My Camera Gear

I feel obligated to start an article on my photography equipment with the oft-repeated phrase, "It's not the equipment, it's the photographer."  Still, the gear that I use really does matter to the photos I take.  Without a polarizing filter, I wouldn't be able to remove reflections from the rocks in my waterfall photos.  Without a sturdy tripod, I would have far less flexibility with my settings, and my photos wouldn't be as sharp.  I need a backpack to comfortably carry this gear on long trips, and I need software to process my resulting images.  The lenses I use let me push my camera to work well in situations that I couldn't otherwise take any photos.  For my large-format acrylic prints, a lack of sharpness is easily visible.

 

So, yes, the photographer is far more important than the camera equipment.  But good equipment can make photography far easier, and I couldn't achieve many of the photos on this site without my gear.

 

Here's a quick list of the photographic equipment that I use regularly.  

  • Nikon D800e
  • Nikon D7000 (backup)
  • Nikon 24mm f/1.4 lens
  • Sigma 50mm f/1.4 A lens
  • Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR macro lens
  • Really Right Stuff TQC-14 tripod
  • Really Right Stuff BH-40 ballhead
  • F-stop Loka UL backpack
  • Adobe Lightroom 4 and Adobe Photoshop CS6 software
  • Lee .75 stop soft-edge graduated neutral density filter, Lee Little Stopper ND filter, and Lee holder
  • B+W polarizing filter

 

As well as the drone photography equipment that I use:

  • 3D Robotics X8+ drone
  • Nikon Coolpix A camera

 

It's a relatively short list, but it covers all the essentials: a camera, a lens, a tripod, filters, a bag, and software.  And a drone, of course! With the right equipment, the quality of my photos is limited by nothing but my own skill.