Chris joins us to talk about whether there's a difference between Canon, Nikon, or any others. Chris says not really. It really comes down to preference, comfort, and usefulness. If you already have an investment in lenses, it makes sense to stay in that family. But if you are just getting into photography, then mirrorless is a great place to get started because it's smaller, lighter, and the quality is still the same.
Also, Chris wants to talk about shooting with models. Learning how to pose someone and work with them to create a stunning image is a good skill to learn. It doesn't have to be a professional model either. Just grab a friend and spend an hour shooting them and they you, just to practice shooting with a model. A compelling background is also going to make your image just as much as your model. Leo says that depth of field is a great thing to hone in on to create better look on your image. Chris says a faster lens and a larger sensor will get you that depth of field, (called Bokeh).
Also, bring some props and some change of clothing. Time of day. The last hour of sunset (called the Golden hour).
Practicing this skill will help you get over your inhibitions of working with others, by doing it in a safe environment.
Don't forget our current assignment - Hand. Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "Hand" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "Hand" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!