Today is one of my favorite days! It's National Camera Day! With today being what it is, I thought I might give you a little more insight into my fun little world and tell you about the camera equipment I use. Any time I go on a shoot, whether it's a senior session or a wedding, I always carry these essential things with me. This little dream team helps me turn all of my creative thoughts into beautiful images.
Now, I'm a Nikon girl myself. Not because I think all the other brands are bad, but because I have worked with multiple brands in the past and Nikon just gets me. I have had my D750 for about two years now and I am just so in love with it! I use it as my primary camera for every session and wedding. For weddings, we rent another D750 so Stephen and I are able to shoot cohesively. My D5200 is my seasoned professional. This little guy brought me out of hobby photography and into a whole new business. I use this guy as my back up camera for sessions and weddings. These two are my dynamic duo, my Mac N Cheese, my Batman and Robin, my PB and J, my...well I think you get the picture ;)
Looking to buy your own camera?
If you're in the market for a camera make sure you really get to know each brand and the different cameras they offer. Don't just go by what people tell you is the best because everyone is different. Notice how all the controls are different for each brand, do you like one layout over another? Notice the size and weight of each camera, how does it feel in your hand? If you're an event photographer would you be able to carry a heavier camera around for hours at a time? These may seem like little nit picky things, but think about it... if you're going to invest in something as expensive as a DSLR camera, then you want to make sure you're going to love it for a long time! I would actually suggest that you think about renting the camera, or cameras, that you are looking at so you can experience everything in real life vs. being attached by a cord to the counter at a retail store. Experiment with them and decide which one is the best fit for you.
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AF-S FX Nikkor 24-120mm F4
This guy is my go-to for weddings. Great for both wide angle shots and close-ups.
AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm F3.5-5.6
This guy is my back up wide angle lense. Great for large family portraits!
AF-S FX Nikkor 50mm F1.8
This guy is the star of all portrait sessions. I just love the shallow depth of field it creates to showcase the subject!
1. Sekonic Light Meter - for making sure we get that perfect exposure!
2. Expodisc - to make sure we don't get green alien skin when shooting in different ambient light situations!
3. Nikon Camera Remote - so that I can put my camera on a tripod and run around and act all crazy to get those genuine smiles!
Remember, a photograph is not created by the camera. A camera is just one of the tools that a photographer uses to create a photograph. You may think that if you can just buy the best, most expensive camera, that you can shoot those amazing images you see online! But, you don't have the money and so you can't do anything. If you are just starting out and cannot afford a camera like these or a whole bunch of lenses, that's OK! As you can see, I don't have this extensive collection of cameras and lenses. I have what I need to do what I love and that's it. Plus, I purchased these over the course a several years! Buy want you can afford now and just get out there and shoot!!! You'd be amazed at the things you can do when you just learn how to use the camera correctly. Trust me, buying the most expensive camera and giving it to someone who has no idea how to use it will not produce high-quality, professional work right off the bat. That, my friends, takes lots of time and lots more practice. Just know that you can do it!
Happy shooting everyone!
*The opinions in this post are strictly my own. No compensation was made based on these comments*
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