning, just need very little editing adjustments (if any!). the only fall back to this lens is that its a prime/fixed lens meaning it doesn't zoom in or out. it stays at one spot (which is close up) and doesn't move. you have to physically move yourself in order to get closer or further from your subject. its definitely not an all purpose lens, but the photos come out great.
here are some photos shot using the canon 50mm lens:
i've been looking at getting a new all purpose lens aside from my kit lens which is the canon 18-55mm. i'll probably pick up the canon 18-200mm soon, but the price tag is a bit steep. we shall see.
i hope this answered some of your questions! let me know if you'd like me to do a follow up on editing, or just learning some photography basics i know.
Ciao for now.