It’s now been a month since I got my first DSLR and embarked on my journey into photography. So far I’ve taken a couple of thousand photos, deleted half of them, taken some more and discovered that my Macbook pro is filling up quickly with RAW files. I thought I’d share some of the things I have aquired so far and what I think of them, as well as share some resources I have found useful so far.
So far I have aquired the following equipment.
Fomito F-1 Quick Rapid Shoulder Sling
I decided to give a shoulder sling a go after suffering some neck pain while carrying the Nikon D5300 around for a while on its included neck strap. This strap is awesome and solved all my problems straight away. It is incredibly comfortable to the point I forget I’m even wearing it and I can recommend it enough. I bought mine from Amazon UK here.
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
I bought this lens because I wanted more focal length to get some really long shots of wildlife. I love this lens. It’s sharp at even 300mm, which probably has something to do with the optical stabilisation, and very easy to use while tracking moving subjects. It’s also very fast to focus.
Lowepro Tahoe 150 Backpack
I didn’t strictly buy this myself, my wife bought it for me from my amazon wish list along with my camera. It’s a great day bag with enough space for a water proof jacket and some essentials as well as my camera gear. My only complaint is the lack of a tripod carrying system.
- Adobe Creative Cloud Photography subscription
After attempting to use the built-in Photos app on MacOS to manage RAW image files and discovering it is extremely lacking, I tried a few different products. First of all I tried Apple’s Aperture since I own a license for it. Unfortunately I couldn’t bring myself to use a product that no longer receives updates to store and manage all of my photographs.
I settled on Lightroom, which is included in the Adobe CC Photography plan, along with Photoshop. I arrived at LR based on recommendations from a few YouTube channels I started following.
Since owning the equipment is only half the battle I also consumed a lot of content from various sources to help me get started. The majority of the resources I found on YouTube, although I also joined a few forums and received help from members.
The first place I found was FroKnowsPhoto.com along with their YouTube Channel. I liked this channel mainly beacsue of the personality of Jared Polin, who makes a point of trying to make viewers get out of Auto mode on their cameras. I have learned a lot from this channel.
Another YouTube channel I frequently watch is YuriFineart. This channel contains some great Adobe Lightroom tutorials that are a must watch for any beginner.
Another great resource is Flickr. I started looking for photographs I liked and started following some Photographers. I find it very inspirational to see how others compose their photos of similar subjects that interest me and go out any try it it myslef.
I’ll leave you with a few shots taken with the 55-300mm lens.