You are probably wondering why I’ve decided to start a photography blog. Why bother with a blog when I am already on Instagram and Facebook? Well there are a few reasons…

To tell a story
Instagram and facebook are great for posting images and quick conversations but I want to be able to tell more of the story behind some of the images that I post. I want the ability be able to guide you, the reader, through a series of images in an order that I specify so you get a better experience from viewing the images that I post.

Social media is constantly changing and platforms come and go
Sure it seems like Instagram and Facebook will be around forever and maybe they will be but there’s no telling what they will morph into over time. They may be free now but whose to say that at some point that won’t change or both become so saturated with those annoying ads that people get tired of slogging through them and move on.

To help and inspire others
I’ll be the first to admit that what I know about photography pales in comparison to some but I do think that I have some knowledge and experience to share that others may benefit from and I’d like to have a platform to start sharing them.

I also want a way to be able to share videos and documents and archive them in a way that makes them easy for new visitors to the site to find them.

So with that out of the way I thought I would keep my first post simple and give you a look at the equipment that I shoot with.

Camera Canon 7DMII
I bought this camera in 2019 and I love it. Before I bought it, I did a lot of research on the different Canon Cameras and the features, pros/cons and reviews of each. I am going to cover things to consider when buying a camera in a blog post later this year.

I shoot with three Sigma lenses. A 150-600mm (contemporary), a 100-400mm and an 18-300mm. They are all great lenses and I get terrific results with all three. I also have a Sigma 1.4x converter. Why Sigma and not Canon? Essentially it comes down to $$. Canon lenses are very expensive where as the Sigma lenses are more affordable and the quality is excellent. https://www.sigma-global.com/en/lenses/

Honestly I don’t use a tripod very often when I am in the field shooting. I prefer to hand hold my camera even when using my 600mm lens. I don’t like being tethered to a tripod especially when I know I am going to be shooting birds who tend not to stay in one place very long. However there are times when a tripod is a necessity and I have this MeFOTO globetrotter carbon fiber tripod that I bought on amazon.

I prefer using a backpack to carry my gear. It’s easier on the shoulders and back especially when it is fully loaded with gear. I have two Case Logic backpacks that I really like. I have this large one that I bought back in 2016 and this smaller one that I recently bought. Both are big enough to hold my camera and all my lenses and my laptop. The smaller one is a little easier for me to carry and fully loaded each weigh about 18-20 pounds.

I think that about covers the equipment that I use. I do all my photo editing in On1 and I also use Topaz DeNoise AI when I need to deal with a photo that has a lot of noise. More on both of those applications and examples of how I process and edit my photos in an upcoming post.

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