My Camera Equipment


Currently in my bag:
*Nikon D700
*Nikon 24-70 mm 2.8
*Nikon 70-200 mm 2.8 VR

Nikon D300
Nikon 18-200 mm VR 3.5
Nikon 50 mm 1.8
Nikon 85 mm 1.8
Nikon SB-600 Speedlight
Battery Grip

Wish I had this:
Nikon 14-24 mm 2.8 Wide Angle

Other Equipment I own:
*Westcott 5' Octabank
*Westcott 200 Strobe
Interfit EX 150 Light Kit
Transmitter-Receiver (wireless release)
Interfit Reflector 5in1
Tripod
Monopod
Adobe Photoshop CS3

Books I Recommend:
Understanding Exposure
Scott Kelby Books-any or all of them!

Where I go to Learn more:
12 weeks to Better Photography- Free (great place to learn. With photo samples, easy to understand & has challenges for you)
IHeartFaces
Paint The Moon
The Pioneer Woman
Kevin and Amanda
Photovision
Coffeeshop

Links to my Photography DIY projects:
Lightbox for Artwork
Backdrops

Important things I've learned:
After you download all the photos off your flash card, don't delete. Format. This is found in the menu. Apparently deleting photos a few at a time leaves bits and piece of info on the card & over time can cause card corruption. Formatting the card erases all this left over junk. Just make sure you have the photos you want in your computer or hard drive first. 


VR lenses are great. BUT if you have your camera on a tripod- turn the VR off. You will cause blur not prevent it! Learned this the hard way!


If you do not have a cable release or wireless release- use your in camera timer! I did this recently when my wireless release battery died. Saved my photos!


I take hundreds and hundreds of photos. Most stink. Some are ok. A few are good. One or two are pretty darn good. I can't learn unless I make mistakes. I make a lot of mistakes! Just keep swimming, swimming...


When I shoot my artwork- I use my tripod! Eliminates shake/blur & makes your art appear nice & sharp. I never shoot my art inside without it. 


Speaking of shooting my Artwork. I love to use my 50 mm 1.8 lens. It's sharp & great for low light situations. I do use my 18-200 when I want to zoom in on details. I try to use the widest opening possible. I start at 1.8 and go up if I have to. This will blur your background. Check out that 12 week class link. You will learn everything about Apetures there. Zoom lens help blur the background as well. 


Happy Snapping Away!
Tracey

1 comment:

ALessner said...

Thank you for doing this article I have a Nikon d3000 that I love. I learned alot that I didnt know. thanks for doing this.

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I live in Maine with my husband and two kids while my oldest is in San Fran attending college. I am happiest with my camera attached to my face or making something crafty with paper. I am going on 9 years as a CTMH consultant, I am a Stamping Royalty Contest Winner and have been published many times in Papercrafts & Stamp It.

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