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 —

MacBook

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 —

PhotoCaddy

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!

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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.

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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.

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