The gadgets, gear, and software that currently assist this newbie in her quest to photographer extraordinaire.
— Camera —
— Lens —
AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G (kit lens)
— Bags —
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!
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 —
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 —
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!
I’ve found some great shooting techniques and examples in this app. They seem to update it pretty regularly too.
— Books —
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.
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.