camera gear

On Wild Life Photography, and Photography Equipment.

I have to admit I made a huge photography purchase recently. I hesitated to share it on here because it was so expensive, and I could see how it would look like a frivolous spend to some. But, the hobby of photography is expensive once you start diving into advanced techniques. And, to achieve the techniques, you need the equipment. 

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I love, love, love wildlife photography. Not bird photography, although I do have some favorite photographers who take amazing bird photos, but the big animals are what I love. I dream of capturing that iconic shot of a buffalo charging me in the snow. Let's be realistic though, those bad boys are big, and they can kill a person, I really do not want to be close enough to be gored to death. 

Lisa Kerner | Life Thru the Lens | Simply Living Photography | Wild Life Photography
Lisa Kerner | Life Thru the Lens | Simply Living Photography | Wild Life Photography

That leads me to my purchase. I bought a 100-400mm telephoto lens with a 1.4x converter. After taking it out three times now, man oh man it was a worthy investment. We have a National Park trip planed for Yellowstone Nation Park and The Grand Tetons and I am really excited to use it there. 

Lisa Kerner | Life Thru the Lens | Simply Living Photography | Wild Life Photography
Lisa Kerner | Life Thru the Lens | Simply Living Photography | Wild Life Photography
Lisa Kerner | Life Thru the Lens | Simply Living Photography | Wild Life Photography

The Good, a few good tips on camera gear...

Camera gear is EXPENSIVE! When I link to items on Amazon, I usually cannot link to items that are on sale... but, I very rarely purchase a piece of equipment that is not on sale.

  • Tip One... Amazon puts camera gear on sale regularly. I have several Tiffen filters that I bought at 75% off, or more. This is the time of year to begin trolling Amazon for deals.

  • Tip Two... B&H Photography is also another store that I shop at. They have terrific sales and ever week they have a special on some form of equipment in the deal zone.

  • Tip Three... Buy used, or, refurbished equipment! Always read the reviews to make sure you are not falling for a scam, or purchasing grey market gear.

Lisa Kerner | Life Thru the Lens | Simply Living Photography | Wild Life Photography

If I do purchase a piece of equipment at full price, I always walk through these steps.

  • Is it worth the price, or, can I wait until a newer version of the equipment comes out and purchase what I want at a lower price? (Waiting can mean years, not months, in the camera market.) For example, I recently switched back to the iPhone, but I did not purchase the new 7. To me, there was not enough updates to justify the new phone and because I went with the "older" version I was able to purchase my phone for less than $200.

  • Will I use the equipment enough to justify the cost? My recent purchase a telephoto lens was worth the cost to me because: 1. I have wanted a telephoto for almost 5 years, 2. I have missed several wildlife shots because I did not have a telephoto lens, and 3. I knew I could use it for macro photography as well. So, while it was expensive, it was worth the price.

  • Do I "need" a particular lens (or piece of equipment) now, or can I use another lens (or piece of equipment) until I can find a good sale? I do want to slowly replace the Nikon lenses I use for nature and landscape for my Fuji camera. I do not own a dedicated macro lens for my Fuji yet, but by purchasing the telephoto zoom lens I am able to use it for macro shots. That means I can wait a little while longer form my macro lens.

  • Is this a piece of equipment that is worth the full price? Some pieces of photographic equipment never go one sale. Either, because they are a brand that never lowers their prices, or it's a specialty piece of equipment that garners the full price. Those are the pieces that I save for, and purchase, knowing my images will be better for the full price purchase.

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Life Thru the Lens 22/52... A few of my favorite PHOTOGRAPHY things....

Jill from Daily Bread mentioned the editing process I used on the wildflower photos that I shared in a recent post. So, I thought I would share a few of my favorite things. 

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

GTG Preset Elegant, GTG Stone Soup Matte from Innocence Workflow, Hand Edits

GTG Preset Elegant, GTG Stone Soup Matte from Innocence Workflow, Hand Edits

These are A Few of my Favorite (photography) Things.... 

  • Although, I strongly believe in capturing a photo that is nearly perfect straight out of the camera (SOOC), I also believe that my artistic style comes from my particular editing techniques. One of my very favorite editing supplies are the Greater Than Gatsby Preset/Action sets. I own them all, and I use them all on a regular basis. They have a terrific deal on their Collaborative Set right now. 
  • Design supplies have become an integral part of my editing and Creative Market is my go to place to find fabulous graphic design items. 
  • I believe that all artists, no matter if their medium is photography or paints, have something new to learning. To further my knowledge in the photography and design industry I have been taking classes through CreativeLive
  • Although I have a wish list a mile long, my camera bag is not full.... Nikon D7000 with the 18-55mm 3.5 lens, Nikon 55-200mm 4.6 lens, Nikon 50mm 1.4 lens lens,  Nikon 105mm 2.8 Macro lens, Fuji XT1, Fuji 18-55mm 2.8 lens, MeFOTO RoadTrip tri-monopod, LowPro Flipside Sport backpack for hiking, Vanguard Kinray 43 Sling backpack for travel, various Tiffin Filters, a 5 in 1 reflector set, and, other miscellaneous items.
  • Cell Phone Apps are an amazing thing. I do not always have my camera on me, but I always have my cell phone, and apps are an integral part of the process. I own and use VSCO with all the filters, Instagram, PhotoDirector, HyperFocal, and Photo Tools. When I head back to an iPhone the first app I will purchase will be the Camera+ app. 
  • Of course, I would be setting you up for failure if I did not mention my backup system. I have 3 external hard drives... yes three. After losing all my photos I am determined not to have that happen again, so basically I have backups for my backups. I would also be backing up my photos online but our internet is limited so I am not currently using an cloud service. 
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The Good, The Fun and The Random....

It was our anniversary last weekend. One of the nicest things about it was planning a little getaway and not having to worry about it being interrupted by "work".... ah, retirement from the military is grand. I'll be sharing more of our weekend adventure next week. 

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