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My Camera

If you’ve been around here for a while, you probably know that my first camera and all of my gear were stolen out of my car in broad daylight. Sad, sad day – that turned into a month and a half of no camera.

It was really a bummer until that insurance check came in the mail and I was able to replace ALL of my stuff with new, shiny equipment! 🙂 Oh, Happy Day! Now you’re probably wondering what camera I ended up getting! Well, wonder no more, here’s all the info!

My Dad has a Canon and my sister has a Nikon so it was always split in the middle for me before I made the plunge to purchase my own in September 2009. I ultimately went with a Nikon D80 because it was a deal I couldn’t pass up on a great camera with lenses. Plus an added bonus is that my boss is a photographer on the side and has a TON of lenses plus a studio all at my disposal if I want.

For a brief moment I thought to myself, if I was ever going to make the switch to Canon, now would be the time to do so. After doing weeks of research, for me, Nikon made the most sense. Plus, I was already familiar with the settings.

So really, Nikon has always been my preference. I know there are just as many arguments on the Canon side of things as there are on the Nikon side of things, but I think it should really boil down to what YOU like and what makes the most sense for YOU. If you’re looking into making the purchase, do the research yourself, that way you’ll know what you’re getting and why you like it better!

Upgrading to the D7000 was an easy choice for me. I knew I wanted to make sure I bought a camera with video capability, just for kicks. I mean, why not? So that narrowed things down a little bit. Then, after reading all of the reviews, there was no question. Priced right with more than enough capabilities, I was ready to take the plunge!

I purchased 3 lenses to replace the 3 that were stolen… a Tamron 18-270 VR f/3.5-6.3 – highly recommended by so many, such a versatile lens! A Nikon 50mm f/1.8 that I was planning to buy very soon – VERY affordable and such great quality photos! And another prime, Nikon 85mm f/1.8, to which I’m totally in love.

I knew when I was replacing my bag that I wanted something that would be easy to carry along with my while shooting so I could change things out and the last bag I had could not. I ended up with the Kata 123-go-10, and LOVE it!

It can be changed around and re-configured for any and all the needs you might have and it wears like a backpack or even a sling-styled pack. It comes in two other sizes as well.

I purchased everything from BH Photo – which if you haven’t heard of them, you should. They are GREAT! Also in my bag you’ll find a collapsible tripod, several memory cards, lens filters, sun filters, and a rain guard.

My next purchase will most likely be an external flash because the one on the camera is so harsh and usually not in the place you need it. After the flash I’d like to get a wide angle lens and possibly a macro, but those things will come with time.

I really have never had the desire to do photography professionally, while it seems like it would be fun, design is my first love. I enjoy capturing moments with my high school girls, football games, and family {and of course… for the blog}, but that’s about as far as it goes right now. I have, on the occasion snapped some photos for some friends and LOVED it, but to me it was just fun and a learning experience. My whole desire for wanting to learn photography was so that when we have children of our own, I can capture those moments and have them stored. I love to learn new things with photography and challenge myself more and more.

I use Photoshop to edit my photos and I have really taught myself the bulk of what I know through the last few years of using the program {although a blog or two may have helped guide some of that more recently}.

My eye is glued to the back of my camera and I’m trying to figure out how to capture the pictures I want in public places without looking like a crazy person, because people look at you really funny when you pull a massive camera out to take a picture of some small detail {and by some people I mean mostly my husband}. I’m also trying to focus on not squinting my left eye all the time in order to prevent a serious wrinkle problem in about 10 years, but I guess that’s the price I’m willing to pay for a little fun with this hobby! :)

I shoot 95% of the time on manual, adjusting the aperture, shutter speed and ISO as needed for the right exposure and have done so since the first day I had the camera. I have spent countless hours on the internet reading up on all sorts of techniques and I love to put them into play with the camera. I can’t wait to get my hands on some studio time as well, thanks to a fellow photographer!

I think I’ve just about given you the run-down of everything, but if you want to know more, send me an email at kmanndesigns@gmail.com.