Photography Gear

This past weekend I shot a wedding at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame - a wonderful and unique event I'll be blogging more about later. One of the venue employees is in school for photography and struck up a conversation with me about my equipment. I realized that some of you may be curious about my camera and lenses as well. So, I sat down and wrote this blog post for you!

I suppose I'll give you a very brief history of my equipment. (I won't bore you with tales of my first digital camera...I'm skipping to what I used when I began shooting for pay.) When I was in high school, I won a video contest through Panasonic for a claymation I'd produced - a video which showed all the death scenes in Hamlet. The prize was a video camera, but I asked for a DSLR instead. Since that was cheaper than the original prize, they had no problem switching for me.

Within a few months (give or take), through a long string of events I won't go into now, I ended up with 5 lenses for this camera, none of which I had to pay for. God blessed me with equipment it would have taken me forever to save for (and probably wouldn't have bought if I'd had the money because I'm terribly frugal). For those un-familiar with the Lumix cameras, they use a mirrorless system. This makes them both silent and more compact. I learned so much with it and even used it for the first several weddings I shot, like the one this image comes from:

About a year and a half ago, it was time to purchase something new. My beloved Lumix had been through the wringer and needed to go into retirement. I'd gone as far as I could with the small sensor and other limitations of the system. After consulting with some fellow photographers and doing a great deal of research, I decided to purchase my current camera - a Nikon D750. (In case you're curious, her name is Lucy, after Lucy Pevensie in The Chronicles of Narnia because of the way she sees things that no one else can see.)

Along with this full-frame camera body, I also have three lenses - a 50mm, a 70-200mm, and a 24-85mm. They've served me well so far. I also purchased my first external flash and remote as well as a diffuser, which have been fun to play with. I'm still partial to natural light, but having a flash ensures I can always get the shots I need. I've learned new techniques, tackled bigger projects, and enjoyed having a camera that can keep with me (at least for the time being). I plan to continue doing so until I outgrow this camera too, though I imagine it will be while!

If you have any more specific questions about what I use, how I process images, etc., I'm all ears!

-R. S.