Welcome to the first edition of what’s in my camera bag.  Since switching over to stock photography, my equipment has changed just a little bit, but one thing has stayed the same.  I’ve always been a Nikon girl.  My very first DSLR was a Nikon D60 and I used that thing until it raised a white flag in surrender.  So. Many. Memories were captured on that beginner camera and some of those images are still among my favorites.  I’m a huge believer in using what you have until you can afford what you need.  And if that’s you, nodding your head in agreement… I want to affirm you today!

You may read this and feel like you will never afford the camera you need.  I’m here to tell you…you will.  If this is a dream of yours, you will make a way.  But here’s the thing.  Keep going.  Keep learning and trying new things.  If the only camera you can afford right now is your iPhone or a used DSLR off of Ebay…use it.  Use it every. single. day.  Let the struggle to capture the perfect image with less than perfect equipment make you so sharp…so talented, that when the big fancy camera is finally in your hands…you will create magic with it!  Because it’s not about the gear.  It’s about the hard work, the dedication…the love of the craft that makes a photo sing.  Every missed shot, every wonky angle…every red eye or blown out sky.  It’s all teaching you and preparing you for that moment when everything comes together.  Enjoy the process.  You will never regret following your heart!  Because one day, you will be sitting at a table full of photographers you admire and you will realize they view you as their peer.  They will ask you how you got a certain shot or how you manipulated the light in a photo…and ALL of the insecurity you felt when you were just starting out, with your less than perfect camera will fade away.  Because your talent will not be based upon the camera you use but on your ability to create art with it!

Alrighty, now onto the fun stuff. Here’s a little peek into my camera bag.  This is what I shoot with every day as I save for my next upgrade. I am anxiously waiting on the Nikon D850 to hit the market because that will most likely be my next purchase.  Along with a couple of new lenses of course.  🙂  I’ll keep you posted.

I am currently shooting with a Nikon D750.  It is a full frame camera, which was a huge upgrade for me back in 2014.  I shot with crop sensor cameras for the first 5 years of my business.  They all served me well, but when it was time to upgrade to a full frame, the D750 was a perfect solution for me.  I wanted something lightweight, easy to use and I wanted it to have dual card slots, plus the ability to use SD cards.  Some of the older full frame cameras require CF cards, but I didn’t like how big and clunky they were.  Since I shot with a crop sensor for years, I was accustom to the smaller cards. The Nikon D750 had all of those qualities and so much more. I can honestly say this camera has served me well. I love it! I spend about 10-20 hours behind the lens each week and the Nikon D750 has been my workhorse!

You can check it out here: Nikon D750 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body

It’s no secret that I LOVE using prime lenses.  Even though it means I have to move around a lot in order to get the shot I want, I love how sharp and lightweight they are.  The 50mm is my favorite lens.  There’s a reason it is called the nifty fifty. It’s affordable and reliable.  I added the 35 to my arsenal last year and even though I love it…I think I need to send it off to be calibrated.  It just isn’t as sharp as the 50.  However, I love that I can get a wider angle with the 35, so I haven’t given up on it yet. 😉

35mm- Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 35mm f/1:1.8G ED Fixed Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

50mm- Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

I recently upgraded to the 35mm 1.4 and it is amazing! Definitely an investment…but worth every penny!  Especially with how many images I create on a weekly basis.  Here’s the link to that lens: 35mm 1.4

SD cards are always nice to have on hand.  I bought several of these PNY cards last year on Black Friday and they have done just fine.  However, this was my first time using this brand and I must say…I think I prefer the SanDisk Extreme/ Ultra cards over this brand.  One of the PNY ones delivered corrupted files on one shoot, which would have been extremely frustrating except for the fact that my camera has a dual card slot! Talk about a huge relief.  Knowing that all of my work is automatically backed up during each shoot is a lifesaver.

My final thoughts on the PNY cards is that they work great and if you can get them on sale, go for it.  However, if you can find the SanDisk cards for the same price…I would suggest buying those instead.  In almost 8 years of being in business, I’ve never had a SanDisk let me down.  I’ve included links to both cards below so that you can compare and contrast to find the best fit for your budget/needs.

PNY –PNY Elite Performance 64GB Flash Memory High Speed SDXC Class 10 UHS-I (P-SDX64U395-GE)

SanDisk- SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB SDXC UHS-I Memory Card (SDSDXXG-064G-GN4IN)

Thank you so much for joining me today!  Remember, I want you to confidently use what you have now until you are ready and able to upgrade your equipment.   It’s not a matter of being fancy or looking good to other people.  It’s about valuing your art and investing back into yourself, your business and your clients.  There will be a day when your roots need to grow…when your territory needs to expand.  And that my friends will be an exciting day!  I can’t wait to get an email from you telling me that you finally bought the camera of your dreams.  I promise to hoop and holler and celebrate with you!  It will be a grand day for sure!!!

If you have any photo questions for me, pop them in the comments below and we can chat some more about it!

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