My gear might surprise some of you. I don’t use the most expensive lenses or the top DSLR camera on the market, but you have to start somewhere and it’s not always about the gear you have – it’s about the person behind the lens.
I started out with a Nikon D60 DSLR. I upgraded to the Nikon D300 a year later and now I have the Nikon D700. (Shown below). Of course my goal is to own the Nikon D3 eventually, but that is definitely going to cost a pretty penny!
Here is a quick comparison between some of the popular Nikon DSLR cameras.
I use two lenses primarily. My favorite for portrait shots is the Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens and my favorite wide angle lens is the Nikon AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8. If you would like to see reviews on various products, this is a great site for photographers: http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/
On DSLR cameras, aperture is indicated by a f-number value. The higher the F number, the more of the photo that will be in focus. For instance if you’re taking a photograph of a landscape, chances are you will want all of the foreground and background to be sharp and in focus. For this to happen you will need to set your digital camera f value or aperture as its known, to a large number, for example F/11. But if you are like me, I prefer focusing on the subject and blurring the background, so then you would choose a small F number like F/2. You should take this into consideration when purchasing lenses. As you can see, my two favorite lenses have low F-number values.
I only use natural light and I do not use a tripod. I have a Jill-E Camera bag that has seen better days – it has been drooled on, trampled, scratched and felt all the elements from blazing heat to bitter cold and snow. However it wipes clean easily with it’s weatherproof material. If you are a pet photographer, I highly recommend something like this.
So, there you have it! That is my gear in a nut shell. And just as a reminder that it’s not always about the most expensive gear, here is one of my all time favorite photos I have ever taken – and it was with my starter Nikon D60 camera and simple default lens that came with it. Happy shooting!