The gadgets, gear, and software that currently assist this newbie in her quest to photographer extraordinaire.


—  Camera —

Nikon D3000





— Lens —

AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G (kit lens)





— Bags —

Zing 502-205

Light and unobtrusive, but protective at the same time – this cover is always on my camera. It helped me overcome my “too scared to bring my camera out of the house, I may break it” phobia.  It even enables me to carry my camera in my purse.  Love & recommend it!

Tamrac 5767 Velocity 7x

I bought this to protect my camera for adventure type situations (skiing, hiking, etc).  Was looking for a small, lightweight, protective bag that enabled easy access to my camera.  This fits the bill, and I happily recommend this one as well.



— Tripod —

50″ aluminum tripod

This tripod does the job for now, but I’m not in love with it.  The Joby Gorillapod (for my point & shoot) was the only tripod I’ve ever owned & used, so I wasn’t sure what I was looking for other than something cheap and portable.  Check and check.





— Computer —


Let it be known, I heart Apple.  If I must look at a screen after sitting in front of a Windows computer all day at work, my MacBook feels like a much needed vacation.




— Editing Software —

iPhoto 8

With all efforts focused on building my photo-taking skills, I’m saving the inevitable photo-making learning (re: photoshop) for the future.  iPhoto houses my digital photograph library, and is easy to do a quick crop or retouch here if needed.



— iPhone Apps —


I’ve used this app as a reference countless times before going on a photo expedition.  Easy interface to quickly find what settings your camera should be on for certain situations:  fireworks, museums, indoor sports, and about anything else you can think of.  Love & recommend it!


Nikon L&E

I’ve found some great shooting techniques and examples in this app.  They seem to update it pretty regularly too.






— Books —

Nikon D3000 Digital Field Guide

Use this as my camera’s instruction manual, and refer to it anytime I have a question about the camera.  To up the convenience factor, I bought the digital copy and access it via the kindle app on my iPhone.



Digital SLR Cameras and Photography for Dummies

The first book I purchased on my quest for dSLR knowledge.  It was a good jumping off point for me, and I continue to use it for reference.