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Monday, August 13, 2018

Let’s Talk Photography Tools

As you know, I really enjoy photography. Gabbie was asking me when I started taking pictures, and I can remember having cameras from back when I was her age. I would take photos of my friends at camp and bring my cameras along on vacation, etc. It’s been a few years since I went from a point and shoot to a DSLR camera, and today I thought I’d share the equipment I own and use regularly in my photography. These links may be affiliate links which means if you click on them and make a purchase, I may receive a small incentive.

1. Before I fully switched to a DSLR, I had a Nikon Coolpix camera, which is a point and shoot, but with more adjustability in the shooting modes. I liked it, but when it wasn’t working properly after a drop on a tile floor (oops) I decided to upgrade to an actual DSLR and I decided to stick with Nikon. I chose the D3300 because it is known as a good entry level DSLR. It comes with an 18-55 mm lens, known as the kit lens.

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2. Soon after I got my DSLR, I wanted to experiment with different types of lenses. The first one I chose was the 35 mm f/1.8 G lens, which is a fixed lens – it doesn’t zoom – and has a fast maximum aperture. It works well in low light and creates that blurred background we all love. On the D3300, 35 mm is similar to what our eyes see, but I find that I have to back off a lot when I try to get my subject in the frame. It does take some getting used to! It’s a really great lens for the price! This is the lens I keep on my camera most of the time.

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3. The next lens I bought was the 55-200 mm f/4-5.6 G lens. I use this one for distance shooting, especially at events like school performances and Gabbie’s dance recitals. It usually works well for that type of photos!

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4. My 3rd lens is the most recent I’ve purchased and I use it the least because I’m still not positive what situations to use it in! The 10-20 mm f/4.5-5.6 G lens is a wide-angle lens, which should make it easier to include more in a photo, but I find that it makes things look smaller than they actually are, which I’m not used to yet.

5. As far as additional accessories, I have a few! One of my lenses came with a ProOptic 52mm Digital Essentials Filter Kit which I have used occasionally. I have a UV filter on my kit lens and it seems to be stuck there…I had this happen to another lens filter and I went to a local camera store and got a filter wrench, but I still can’t get the UV lens off the kit lens! I had another filter on my 55-200 lens and I dropped the lens. The filter shattered but the lens was fine! So I do need to replace that one!

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6. I also have a set of macro lens filters which I use to take close up pictures. I am still learning how to focus when I’m using them!

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7. This year I got myself a tripod, which I have used occasionally. It is great for when you want to slow down your shutter and hand holding the camera will cause motion in your image.

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8. I don’t have an official camera bag, but I used to have one that had velcro padding inside and I use that padding inside my regular handbag to protect my lenses when I carry them around. I recently replaced my camera strap with a pretty one from BrowardPatch on Etsy.

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9. When I went to L.A. this year, I realized I’d left my battery at home. I had to hit up BestBuy for a replacement, so now I have two batteries! You also need an SD card (if it’s micro, make sure you have an adapter), and I could probably use a larger one!

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10. Finally, I recently purchased the Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop package to help me with my post-processing. As with most things, it’s a learning process!

I have a lot of camera items on my wishlist, including farther zoom lenses and even more advanced cameras. Do you have any recommendations as to what I should save for next?

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