Below is almost everything that I use to create the images you see on this site. I will do my best to keep up with this, although I do not buy gear often unless absolutely necessary.
Everything you see below is linked to Amazon using “affiliate links” which means if you click on it and buy it, I make a small commission from your purchase. This does not affect you in any way, shape or form – it simply helps support me to continue doing what I love. I promise to never include anything within this list that I would not trust nor use personally. Thank you.
In The Field:
- My first camera, I bought it in 2014 as a bundle with an 18-55mm and a 55-200mm lens along with a Nikon camera bag I now use for storing extra gadgets I no longer use. This camera was already outdated – having been out since April 2012 – yet the price was too good to beat. Since this camera was for something I was buying for myself and I did not know if I would like photography in the first place, I felt as if it was a good purchase. And it was, as I had learned much of what I know using that camera.
- While the D3200 was a great camera, the lowlight performance did not suffice for what I had been interested in doing at the time (portraiture, wedding and concert photography). Of course, after purchasing this camera in June of 2015, all plans for wedding and concert photography fell through, leaving me with a newly purchased camera and very few models. But I do not at all regret buying this camera for I have created many of my favorite landscape images with it upon getting into this genre.
- I traded in my Mamiyaflex C2 Pro for this due to the modularity of it, and I am so pleased with my decision. The link provided goes to the ETR I believe, but you can find these all over Ebay for cheap as well. If you plan on getting started with medium format film photography, definitely look into these.
- The first prime lens I have owned, it was bought for me as a Christmas gift in 2014. For me, it was never wide nor long enough, although it had yielded some good photos over time.
- Along with my D7200, I purchased the 85mm as I felt a “telephoto” prime lens would be great for portraiture. And while I have only recently been using this lens for my nature work, it is an absolutely gorgeous lens that has produced some of my favorite photographs.
- My most used and recently bought lens, the 35mm is my go-to lens for my landscape work. Originally I had bought a speedlite flash for my portrait work – see a theme here? – but after finding it to not be useful enough, I traded it in for this lens. And now, although not having been sure if I would like the focal length or not, I use it for around 85% of my photographs. Still, a part of me yearns for something wider…
- Gifted to me Christmas of 2017, this lens is slowly becoming my favored prime that I have. Throughout 2018 I plan to use it exclusively, hoping to further hone my vision and challenge myself.
- (paired with the Manfrotto MHXPRO-BHQ2 XPRO w/ 200PL Quick-Release)
- My trusty tripod, I bought this in 2016 as my interest in landscape photography really took off. And although it irritates me from time to time, I would not be able to take many of the images I take without its help. I wouldn’t trade it for the world as it is one of my most important pieces of equipment on this list.
- Although I do not often do vertical images, it can be a major pain in the butt to have to recompose any time I want to take a vertical rather than a horizontal. This, paired with the L-Bracket from 3 Legged Thing, will quickly become an invaluable asset to my photography workflow.
- Without this L-Bracket, purchasing the MSQ6 listed above would be useless...
- I have always loved long exposure photography where the water is like satin and a sense of calm overcomes you upon looking at it. If it wasn’t for an ND filter, these types of images would not be possible unless taken at night. Although I have not used it all that often yet, I plan to use it a ton for upcoming photographs, especially when at the beach.
- I am not truly sure what to say about this filter, although I do know I must use it more than I already do. This filter effectively places sunglasses over your lens, helping to cut glare and saturate the colors just enough for a bit more pop.
- Another Christmas gift, Melanie bought this remote release for me in order to create sharper images. This is an essential tool for landscape photography and is something that should not be overlooked when first starting out.
- I love this bag. I knew that I needed something to carry not only my gear but also any food, water, etc. that I would need for my trips. So when I found that Thinktank had a series of designated photography bags for hiking, I made sure to look into them. Even though I would have gone for the larger, 36L size instead, I do highly recommend this bag as it (rarely) feels like anything is in it.
- A beautifully crafted wrist strap, I have recently been using this for my film camera as my D7200 is almost permanently attached to my tripod. Without a doubt this was worth the money spent, as I feel I will never have to buy another strap for my camera.
- They’re simply SD cards that I find to be of good quality. Not sure what else to say.
In The Office:
- 4K screen, lightweight, powerful...what else could you ask for? It does what I need it to and it does it pretty quick, so I am happy.
- I needed more storage for all the photographs I have taken since starting, so I went for this trusty beast of a hard drive.
- I have two of these as of right now with one holding all my images from 2016 and 2017, and another one that holds all of my current photographs. My Lightroom Catalogs are also stored on each of these for the respective year(s). No doubt I will be getting more.
- I should probably use this more than I do, but since I use Lightroom 99.9% of the time, I have yet to find a reason to use it. Which is a shame, since it is truly a wonderful device, albeit a tad big.
- This is where I organize my images and do preliminary edits before throwing them into Photoshop for final touches and exportation/printing.
- Used for all of my writing – including this – it’s a program I could not blog without.
- Paired with Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308gsm paper, this printer does a wonderful job producing high quality prints of my images. Every image you see available in my shop is printed with this printer.
- Used for all of my film scanning needs, it scans everything just right. It could be better and I wish it could scan 4x5 but I am happy with it nonetheless. Oh, and I can scan some documents and stuff too, so that's cool.