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A little more about our winner...

The winner of our March contest of the book "The Photoshop Elements 8 Book for Digital Photographers" by Scott Kelby & Matt Kloskowski was Alexis Coxon and I asked if she would share a bit of herself here on Weekly Photo Tips and she graciously said yes.

How (and why) did you became a photographer?

"Oh, gosh ... calling me a photographer is a stretch! It sounds so serious! I first started getting interested in DSLRs last year, and got my first, a Nikon D3000, last summer. I believe I bargained for it by telling my husband he could get MSU season football tickets if I could get my camera :). I was getting tired of always missing photos of our kids because our point-and-shoot was too slow, or took too long to turn on, or took terrible photos in dim light, etc. An online friend was talking about how much she loved her Canon DSLR, and it didn't sound as intimidating as I'd always thought they'd be."

What do you shoot and why?

"I couldn't say why I really chose Nikon, other than my point & shoot, which I was getting really fed up with, was a Canon, and I'd heard really good things about Nikon's entry-level DSLRs."

Do you have a couple of your "most important" images (and what makes them important)?

"I wouldn't really call any of my pictures "important", but these are my two of my favorites and why I love them:"

"This is of my son Eli at the park ... it's one of the first photos I took with my D3000 that I really loved. I love the expression on his face and how the background is blurred -- I was just learning about bokeh!"

"I took this shot of a female cardinal at my parents' house. It was the first time I really was able to put my then-new 55-200mm lens to good use. It also really instilled in me a burning desire for longer, very expensive lenses!"

Congratulations Alexis, I hope you enjoy the book.

Stay tuned as we will be announcing our next contest real soon

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